August 12, 2022
Review on Sony WH-H910N h.ear 3 Wireless Headphones

When someone says ‘wireless’, ‘active noise cancellation’ and ‘Sony’ in the same sentence, they are referring to the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones. However, it’s not the only model to check those boxes. The company’s latest high-end, feature-packed headphones are the WH-H910N, which sits just below the flagship WH-1000XM3 in its hierarchy.

Priced at Rs 20,990, the Sony WH-H910N h.ear On 3, like many premium options from the company, is technically impressive. With features like active noise cancellation, LDAC codec support, gesture control, and more, this pair of headphones looks very promising at first glance. Is it really as good as it sounds? Find out in our review.

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Sony WH-H910N delivers high-end features and a pleasant sound signature

Sony WH-H910N Design and Specifications

Although there’s really nothing in Sony’s range that looks and feels as good as the WH-1000XM3, the Sony WH-H910N comes close. It is a similar shape and size, but with simpler textures and embossing on the exterior. The ear pads have an interesting pattern. Our review unit was a modest and sophisticated matte black, which is the only option sold in India. Sony also offers the pair in four whimsical two-tone color options in other countries. Despite being all plastic, we quite liked how the headphones looked and felt.

The headset has two physical buttons on the left ear cup – one for power, and the other is a multi-tasking button that can be customized. There is also a USB Type-C port for charging and a 3.5mm socket for wired connectivity on the left ear cup. The outer surface of the right ear cup is a touch-sensitive panel for controlling playback and volume, similar to the WH-1000XM3. The multi-function button can be set either to control noise cancellation and ambient sound settings, or to invoke the voice assistant on a paired smartphone; We preferred to use it for the former.

Swiping up and down on the right ear cup adjusts the volume, swiping left and right skip tracks, and a double-tap plays or pauses music and answers calls. Placing one hand flat on the surface enables Transparency Mode, softens whatever music is playing and turns on the microphone so you can hear what’s around you. The gesture controls worked well for us, and we quickly got used to them.

The Sony WH-H910N is a comfortable pair of headphones; We were able to use them for hours at a time, with only short breaks to give our ears some air. Even with the specs on, the headphones provided a good passive seal, and active noise cancellation worked as expected, too. The headphones are thin, despite the over-ear design, and fold inward for storage. The sale package includes a soft carry pouch, a charging cable, and a stereo cable for wired connectivity.

The Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 headphones use Bluetooth 5 and NFC for connectivity, along with support for the SBC, AAC and LDAC Bluetooth codecs. Support for aptX is missing, but it really won’t be missed; Sony’s LDAC codec is widely supported on Android devices. The headphones use 25mm dynamic drivers with a frequency response range of 5-40,000Hz when using wired connectivity (20-40,000Hz when using LDAC at 990kbps).

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The headphones have a customizable button that controls either noise cancellation or invokes a voice assistant

Sony’s wireless headphones are known for impressive battery life, and the WH-H910N lives up to the Japanese company’s reputation in this regard. With active noise cancellation running and listening to music using the LDAC codec at high volumes, we were able to use the headphones for about 30 hours between charges; An impressive number that is similar to that of the WH-1000XM3.

Like other Sony wireless headphones, the Sony WH-H910N relies on the Sony Headphone Connect app (available for ). iOS And Android) lets you control various features. It includes adaptive sound control, noise cancellation and ambient sound, equalizer, sound quality mode, multi-tasking buttons, and more. The app also shows the battery level of the headphones and the codec in use, and lets you install firmware updates. We’ve talked about this app in detail in several of our previous Sony Audio reviews, and it remains as effective and functional as ever with the WH-H910N headphones.

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Our experience with Sony’s audio range has been largely positive, and it continues with the Sony WH-H910N. These headphones stick to the state of the ear on product range, offering a balanced sonic signature, making it an affordable alternative to the WH-1000XM3. In contrast to Rs. 16,990 Sony WH-XB900N, the Sonic Signature is a little less bass-heavy, and connectivity is definitely more reliable.

We primarily tested the Sony WH-H910N headphones with a OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) and an Apple iPad mini (2019). While sound quality was good with iPads using the AAC Bluetooth codec, the LDAC codec sounded much better on Android devices.

Listening to Steps of Deep Sleeper by Seven Lions, the sound felt huge and wide from the get-go. This spacious and luxurious soundstage is made for listening to a captivating electronic track that lets us hear even the smallest details clearly. The track features bass drop as well as instruments covering the mids and highs. All elements could be heard clearly and clearly; At no point did one dominate the other.

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The headphones are available in a single color in India – Matte Black

Switching to a more traditional track with powerful vocals, we listened to Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. The two singers on this track – considered one of the best rock musicians of all time – were heard reliably and clearly on the Sony WH-H910N headphones. The balanced sonic signature helped keep the sound clean and straight, allowing the track to dictate words rather than forcing it like many other headphones.

While the sound signature remained reliably balanced no matter what instrument we used, the LDAC allowed us to hear a lot more detail, and made for a more expansive soundstage that helped the headphones bring out the best in our tracks. Our collection of high-resolution audio tracks sounded particularly good on the Sony WH-H910N headphones; Gotye’s state of the art almost looked like it was being swung on the fly, with the lows, mids and highs each getting time to shine.

While the sound was impressive, the Sony WH-H910N still isn’t quite as good as its more expensive sibling, the WH-1000XM3. Flagship headphones offer a bit more when it comes to accuracy and attack, with the Sony WH-H910N feeling a little less defined. However, these headphones didn’t sound bad by any means; We found them to be roughly on par with options like the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless.

Active noise cancellation on the Sony WH-H910N, while decent, isn’t quite as strong and effective as we’ve heard on higher-priced options like the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and Sony WH-1000XM3. A fair amount of ambient sound has been cut out, but we were still able to hear the faint hum of sounds that would have ideally been more subdued, such as the air-conditioner and general outside buzzing.

The vacuum-like silence we’ve come to love with the high-end options wasn’t exactly present on the Sony WH-H910N, and it’s these things that set this headset apart from the flagship. Call quality somewhat compensated for this; We were able to hear and hear clearly on voice calls when using the Sony WH-H910N.

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We found the headphones to be comfortable to use for hours

Decision

The Sony WH-H910N headphones can be considered an affordable version of the excellent Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones; Both models have similar features and capabilities for the most part. The difference between the two headsets can be seen in their design and performance, with the WH-H910N a small step down from the flagship standard set by Sony.

That said, the price difference between the two headphones isn’t a huge amount at current levels; The WH-1000XM3 is selling well below its official MRP due to its age. If you can stretch your budget a bit, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is a better option that fully justifies spending the extra money despite being over a year old now.

We were expecting the Sony WH-1000XM4 to launch sometime last year, but it may still be a few months away, and its official price is likely to exceed Rs. 30,000 in India.

The Sony WH-H910N are an excellent pair of headphones, but only worth considering if you can’t stretch your budget by more than Rs. 20,990 price tag. This will serve you well if you’re looking for a lightweight, slim, and comfortable pair of over-ear headphones. Judged entirely by itself, this is a perfectly fine pair of headphones for the price.

worth: Rupee. 20,990

professionals

  • very comfortable
  • Balanced, sociable and detailed sound
  • best battery life
  • good noise cancellation
  • nice app controls

Shortcoming

  • A little pricey for what’s on offer

Rating (out of 5)

  • Design / Comfort: 4
  • Audio Quality: 4
  • Battery Life: 4.5
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 4
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