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Panasonic RZ-S500W True Wireless Headphones w/ Active Noise Cancellation

MSRP 100 GBPNEX score 76%

Product Overview

Panasonic RZ-S500W are sleek true wireless headphones. They feature Dual Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Technology by combining FeedForward Noise Cancelling (FF-NC), Feedback Noise Cancelling (FB-NC), and an Analog/Digital Processing hybrid for optimal suppression of ambient noise.
Thanks to the six MEMS microphones employed in the ANC system, the RZ-S500W deliver superior suppression of ambient noise also in calls.
The two channels can also be connected separately for music and calls.
Last but not least, IPX4 water resistance and ambient sound mode make the RZ-S500W a great versatile option.
Alongside the RZ-S500W, Panasonic also introduced the RZ-S300W at 2020 CES.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good noise cancellation
Cons
  • No aptX support
  • Not as comfortable as AirPods Pro
  • No wireless charging
  • No auto-off wearer detection
  • No active noise cancelling
  • Noise cancellation could be better
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Specifications

Variants:
Charging Cradle

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless Range
10 m

Construction

Drivers
8 mm
Magnet
Neodymium
Microphone
MEMS Mic

Dimensions

Size | Depth
20 mm
Charging CradleSize | Depth
30 mm
Size | Height
31 mm
Charging CradleSize | Height
39 mm
Size | Width
21 mm
Charging CradleSize | Width
74 mm
Weight
7 g
Charging CradleWeight
45 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
Fast Charging
15 minutes for 70 minutes play time
Noise Cancellation
Yes
Weather Resistance
IPX4

Performance

Battery Life
6.5 h ANC on / 19.5 h ANC on (with Charging Cradle)
Charging Time
2 h
Charging CradleCharging Time
2.5 h
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz

Production

Debut
2020 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W review: Aiming for a noise-canceling crown. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/panasonic-rz-s500w-review-1136102/. 2020-07-12. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Earbuds Review: Better late than never. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/panasonic-rz-s800w-review/. 2020-06-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Wireless Earbuds review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/panasonic-rz-s500w-wireless-earbuds. 2020-07-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/panasonic-rz-s500w. 2020-07-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-rz-s500w. 2020-07-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/panasonic-rz-s500w. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Panasonic RZ-S500W review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/panasonic-rz-s500w. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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