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The Sony Inzone H9 is a great gaming headset for PS5 and PC
Tom’s Guide Verdict
The Sony Inzone H9 is a solid gaming headset for both PC and PS5. Although it works as advertised, a few factors prevent it from being perfect.
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Compatibility: PS5, PC, Android, iOS Drivers: 40 mm Frequency Response: 5 Hz. 20 kHz Wireless: Yes
The Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset costs 300, and complements the Inzone M9 gaming monitor and the Playstation 5. While Sony has also released the Pulse 3D headset for its current-gen console, the Inzone H9 is arguably the better accessory because of its richer feature set.
Since the Inzone H9 is a Sony-manufactured product, it takes advantage of the PS5’s Tempest 3D audio technology to produce immersive sound. It’s also suitable for PC, with an Inzone desktop app that lets you create and adjust sound profiles. Because you can connect simultaneously to PS5 and Discord, you’ll be able to hear game sounds while chatting with friends. And if you like the PS5’s black and white aesthetic, you’ll dig this headset’s similar design.
In our Sony Inzone H9 review, we’ll go over the headset’s strengths and weaknesses, and see how it stacks up against the competition. While it’s a bit pricey at 300, it could be one of the best gaming headsets for some people.
Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset review: Price and availability
The Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset launched on July 7 for 300. It’s available to order now from Amazon. The device features digital noise canceling and soft leather padding, along with both USB wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s compatible with PC and PS5. Unfortunately, it does not support Xbox consoles, such as the Xbox Series X.
Two other Inzone headsets also hit the market alongside the H9: The 230 Inzone H7 and 100 Inzone H3. These two devices lack digital noise canceling and leather padding. Whereas the H7 features wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, the H3 is a wired headset that you can plug into a device via a 3.5mm headphone jack, or with an included wired USB adapter.
Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset review: Design
The Sony Inzone H9 looks more like a PS5 headset than even the Sony Pulse 3D headset. Like the console, the Inzone H9 is large, featuring oversized oval earcups covered in white plastic. Most of the outer casing and boom mic are white, while the soft leather padding and expandable arms are all black.
You control the headset’s volume with a small scroll wheel on the left earcup. A button for enabling or disabling digital noise cancelation resides underneath the dial, along with a USB-C port for charging. The boom mic is also situated on the left earcup. Over on the right, you’ll find buttons for lowering or raising game or chat audio, Bluetooth pairing and a power button.
Due to its enormous round earcups, you’re going to look somewhat silly while wearing the Inzone H9. This became abundantly clear when I wore the headset during a work meeting. Although it was comfortable, I looked pretty ridiculous. This won’t be a problem if you’re not in the vicinity of other humans, or if you simply don’t care what others think of you. But if you’re even a little self-conscious, you may want to use this headset when you’re alone.
One design choice I appreciate is the swiveling earcups. These make it easier to put the headset into your backpack, and also let you comfortably wear the Inzone H9 around your neck when you’re not using it. Headsets such as the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT and Razer Barracuda X also have this feature.
Large size aside, I can’t knock the Inzone H9 for staying on-brand with its design. You won’t mistake it for anything other than a Playstation headset.
Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset review: Comfort
While I’m not a fan of the way I look while wearing the Sony Inzone H9, I do like its exceptional level of comfort. This headset is so comfortable that it’s easy to forget you’re wearing it. That fact alone is a big selling point.
You can adjust the headset’s fit via its expandable arms and rotatable earcups. If I’m able to adjust the Inzone H9 to fit my big head, I’m sure you’ll be able to fit it to your own cranium, whatever its size. Suffice it to say, I love how comfortable the Inzone H9 feels.
Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset review: Performance
The Inzone H9 works well across a wide range of gaming genres on both PC and PS5. It takes full advantage of the latter’s Tempest 3D technology, which provides immersive audio. But PC users can also experience 3D audio thanks to the Inzone H9’s spatial sound technology.
On PS5, I tested Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Elden Ring. New York City’s ambient noise came through clearly in Miles Morales, as I web-swung across the expansive metropolis. When trouble ensued, I heard the brutal sounds of Miles pummeling his foes. Because of the spatial audio, it was easy to hear anyone who tried to attack me from behind. This was also the case with Elden Ring, where I could hear hidden enemies before they were able to ambush me.
