As a dedicated console and PC gamer, I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of low-latency wireless headphones. After trying countless wired and wireless options, including Sony’s own Pulse 3D, I discovered the Sony INZONE H9 – Sony’s latest premium wireless headphones. Offering a truly exceptional experience, these headphones not only provide comfort for extended gaming sessions, but also unparalleled sound quality at a price of less than Rs 30,000.
While there are a few minor issues, they don’t detract from the INZONE H9’s overall exceptional performance. Read on for our full review of these headphones and discover the impact they can have on your gaming routine.
Sony INZONE H9 wireless headphones are ideal for both competitive and story-driven games on the PS5 and PC
The Sony Inzone H9 headphones can be used for both PC and PS5 gaming. They also have a minimalist design that complements the aesthetic of the PS5 console. If you’re looking for a minimalist gaming headset solution and use the same dongle for wireless connectivity, the Inzone H9 might be worth considering.
For competitive gamers, the Sony Inzone H9 offers exceptional sound quality that can give you an edge in detecting enemies. With its 360 spatial sound technology and high-quality 40mm drivers, you can detect enemy footsteps with pinpoint accuracy. This feature is especially noticeable in games like Apex Legends that have a complex soundscape, including sounds from enemies, the environment, and other elements. During intense firefights, the 360° spatial sound allows you to distinguish sounds based on different characters in the game.
Games like God of War Ragnarok sound glorious using the Inzone H9 without compromising on comfort and connectivity
While the Sony Inzone H9 headphones are aimed at esports players, they also deliver an exceptional audio experience for casual gamers playing narrative games. I recently tested God of War Ragnarok on the PlayStation 5 and was blown away by the level of immersion the H9 offered.
The headphones take advantage of the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, which allows me to hear even the tiniest audio signals, such as gusts of wind and echoes in closed spaces that were previously missing. This extra level of immersion takes the gaming experience to new heights. Yes, like most gaming headphones, including the Inzone H9 prioritizes low-frequency sounds associated with explosive action in modern video games.
In my recent gaming sessions, I was able to immerse myself in different worlds for hours without experiencing any discomfort around my ears, thanks to the superior comfort of the headset. They weigh 330g, and honestly, the weight distribution is so good that it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing bulky gaming headphones. In any case, I find them much more comfortable than Sony’s Pulse 3D. Yes, they sell for much less, but I wanted to point that out. The boom mic is also well designed, with a handy retractable feature for easy on or off. The mic input is impressive, with crisp and clear voice quality that rivals even my standalone condenser mic.
The Sony Inzone H9 offers dual connectivity options, either via Bluetooth or the included 2.4 GHz dongle, err..receiver. And that means you can use them on a wide variety of devices, including your phone, Nintendo Switch, or whatever you see fit.
Battery life and ANC: a good balance
The Sony Inzone H9 headset promises an impressive battery life of around 30 hours, making it a reliable choice for extended gaming sessions. However, it should be noted that when the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature is enabled, the battery life is reduced by around 7-8 hours. However, if you’re in a noisy environment and want a distraction-free gaming experience, the built-in ANC is a valuable feature that effectively blocks out unwanted sounds. This makes the trade-off between reduced battery life and the improved gaming experience well worth it.
The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) on the Inzone H9 is really impressive. It effectively muffled external noises such as traffic noise, my air purifier and other household distractions. I tested it on a flight from Jaipur to Delhi, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it blocked ambient noise on the plane. While it might not compare to something like Sony’s own WH-1000XM5, it still does an exceptional job for a gaming headset.
What’s missing is a feature we took for granted
While I thoroughly enjoyed using the Sony Inzone H9, my biggest issue with them is the lack of a wired connection option. Despite the increasing popularity of wireless headphones and earbuds, I still believe they are consumables. Once the battery deteriorates, the only option is to replace it, which can be a hassle. So when you’re investing nearly $30,000 in a gaming headset, the absence of a wired option is surprising.
It should be a standard feature in all wireless headphones, gaming or not. Having a wired option comes in handy when the battery runs out and also provides a backup in cases where wireless connectivity isn’t available, such as with an Xbox controller. In my opinion, and that of many others I know, wired connectivity is a non-negotiable feature.
That said, the Sony Inzone H9 remains a highly recommended choice for PS5 and PC gamers looking to invest in a premium gaming headset around the Rs 30,000 price range. These headphones offer exceptional performance and features, making them a standout option in the gaming headset market.
Verdict: Grab one if you need one
Retail around Rs. 27990, the Inzone H9 is an expensive but smart investment for anyone looking to enhance their gaming experience. The headset excels in almost every aspect that makes a great gaming headset, making it a top pick for players. If you’re really committed to improving your gaming routine, the Sony Inzone H9 is well worth the investment.
In fact, the headset is now on sale for around Rs 20,000, and for that price there’s no better pair to buy right now. The seamless connectivity to PS5 and PC is simply remarkable.
I’d put the Sony Inzone H9 in the rare category of premium gaming headsets that actually justify their price. Strongly recommended!
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