Panasonic RZ S500W Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: In Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • Panasonic RZ S500W Headphones
  • Charging Cable
  • 4 X Silicone Ear Tips
  • Charging Case
  • RZ S500W User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 8

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • Panasonic RZ S500W are one of the best noise-canceling headphones for commuters under $200. The louder your environment, the greater the ANC strength, as the dual Hybrid Noise Canceling (feed-forward mic and a feed-back mic) and 50 indoor/outdoor noise cancellation levels filter most external sounds to fully enjoy your music
  • RZ S500W headphones have a simple, circular design with a matte, textured plastic finish, a shiny chrome ring wrapped around the small ear cap and available in two professional-looking color options - Deep Black and Dusty White
  • Lightweight build and four different sizes of silicone tips help keep the buds comfortable and firmly in your ears, whether you're in the gym, on the bus or in the office without worrying about falling out of your ears
  • When it comes to audio performance, the dynamic 8mm driver units offer strong bass, natural mids and solid, rich highs that are perfect for modern genres such as hip-hop, jazz, mettle and pop. If necessary, this can be adjusted using the equalizer in the Panasonic app as desired
  • With built-in touch controls and MEMS microphone, you can answer/end calls, control music playback, adjust volume, skip tracks, select ANC/Ambient Noise mode, and connect to Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri
  • They deliver one of the best runtimes of up to 6.5 hours on a single charge with ANC ON, another 19.5 hours with the charging case and a quick charging function that offers an additional runtime of 70 minutes with just 15 minutes of charging
  • With the "Panasonic Audio Connect" app, you can make some fine adjustments via your smartphone, such as EQ adjustments, Noise-canceling and Ambient Noise adjustment, Bluetooth pairing, skip tracks, volume control, prioritization of sound quality or connectivity, auto-power on/off, search for your missing headphones, firmware update, and choice of phone's virtual assistant
  • Bluetooth 5.0 provides a stable connection (in our test up to 35 meters when used outside the home), even in crowded environments, and helps to reduce battery consumption
  • The earbuds support mono-listening or answering phone calls with the left or right bud, as each bud receives its own Bluetooth signal and operates independently
  • The "Ambient Noise" mode is a small but practical function if you need to keep your ear open for external announcements without taking off your headphones
  • With IPX4 splash resistance, they can handle sweat and rain better than other truly wireless earbuds and can be used safely anywhere and, in any weather
  • The auto shutdown function in the app allows you to set the headphones to shut down automatically after a few minutes of inactivity to extend battery life

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • For some users, noise cancellation is too strong. At best, these headphones are hard to use for long listening sessions. Fortunately, you have the option to adjust the intensity via the app
  • Panasonic RZ-S500W headphones are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, but there is no multi-device connection. In other words, you can only connect to one device at a time
  • The plastic charging case is of poor quality, brittle and the lid seems to break easily. It's also twice the size of the Apple Airpods case and can't be easily put in your jeans pocket
  • Earphones have moderate IPX4 ratings. They can cope with some sweat and rain, but they are not designed for severe water pressure or submerged, so be careful if you want to rinse them off
  • Advanced Bluetooth codecs such as aptX, aptX HD and aptX LL are not supported for better sound quality. These headphones only support AAC and SBC codecs
  • High-quality audio codecs are not supported, so there is a significant delay in enjoying HD video and game content, and they are not the best option if you're using them to watch Netflix or Apple TV
  • The Panasonic RZ S500WE buds are a pair of larger headphones and protrude a little from the ears compared to other truly wireless models
  • The MEMS microphone is good enough to capture the vocals for voice commands. The same is not true for call quality. It seems distant and blurry, the person you call struggles to hear your voice in a moderately noisy environment
  • Built-in touch sensors are extra sensitive and it's quite easy for you to accidentally play/pause music or skip tracks when you put the earbuds on or adjust them in your ear
  • The case doesn't support wireless charging, which means it can't be recharged just by placing it on the back of a new high-end Android smartphone, such as the Samsung S20 Series, or on a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad
  • Unless noise cancellation is necessary, the Panasonic RZ-S300W earphones are a great alternative and they are also much cheaper. They lack noise-canceling functionality and have slightly smaller drivers (6 mm), but otherwise all the features are the same

Highlights

  • 8mm dynamic drivers provide exceptional sound for music, podcasts, calls, smartphone content and more
  • Dual hybrid noise cancellation and 50 noise-canceling settings for clear, fully customized sound in any listening environment
  • Independent left-right connection for smooth, uniform music playback in the most crowded locations
  • High-performance MEMS microphone and labyrinth structure deliver clear call quality in windy locations
  • Snug and comfortable earbuds designed to easily fit the natural contours of the ear canal
  • Ambient Noise mode allows you to hear the surrounding sound while listening to music
  • Up to 26 hours (buds and charging case combined) of uninterrupted playback on a single charge
  • IPX4 splash-proof to use and enjoy your headphones virtually anywhere, in any weather
  • The Panasonic Audio Connect app for convenient pairing, initializes settings, change tracks, adjust volume, locate misplaced earbuds, and more
  • Provide voice commands to Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant from your smartphone
  • Two color options to choose from: Deep Black and Dusty White

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : In Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 7 g (0.25 oz)
  • Foldable Design : No

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : No
  • On Device Controls : Call, Pair, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, ANC/Ambient Noise Mode, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Siri + Alexa
  • Companion App : Panasonic Audio Connect App

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : Hybrid
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Mono/Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : Yes
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 6.5 Hours (Up To 26 Hours With Charging Case)
  • Battery Life With ANC Off : Up To 7 Hours (Up To 28 Hours With Charging Case)
  • Auto Pause & Play : No
  • Auto Shut-Off : Yes
  • Quick Charge : Charge 15 Minutes = Up To 70 Minutes Playback

Technical Data

  • Driver Size : 8 mm
  • Driver Unit : Dynamic
  • Magnet : Neodymium
  • Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20000 Hz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.4%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Supported Codecs : AAC, SBC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : Automatic + Manual
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : Yes
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : N/A

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board MEMS Microphone

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
  • Charge Time : 4 Hours
  • Charging Cable : Type-C Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes
  • Operating & Storage Temperature : 32°F - 104°F

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Xbox

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

User Manuals


Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Contact : Click Here


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