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Creative HN-900 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Feb 26, 2016 at 12:00 am
Creative HN-900 Picture
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 working at the office.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The Creative HN-900 are sub-par for mixed usage. 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.

Pros
  • Simple comfortable design.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par noise isolation performance.
  • Bad audio reproduction.
5.6 Critical Listening

The Creative HN-900 are sub-par for critical listening. They have a poorly balanced, mid-range-heavy sound, and their closed-back design limits their soundstage.

5.7 Commute/Travel

The Creative HN-900 are sub-par for commuting. Their noise cancelling is weak and struggles in loud environments.

5.8 Sports/Fitness

The Creative HN-900 are mediocre for sports. They're lightweight and comfortable but too unstable for strenuous exercises.

5.6 Office

The Creative HN-900 aren't suitable for office use. They leak and don't isolate much. You'll still be able to hear the noise of a busy office.

6.5 Home Theater

The Creative HN-900 are average for home theater use. They have no latency since they're wired, but unfortunately, 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 your couch.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 5.6 Critical Listening
  • 5.7 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 6.5 Home Theater
  1. Updated Feb 26, 2016: Review published.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

These headphones have a 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

These headphones are comfortable. They're lightweight and don't clamp very tightly on your head.

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

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

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are moderately stable. They stay in place during casual listening sessions and have a detachable audio cable that won't yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something. Sadly, these are not sports headphones, as they feel too bulky and sway easily because of their 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 inยณ
Stand required N/A

The Creative 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 don't fold into a more compact format and are too cumbersome to carry around on your person as they don't fit into any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch

These headphones come with a thin fabric pouch that doesn't add much bulk and can help protect the headphones from scratches. However, the pouch can't really 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 ยฐC
Design
Cable
Detachable Yes
Length 5.25 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS

These headphones come 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
202.11ยฐ
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
0.64 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
3.69 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
176.82ยฐ
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 them 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 playtime 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 don't 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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