- TECH SPECS
- Impressions of landing, controls and first start-up
- Battery life
- Noise suppression
- Music listening experience
- Connection: Bluetooth 5.0, up to 10 meters
- Formats: LDAC, AAC, SBC
- Noise reduction: yes
- Speaker: 25mm (dome type)
- Resistance: 17 Ohm
- Aperture: Aluminum 30μm / TPU 50μm (Composite Body)
- Frequency Response Range: 5-40 Hz
- Frequency response (Bluetooth connection): 20-20 Hz (sampling rate 000 kHz); 44,1-20 Hz (LDAC, 40 kHz sampling rate, 000 kbps)
- Volume control: touch sensor
- DSEE HX: yes
- NFC: yes
- Charging time: 5 hours, charging via USB Type-C
- Working time: up to 35 hours with noise reduction and 45 hours without
- Cord length: 1.2 meters
- Weight: 245 g
- Price: 18 990 rubles
I love Sony for the attention to detail. An elegant box, it is convenient to remove the film. Under the dust jacket are headphones covered with a cardboard tongue with a QR code for the corporate application. Everything is beautiful and elegant. Immediately there is a feeling that there is a THING in front of you!
So, the box contains:
- 1.2 meter wire
- Cover made of fabric
- Charging wire
The idea behind the H.EAR on 3 series is just below the flagship 1000 series. As Sony describes the concept itself: H.EAR is a product for millennials with a fashion sense and love of music. The design and colors of the headphones are created with an eye to the latest fashion trends. Thus, H.EAR is meant to act as an accessory to complement the look, creating the finishing touch. Of course, there are also simple black “ears” in the collection, but Sony encourages you not to be shy and take bright colors.
As I wrote above, choosing colors, Sony focuses on fashion trends. You can choose from ash green with pink, orange with light ear pads, red with black ear pads, or blue.
On the ear cushions of the orange headphones, there is a pattern of orange paint droplets, as if someone shook a brush.
Not bad. But it would be better if Sony had completely turned on Jackson Pollock and turned on the heat. Imagine how awesome the picture “Number 17A” would look on the ear pads. All millennials would have laid out all their millennial money at once, everyone would have started talking about Sony, and the headphones would be immediately sold out, because anyone would want to show through headphones what a bottomless inner world he has inside, and so that everyone knows what a multifaceted personality is in front of them.
Black, by the way, is also not as simple as it seems. There, an ornament is used on the ear cushions. Red, for me, is too defiant. Such “ears” are suitable only for certain images. Well, they sent me a stylish blue color that will look harmonious with a suit of any color, and with a street style such as a T-shirt and jeans.
The headphones themselves are made of matte plastic, pleasant to the touch. On the headband there is a slightly coarser plastic, and on the cups – smoother. The inner part of the headband is made of soft soft-touch material, the ear pads are made of soft-touch eco-leather. Such small touches are the magic of Sony, when the buyer gets delighted not only from the characteristics and quality of the product, but even from the tactile sensations.
Of course, there are no complaints about the build quality. Does not play, does not creak, does not stagger. The headband guides snap out with a little effort. This is the way it should be. The ear cups fold back into the headband so that the headphones can be easily tucked into the carrying case.
The cover is a pouch with ties. The inner surface is velvety, the outside is dense, canvas-type fabric. Out of curiosity, he poured water on her. Wet marks remain, but most of the water rolls off without being absorbed, and inside the bag remains dry. This allows you to expect that if your backpack or suitcase gets wet in the rain, the headphones will not be damaged. But I would not recommend walking in a thunderstorm with a cover in hand.
Impressions of landing, controls and first start-up
The right and left ear cups are marked on the inside of the headband. In this case, the right cup is marked with a red letter, and the left one – blue, which allows you to put on the headphones without peering. After all, it is easier to count a color than a letter.
USB Type-C for charging. A full charge takes 5 hours, but a 10 minute charge gives 2.5 hours of listening time
In terms of fit and overall design, the headphones are reminiscent of the 1000 series. The ears fit completely into the cups. The headphones fit perfectly on the head. They fit snugly, but do not crush. I would not recommend doing sports in them, but when jogging, the headphones will not fly off the head. In the summer, of course, running in such headphones is not an option (and they have no protection against sweat), but in winter it is quite possible to put on a hat. Here are some photos with examples of how the headphones sit on your head.
Sony write that these headphones will be comfortable all day long. I don’t know about the whole day, but at +26 degrees in the Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 I passed under the sun for an hour and I can’t say that my ears are tired or sweat a lot. If the room is climate-controlled, then, for example, you can drive from St. Petersburg to Moscow with headphones, which I did. Most of the time, I just turned on a noise reduction or a light unobtrusive lounge.
The controls of the Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 are typical of Sony headphones of this type. On the left cup there is a power button and a noise canceling mode selection button. And on the right cup there is a touch pad that allows tapes, horizontal and vertical swipes to control tracks, volume, and receive calls. There is a function that allows you to cover the right cup with your palm and a couple of fingers, and then the noise reduction turns off, allowing you to hear that the cashier at Pyaterochka is offering you a chocolate bar at a discount.
There is a customizable button next to the power button. By default, it has noise cancellation control, but you can make a call to the voice assistant
My special compliments to Sony for pronouncing all the actions. A single press on the power button, and the headphones will say the percentage of the charge, it also says in a voice that the “ears” have entered pairing mode, etc. By the way, this option is available in all Sony headphones, regardless of cost – at least 2 thousand, at least 22 thousand.
I like the headphone control. Responsive and comfortable. However, I can say this about the 1000th series, although I have repeatedly come across comments from people complaining that there are problems with the sensitivity of the touch control in the cold.