Over on PC, I fired up Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077. Doom Eternal’s blaring soundtrack sounded great on the Inzone H9 – as did the sound of ripping flesh as I introduced demons to my chainsaw. Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City felt like an actual real-world location, thanks to the myriad sounds coming from its filth-ridden streets. Whether it was a cyber-junkie selling his wares or hover vehicles whizzing by overhead, everything came through with crystal clarity.
The Inzone H9 is also ideal for non-gaming content such as YouTube videos or music from Spotify. I listen to hard rock and heavy metal almost exclusively, and was impressed by how well these sometimes-abrasive genres sounded with the Inzone H9’s default sound profile. Of course, the music sounded much better after I adjusted the desktop settings (more on that in a bit). YouTube content from channels such as MKBHD and the Gaming Historian also had rich sound.
Although it sounded somewhat thin and trebly, my voice came through loud and clear with chat partners on Discord and PSN. If people in a chat room can hear me, then that’s all I need from a boom mic. Still, for a 300 headset, I would have liked better voice quality from a mic. My voice sounds much better on the sub-150 Sennheiser GSP 370, which has been my daily driver since 2019.
Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset review: Features and battery life
On PC, you can to customize the Inzone H9’s sound profile through the straightforward and minimalist desktop app.
Within the Sound Profile tab, you can choose from a number of preselected settings, such as Bass Boost or Music/Video. You can also manually adjust the equalization sliders to your liking and save different profiles. The desktop app even lets you enable or disable noise cancelation, adjust volume and personalize the spatial sound.
The app functions as intended when it decides to work. But, based on my experience, the app wouldn’t launch properly about one-third of the time, leaving me with a blank interface. As things stand, it’s frustrating dealing with such a finnicky desktop app. Thankfully, the Inzone H9 works regardless of whether the app launches or not.
Using the headset on PS5 is even simpler than on PC. Instead of an app, you control everything with the Inzone H9’s buttons. A UI pops up on the screen when you adjust the master volume or game and chat audio. You’ll also see how much battery life remains. If you’ve used the Pulse 3D headset, then you’ll be adept at using the Inzone H9 on PS5.
The Inzone H9 distinguishes itself from the other Inzone headsets because it’s the only one capable of digital noise canceling. This feature worked rather well, and is useful if you like to game in loud environments. But if you need to hear what’s happening around you, you can toggle on Ambient Noise.
You can connect the Inzone H9 to PC via the included USB dongle or Bluetooth. One of the biggest selling points of this device is that you can connect simultaneously to Discord and PS5 and hear those separate sound channels on the headset. Headsets such as the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 and SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro also have this feature. This is a huge plus for folks like myself, who use Discord to chat while gaming on consoles.
Sony claims that the Inzone H9 has 32 hours of battery life. I used the headset for the better part of two weeks before I saw the battery drop below 30 percent. This isn’t exactly scientific, but it seems as though the headset reaches the promised battery life, since I used it for about three to four hours per day during weekdays. For everyone except power users, 30-ish hours is plenty, although it may not be enough for those who always use headsets while gaming.
Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset review: Verdict
The Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset, like the Inzone M9 gaming monitor, sees Sony further entrenching itself into the PC gaming space. Releasing former Playstation exclusives, such as God of War, Uncharted, Days Gone, Horizon Zero Dawn, on PC was just the start. Since Sony already sells headphones such as the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the aforementioned Pulse 3D headset, the launch of the Inzone H9 shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
As for the headset itself, I found it superior to the Pulse 3D peripheral. Both devices are equal in terms of sound quality, but the Inzone H9 is more comfortable to wear and has a stronger microphone. I’m not pleased with how the oversized headset looks on my head, and I wish the PC app and Bluetooth connectivity were more reliable. While there’s no fixing the Inzone H9’s physical attributes, Sony could remedy the other issues with firmware and software updates. If its software problems get sorted, the Inzone H9 could be the Playstation headset to get.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly headset, you can’t go wrong with the excellent SteelSeries Arctis 7P wireless gaming headset – which currently resides at the top of our best PS5 headsets list. The 100 Pulse 3D headset is also a solid PS5 headset, as is the SteelSeries Arctis 1. The upcoming Inzone H7 and Inzone H3 could also be worth considering, if digital noise canceling isn’t something you need.
