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Panasonic RZ-S500W Review Rundown

PanasonicPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 76%
Pros**
  • Powerful active noise cancellation
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Long battery life
Cons**
  • Mediocre sound quality

Summary

Panasonic uses a Dual Hybrid Noise Canceling system for the RZ-S500W, mixing feedback and feedforward microphone systems to eliminate unwanted noise from inside and out of the earbuds. Download Panasonic's Audio Connect app and you can finely control the noise cancellation effect through 50 different levels. According to Panasonic, the earphones can last up to six and a half hours with noise cancellation on, and the charging case provides an additional 19.5 hours of battery life.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
Each earbud connects to your device independently which helps to improve the experience. The 8mm dynamic drivers offer a familiar sound quality. While it's not a neutral frequency response like some people prefer, the Panasonic RZ-S500W is a great pick if your library is full of hip-hop and pop hits.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good noise-cancelling
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No active noise cancelling

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Panasonic RZ-S500W are Panasonic's first widely available true wireless headphones with noise cancellation. Sound quality is slightly affected by the ANC, with music taking on a warmer, bassier tone. The battery life is longer than the AirPods Pro and around the same as Sony's. The experience overall isn't especially detailed, but they are fun and engaging.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Noise cancellation could be better
  • Battery life could be longer

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Panasonic's RZ-S500W earbuds are the first truly wireless earbud on the market. There are a pair of mics dedicated to blocking out the irritating noise of the outside world. Panasonic claims they have an estimated 7.5 hours of battery life with ANC on.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Strong audio performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as comfortable as AirPods Pro

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Panasonic RZ-S500W earphones offer very good sound and surprisingly strong noise cancellation for under $200. The earphones can generate good clarity in the higher frequencies with solid treble finesse, but those frequencies don't get quite as much presence as the lows and mids. The built-in microphones for phone calls are medicore, but it sounded distant and fuzzy.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Strong bass
  • Good noise cancellation
Cons[**]
  • Bass can overwhelm higher frequencies

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Panasonic RZ-S500 pack a sonic punch, providing a warm, bassy soundstage. An IPX4 waterproof rating means that these wireless earbuds are suitable for working out. Battery life comes in at six hours of continuous playback with noise cancellation turned on, while the charging case offers a further 20 hours of juice.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Noise cancellation isn’t perfect
  • No ear fins

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Panasonic RZ-S500W are true wireless ANC earbuds. They use Panasonic’s dual hybrid ANC tech to intelligently adjust noise cancelling between 50 levels to block out external sounds. The design lacks the premium finish of the more expensive Technics, but I like the fact they’re fairly unassuming. The only downside is that their tip options don’t include any form of clip or wing attachments.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Solid ANC performance
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Chunky design
  • No aptX support

whathifi[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
Panasonic RZ-S500W are true wireless earbuds with noise-cancelling. Touch capacitive panels on each bud are possibly the most responsive and intuitive we've tested within an in-ear design. Twin beamforming mics ensure clear calls throughout our tests. An IPX4 rating means that the earpieces should be able to handle a rainy day.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent noise-cancelling
  • Intuitive touch controls
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No auto-off wearer detection

References

1. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W review: Aiming for a noise-canceling crown. androidauthority. 2020-07-12 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Earbuds Review: Better late than never. digitaltrends. 2020-06-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Wireless Earbuds review. laptopmag. 2020-07-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Review. pcmag. 2020-07-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W review. techradar. 2020-07-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W review. whathifi. 2021-02-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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