Review of the Panasonic RP-BTD5 Bluetooth stereo headset

The Panasonic brand needs no introduction – she has long been well known to everyone who has at least some

interested in audio and video technology.This is the so-called A-brand, a recognized authority in the market. The quality of A-brand products is beyond doubt when it comes to the upper and middle price segments. But to cover the market more fully, we also need more mass-produced, more accessible products. And here the main question arises - what can you save on? Each manufacturer answers this differently. Let's see what the company saved on by releasing the RP-BTD5 Bluetooth headset with a price of 999 UAH, and what the end result was.

What is included?

The headset is packaged in a strong cardboard box andsoft case with separate “pockets” for each earphone (so that they do not rub against each other). This part of the packaging can not be thrown away, but used to store and carry headphones for better safety. A 0.6 m long USB cable for charging is wrapped in the same case. There is no charging block included, which has already become the rule for accessories – it is assumed that their battery can be recharged from a computer or from chargers already available on the household. Rounding out the kit is a thick paper instruction manual in 16 languages, which even includes instructions on how to remove the battery for disposal at the end of the earbuds' life.

Appearance, design, ergonomics

The headphone body does not contain metal – Andcups and headband are made of a combination of matte and glossy plastic, and the ends of the cups – made of rubber or rubber-like soft material. This fact, coupled with a rather simple, utilitarian design, gives the impression of an inexpensive thing; some more affordable headsets look more solid and solid. But thanks to this choice of material, the headset is not heavy, the headband is not too tight, and the pressure on the ears is minimal. On-Ear ear pads (half-open) very poorly isolate the ears from external sounds.

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The headband does not fold, but for wearing comforton the neck and compactness when carrying the earphone cups are made rotatable, and for a more accurate fit of the ear cushions along with their plastic base deviate slightly from the vertical position.

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The headband size is adjustable to a large extent, even when worn over a light headgear, there is a margin. Adjustment step, moderately tight.

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All buttons, as well as the charging connector, microphoneand the LED indicator are located on the right earphone, the electronics and battery are hidden inside it. Control of calls and music is placed on the large flat end of the earphone, the buttons are designed in the form of raised symbols indicating the corresponding functions. They are far apart from each other and easy to touch, so the headset is easy to operate blindly. They didn’t skimp on the buttons, which is good &#8211; volume and track switching are regulated separately, rewinding within a track works (in those applications that support it).

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Wired connection to the sound source, toUnfortunately, it is not provided, so to connect, for example, to a TV that does not have a Bluetooth module, you will have to purchase a separate transmitter (transmitter).


Telephone functions are implemented only basic ones&#8211; answering and ending a call, rejecting a call and, what is sometimes needed, switching the sound between the headset and the phone. The headset remembers up to 8 paired devices; when connecting to the ninth, the first one is deleted. Simultaneous work with two phones (Multipoint) is not implemented, advanced telephone functions such as call hold and conference calling are also not supported. But all this is not needed here &#8211; This headset is primarily for music. To transmit it, by the way, the most common SBC codec is used, which guarantees compatibility with any sound source and is capable of providing quite high-quality playback.

Battery charge information is sent to the phoneand appears in the switch panel and in the list of paired Bluetooth devices. True, the charge level changes abruptly &#8211; for two days of not very active use it remained 100%, then sharply decreased to 80%.

Like any similar device, the headset can beconnect via HSP/HFP profile to one device (for example, a phone or computer with Skype), and via A2DP/AVRCP &#8211; to another (for example, to a TV or media center). If only this headset is used with the phone, then the connection occurs very quickly, almost instantly. If several and the last one used was another headset or speaker &#8211; there may be a delay as the phone searches for the last connected device first.

To simplify the first connection (pairing) with other devices, BTD5 has an NFC module. Its sensor is located in the left earphone, and you need to bring the paired device to it.