Sony Inzone H9 review: Excellent wireless gaming headset with ANC
Sony recently launched its Inzone series, which is primarily aimed at PC gamers. Besides two gaming monitors, you will find three different headsets. In the Sony Inzone H9 review, we took a look at the manufacturer’s top wireless model, which features active noise cancellation (ANC) taken directly from the manufacturer’s legendary over-ear headphones. The result is impressive in many areas.
Inhaltsverzeichnis / Table of contents
|Driver||40 mm (dome)|
|Frequency range (headphones)||5 – 20,000 Hz|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, Wireless (USB dongle)|
|Microphone type||bidirectional, with noise reduction; Circum-aural|
|Frequency range (microphone)||100 – 8,000 Hz|
|Range (Wireless)||Circa 10 meters|
|Battery life||Up to 32 hours|
|Charge time||3 hours|
|Compatibility||PC, Mac, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Smartphone, Tablet|
|Special features||Active noise cancellation (ANC); surround sound; flip-to-mute microphone|
Sony Inzone H9 review: the scope of delivery
The Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset comes in a purple-colored box with white details. Visually, the entire packaging is strongly reminiscent of the peripherals from manufacturer NZXT, such as the mechanical function keyboard (our review).
But we are more interested in the inner workings anyway, right? Besides the headphones themselves, Sony includes a whole bunch of manuals and booklets, as well as three stickers in the box. The whole thing is rounded off by a comparatively large, just under 5 cm long, USB-A dongle, as well as a 150 cm long USB-A to USB-C charging cable.
Design and finish
When it comes to the design of the Sony Inzone H9, the manufacturer obviously took inspiration from the look of the Playstation 5 console. Thus, the headset top model also relies on a matte white color scheme complete with black details, and at first glance it looks like a mix of the Pulse 3D headset and the current ANC headphones WH-1000XM5.
In any case, the headband design has been largely adopted from the XM5. From a purely visual standpoint, the Inzone H9 certainly makes quite an impression and looks minimalist and classy at the same time with its black and white mix.
What stands out directly are the lush pads of the ear cups, as well as the headband. The ears are embedded in a two centimeter thick cushion, while the head rests in the thickest part (in the middle) under a cushion of the same size. This already promises a high level of wearing comfort.
The two ear cups can be folded completely inwards and angled slightly outwards. They also sit in a movable holder that allows them to be angled.
The numerous controls are also striking. Let’s start with the left side. Here you’ll find the black volume dial on the inside, behind the ear. This is followed by the “NC/AMB” button, which allows you to switch between active noise cancellation, transparency mode and normal sound.
The USB-C port for charging and the status LED are on the bottom, while the microphone boom is on the outside. On the right is the “Game/Chat” button on the inside, which you can use to switch the balance between the two spectrums. This is followed by the Bluetooth pairing button and the power button. Everything is well thought out and easily accessible.
The drivers are easy to see through the mesh fabric in the ear cups. Another visual detail are the ribbed surfaces on the outer sides, which, however, do not only serve the optics. These are, according to Sony, to control and improve the bass response.
How good is the workmanship of the Sony Inzone H9?
- Almost entirely made of plastic
- Relatively wobbly
- Prone to fingerprints and grease stains
However, Sony has to take criticism in terms of workmanship, because there is room for improvement in terms of haptics. For a price of just under 300 Euros, the high-end headset does not feel as valuable as I am used to from many competitors in this field.
This is mainly due to the fact that the H9 is mainly made of plastic. Including the headband. As a result, everything doesn’t feel quite as sturdy as, say, a Razer Barracuda Pro (our review) or EPOS H3PRO Hybrid (our review). With the Sony, everything is a bit more wobbly, seems less robust and durable.
However, this is of course a purely subjective impression that cannot yet be confirmed after the short Sony Inzone H9 review. Otherwise, the build quality is good. The artificial leather cover, which replaces the nylon of the cheaper H7 and H3 brothers in the H9, is also not free of blame and magically attracts fingerprints and grease stains.
How good is the wearing comfort?
