The bad: The skinny cord has a tendency to tangle easily; the headphones don’t seem incredibly durable; and they don’t offer as much clarity as the step-down RP-HJE120s. Credit: Sarah Tew/ I wouldn’t speak too highly of the cord construction, and the wires leading up to each earbud are beautiful skinny.The good: The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125s are inexpensive and sound decent for their measly price. It’s a bit sleeker and more modern. They come with three different-size silicone eartips.
They also offer a comfortable fit and have a one-button inline remote/microphone for making cell-phone calls. Comparing the RP-TCM125 to RP-HJE120, you’ll notice that the L-shaped plug on the TCM125 is different from the one on the RP-HJE120. One of the minor gripes about that model is that it didn’t feature an integrated microphone for making cell-phone calls, as a lot of earphones do these days.Last year we gave high marks to Panasonic’s ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones, which can be had for less than 8 and sound surprisingly good with an excellent fit.
Well, the good news is Panasonic does offer the ErgoFit RP-TCM125, a model that looks very same to the RP-HJE120 but has an integrated one-button remote/microphone and only costs about 4 more. Credit: Sarah Tew/ As you can see from the pictures, these are sort of a hybrid earphone, part difficult earbud like your basic Apple earbud and part soft bud. near up of the one-button inline remote/microphone. The cord does terminate in an L-shaped plug, which is good, although those with thicker “tough” cases on their smartphones may have some trouble getting the plug into the headphone jack.
At this price, you’re more apt to see a difficult-bud earphone, but being able to jam the soft tips into your ears helps with sound isolation and maximizes the bass output. The bottom line: While the ErgoFit RP-TCM125 doesn’t sound as good as the cheaper RP-HJE120, it still sounds respectable for its budget price tag and includes a one-button inline/remote microphone. I was able to acquire a tight seal with the largest of the eartips, and I actually thought the earphones were comfortable in keeping with the ErgoFit name and they stayed in my ears well. The bad news is that while it sounds decent for an 12 earphone, it doesn’t sound as good as the mic-less RP-HJE120.
The housing for the driver is slightly smaller on RP-TCM125 than the RP-HJE120. small design differences Like the ErgoFit RP-HJE120, the RP-TCM125 looks like a cheap earbud-style headphone, albeit one with a bit of design flair and dash of gay coloring if you opt for something other than the simple black version I bought..