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Sony Inzone H9 Review

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While the Sony Inzone H9 gaming headset’s bass and Bluetooth latency disappoint, its comfortable design, clear microphone, and good audio quality redeem its high price.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Launched in 2022, the Sony Inzone H9 is a closed-back wireless gaming headset in two colors (black and white) with a 40mm driver unit. Its frequency response is between 5Hz and 20,000Hz, and it weighs 0.72 lbs. The battery life goes up to 32 hours on a single charge with noise cancellation off, and a 10-minute quick charge gives you one hour of playtime.

Like the best gaming headset, the Inzone H9 supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, and you can connect via Bluetooth and USB wireless simultaneously. The Inzone Hub PC Software allows you to customize the EQ function, and the controls include a volume dial, noise canceling/ ambient mode, chat balance, and Bluetooth.

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  • CS:GO

  • Call Of Duty

  • Fortnite

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Consensus

our Verdict

The wireless Sony Inzone H9 enhances gameplay with immersive deep rumbles and lower mid-range sounds, customizable EQ, and precise directional imaging. However, connecting over Bluetooth muddies the sounds and drastically cuts out the bass.

These headphones are comfortable due to their lightweight build (0.72 lbs), leatherette earcups, and soft headband, but are too large for small heads. Microphone speech is loud and clear while engaged in multiplayer games, and if you want to mute yourself, just flip the mic up. The latency while using the USB dongle is low (24 ms) for perfect audio-visual synchronization but rises to a high 213 ms latency over Bluetooth. Read our comparison of the Asus Rog Delta vs Delta S if you want options with a lightweight design.

Reason to Buy

  • Outstanding audio quality
    • The Sony Inzone H9 is outstanding for gaming, thanks to a boosted upper-bass and lower mid-range, which bring explosive rumbles and gunfire for added immersion during gameplay. For 7.1 surround sound, read our Epos H3pro Hybrid review.

    • Moreover, you can customize EQ presets via the companion software and gain an edge over your enemies by tracing their location with precise audio cues.

  • Fairly comfortable
    • These headphones boast breathable leatherette earpads, a lightweight build (0.72 lbs), and soft headband padding for comfort during long gaming hours. Check out our Sennheiser GSP 670 review for a model with headband sliders.

  • Good mic quality
    • Voices sound clear without disturbing background noises since the mic lowers rumbling sounds like heavy engines or machinery. It scores 6.15 out of 10 in our mic quality rating.

    • You can mute the permanently affixed microphone by flipping it up.

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor Bluetooth bass range
    • There is no adequate thump and rumble when connected over Bluetooth, and the audio sounds somewhat muffled compared to the sound delivery over the USB dongle

  • Too big for small heads
    • Even the smallest adjustment on the headphones may seem too bulky for small heads, resulting in discomfort during extended wear.

  • High PC latency
    • The latency while PC gaming over Bluetooth is ultra-high at 213 ms. You’ll fare better with the dongle connection.

Sony Inzone H9 Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time3.5 hrs
Battery LifeBattery Life32 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsPlayStation 5, Windows
Connector SizeConnector Size
Detachable MicDetachable MicNo
Driver SizeDriver Size40mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialSoft-fit leather
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response20,000 Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response5Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingYes
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsYes
Transparency Moden/a
True WirelessNo
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
WeightWeight0.7 lbs
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth

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Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)6.15
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)22.23
BT Latency (ms)213
Non-BT Latency (ms)24
Low End Roll Off (Hz)20
High End Roll Off (Hz)15,122.7

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Launched in 2022, the Sony Inzone H9 is a closed-back wireless gaming headset in two colors (black and white) with a 40mm driver unit. Its…

Launched in 2022, the Sony Inzone H9 is a closed-back wireless gaming headset in two colors (black and white) with a 40mm driver unit. Its frequency response is between 5Hz and 20,000Hz, and it weighs 0.72 lbs. The battery life goes up to 32 hours on a single charge with noise cancellation off, and a 10-minute quick charge gives you one hour of playtime.

Like the best gaming headset, the Inzone H9 supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, and you can connect via Bluetooth and USB wireless simultaneously. The Inzone Hub PC Software allows you to customize the EQ function, and the controls include a volume dial, noise canceling/ ambient mode, chat balance, and Bluetooth.

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 has better bass accuracy for greater immersion than the Sony Inzone H9. It also comes with a 1/8″ TRRS to…

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 has better bass accuracy for greater immersion than the Sony Inzone H9. It also comes with a 1/8″ TRRS to 1/8″ TRRS cable for quick plug-and-play connectivity, while the Inzone H9 is wireless. However, the Inzone H9’s ANC system blocks out ambient noise, whereas the Arctis Nova 7 lacks ANC. For more information, read our SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 review.

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset has a neutral sound signature, whereas the Sony Inzone H9 leans towards warm. The G PRO…

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset has a neutral sound signature, whereas the Sony Inzone H9 leans towards warm. The G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset’s app is compatible with macOS, but the Inzone H9’s app is not. However, the latter supports Bluetooth, while the Logitech only supports a USB dongle connection.

The Sony Inzone H9 has noise cancellation to drown out ambient noise, while the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless does not. The Inzone H9 boasts a…

The Sony Inzone H9 has noise cancellation to drown out ambient noise, while the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless does not. The Inzone H9 boasts a superior 32-hour battery life, more than double that of the PULSE 3D Wireless’s 12-hour battery. Moreover, the Inzone H9 supports audio through Bluetooth and a USB dongle, whereas the PULSE 3D Wireless is limited to a dongle connection.

The newer Sony Inzone H9 offers minor enhancements over its predecessor, the Sony Inzone H7. The latest model has leatherette padding, unlike the older’s cloth…

The newer Sony Inzone H9 offers minor enhancements over its predecessor, the Sony Inzone H7. The latest model has leatherette padding, unlike the older’s cloth padding. It also boasts ANC, which is lacking in the H7, and has a lower non-Bluetooth latency (24 ms) compared to the H7’s high 80 ms latency.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

No

No

Battery Charge Time

3.5 hrs

4 hrs

Battery Life

32 hrs

38 hrs

50 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Compatible Platforms

PlayStation 5, Windows

Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows

Connector Size

3.5mm

3.5mm

Detachable Mic

No

Yes

Yes

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Score

    72
    The Sony H9 are optimized for gaming, not for music. Their sound quality depends on… read more

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  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Score

    72
    The Sony H9 are optimized for gaming, not for music. Their sound quality depends on… read more

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  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Score

    60
    Sony’s Inzone H9 flagship gaming headset offers very good simulated surround sound, average audio quality,… read more

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  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Score

    60
    Sony’s Inzone H9 flagship gaming headset offers very good simulated surround sound, average audio quality,… read more

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  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Sony Inzone H9 is a solid gaming headset for both PC and PS5. Although… read more

    By:

    Andy White
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Sony Inzone H9 is a solid gaming headset for both PC and PS5. Although… read more

    By:

    Jake Thauvette

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