When it comes to wearing comfort, however, the headset again delivers a better performance. Of course, the choice of material also plays a role here, thanks to which the Inzone H9 only weighs around 330 grams. A good average value.
Especially thanks to the soft and comparatively large (6.5 cm in height, 4 cm in width) ear cups including generous pads, the gaming headset rests comfortably on the head even over several hours without pressing.
Practice test and handling
In practice, the Sony Inzone H9 comes up with some exciting features. For example, there is the dual connectivity, because like many other gaming headsets, the headphones connect optionally via USB dongle in the 2.4 GHz wireless Band and Bluetooth 5.0.
However, unlike many of its colleagues, dual connectivity is also possible here. What does that mean? The headset can be connected to a PC or notebook or Playstation 5 (the dongle has a dedicated switch for this) AND to the smartphone via Bluetooth at the same time.
The result is the simultaneous use of both sources – for example, phone calls via smartphone and music via PC. The connection in both modes works flawlessly and quickly. You can also quickly adjust the volume to game or media sound or chat with the Game/Chat switch, which proves to be quite practical.
However, the fact that the microphone boom cannot be removed – unlike in the aforementioned competition – is a point deduction in the B grade. Thus, the H9 is only suitable as ANC headphones for on the go or at home to a limited extent and less than the EPOS H3 PRO, for example, whose microphone can be removed and the opening covered.
On the other hand, I like the controls. All buttons are sensibly and logically placed and thus very easy to reach even during gaming. Haptically, the feedback of the plastic control elements could still react a bit more tactilely to my inputs.
In addition, however, the headset responds to inputs with various beeping noises that indicate, for example, reaching the maximum volume or switching from ANC to transparency mode.
However, it is annoying that the headset simply refuses to work on Xbox and Nintendo consoles. While it is recognized and works without problems on Playstation consoles, it is simply not recognized on devices from the competition, even in Windows mode on the dongle or via Bluetooth.
Range, battery life and charging time
- Good Bluetooth range (12m), disappointing via dongle (less than 6m)
- Maximum 32 hrs runtime
- No battery level indicator or information
Sony speaks of an effective range of 10 meters in Bluetooth mode. We could surpass this by about two meters in the indoor test. It does not look quite as good in 2.4 GHz mode, because it already comes to unsightly sound dropouts after about six meters.
The battery life of about 32 hours (without ANC) is okay, but not on an earth-shatteringly good level. Most other, even cheaper headsets, offer more here. Charging is relatively fast in return. 10 minutes on the power is enough for one hour of playback, and a total charging process takes around three hours.
I think it’s a shame that the headset doesn’t offer any kind of indicator or audible signal when the battery is running low. A battery indicator is only found in the accompanying software. On the other hand, it’s convenient that you can continue to use the H9 while charging it.
Recording and playback quality
But let’s get to the sound. How good does the Sony Inzone H9 sound? First of all, the basics: Sony installs 40 mm large, specially developed drivers. These cover a comparatively large frequency range of 5 Hz to 20,000 Hz, which already indicates that you can look forward to rich bass here.
And that’s how it turns out. The Sony Inzone H9 sounds simply outstanding. And impressive. Even without fine-tuning, the headset scores with powerful and precise bass tones. However, the expertise from the headphone segment has also been noticeably incorporated, because even the mids and highs are in no way inferior to the basses.
This makes the H9 very suitable for podcasts and audio books, as well as music of various genres. Even at maximum volume, the gaming headset realizes a clear sound that comes along completely without over-exaggerated mids or unpleasantly sharp highs.
If I had to compare the H9’s sound to Sony’s over-ear headphones, I’d say it’s somewhere between the WH-1000XM4 (our review) and the XM5 – which is an absolute statement for a gaming headset. Definitely one of the best sounding wireless gaming headsets on the market.
However, the maximum volume could be a bit louder in 2.4 GHz mode. Here, other competitors get significantly louder. There are also clearly audible differences between 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth. Not in terms of sound quality, but in volume and sound image.
In Bluetooth mode, the headset sounds richer, more powerful in the basses and not quite as open in the trebles. At the same time, it gets considerably louder, which makes listening to music via Bluetooth sound much more pleasing than via PC or dongle.
