Every time these headphones appear in one of my videos, I get questions about them.  You are looking at a pair of Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones. I had to do some digging to find out when I actually bought this pair and it looks like I’ve been using them since April of 2008. So almost 4 years of use and they still work.

These headphones sound pretty go for the price, cover my entire ear, and do a pretty good job of blocking outside noise. I paid $45 for them in 2008, but now days you can find them for around $30 on Amazon. They kind of remind me of the headphones schools used to hand you when it was time to do hearing checks when you were a kid. These headphones aren’t extremely bass heavy, and work quit well for monitoring voice recordings.

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you’ll probably recognize the bluetooth receiver from some of my wireless audio tests last year. The receiver allows me to use any headphones I like to monitor audio and has a built in headphone amplifier that allows you to easily control the volume. Basically I can send wireless audio back to my headphones from the camera without the worry of wires. It’s very handy if you have wireless audio feeding your camera from a field recorder and boom mic. You can keep track of the audio being recorded at the camera in case you loose a wireless transmitter or the audio levels peak on the camera side.

The down side is that with all of those wireless signals beaming back and forth, the delay in audio at the headphones is around 45 milliseconds. That’s why it’s nice to have headphones that block out most of the outside sound, because if you can’t hear the actors, you don’t hear the delay.

If you’re looking for an affordable pair of headphones that aren’t over priced, the Panasonic RP-HTX7 is a good place to start.

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