Sony H.ear on Review
The Sony H.ear on MDR-100A is a hi-res over-ear headphone with an eye-catching design. The headset is comfortable to wear and present a pleasant sound. The sound is detailed, and it folds up to keep in the protective carry pouch. Check out Sony MDR-1000X Review
Sony H.ear on Design
The MDR-100A you get with a standard charcoal color, but the other colors are also eye-catching as well. You can buy the headset in lime yellow, cinnabar red, and Bordeaux pink or viridian blue. The earphones weigh 8 ounces and are comfortable to wear. Furthermore, it folds up for storage in a luxurious nylon carry case. On the other hand, the MDR-100A has a 40mm HD driver that replicates sound up to 60 kHz. The driver helps boost the bass and complemented with a CCAW voice coil to yield a good response in high-pitched sounds. On the detachable cable, you have a one-button in-line remote with mic to use with iOS and Android devices.
However, what it does lack are volume controls. In the box, you get the 3.5mm cable with a micro USB cable for charging the earphones. What’s more, the headphone has a plastic structure with padded leather earcups. You see no metal present, and when on your head, the weight distribution is even. For some the headband can be a bit tight, while for other users it is comfortable. Furthermore, it would have been nice if the earcups swiveled a bit more and folded flat to wear around the neck. On the side of the cans, you have a small NFC logo. Moreover, the buttons and ports you find on the bottom of both the earcups. You have a total of seven buttons with two ports and two microphones.
Sony H.ear on Performance
Connecting the MDR-100A is excellent, and the connection is secure. Pairing the headphones with your iOS or Android device is easy. However, attaching it to the Android is more comfortable with the NFC function. The Bluetooth quality is excellent without the loss of audio streaming. On the other hand, paired with a Sony Walkman or Phone, it is even better. What’s more, if you do not have a compatible wireless device, you can always use the 3.5mm cable instead. What we did find a bit difficult to use at first was the playback controls at the bottom of the earcups. The battery use is 20-hours with constant playback, and ANC turned on.
When listening to tunes on medium with ANC, you can get an extended battery use. When listening to the MDR-100A without comparing it to other hi-res headphones, you will think they sound good. You get a neutral sound with good detail. However, compared to the Audio Technica ATH-MSR7, it is not as detailed, but you still get a pleasant listening experience. Even the Sony MDR-1A has a more productive and more open sound with energetic bass and detail. On the other hand, both ATH-MSR7 and MDR-1A is more comfortable to wear. Moreover, do not get us wrong. The H.ear ON is a good headset that could cost less. Another negative thing is that if you are not careful, you can easily scratch the gorgeous finish.
Sony H.ear on Specs
- Battery: 20-hours
- Color: Wide selection of shades
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: Active Noise Cancelling, Onboard Playback Controls, Inline Remote/Mic
- Form Factor: Full-size Closed
- Included: Carry Case, 3.5mm cable, and micro USB cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 8 ounces
Sony H.ear on Pros and Cons
What do we like:
- Reasonable sound
- Looks great
- Comfortable depending on your head and ear size
- Nice carry case
What we do not like:
- Needs Bluetooth connection for the NFC to work
- Can scratch easily
Should You Buy It?
Yes, if you do not mind paying for the price. The Sony H.ear is a great over-ear headphone with a comfortable fit and sounds good. The designs attractive, but the finish can get dinged or scratched easily. For high-fidelity headphones, you get reasonable noise isolation and sound. Furthermore, it folds compact for transport making it a great pair of headphones to take anywhere.
Personally, the Sony H.ear is not one of the best ANC headphones, but it does give you a stable wireless connection. If you want the best noise-canceling headphones, we recommend the QC35 instead. Compared to the latter, the sound is better, but it cannot compete with the ATH-MSR7 from Audio Technica. Neither do they stand up for the best resonance against the Sony MDR-1A? What makes up for sound is the battery life that is great for traveling long trips. Furthermore, you can connect it with more than one device, as well. However, if comfort and ANC are your primary concern, these earphones fall short. On the other hand, they are an average pair of earphones with stellar battery life.