On the hunt for a pair of over-ear headphones for the grim morning commute, I decided to drop some money on the Sony WH-H900N wireless headphones.
Having previously settled for headphones under a tenner, it felt alien spending over £100 on a pair of headphones. But after weeks of using the wireless Sony WH-H900N headphones on a daily basis, I’m delighted I took the plunge.
If you’re looking for capable headphones with noise-cancelling know-how, take a closer look at what Sony has to offer here.
Keep scrolling for my thoughts on the design of these headphones, along with ease of use and all-important sound quality.
Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones: Should I buy?
Assuming you have around £150 to spend, you absolutely have to give these Sony headphones a try.
The Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones have three major strengths. They combine top build quality, booming bass and a battery that just keeps going. It’s an awesome combination.
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Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones: design
In my quest for new headphones, I was looking for a pair that would partner great sound with sleek looks. These Sony headphones tick both boxes, serving up a truly immersive experience every time you flick through your go-to albums.
A foldable design means I can easily chuck these Sony headphones into the bottom of my rucksack. They come bundled with a handy carry pouch, which is a nice touch. However, it’s worth noting that the material is quite thin and won’t do much good if you drop them.
I have quite a big bonce, but these Sony headphones cope fine. They’re fully adjustable with cushioned, oval-shaped ear cups that fit nice and snug. Even when listening for long periods of time, I haven’t found myself adjusting the headband at all because of aches and pains.
On the left ear cup is where you’ll find all the buttons. There’s an input slot for a wired connection, a power button and a button for swapping between noise cancelling mode and Ambient Sound mode. The power button has two functions. A long press turns your headphones on or off and a quick press tells you how much battery you have left. The right ear cup is for swipe controls, but we’ll come to that shortly.
The Sony WH-H900N headphones come in a range of colours: Twilight Red, Pale Gold, Horizon Green, Moonlit Blue and Grayish Black. I grabbed my pair in Moonlit Blue (see above) and I’m really chuffed with them.
Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones: are they easy to use?
If your smartphone has NFC, setting these headphones up for the first time is a piece of cake. Turn NFC on, tap the back of your mobile against the left ear cup of the headphones, wait for the ‘beep’ and that’s it. If you don’t have NFC, you just jump into your phone’s Bluetooth menu and scan for the headphones that way.
Being a loyal Android user, I was pleased to see that these Sony headphones offer full support for Google Assistant. Without touching your smartphone, you can press a button on the ear cup and chat with your AI helper.
So far, I’ve used Google Assistant to send texts without reaching for my phone and to set calendar reminders in seconds. If you have events scheduled in your Google calendar, you’ll hear a message in your ear letting you know 10 minutes before it kicks off.
As the Sony WH-H900N headphones have an integrated microphone, you can also make calls with them. The quality of the microphone obviously isn’t as clear as it would be recorded directly from a phone, but it’s still good enough to understand, even in busy environments.
One of my favourite features on these Sony headphones has to be support for touch controls. A simple double-tap of the right ear cup will pause your music, or you can swipe sideways to skip tracks. Swiping up or down changes the volume. Cupping the right ear cup entirely will keep your music playing but lower the volume drastically – handy if you need to hear a message playing through a loudspeaker.
Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones: how do they sound?
Overall, I’ve been really impressed by the sound from these Sony headphones – it’s detailed and crisp whatever your genre of choice. Being a keen podcast fan, I quickly noticed that spoken word sounds really pleasant through these headphones.
If you want to play around with different sound profiles, you can do that using Sony’s own Headphones app for iOS and Android. Load it up and you’ll see profiles for ‘Bass Boost’, ‘Speech’, ‘Mellow’ and more.
Listening to bass-heavy tracks through these headphones is a really satisfying, immersive experience. I love the ‘thud’ of the drum beats. Of course, not everybody will enjoy listening to music that has a ‘boom’ to it. In that case, the Sony WH-H900Ns adapt well to calmer styles of music.
The digital noise cancelling is fantastic. Although it won’t block out the outside world entirely (you’ll still hear the rumbling of a passing car, for example) it’s still impressive at this price point.
Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones: battery life
You keep these headphones charged up using a microUSB cable. Over on the Sony website are promises of “up to 28 hours of battery in between charges.”
For the whole time I’ve spent with these Sony headphones, battery life has been exceptional. If you’re only using them for a morning and afternoon work commute, they’ll easily last beyond a week without a charge. Even if you’re heading on a lengthy flight, you’ll be covered for the whole trip if you charge them ahead of time.
Sony WH-H900N h.ear wireless headphones: our verdict
If you’re coming from a cheaper pair of in-ear headphones looking for a more immersive experience, these Sony headphones are a no-brainer. We’re thoroughly impressed.