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Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 10, 2020 at 08:41 am
Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.3
Commute/Travel
7.2
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 are a decent pair of over-ear headphones. They're quite comfortable, offer a well-balanced listening experience that can be adjusted in depth with their feature-rich companion app, and last quite some time on a single charge. On the downside, their ANC system isn’t as impressive as that of other headphones in Sony’s lineup, they have a somewhat bulky design limits their portability, and their integrated microphone struggles in loud environments. With that said, these are a solid choice if you're looking for well-built wireless headphones with a fair amount of versatility.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Sony WH-H910N are decent for mixed usage. They’re well-built, have an easy-to-use control scheme, deliver a well-balanced, highly customizable listening experience, and offer a very generous battery life. On the downside, they aren’t especially portable and have an integrated mic that struggles to isolate speech from ambient noise.

Pros
  • Very long battery life.
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
  • Intuitive control scheme.
Cons
  • Integrated microphone has poor noise handling capabilities.
  • Somewhat bulky design.
  • High Bluetooth latency on PC.
7.3 Neutral Sound

The Sony WH-H910N are a decent fit for neutral sound. They have a mostly accurate bass, though with a slight bit of boominess, and exceedingly accurate mids, ensuring clear and detailed vocals and lead instruments. Their treble is more inconsistent, however, and causes a loss of detail and brightness in some tracks. That said, they’re compatible with the Sony| Headphones Connect companion app, which gives users a graphic EQ and audio presets to adjust the headphones’ sound profile to their liking.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and audio presets in companion app.
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
Cons
  • Slighty closed-off soundstage.
7.3 Commute/Travel

The Sony WH-H910N are satisfactory for commuting and traveling. They’re quite comfortable, decently well-built, and do an effective job of blocking out the chatter of fellow commuters. Unfortunately, their ANC system struggles with sound in the bass range, so you’ll hear quite a bit of rumble from bus and plane engines. Also, they aren’t especially portable and might be a bit of a hassle to carry around when not in use. Thankfully, their 40-hour battery life should be more than enough to get you through a couple of long travel days.

Pros
  • Very long battery life.
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
  • Intuitive control scheme.
Cons
  • Somewhat bulky design.
  • ANC system struggles somewhat with low-frequency ambient noise.
7.2 Sports/Fitness

The Sony WH-H910N are satisfactory for sports and fitness. They’re comfortable, relatively lightweight, and feel sturdy enough not to be damaged in the event of a fall. Their wireless connection, meanwhile, eliminates the risk of an audio cable snagging on something, while their intuitive touch-sensitive control scheme allows you to quickly make an adjustment without disrupting your pace. Unfortunately, these over-ears are still quite bulky and may slip off your ears if you do anything more strenuous than a light jog.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
  • Intuitive control scheme.
Cons
  • Somewhat bulky design.
  • Aren't stable enough for high-intensity exercise.
7.1 Office

The Sony WH-H910N are a decent choice for office use. They do an effective job of blocking out chatter from noisy coworkers and nearby AC units, feel comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, and should have no issue lasting throughout several days at work, courtesy of a 40-hour runtime on a single charge. That said, they lack multi-device pairing, which is an annoyance if you frequently swap between listening to your phone and computer.

Pros
  • Very long battery life.
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • High Bluetooth latency on PC.
5.8 Wireless Gaming

The Sony WH-H910N’s latency is too high for gaming on PC, and their reliance on Bluetooth connectivity means they aren’t compatible with PS4 and Xbox One consoles.

7.5 Wired Gaming

The Sony WH-H910N are a good pick for wired gaming, so long as you’re playing by yourself. They’re comfortable enough to wear throughout extended gaming sessions and provide a well-balanced listening experience that should allow you to get immersed in what you’re playing. Unfortunately, their included 1/8” TRS audio cable doesn’t come with a mic, so you won’t be able to chat with teammates.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
Cons
  • No in-line microphone on audio cable.
6.5 Phone Calls

The Sony WH-H910N are okay for phone calls. Their integrated microphone does a good job of making your voice sound detailed and distortion-free, but it struggles significantly with isolating it from even moderate background noise, meaning that those on the other end of the line will have a hard time understanding you if you’re calling from a crowded or noisy environment.