How about the surround sound?
- Very good spatiality on the PC (360° Reality Audi)
- Excellent spatiality on PS5 (Sony Tempest 3D)
I also very much like the spatiality of the sound, which comes across nicely open in the highs (at least for a closed design). However, you can then expand the sound image once again with a virtual surround sound. Sony’s 360-degree reality audio, which we already know from the Linkbuds S (our review), is used for this on the PC.
For this, you have to take photos of your ears using the smartphone app 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer and upload them. This results in an even more spatial sound image, but a few details are lost in the mids.
Things look even better on the Playstation 5, which uses Sony’s Tempest 3D sound engine for surround sound and delivers an even more immersive experience. Here, the spatial sound image seems even more detailed and allows for positionally accurate localization of even the smallest details. Absolutely impressive.
ANC and Transparency Mode
- Best ANC yet in a gaming headset
- Clear, true-to-life transparency mode
- Rare airborne noise (transparency mode)
The fact that Sony is considered the market leader in active noise cancellation in the headphone segment is also evident in the Inzone H9 gaming headset. The ANC is not quite as effective as that of the XM4 and XM5 models, but it is not particularly far behind.
A slight background noise is perceptible in a completely quiet environment, but you won’t notice it when gaming, listening to music or consuming media. The ANC is very effective in suppressing all frequencies.
This does not only apply to uniform noises like fans or similar. Even conversations between my wife and our son or the TV sound in the home office are excellently suppressed and reduced to an absolute minimum. It’s simply the best ANC I’ve heard in a gaming headset so far.
Of course, there is also a suitable counterpart in the form of a transparency mode, which, for example, clearly emphasizes voices and lets them pass through. If you are at the PC, you can also fine-tune the amount of ambient noise with the help of a slider and activate the “FOCUS on voice”. Here, too, the H9 convinces with clear details and a realistic sound.
However, the external microphones sometimes pick up movements in the air in transparency mode. This is even though the microphone boom is raised and the mic is muted. This sounds like someone breathing briefly into the microphone again and again. However, this only happens rarely and – in my experience – only when you have just booted up the PC and turned on the headset. Does not disturb also further and disappears quickly again.
How good is the Sony Inzone H9’s microphone?
The microphone is automatically activated as soon as you flip down the arm of the Sony Inzone H9. A pleasant “click” sound then symbolizes readiness. You can also activate an automatic voice amplification within the software and control the amount of sidetone. The higher the value, the more you hear yourself talking.
Original rating with old firmware
Basically, the quality offered is absolutely okay, although I would have expected much more here considering the high price and excellent sound. The voice transmission is not as clear and dynamic as we are used to from other representatives.
What I cannot confirm, however, is the low maximum volume that other Sony Inzone H9 reviewers complain about. I find the volume absolutely sufficient, which my interlocutors also confirmed in the test.
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Sony’s Inzone H9 is an effective gaming headset, but there are better options
The Sony Inzone H9 (available at Amazon) is part of Sony’s attempt to put Playstation 5-styled gear into PC gamers’ hands, right along the Inzone monitor line. This wireless gaming headset sits at the top of the stack with powerful sound, lag-free 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, a respectable battery life, and active noise cancellation. But at 300, it’s priced like a flagship product and struggles to make all of its features work in harmony. SteelSeries pulls off the dual-connectivity feature more adeptly than Sony to boot. Sony’s Playstation 5-inspired design is both tedious to use and too bulky to make for an out-on-the-town headset, where its pricey ANC capabilities would come in handy. While it’s a generally good headset, you’ve got better options at better prices.
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About the Sony Inzone H9
It comes with a USB cable and a USB-A dongle, despite not having a wired connectivity option.
Here are the specs of the headset we tested:
- Cost: 300
- Style: Over-ear, closed-back
- Colors: White with black accents
- Drivers: 40mm drivers
- Connections: 2.4 GHz via USB-A dongle, Bluetooth 5.0
- Battery life: 32 hours
- Device compatibility: PC, Playstation 5 (2.4 GHz wireless); other (Bluetooth)
- Microphone: Bidirectional boom microphone, flip-to-mute
- Virtual surround sound: 360-degree Spatial Audio (Windows Only), Tempest 3D (PS5 only)
- Noise canceling: Yes
- Weight: 326 grams (11.5 ounces)
The Inzone H9 is Sony’s flagship gaming headset, and sits at the top of the stack of three headsets. The Inzone H7 is largely identical to the H9, but lacks active noise cancellation. Meanwhile, the Inzone H3 is a more basic wired headset that can be found for under 100.
