Feb 14, 2013

Technics RP-DH1200 Headphones - Box Contents & Details

Gear: Technics RP-DH1200, Bose AE2, Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad X230T.

The RP-DH1200 are DJ headphones that deliver good audio quality (if paired with the right equipment). At about $100, they are very affordable. The video has many of my thoughts, and the images below should give you a general idea of features.


For about $100, the Technics seem like a good deal.

Back of the box offers many useful details.

Box contents.

The 3.9 ft short cable, gold plated, 3.5mm, attachable/detachable.

Also attachable/detachable, 8.9 ft long, coil texture, and 1/4 adapter.

Logo above the headband.

Stiff headband, not soft.

Audio cables can be attached/detached.

The frame extends to suit many sizes.

The frame collapses for easy carry.

The padding is quite thin.

Technics RP-DH1200 vs Bose AE

The Technics are heavier than the Bose.

Frame differences.

More frame differences.

Plastic vs metal: the Bose AE2 are more flexible.

Exterior of the drivers.

The Technics deliver very rich high quality audio, but the padding is insufficient; within 20-30 minutes your ears may start hurting.  The Bose have better padding, which allows longer periods of use.

Default laptop/computer output may not be enough.  For these cases you may need a dedicated sound card, such as the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 5.1 Pro.  If you don't have better audio equipment, the RP-DH1200 may be a waste of $100.


I bought the DH over the DJ because of several reasons:
1) larger diameter cups (50mm) vs DJ 41mm.
2) Better frame for my needs (needed solid), the DJ allows more movement.
3) The DH has removable audio cable (important for long term), the DJ does not.
4) The DH offers lower to higher freq response (5Hz-30kHz), the DJ (10Hz-25kHz) [source info varies]. 

On the freq response, most people won't be able to tell the difference, but what it means is: lower freq = good bass, higher freq = clear highs.  Of course, the freq response does not necessarily represent good audio quality.

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