Pros
  • Decently well-balanced default sound profile.
  • Intuitive control scheme.
Cons
  • Integrated microphone has poor noise handling capabilities.
  • No in-line microphone on audio cable.
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.3 Commute/Travel
  • 7.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sony WH-H910N are fairly conventional-looking over-ear headphones that share a more than passing resemblance to the Sony WH-XB900N Wireless, though with slightly more ovular ear cups. They’re made of dense plastic that comes in a few colors, so you find a pair that better suits your sense of style.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.54 lbs
Clamping Force
1.0 lbs

The Sony WH-H910N are comfortable headphones. They’re not too heavy and feature pretty soft faux-leather padding on the ear cups and headband, so they shouldn’t be too fatiguing to wear during extended listening sessions. That said, their ear cups don’t swivel to fit a wider range of head shapes and sizes and are a tad small, allowing the outermost tips of your ears to touch the inside of the cups.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Sony WH-H910N have a very good control scheme. It’s very similar to other over-ears in Sony’s lineup, namely the Sony WH-XB900N Wireless and Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, with a touch-sensitive surface on the right ear cup that provides a good amount of functionality. Swipe up to increase volume, swipe down to lower it, and swipe left and right to skip and rewind tracks. Covering the surface with a palm lowers the volume of your content for quick conversations. Meanwhile, a quick double-tap pauses and plays media and also answers incoming calls. A programmable button can be used to activate your phone’s voice assistant or to enable ambient sound control; its function can be changed through the Sony| Headphones Connect companion app.

6.0
Design
Portability
L 5.5 "
W 6.0 "
H 3.0 "
Volume 99 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Sony WH-H910N’s portability is mediocre. They’re a little on the bulky side, which isn’t especially surprising for a pair of over-ear headphones. That said, their ear cups do fold inward, which does make it a little easier to put them into their carrying pouch or another bag.

6.0
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These over-ears come with a double-lined carrying pouch that should protect them from scratches and minor water exposure but will do little to guard them from drops or heavy rain.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of these headphones is good. While they aren’t the most well-built headphones in Sony’s product lineup due to their primarily plastic construction, they still feel dense and shouldn’t take too much damage from small drops or bumps. That solid feel is aided by their sturdy hinges and a headband reinforced with a flexible metal band, not to mention the faux leather-lined padding.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Sony WH-H910N are decently stable. They shouldn’t fall off your head if you plan on wearing them during a light jog, but anything more strenuous will cause them to shift around quite a bit and slip off your ears. However, their wireless design prevents them from having an errant audio cable snag on something while you’re on the go.

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In The Box

  • Sony WH-910N Wireless headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • USB-C charging cable
  • 1/8" TRS audio cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.47 db
Treble Amount
-2.24 db

The sound profile of the Sony WH-H910N Wireless is quite well-balanced overall. Bass is mostly neutral, though a slight bump in the upper reaches of the range generates some slight boominess. Mids are remarkably well reproduced, ensuring clear and present vocals and lead instruments. Treble is a little less accurate, with some dips in the range causing a slight loss of detail and liveliness. That said, their sound profile can be customized in depth through a graphic EQ in the Sony| Headphones Connect companion app to suit your preferences.

6.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.87 dB

The Sony WH-H910N’s frequency response consistency is mediocre. You shouldn’t experience too much divergence across the entire bass range and low-mid range, but higher frequencies than that may be heard very differently depending on the headphones’ positioning and fit.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.39 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
13.54 Hz
Low-Bass
1.82 dB
Mid-Bass
1.14 dB
High-Bass
3.73 dB

The Sony WH-H910N have great bass accuracy. It’s mostly flat across the low-bass and mid-bass ranges, yielding appropriate amounts of punch and body, but a slight bump in the high-bass range is responsible for a bit of boominess and muddiness in some tracks.