Like the Sony Inzone M9 and forthcoming M3 monitors, the Inzone headsets are intended primarily for PC gaming but are also compatible with the PS5.
What we like
The pads are quite comfortable and squishy.
The Sony Inzone H9 provides a few ways to get connected to your audio sources and a triage system between them.
With the USB-A dongle, the Inzone H9 creates two different data streams, one for game audio and one for chat audio. This allows for on-the-fly sound balancing between the two without pulling up the relevant apps or menus. So one loud teammate won’t throw you out of the game for 30 seconds while you try to hush them, and a teammate’s callouts won’t be drowned out if you find yourself in a loud game environment.
The convenience of the 2.4GHz wireless connection is great, but Sony also tacked on a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. So, you can throw a phone or other device into the mix. The headset will juggle its two 2.4GHz wireless connections alongside the Bluetooth connection, so you can play music or podcasts from your phone while you play with friends without a hitch. You just need to manage Bluetooth volume through the source device.
connectivity options mean more ways to use the headset, and that’s a plus when you’re spending nearly 300 on a set of cans. It’s regrettable there’s no option to run the headphones over a wired USB or 3.5mm connection, but it’s got most bases covered with wireless.
The booming audio
The Sony Inzone H9 can pump it out. This headset easily pushes respectably crisp audio at high volumes that make for an especially impactful gaming experience. You don’t have to worry about finding a quiet environment to game in, because these can easily drown out external sound.
The chaotic environment of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’s new Warzone and DMZ modes is driven home with the Inzone H9’s booming speakers. I felt urgency to find cover when an enemy rocket detonated right next to me. The audio cue of my armor cracking was clear as day and helped me respond accordingly.
When it’s quiet, the headphones still make subtle sounds audible. After clearing a village in the game, my team posted up on some rooftops, and while we waited for the circle to shift, I listened carefully to pick up any faint sounds of distant players sneaking through our village below.
The audio helped me keep track of enemies in my surroundings, letting me train my crosshairs on entrances and cover to wait for players to pop up.
The mic clarity
While I’d love every headset mic to sound as rich and clear as a dedicated condenser mic, that’s not realistic. The Sony Inzone H9 doesn’t go quite that far, but it does a solid job without requiring extra software. The mic arm is easy to position, and once it’s close to the side of your mouth, your teammates will definitely hear you.
Even with a fan and air purifier running in my small room, the Inzone H9 mic stayed focused on my voice. It almost completely eliminated the background noise. Better still, it hardly picked up my keyboard and mouse. The mic lacks the crispness and fullness you’d want for a live streaming setup, but it will absolutely do for communicating with other players.
What we don’t like
There are too many buttons that are a bit hard to press and create too many meaningless beeps.
Throughout my testing, I noticed one issue too frequently: signal degradation. While the Inzone H9 largely stayed connected to its wireless USB transmitter, even if I went a few rooms away with plenty of walls between the headset and the dongle, the connection didn’t always remain pristine.
Sometimes I’d notice the audio quality dip with stuttering and strange digital artifacts from only seven feet away. It almost never ran into this issue while I stood at my computer with only four feet and line of sight between the dongle and headphones. But my experience with similar wireless headphones from SteelSeries (such as the Arctis Pro Wireless, Arctis 9 Wireless, and Arctis Nova 7 Wireless) never saw this sort of behavior in such a short range.
The Sony Inzone H9 is simply not that intuitive to control, especially when it’s on the head. The volume dial on the left earcup is fine and easy enough to feel out, though it takes a few spins to fully increase or lower the volume, and the tactility of it spinning doesn’t feel great. On the opposite earcup, there are controls for chat and game volume balance, but they’re buttons that take more pressure to press than expected.
I’ve loved the Chatmix dial on many SteelSeries gaming headsets for how quickly it makes this balance adjustment. By contrast, I feel like I always have to fuss around with the Inzone H9 to figure out first which button I need to press to make the adjustment I want, and then have to spend more time tapping it to get my desired level.
