PROS / The Sony h.ear on Wireless NC has the longest battery life in our review, lasting up to 26 hours with ANC and Bluetooth on.
CONS / It’ll take you six full hours to charge these headphones.
VERDICT / These are some of the most stylish, well-designed and completely functional noise-cancelling headphones in our review.
The Sony h.ear on Wireless NC headphones are some of the best noise-cancelling headphones, and not just because they're colorful and flexible. This pair also won our battery life test and performed well on noise-cancellation tests.
These wireless noise-cancelling headphones don’t sacrifice one feature for another. In our decibel tests, the Sony h.ear on Wireless NC canceled 10.5 more decibels on average with ANC on than off. It also canceled up to 79.6 dB on average when our reviewers were plugged into 60 dB of music. This is just slightly below the top three headphones, not enough to make a huge difference. You can definitely cancel out the sound of the subway or children in the library with these headphones.
Like the best noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones, the Sony h.ear on Wireless NC doesn’t boost the audio for ANC. This means it sounds the same with ANC on as it does with ANC off. Our sound testers commented that these headphones are very well-balanced with good bass and treble. The overall soundscape is clear and detailed.
We ran a battery test to see how long the headphones could last with both ANC and Bluetooth on. The Sony h.ear on Wireless NC lasts for almost 27 hours – which is hours longer than competitors. Sony claims the headphones can even last up to 50 hours in standby mode. The battery life makes this pair significantly easier to travel with. The one downside to the battery is it takes a whopping six hours to charge. That’s half a day that you won’t find next to an outlet if you’re traveling or stuck at a desk without an outlet to spare.
These sleek headphones are also very well-designed. Although they do weigh a hefty 10.23 ounces, our reviewers didn’t report complaints about the overall weight. The headband itself is a bit rigid but doesn’t cut into your head like others do. For the most part, these noise-cancellation headphones are light and comfortable. The ear cups also fit super well, completely encompassing your ears so there’s no awkward pressing.
We also assessed how easy it was to pair these headphones via Bluetooth. If you pair via the NFC, they work in seconds. If you don’t touch the right part of the headphone to the right part of your phone, though, you could be pairing for a while. Also note that you can’t listen with ANC without Bluetooth; they turn on together. The button controlling both features is easy to use, and the light indicates the battery is still on and kicking. These noise-cancellation headphones are also available in five colors, more than any of the other sets in our noise-cancelling headphones review.
The Sony h.ear on Wireless NC is a true battery champion, making it great for trips, commutes and daylong use. This is also one of the prettiest pairs of noise-cancellation headphones, as you can wear it cord-free and choose from a variety of colors.