9.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.31 dB
Low-Mid
0.09 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.1 dB
High-Mid
-0.39 dB

The mid accuracy of the Sony WH-H910 is outstanding. It’s very flat and follows our target curve closely, allowing for clear, present, and detailed vocals and lead instruments without sounding cluttered, boxy, or harsh.

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.84 dB
Low-Treble
-2.31 dB
Mid-Treble
0.35 dB
High-Treble
-9.06 dB

The Sony WH-H910N's treble accuracy is satisfactory. A dip in the low-treble range dulls some vocals and lead instruments while the following peak causes a little bit of harshness. That said, since treble is highly dependent on headphone positioning and fit, you may hear higher frequencies quite differently on separate occasions.

7.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.0 db
Dips
1.27 db

The peaks and dips performance of the Sony WH-H910N is decent. A bump in the high-bass range causes a bit of boominess while a spike in the low-to mid-treble range causes some vocals and finer instruments to sound overly bright and piercing.

7.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.66
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.49
Weighted Phase Mismatch
18.05

The stereo imaging performance of the Sony WH-H910 is satisfactory. There’s a slight bump in the weighted group delay occurring in the lowest frequencies, but that shouldn’t be too noticeable overall, with the rest of the range falling beneath the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are fairly well-matched in regards to amplitude response, but some minor deviation is present in frequency and phase response, which has a slight impact on the headphones’ ability to accurately reproduce the placement of objects in the stereo image, generating a less immersive listening experience in turn.

5.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.44 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.49 dB
PRTF Distance
15.16 dB
Openness
3.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.5

The Sony WH-H910N have a poor passive soundstage. While they do a decent job of activating the outer ear to create a slightly more spacious listening experience, it won’t be perceived as especially natural, meaning that sound will be heard as coming from inside your head and not the room around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These headphones have no virtual soundstage features.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.280
WHD @ 100
0.141

The Sony WH-H910N deliver good weighted harmonic distribution performance. There are few spikes across the range, which should ensure a mostly clean and pure listening experience.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.4
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

This is the configuration we used to test the Sony WH-H910N. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
6.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.94 dB
Bass
-4.93 dB
Mid
-14.09 dB
Treble
-29.6 dB

The noise isolation performance of these headphones is unremarkable. Even with their ANC system activated, they do very little to reduce the volume of ambient noise in the bass range, meaning that you’ll hear quite a bit of the rumble of a bus engine if you wear them on public transit. They’re more effective in the mid and treble range, so you shouldn’t hear too much of the chatter from nearby coworkers or the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.

7.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
34.5 dB

The Sony WH-H910N do a very good job of preventing audio from leaking out. Escaping noise occurs primarily in the high-mid to low-treble range, meaning that it’ll be perceived as somewhat hissy and high-pitched, but it should be lost below the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Sony h.ear on 3 have an integrated microphone.

7.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
190.27 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.63 dB
HFE
6933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
0.447
Gain
5.88 dB

The recording quality of the Sony WH-H910N’s integrated microphone is good. Your voice should sound clear, fairly detailed, and mostly clear of distortion.

5.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
6.22 dB

The Sony WH-H910N’s integrated microphone does a poor job of isolating speech from background noise. People on the other end of the line will have a hard time understanding you if you’re calling from an even moderately noisy environment.

Active Features
8.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
40.0 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
40.0 hrs
Charge Time
4.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

These headphones have excellent battery performance. At 40 hours of playback on a single charge with ANC turned on, our test unit exceeded their advertised battery life by five hours. They also have an auto-off timer feature, which can be adjusted in the Sony| Headphones Connect companion app. Unfortunately, they take a fair bit of time to charge but can be used with the included 1/8” TRS cable, which yields passive playback if you’re not willing to wait.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sony| Headphones Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

Like most of Sony’s headphone lineup, these over-ears are compatible with the Sony| Headphones Connect app. It’s quite feature-dense, with a graphic EQ, audio presets, an ANC activation toggle, and a remap function for the headphones’ physical C button that can be used to enable your phone’s voice assistant or to turn on the ambient sound control.

