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Listenable, but consider your options first
on 25 July 2013
It's not uncommon for tech companies to follow style-over-substance when it comes to peripherals. As most iPod owners will know, Apple's own earbuds took little time to gain a cult following, but at the cost of falling out of your ears almost every few seconds.
Admittedly, Panasonic have been out of the game for quite a while with their music accessories (Philips were also in a bit of trouble for some time), so it comes as no surprise that they're re-focusing some of their products. The HXD-3 is a prime example of how to take advantage of the more innocent customer, because I'm still trying to figure out why these headphones are "designed for Mobile Phone[s]". The truth of course is that they are targeted for that specific market as 'canned' headphones are making something of a comeback in mainstream.
I should point out that some Nokia jack adapters are bundled with the product, but these are more of a necessity for older smartphones that had proprietary connections. Nearly every smartphone on the market right now has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so this is an accessory that won't benefit most.
The inline volume control can also be found on many other products, and it has to be said that those in question are of far better quality. This isn't to say that the HXD-3 is poor, but the sound definition is average at best, and that's quite disappointing at this price point. I also found the ear cups to be quite uncomfortable, but this is an argument that can be made with any pair of headphones.
My advice if you have your heart set on canned headphones is to just pay that little bit more. Sennheiser - whilst not producing the most durable products - do bring out some fantastic headphones that suit a whole range of musical tastes, from deeper bass to thick mid-ranges.