I’ve been meaning to review this one! These are the Sony H-Ear on 2’s but also known as the Sony H900n. As always being transparent, some items I do receive as review units from companies, some I don’t. This one, I did personally pay for at the retail price of $299. I still have my Sony WH1000x headphones as well, but I’ll be making a direct head-to-head comparison review for that one soon, be on the lookout. In the meantime, be sure to click on my affiliate links at the top of the page for the most updated prices.
Going over the physical features, the H900n’s looks and feels identical to the previous generation. There are only three colors in total at the time of this review. Sony is calling this one grayish black. I never realized this, but if you’re a headphone nut – if you have seen my Sony XB950 review, it’s the same exact headband! It’s not a bad thing, but pretty interesting to point out. Sturdy, clicky, holds its shape well, and last, I know it’s overkill but the stress test proves it’s one of the most flexible headphones out there. I’m not trying to break the headphones, but I try to feel and hear if there’s any plastic chattering or creaking, anything that would make it feel cheap – $300 to me is not cheap at all.
COMFORT IN WEARING
Regarding comfort, wearing these for several hours, I didn’t have any discomfort at the crown of the head. There’s not much of a clamping force at the jawline but I do notice the headphones rest right on the joint which causes a little wearing fatigue right there. The earcups do slightly warm up my ears but I never had ear sweat occurring. For those with smaller heads, just like the XB950’s design, there is a decent gap between your head and the headband.
Touching base on the controls. I loved the intuitive touch on the right ear cup. Very similar to the WH1000x, it works every time and I never had the issue of missing a command or action. Gently swiping to gently tapping initiates the command.
On the left earcup, there’s unfortunately no touch controls, but anything physical is located here. We have Noise Cancelling on or off which I’ll get to shortly. The same button turns on and off Ambient Aware. This is becoming very common on more premium headphones. If you want to be safe, hear your surroundings when walking through the city or hearing your surroundings while at work, this feature turns on the built-in microphones and pumps your environment into your ears.
Finishing up the important physical aspects, micro USB is featured, again, no USB-Type C considering the world is wanting a universal plug and last is a 3.5mm jack for physical connections. I did confirm, this did not work with a PC if you connect a USB cable to it. Your PC will recharge though.
Since we’re talking about battery life, the H900n’s are claiming upto 28hrs of battery life with Active Noise Cancelling on. I did my test at 50% volume and letting it drain. I’m got 22hrs on the dot. Quick charge is available with 10 minutes on the cord giving you back 65 minutes of playback.
Getting back to the earcups, the HearOn’s can be used with phone calls. Testing this, my voice comes across very clear and every said my voice sounded sharp and no distant or muffled, however, this does pick up background noise very easily. Last, doing a double tap on the right earcup does bring up Siri or Google Assistant.
To finish up the physical build, the headphones are collapsible for easy stowing and Sony does offer a carrying pouch. I personally prefer a case instead, but the bag does help prevent possible scuffs when thrown into your bag.
Slowing touching base on audio, these do sound leak quite a bit. At 60% volume which is comfortable and enjoyable listening, I can hear music playing from 6ft away. Compared to the Sony 1000x, I had to crank that up to 80% volume to achieve the same sound leaking that I had with the HearOn 2’s.
SONY’S LDAC vs SBC
Last before the audio demo’s, Bluetooth 4.1, AptxHD and LDAC are available. For those who are not aware, LDAC provides the best wireless audio signal over Bluetooth. If you’re using quality audio files to uncompressed FLAC files, LDAC offers the least amount of compression. With Android 8 and higher having LDAC built in, finally, we get to experience this. Back in the day, you had to have a Sony device or Xperia smartphone to experience LDAC. With my test, repeatedly turning it on and off, over different songs, and whenever I don’t get the experience, I try and test over and over again to make sure it’s not user error… in the end, the difference is super minimal.
If you’re swapping the audio signal back to back from SBC to LDAC, you’ll rarely be able to tell, if tell at all. When I listed to SBC (basically CD quality) for an hour straight and had my ears become used to this quality, then switched, I could ever so slightly tell there was ever so slightly deeper bass and ever so slightly clear directional sound. And when I mean minute, it is a small tiny little sliver. And I was using FLAC files and have been testing these quite extensively to make sure there’s no user error. Those who are audiophiles and tested this themselves, please let me know in the comment section your experience.
ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLING
Jumping into Active Noise Cancelling performance, the H900’s did very well in my opinion. Sounds were muffled extremely well by Sony, not to the level of my WH1000’x or QC35ii’s, but certainly to a very high degree. Room tone, voices, background music was all greatly lessened, and when playing music along with them, most of your environment will be completely drowned out.
Going over the audio performance, I very, VERY much enjoyed these. The Sony Hear On 2 ’s surely get’s loud. Using this on my older Pixel XL, also my Samsung S8+, fifty to sixty perfect volume was very comfortable and very enjoyable. At 70% and higher, it becomes too loud for me.
Second, the bass on these is just enough. I could use just a little bit more, but overall, they offered a bass signature similar to my Bose QC35ii’s. It’s punchy, non-distorting, slightly above being neutral in my opinion. It’s not resonating or deep which isn’t a bad thing, but something to take into consideration. Within the Sony App that you seen earlier, there is a bass boost option that does somewhat help.
As for the mid-range, this is where I really appreciated the H900’s. Somewhat bright, moderately forward to give the vocal performance a sense of being in the forefront. The H900’s made more modern music today sound alive and exciting. Very clear, articulate, and a good amount of detail and fidelity. The soundstage in this area is very good but a little bit more would have made these things amazing. You can surely hear vocals and instruments in the forefront and behind you, left and right audio channels are no question distinguishable which helps with immersion, but the audio snob in me, I wanted it to be just ever so slightly more spacial and wide. Other than that, most people will find the mid-range worth the money they paid.
As for the high notes, my test revealed they’re precise, barely any roll off from my experience, and never aggressive to cause listening fatigue or ear tinging. The high frequencies performed perfectly and well balanced for me.
Last but not least, watching movies there’s no syncing issues from my experience with either Youtube or Netflix, and the movie watching experience was identical to the audio experience in regards to quality and performance. If anything, I had to increase volume up when watching videos. The app’s equalizer wasn’t much and the virtual surround sound didn’t make the experience more enjoyable. The only feature worth mentioning that supplemented the audio experience is again, the bass booster and that was it.
RECOMMENDATION ON THE HEAR.ON 2
In the end, do I recommend these? No question, yes. If you’re on the fence, I would surely tell you to give them a try. Testing the comfort would be my biggest suggestion slash critique, but everything else should work perfectly fine. Now the only question, should you spend $50 more, and get the WH-1000x’s. Folks, be sure to follow me at JimmyLuongOffcial on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, that would mean the world to me. I post some awesome stuff on there. And be sure to show your support by Like and Following. I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom and I’m here to help YOU, make a purchase decision. You guys take care, and I’ll see you on the next one.