The Sony H.ear On 2 wireless over-the-ear headphones are one of the best in their category and price range. They offer a crisp and clear sound that is able to catch various nuances in different music genres, they’re comfortable to wear and offer a number of intuitive touch sensor controls. There are some things the brand still needs to work on, but overall, this is a solid pair of headphones – literally and figuratively.
Another useful audio mode is the Quick Attention, activated by cupping the right earcup. This movement will temporarily lower the playback volume and allow you to listen in on a conversation or an important announcement, without pausing the music and/or taking the headphones off. The main difference between the Ambient and Quick Attention mode is that the first one just lets the ambient noise through, while the latter amplifies the noise while simultaneously lowering the headphone playback volume. Another difference is that the Quick attention mode is meant to be used for a brief amount of time, seeing how holding your hand on the left earcup does look a bit silly, while the Ambient Sound mode is meant to be used for a longer period of time, allowing you to split your focus both on the music and your surroundings.
The final audio mode is the Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) mode which is pretty self-explanatory. The idea is to eliminate all outside noises around you and be left alone with your music. You can choose between three ANC options in Sony’s Headphones mobile app: Noise canceling, Wind noise reduction and Ambient sound. However, while this mode works fine compared with other headphones in the Bluetooth noise-canceling category, the Sony WH-1000XM2, which are more expensive, do offer significantly better ANC experience. Also, keep in mind that by turning the ANC mode off, you’ll prolong battery life to 34 hours, offering you around 30% more juice from one charge.
This level of sound quality really does make the H.ear On 2 a very versatile pair of headphones that will provide great music playback, whether you’re into EDM, rap, hip-hop, rock, folk, jazz or trap.
● 3.5 audio jack, micro USB charging
● SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC supported audio formats
● Physical and touch-sensitive controls
● Good microphone
● Ambient Sound, Quick Attention and Active Noise Cancelation modes
● Great sound quality
● Bluetooth 4.1, Near Field Communication (NFC) One-Touch connectivity
● Average durability
● Nice design, a lot of color options
● Rechargeable Lithium battery, 28 hours continuous playback time