Sony WH1000XM3 vs Sony WH-H900N

Sony WH1000XM3 review
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Sony WH-H900N review

Nowadays wireless headphones got incredibly popular. So, I decided to compare two pairs of such devices to see the difference between Sony WH-H900N vs WH-1000XM3. These appliances are closed-back and have an over-ear design.

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Features

Speaking of their impedance, Sony WH-H900N has 32 Ohm, which is twice higher than the other device has — 16 Ohm. Their sensitivity is approximately the same since the model WH-1000XM3 has 104 dB and WH-H900N has 103 dB. There is also only a slight difference in the frequency response. Sony WH-H900N works in a range from 5 Hz to 40 kHz, while the frequency response of Sony WH-1000XM3 is 4 Hz - 40 kHz.

Both of the considered devices support Bluetooth, NFC, and aptX HD, but none has Wi-Fi. In the case with Sony WH-H900N, the battery life is 28 hours, however, the appliance can work 34 hours with noise-canceling off. With regard to WH-1000XM3, its battery lasts 30 hours but can last 8 hours longer without noise-canceling. The first device needs 6 hours of charging, while the second one needs only 3. The headphones are equipped with a battery level indicator.

Sound

The audio of Sony WH-H900N is incredibly crisp and there is no distortion in the sound at all. The mid-range of the headphone is pretty well-balanced.

The highs of the model WH-1000XM3 are crystal clear and the mids are straightforward. Instruments and vocals are all full and well defined.

Comfort and design

Although the headphones are wireless, an audio cable comes with each of them. It is 120 cm long in the case with Sony WH-H900N. Only this device has built-in buttons. Both of the mentioned appliances have in-line control and touch control. With them, you can use Google Assistant and Siri. For making phone calls it is comfortable to use a built-in microphone that these appliances have.

The headphones easily fold and have an adjustable headband. When it comes to weight, Sony WH-1000XM3 vs WH-H900N is much lighter, as it has 290 g, while the other pair of headphones weighs 380 g.

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Pros

  • Pretty light design, which is going to increase your comfort, especially when wearing the headphones for a long time
  • Thank the noise canceling, about 90% of the sound fades away
  • The carry case has a slot to put the cables inside

Cons

  • Comes only in grey-silver or all-black colors

Sony WH-H900N pros and cons

Sony WH-H900N pros and cons

Pros

  • Super flexible and fits on the head very nicely thanks to the padding at the crown
  • The ear cups rotate 90 degrees
  • The touch controls work great, allowing you adjust volume, switch between songs, answer phone calls

Cons

  • The earpads can get a bit hot during long listening sessions

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Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sony WH1000XM3
9.6
Sony WH-H900N
9.3
10
10
10
10
9
8
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Common

Product

Sony WH1000XM3
Sony WH-H900N

Model

WH1000XM3
WH-H900N

Brand

Sony
Sony

Reviews

8834
220

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

16
32

Frequency response, Hz

4Hz-40KHz
5Hz-40KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

104
103

Magnet type

neodymium
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

380/13.4
290/10.2

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

120/3.9

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

Google Assistant, Siri
Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant
volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.2
4.1

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable
rechargable

Battery life, hrs

38 (30 without noise cancelling)
28 (34 without noise cancelling)

Charging time, hrs

3
6

Charging port

USB-C
USB-C

Charging cable

USB-C to USB-A
USB-C to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Sony WH1000XM3
Sony WH-H900N
Sony WH1000XM3
Sony WH-H900N

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 9.6
  • 9.3
  • 9.6Sony WH1000XM3
  • 9.3Sony WH-H900N

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