Creative HN-900 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Feb 26, 2016 at 12:00 am
Creative HN-900 Picture
Test Methodology v0.9
5.7
Mixed Usage
5.6
Critical Listening
5.7
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
5.6
Office
6.5
Home Theater
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise-Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Creative HN-900 are mediocre headphones. They look well-designed but feel a little cheap. They're also pretty comfortable but their audio reproduction is disappointing. They don't isolate from ambient noise very well and they also leak a lot so they won't be the ideal headphones for commuting or to use at the office.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The HN-900 do not excel in any use case. They don't isolate well enough for commutes or office use. They're leaky and don't have a good enough sound for recording or critical listening.

5.6 Critical Listening

Subpar for critical listening. They have a poorly balanced, mid-range-heavy sound, and their closed back design limits their soundstage.

See our Critical Listening recommendations
5.7 Commute/Travel

Subpar for commuting. The noise canceling is weak and struggles in loud environments.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.8 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre for sports. They're lightweight and comfortable but too unstable for strenuous exercises.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.6 Office

Not suitable for office use. They leak and do not isolate much. You will still be able to hear the noise of a busy office.

See our Office recommendations
6.5 Home Theater

Average for Home Theater use. They have no latency since they're wired but u nfortunately, their sound quality may be a deal breaker. They also have a relatively short audio cable, so they won't be the best headphones to comfortably watch movies with from you couch.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 5.6 Critical Listening
  • 5.7 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 6.5 Home Theater
Pros
  • Simple comfortable design.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par noise isolation performance.
  • Bad audio reproduction.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

Simple modern design. The headband is thin and the oval ear cups are not too large. The coloring is black with dark grey accents around the ear cups. They look good but there's nothing special about their style.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.41 lbs
Clamping Force
0.86 lbs

One of the lightest over-ear headphones we have tested. Quite comfortable on the head, too.

5.0
Design
Controls
Ease of use Good
Feedback Subpar
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Noise Canceling Control No
Talk-Through No
Additional Buttons No

Simple and clear design. There's only one button on the headphones, so no chance of confusion. The in-line remote only has call/music control and no volume control.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Creative HN-900 are moderately stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions and have a detachable audio cable that won't yank the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something. Sadly, these are not sports headphones they feel too bulky and sway easily because of the relatively thin headband.They will quickly slip off your ears during high-intensity, physical exercise.

6.3
Design
Portability
L 7.48 "
W 6.69 "
H 1.57 "
Volume 78.9 Cu. Inches
Stand required N/A

The HN 900 are moderately portable headphones. They have a relatively small frame compared to some other over-ear headphones, and their ear cups lay flat to take up less space. However, they do not fold into a more compact format and will be too cumbersome to carry around on your person as they won't fit into any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch

Comes with a thin, fabric pouch that doesn't add much bulk and will protect the headphones from scratches. However, the pouch will not shield the headphones from hard falls or water damage.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

They feel quite flimsy and cheap in all areas. However, headband adjustment produces a decent click for the most part and the headband retains its position well.

6.9
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 4.4 C

Design
Cable
Detachable Yes
Length 5.25 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS

Comes with one 1/8" TRS-TRRS cable with mic and call/music control but no volume up/down.

Design
Front

Design
Angled

Design
Side

Design
Rear

Design
Top

Design
In The Box

  • Creative HN-900 Headphones
  • Flight adapter
  • Carrying pouch
  • AAA battery
  • Audio cable
  • Manual

Sound
4.9
Sound
Bass
Std. Err.
7.16 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
47.91 Hz
Low-Bass
-7.32 dB
Bass
4.75 dB
High-Bass
8.15 dB

6.2
Sound
Mid
Std. Err.
5.04 dB
Low-Mid
5.48 dB
Mid
4.61 dB
High-Mid
-3.03 dB

3.4
Sound
Treble
Std. Err.
7.65 dB
Low-Treble
-9.75 dB
Treble
-1.31 dB
High-Treble
0.78 dB

5.5
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Error
8.49 dB
Openness
7.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.5
Correlated Crosstalk
-0.05 dB

4.0
Sound
Imaging
Phase Error
202.11 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
0.64 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
3.69 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
176.82 °

9.2
Sound
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
0.105
Weighted THD @ 100
0.242

Isolation
5.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
-12.35 dB
Bass
-1.44 dB
Mid
-9.36 dB
Treble
-28.79 dB
Self-Noise
18.15 dB

Most of the isolation is provided passively by the ear cups. The ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) only adds 10dB of reduction at around 200Hz and does even less at other frequencies, which is disappointing.

5.5
Isolation
Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
47.21 dB

A considerable amount of sound leaks from these headphones at a wide range, starting from around 400Hz and up to 5KHz (from low-mids to mid-treble). The leakage continues up to 20KHz, though to a lesser extent.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Wireless
Type
N/A
Obstructed Range
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
NFC
No

10
Active Features
Latency
Base Latency
0 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

8.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
AAA
Battery Life
48 hrs
Charge Time
N/A
Auto-off
No
Audio while charging
N/A
Passive Playback
No

The Creative HN-900 can last up to 48 hours of continuous play time at average volumes. You won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day, which is great for long flights or road trips. Unfortunately, they do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer but can continue playing audio even when the battery is completely drained.

0
Active Features
App Support

No compatible app.

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