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Sony Inzone H5 Review: Sleek, Minimalistic And Reliable

The Sony Inzone H5 wireless gaming headphones offer a sleek and modern design that is sure to impress gamers. Weighing only 260g, these headphones are comfortable to wear for extended gaming sessions.


The fabric padding provides a comfortable fit, allowing you to wear the headphones for long periods without any discomfort.



Features

One of the standout features of the Sony Inzone H5 is its great battery life. These headphones are rated to last for up to 28 hours on a single charge, ensuring that you won't have to worry about running out of power in the middle of a gaming session.

Additionally, the Inzone H5 is compatible with Sony's Inzone Hub software, offering additional customisation options and enhancing your gaming experience.


Audio Performance & Audio Drivers

When it comes to audio performance, the Sony Inzone H5 delivers a smooth sound that handles the mid-range and top-end frequencies well. However, the bottom end lacks a certain punch compared to other headsets in its price range. You can enable the Sony software's Spatial Audio feature to enhance the soundstage and audio quality overall.

The Inzone H5 is equipped with 40mm audio drivers that deliver decent sound quality. The microphone here also performs well, providing a decent body and effectively blocking out ambient noise.


Battery Life & Connectivity

The battery lasts for a respectable maximum of 28 hours. If you use it nearly every day, that's less than a week's worth of use, so you'll need to recharge it at least once a week. However, you can easily get three hours of use from a quick 10-minute charge.

In terms of connectivity, the Inzone H5 offers convenient wireless options. It comes with a USB-A receiver that allows you to easily connect the headphones to your gaming device. This wireless connection provides freedom of movement, allowing you to enjoy your gaming experience without the hassle of being tethered. One aspect of the Sony Inzone H5 that I found to be lacking was that it does not have Bluetooth. Then again, the USB-A transceiver does an excellent job of maintaining zero latency in audio.


Mic

The microphone is also quite good, and it employs an artificial intelligence-powered noise reduction algorithm. When that kicks in, it sounds like there's some compression, but otherwise the audio is very clear.

When you raise the microphone arm, it becomes muted as well.


Inzone Hub

While the Inzone Hub software does include the ability to set custom EQ presets, it primarily functions as a graphical user interface for operating the headset's buttons. Additionally, INZONE Hub incorporates a spatial sound function that is managed by the PlayStation 5 on the console side. Configuring Sony 360 Reality Audio on this pair of high-end Sony headphones using the Headphones Connect app is identical to the procedure described here

It requires you to photograph your ears, which you then upload to Sony's servers in order to generate an HRTF profile for spatial audio specifically tailored to you. If that sounds too complicated for you, the headset is still functional with Windows Sonic, the spatial sound feature that is integrated into Windows. It's considerably less complex, but it still functions adequately.


Pricing and Availability

The Sony Inzone H5 gaming headphones are priced at S$219. They are available for purchase from various retailers. Considering the design, features, and audio performance, the Inzone H5 offers good value for money, though there are some competitors in the market that offer wider soundstages and better audio quality for a similar price.

With its lightweight design, great battery life, and compatibility with Sony's Inzone Hub software, the Sony Inzone H5 offers a compelling option for gamers looking for a stylish and comfortable audio solution. While the audio performance could be improved in terms of low-end punch, the inclusion of Spatial Audio helps to enhance the overall sound quality.


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