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Impressions of use

Considering a well-known brand and still not the mostLow price I expected more or less decent sound. The characteristics also hinted at this (18–20,000 Hz, 40 mm speakers), but, alas, I was very disappointed. In these headphones, the music sounds muffled and compressed. The first analogy that comes to mind &#8211; as if you were listening to the sound from a speaker through its rear wall. The sound is somehow unnatural, &#8220;plastic&#8221;. Bass and high frequencies are reproduced quite cleanly and accurately, but only until vocals or some kind of mid-range instrument are connected &#8211; acoustic guitar, piano, cello, electric guitar (rhythm or solo), saxophone, etc. Such instruments are played noticeably louder, with both bass and &#8220;cymbals&#8221; the drums sound as if from very far away. Quite often, extraneous sounds appear caused by the resonance that occurs in the headphone housing. The sound of the mid frequencies is generally somewhat unpleasant, the vocals are lifeless, without nuances and details. The loss of sound quality during transmission is very clearly audible, even in songs in loseless formats, and mp3 files, already lossily compressed, are distorted even more. Perhaps a wired connection would save the sound, but this is not possible.

Declared frequency range &#8211; from 18 Hz to 20kHz. A test using a special audio file containing a sine wave with an increasing frequency from 3 Hz to 20.5 kHz showed that I heard sounds with a frequency of approximately 30 to 14600 Hz in these headphones, which is noticeably worse than in other headphones I have used. tested. This indicates a rather strong fall in the frequency response at the edges, that is, a low level of reproduction of both the lowest and highest frequencies relative to the middle ones. This is confirmed when listening to music.

What else is interesting &#8211; at the sound stagethere is no volume at all, all sound sources are perceived as sounding inside or around the head, but strictly in the same plane. Yes, headphones &#8211; This is not an acoustic system that is correctly positioned relative to the listener; it is difficult to achieve full localization here, but in other headphones there was at least some volume. Of course, a headset costing up to 1000 UAH &#8211; not a device from which you should expect Hi-End sound, but many even cheaper alternatives that I heard sounded much better. I don’t presume to judge why this is so &#8211; Either the speakers are bad, or the case is made of the wrong material &#8211; but if you consider yourself a music lover and a connoisseur of high-quality sound &#8211; look for other options. On top of that, the power reserve of the built-in amplifier is small, coupled with poor sound insulation, this forces you to raise the volume to almost maximum on the street or in a noisy room, which also does not have the best effect on the purity of the sound. If you look at the context of musical genres &#8211; These headphones are definitely not for rock or orchestral classical music; vocals are not fully revealed in them either. In them you can listen to light music, not too rich in instruments and parts. And, of course, they are quite suitable for audiobooks, podcasts and YouTube videos with predominantly speech content.

In telephone mode, the headset works well. The microphone is sensitive enough, the interlocutors heard me without problems. The claimed range of the connection (10 meters) is confirmed, in open space - even with a margin. In a two-room apartment, sound was transmitted without problems between the opposite ends of the apartment through two partitions.

Autonomy is stated to be impressive &#8211; up to 40hours of playback. It’s very similar to the truth &#8211; One full charge was enough for me for more than two weeks of testing. But there is a nuance here too. Such &#8220;longevity&#8221; This is also achieved through very intrusive energy saving. If nothing is transmitted to the headset for 5 minutes, it gives a short beep and immediately turns off. This is all the more disappointing because the headphones are very comfortable and can be left on for a long time. This feature makes the headphones unsuitable for use in standby mode &#8211; when you sit in them at work, periodically listening to something from the Internet, or just don’t want to miss an important call. Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to disable this or even change the wait duration.

In the dry residue

I wouldn’t have bought the Panasonic RP-BTD5 myself, but what ifI didn't have the opportunity to listen to it when I bought it, but I would most likely return it. With all due respect to the brand, it was better to save on anything, but not on sound quality - that is, on the main characteristic of the headphones. If you come across them in a store, still listen to them, perhaps I’m too categorical, after all, sound quality is largely a subjective thing. But the market is full of alternatives for the same price or cheaper, which definitely sound better and are more solid - and at least the same ACME BH203 from my previous review.

2 reasons to buy Panasonic RP-BTD5:

  • outstanding autonomy;
  • convenient management.

2 reasons not to buy the Panasonic RP-BTD5:

  • mediocre sound quality;
  • paranoid energy saving setting.

Technical Specifications for Wireless Stereo Headsetss Panasonic RP-BTD5

Weight (without battery)
155 g

frequency range
18–20,000 Hz

94 dB ±3 dB

Bluetooth 3.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP);
Micro USB; NFC


Speaker size
40 mm

32 Ohm

Li-Ion battery (300 mAh)

Stated battery life in stereo
up to 40 hours