It doesn’t help that the headset communicates with meaningless beeps. Many of them aren’t that useful, such as beeping twice when a volume setting is maxed out. But even worse, I never even noticed a low battery indication from the headset until I was in the middle of a Warzone firefight and the headset simply shut off.
On-the-go features; Leave-at-home design
The Sony Inzone H9 has features like a headset you might want to take everywhere, and it’s comfortable enough for all-day use thanks to plush padding in the headband and ear cups, but you’ll probably want to leave them at home. Its Bluetooth connection means you can pair it easily enough with laptops or phones for away-from-home listening. It also includes modest ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) and an ambient sound mode.
Despite these features, the headset itself is not the sort you’d want to take everywhere. Sony doesn’t include a case, for one thing. The headset’s boom mic might flip to mute, but it doesn’t retract or detach, so it’s always going to be sticking out at the side. Then there’s the fact that these headphones are huge (and look kind of like giant eggs). I measured the earcups at 2.44 inches deep, 4.37 inches tall, and 3.5 inches wide. That’s larger than my monstrous Monolith M570s, which at least justify their size by housing 100mm drivers.
Should you buy the Sony Inzone H9?
It may be too faulty to justify its price tag.
Maybe, if you really want ANC
The Sony Inzone H9 is a powerful pair of premium gaming headphones, but it don’t quite live up to the price tag and falls prey to the same mistakes that made the Razer Barracuda Pro a flop. The headset may sound good, but it isn’t noticeably better than headphones costing one- to two-thirds less.
If sound quality isn’t the H9’s advantage, then it has to try to compensate with ANC and connectivity features. While the ANC may stand out, I didn’t find it useful in the easier-to-control home environment, and the headset is simply too bulky to enjoy on the go. The option to connect either over a lag-free wireless connection or Bluetooth is handy to have, but a handful of headsets already offer it. Even the now-dated SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless offered a better system for wireless connections alongside wired connectivity, at a lower price two years ago than the Inzone H9 comes in at today.
Most people considering the Sony Inzone H9 will likely be served just as well by the cheaper Inzone H7, which ditches the ANC but is otherwise nearly identical and can be found for 148. Everyone else should just turn to the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless.
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Sony-INZONE H3 Wired Gaming Headset, Over-ear Headphones with 360 Spatial Sound, MDR-G300
₹ 6,990 (incl. of all taxes)
MRP ₹ 9,990 (incl. of all taxes)
The microphone has a Smart boom design, placing it closer to the mouth, so your voice can be heard cleanly, even in the most frenetic moments of a game. A microphone made for total control: fold down to talk, and flip up to mute.
- Personalized 360 Spatial Sound for Gaming provides precise rival detection
- Game for hours in comfort with soft headband and smooth ear pads
- Discord certified, clear communications via a flexible flip-up boom microphone with mute function
- Ergonomically designed controls for effortless operation
- Personalize your experience through the INZONE Hub software
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INZONE H3 Wired Gaming Headset
Experience 360 Spatial Sound for gaming
Discover 360 Spatial Sound, activated by the INZONE Hub. It’s PC software with an all-new virtualizer to reproduce an immersive 7.1ch surround sound experience. With 360 Spatial Sound combined with our hardware technology, you can pinpoint your opponent’s location wherever they’re hiding.
Cushions your head perfectly
A wide, soft headband distributes weight evenly across the head for long-wearing comfort.
Get a snug, smooth fit around your ears
Shaped to minimize pressure on the ears and offset it to the side of the head, the soft nylon earpads provide comfort, stability, and sound insulation.
Responsive, voice-focused boom mic
The microphone has a Smart boom design, placing it closer to the mouth, so your voice can be heard cleanly, even in the most frenetic moments of a game. A microphone made for total control: fold down to talk, and flip up to mute.
Personalize your gameplay
The INZONE Hub PC software includes a wide range of sound and hardware settings, and you can even fine-tune sound frequencies to your liking.
INZONE gaming monitors
Our INZONE monitors (available Summer 2022) immerse you in larger-than-life action so you can perform perfectly.
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