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Hardware Review: Sony INZONE H9 – Taking your audio experience to the next level



Sony has already provided PS5 players with a decent pair of cans with the Pulse 3D headset, but the INZONE line-up aims to elevate the audio experience even further. With three to choose from, the Sony INZONE H9 is the cream of the crop, offering all the bells and whistles while looking and feeling.

But what is it that makes the H9 so special? What kind of features does it come with? And does the entry price of £269 take some of the shine off? We’ve been testing the INZONE H9 for the past few weeks, so let’s get on with our hands-on impressions.

What is Sony INZONE H9?

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The Sony INZONE H9 is a pair of noise-canceling headphones that will go well with your PS5. Like the Sony INZONE M9 that we reviewed, it comes with a sleek black and white design and plenty of top-line features. Of course those features include Bluetooth connectivity via a USB stick, noise-canceling and ambient noise, 360 spatial audio, and overall a premium and comfortable build quality.

As mentioned, the H9s will set you back £269 here in the UK — $299.99 in the US — and while, yes, it’s certainly a good chunk more than another Sony headset, the Pulse 3D, it’s pretty much up there with most. is More noise-canceling headphones. Although the INZONE line-up comes with the cheaper H3 and H7, they miss out on some enticing features like wireless connectivity, and the build quality dips.

On paper, the H9 is certainly a step up from most other gaming headsets, and with its tie-in design and 360 spatial audio, it should be the perfect addition to your PS5 set-up.

What’s in the box?

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Out of the box, the H9 requires no set-up. You’ll immediately see the headset with USB lit up after you connect it to your PS5. In the box you will also get a USB-C cable for charging. That is literally it. It’s straight to the point, and you can be bouncing your audio game within a minute of opening the box.

Build quality and hardware specifications

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As soon as you put your H9s on, you’ll feel the comfortable embrace of a quality pair of headphones. The leather cushioning on both the ear cups and headband is plush and comfortable, and goes a long way to block out outside noise – long before any noise cancellation is activated.

Along the sides you have access to a volume slider, a balance between both game chat and party chat, a Bluetooth connectivity button, a switch between both noise cancellation and ambient noise, and of course the power button. The buttons were never easy to distinguish, and never felt quite in the right place compared to the Pulse 3D, which has far more easily accessible controls. However, the H9s make up for this with a physical rotating boom mic, which allows you to pull the mic down to speak, and then push it up to mute. It’s perfect for all you gamers who’ve been caught singing along in a lobby full of captive audiences.

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The adjustable and swivel arms make for a very comfortable gaming experience, and even after hours of gaming, you’ll still feel comfortable with the H9s on your head. This reflects the H9’s impressive battery life, which Sony claims comes in at 32 hours without noise cancellation. During our review period, we never felt any battery concerns, and were able to charge the headset casually whenever we had the chance. Wearing the H9s for long periods of time reveals a looseness compared to other headsets. Even at its tightest, any sudden movements or sneezes often resulted in the H9s slipping off our heads. For comparison, this has never happened to us with the Pulse 3D.

An additional feature that will surely elevate the H9s above other headsets for some is the ability to wirelessly connect to a PC. Many other headsets like the Pulse or the Razer Kyra are only able to connect wirelessly to the PS5, but here a simple switch to USB will do just as well. There’s an INZONE app to customize your audio experience, and it’s definitely recommended, as the default settings on PC weren’t quite the same as on PS5. When it worked, it was nice to have a comfortable pair of wireless headphones for PC, but we experienced some digital interference and the occasional disconnect — both things that weren’t present on the PS5.

Audio experience

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Coming from the Pulse 3D headset, we were blown away by the immediately noticeable upgrade in sound quality. Noise cancellation is absolutely fantastic for anyone, and any loud game will ensure that only any sound from the outside world comes in. If that’s not your thing, Ambient Noise mode allows you to pick up outside sounds, while still getting high quality sound.

However the sound itself is truly sublime. Deep base shooters like Modern Warfare 2 were incredibly immersive because you practically felt every bullet and explosion. 360 spatial audio meant we were often completely safe as we were able to hear enemies before we saw them, allowing the audio to actively improve our performance, not just our immersion. for

However, if big bangs aren’t your thing, the noise cancellation means that games like The Last of Us Part 1 benefit from smaller audio details. Nearby grasshoppers, creaky floorboards, clip-clapping horses feel alive and well thanks to the H9.

Should you buy the Sony INZONE H9?

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The Sony INZONE H9 is an impressively immersive headset that will undoubtedly enhance your gaming experience, no matter the game. It performs just as well at quieter levels as it does in the Bombastic, and all in all, it offers a solid and comfortable build quality that will allow you to play for hours while you notice it on your head. does not come The ability to connect to a PC is also a welcome addition, giving the H9 a big bang. However, it quickly proves that this is a headset designed for the PS5.

If you’re in the market for a more expensive headset, we can hardly recommend the H9. Unlike the M9 monitor which struggles to warrant its high price tag, the H9 is a case of getting what you pay for, and in this instance it’s worth every penny.

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