Connectivity
7.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
Yes
Line Of Sight Range
335 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
201 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
150 ms
Android Latency
136 ms

The Sony WH-H910N have good Bluetooth connectivity. They support Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC pairing, but not multi-device pairing, which can be annoying if you frequently switch between listening to content on your phone and computer. Wireless latency on most platforms is too high to consider playing video games or streaming movies, but it’s worth mentioning that different apps and software compensate for this lag differently, so your real-world experience may vary. These headphones also have outstanding line-of-sight wireless range, maxing out the distance available at our test facility.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and don’t support any other kind of wireless connection.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.1 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Sony H910N can be used for passive listening via the included 4.1 ft 1/8” TRS cable if you end up running out of charge. That audio cable doesn’t come with an in-line microphone, so you won’t be able to answer calls while they’re plugged into your phone.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can only be used for audio when plugging the 1/8” TRS cable into a PS4 controller, as the audio cable lacks an integrated microphone. The same goes for PC users. Their integrated microphone does work when connected to a PC over Bluetooth, though it should be noted that their audio latency over a wireless connection is too high for them to be considered suitable for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sony WH-H910N only provide audio when plugging the included 1/8” TRS cable into an Xbox One controller, with no microphone support. They can’t be used wirelessly with an Xbox One console.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don’t have a dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We reviewed the 'Red' variant of the Sony WH-H910N. Other variants differ only in terms of color, so we expect that the results of our testing should be equally valid.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sony WH-H910N are a good pair of over-ear wireless headphones. They’re well-built, offer a customizable listening experience, and last for a long time on a single charge. That said, their ANC system isn’t nearly as impressive as that of the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless or the Razer Opus Wireless. If you’re looking for more options, check out our list of the best wireless Bluetooth headphones, the best over-ear headphones, and the best noise cancelling headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better wireless over-ear headphones for mixed usage than the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless. The XM3 are more comfortable, better-built, deliver a more consistent listening experience, and have a substantially more effective ANC system. They also have more options in the Sony| Headphones Connect app. Conversely, the H910N last much longer off of a single charge, while their integrated microphone does a better job of making your voice sound clear in quiet environments.

Sony WH-XB900N Wireless

The Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Sony WH-XB900N Wireless. The H910N deliver a more consistent, better-balanced default sound profile, last much longer off of a single charge, and leak less audio. That said, the XB900N are more comfortable, block out marginally more ambient noise, and have a few more features in the Sony| Headphones Connect app, including surround sound support and room effects. The XB900N also have a unique advantage in the form of aptX compatibility.

Sony WH-CH710N Wireless

The Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless are better, more versatile headphones than the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless. The WH-H910N are better-built, and they have a more neutral default sound profile. They also have a longer continuous battery life, and they're more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in their companion app.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better mixed usage wireless headphones than the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless. The Bose have a comfier fit, deliver a better-balanced listening experience out-the-box, and block out far more ambient noise. The Bose also support multi-device pairing, which is useful if you swap between listening to content on your phone and computer. However, the Sony last twice as long on a single charge and have a companion app that offers a greater degree of customizability as well as a more intuitive control scheme.

Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless

The Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless and the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless are very similar, though the latter holds a slight advantage since it's basically a new version. The WH-H910N have a slightly easier to use control scheme, a better-balanced default sound profile, and last much longer off of a single charge. That said, the WH-H900N hold a unique advantage in the form of user-adjustable noise cancelling.

Razer Opus Wireless

The Razer Opus Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless. The Razer reduce the volume of ambient noise with greater effectiveness, feel more comfortable and better-built, and offer a more consistent and balanced listening experience. They're also more versatile on a wired connection, as they have 1/8” TRRS audio cable with microphone compatibility, so they can be used to chat with teammates online or to answer phone calls while wired. On the other hand, the Sony have a better integrated mic and a marginally easier-to-use control scheme, not to mention a slightly longer battery life, though that comes at the cost of a longer charging time.

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