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Technics RP-DH1200 DJ Headphones
Reviewer: Gizmo • Date: May 2010 • Price: £99/$199/€110 • Link: Panasonic


A few years ago, Technics decided that it was time to have some cans that looked a little more deck-like - thus the RP-DH1200s were born. They're really quite similar to many of the the others in the test, but do have a few refinements worthy of a mention.

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ headphones review

In The Box:
The regulation pouch and screw adaptor, as well as a removable cable.

Looks: With the DJ headphone being fairly strictly adhered to, these DH1200s look a lot like the rest of the market. That said, the cups do have a pseudo-deck decoration and a bright shiny face - that frankly turns me off. Personally I think it looks gaudy, but as ever looks are subjective.

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ headphones review

Build Quality:
Everso slightly chunkier than the mainstream, with copious amounts of screws holding the Technics specific swivel and hinge mechanism together. That said, the mechanism isn't that different to others in the group. They feel chunky enough to be strong, but then again they all do, and yet they still break.

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ headphones review

Sound Quality:
Pleasing. Linear, yet bright with enough Bass for listening and DJing at louder volumes without turning your brain to mush. A fairly meaningless sentence, but needless to say the DH1200s sound really good.

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ headphones review

Isolation:
Despite the soft flat ear pieces, isolation isn't too bad at all - better than I would expect.

Comfort and Stability: A mixed bag. While the soft ear pieces sits nicely on your head, your ears are wedged right against the driver cover, meaning that they get uncomfortable really quickly. And when you twin this with the really quite rigid headband, I couldn't leave these on for as long as I'd have liked. They do however stay firmly wedged to your head.

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ headphones review

Compactness:
Yawn… yes you know what I'm going to say - they fold up small, just like all the others.

Value for money: With spares being reasonably freely available, a rigid construction and good sound, the £99 price tag means good value. And for anything with a Technics badge on, wearing the coolest logo in Deejayvile is very affordable. You just won't want to wear it for too long.

Summary

Like IBM before it, you won't get sacked for buying Technics. I however do not lay myself prostrate before the logo and judge these headphones on merit. So knowing how DJs abuse their gear, it's good to see that spares are available, and that the sound quality is good to go. I however find them a tad uncomfortable for my semi-bat like ears.

Overall, the RP-DH1200 headphones are good but not outstanding. But they do fit into the price band very nicely.

Hype: Price - sound - repairability
Gripe: Comfort



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