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Not the best in this comparison
on 9 October 2014
I, having had mixed experiences with cheaper phones (I reviewed some) was looking to move a step up-market and bought both these and "Panasonic RP-HJE120E-K Ergo Fit Ear Canal Headphones ". It seems a good idea to make this a comparative review for both products.
Sensitivity/Volume: Both products give good volume with my devices. I would be pushed to distinguish between them.
Sound Quality: My old ears have high frequency roll-off so I am not a good judge of treble performance, but the Betatron sounds to me distinctly more "toppy". In the bass, despite Betatron's claim of "powerful base", I find the Panasonic to be a more mellow sound.
Cables: the cable of the Panasonic is a reasonable ~115cm. The Betatron is longer at ~130cm
Plug: The Betatron has a straight plug, the Panasonic a (sometimes more convenient) right angled one.
Shape: The Betatron, as you can see from the picture, is quite a large cylinder. The Panasonic "Ergo Fit" is unusual. What is not clear from the picture, is that the piece that goes into the ear is not central on the main body, but significantly in front of it as worn. This works. I get the impression that Panasonic have actually looked at the shape of the human ear!
Huge advantage: The Panasonic is the first and only phone that I can comfortably wear in bed with my ear on the pillow!
Impression: The Betatron seems to me to be saying "I'm a big, shiny, mean woofer" without actually delivering more bass. The Panasonic is designed to deliver great sound into the human ear.