The surface of the right cup is touch sensitive, allows you to control music, calls and voice assistant
Separately, I would like to note that Sony tried to make sure that the user did not experience stress. When you turn it on for the first time, the headphones are immediately ready to pair with your phone. In general, the connection is instant. For 3 weeks of operation, there was no such thing that the “ears” are trying to connect to Bluetooth for a long time, they give a connection error. Switching between devices is just as easy and simple.
The proprietary Sony Headphones application must be installed on the headphones. In some cases, it can be useful:
- Geolocation based headphones can customize the profile. For example, in the office you need full noise cancellation, and when you come home – incomplete to listen to your wife
- The app has 360 Reality Audio. The idea is that Sony analyzes the shape of your ears, suggesting you take pictures of them in every way. Then they send the data to the server, and from there additional settings come. Everything is very cool up to the point that this function only works with two music applications – Deezer and Nugs. If you’re lucky enough to use one, the settings will go there and you’ll get personalized audio. We have a separate material devoted to this option. This is how the editor-in-chief Murtazin E. described his impressions of 360 Reality Audio: “But after half an hour I realized that 360 Reality Audio really has an advantage, the sound is richer, due to the different distance it seems that it is alive. In ordinary recordings, the distance of the performer from the microphone is plus or minus the same, the volume does not jump, everything is as standardized as possible. And we are used to it. In 360 Reality Audio, this is true, but not so. By ear, such a recording is perceived as something alive, such a sound is warmer, and it is felt. When you switch from Play Music to Deezer, you don’t feel the difference, but the reverse transition is difficult, it seems that something has been removed in the music. We removed the necessary components of good sound. “
- On the headphones, you can adjust the noise canceling level by moving the slider. There is an option “focus on the voice”, when the headphones will filter out unnecessary noise.
- In the application, you can also reassign what the noise canceling button on the left earphone does. The choice is small: noise cancellation or one of the voice assistants (they can be called up by simply pressing the left cup for a long time). You can also select a time interval after which an automatic shutdown will occur. A useful option when you use headphones only as a noise reduction device. And you can select the language in which the headphones will speak to you and the application interface will be displayed.
- Of the nice features. The application displays which codec “ears” are currently using: LDAC, AAC, SBC
Declared 35 hours of work with Bluetooth noise reduction. My tests showed that the earbuds last 36 hours with noise canceling. Apparently, while the battery is new. Without noise cancellation, they promise 45 hours. I took my word for it. In any case, all Sony headphones live for a very long time. You will charge your ears once a week. However, given that a full charge takes 5 hours, I recommend just recharging regularly from time to time. For example, you go to a meeting – stick your “ears” into the computer, let them charge.
Full charging takes 5 hours. And a 10-minute charge will provide 2.5 hours of sound.
To begin with, the headphones have good passive noise isolation. Unlike 4 microphones and the proprietary QN1 processor in the WH-1000XM3, h.ear on 3 uses only 2 microphones, and the processor is generally silent. As a result, the user gets a good noise reduction, but, of course, he falls short of the flagship series.
If you turn on noise reduction and music (even if not loudly), then the world around you disappears. No human voices or machine sounds are heard. If only noise reduction, then the world seems to recede into the background.
Music listening experience
As you might guess from the positioning and specifications, the Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 (25mm speaker) should sound a little simpler than the WH-1000XM3 (40mm speaker). So it is in reality. The bass was an unexpected revelation. They are only slightly inferior to the 1000 series, despite the significant difference in driver sizes. The bass of the WH-H910N h.ear on 3 is deep, juicy and perfectly balanced. Sony has a series of XTRA BASS that turns any music into bass-oriented. Sometimes even where it would not be desirable. But this is a special episode designed for action. Describing the basses of the WH-H910N h.ear on 3, I would like to say that they are appropriate. But, as they say, there are no comrades for taste and color. If you like powerful, even excessive bass, the XB900N is your choice. And there is nothing to be ashamed of. The purpose of music and headphones is to deliver positive emotions.
Medium and high in headphones are crystal clear, like mountain springs in the protected depths of the Altai Mountains. The clarity and balance make the Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 ideal for listening to classical, jazz and vocal tracks.
Good headphones have such a thing as a soundstage. This is when, when listening, it seems that the instruments are located the way they are at concerts. For example, the vocalist is in front, the drummer, on the contrary, is sent back so as not to drown out, etc. The Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 has a good soundstage. All instruments are clearly distinguishable, if you close your eyes, you can imagine how they are located, who is closer, who is further, who is to the left or to the right.
Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 are great for listening to complex music. And here I would like to note that you will not disturb others with your musical tastes. Headphones do not leak sound.
Like most Bluetooth headphones, the Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 has a lag. It is about 200ms when connected to a laptop, which is also a typical value. Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 sounds great in games and movies, but it’s better to use the wire that comes with the kit. Its length is 1.2 meters, but you can always buy a longer version.
This is the most difficult point. Just a couple of weeks ago, everything was simple. The 1000th series in M.Video went on sale for 18.5 thousand rubles, and the Sony WH-H910N h.ear on 3 cost 21 rubles. And, of course, there was no point in buying them. Or if you just really want a bright design. However, Sony has adjusted the price tag. Sony WH-H990N h.ear on 910 – 3 rubles. The official price of WH-18XM990 is 1000 3 rubles. Now it looks more logical. In terms of sound quality, the WH-22XM390s sound slightly better. I would even say that you would hardly feel the difference. However, in terms of noise cancellation, the 1000 series is better. Accordingly, if you buy headphones, including as “noise reduction” for office and travel (that is, you can simply turn on noise canceling without music), then it is better to pay more. If this is not the case, then the Sony WH-H3N h.ear on 1000 is your choice. They will delight you with sound, color, and quality. Well, if you like listening to hard, aggressive music with a lot of bass, then check out the 910 XTRA BASS.
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