h.ear on MDR-100AAPby Sony

  • h.ear on MDR-100AAP
  • h.ear on MDR-100AAP
  • h.ear on MDR-100AAP
  • h.ear on MDR-100AAP
  • h.ear on MDR-100AAP
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • These on-ear cans deliver solid audio performance across the board, without muddy frequencies.
  • Sony's cord sports a serrated design, which helps prevent tangling and snagging.
  • The h.ear on folds down for easy storage in the accompanying pouch.

CONS

  • The headphones may not work for people who have small-sized heads--the unit might feel insecure.
  • Some of the company's headphone color options are bright, and the surface can look grimy after a while.
  • Depending on your tolerance levels, the h.ear on may not block out enough external noise.
While the "h.ear on" part of the product's name is a bit of a head-scratcher, these headphones certainly live large with vibrant color pickings: pink, lime yellow, red, and viridian blue. Charcoal black is the fifth option. Sony touts the cans' high-resolution audio performance, thanks to increasing audio samples per second and the bitrate accuracy. The closed-back design integrates 40 mm dome-type drivers and lightweight voice coils. The headband is adjustable, and you'll find some padding on the band and ear cups. If color matching is your thing, Sony's bundle includes a color-coordinated inline remote and mic along with a matching carry pouch.
Nameh.ear on MDR-100AAPATH-M50xCustom One Pro PlusCrossfade M-100HD 598
ManufacturerSonyAudio-TechnicaBeyerdynamicV-MODASennheiser
Techwalla Score
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100%

They feel solid in the hands, are built well and are not heavy at all...The isolation is great, but not amazing and I feel will be great for…

They feel solid in the hands, are built well and are not heavy at all...The isolation is great, but not amazing and I feel will be great for city commuters.

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90%

If you were expecting big, powerful deep bass you’d be disappointed with the H.ear On headphones. Instead you’ll get a very balanced and neu…

If you were expecting big, powerful deep bass you’d be disappointed with the H.ear On headphones. Instead you’ll get a very balanced and neutral sound signature with a tight, clean sounding bass that’s quite reserved and clinical. That doesn’t mean bass-heavy music will sound flat or boring, but there’s definitely a lack of thickness and thumpiness ...

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80%

Tonally, they strike a sweet balance. They have a smidge of extra bass, but not the sort of dramatic amount that might tip them over into be…

Tonally, they strike a sweet balance. They have a smidge of extra bass, but not the sort of dramatic amount that might tip them over into being "bassy" headphones. The treble is detailed, but ultimately very relaxed.

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80%

With various colour options, the Sony MDR-100AAP has a fun outlook, offers a balanced listening pleasure with mid-range details and good bas…

With various colour options, the Sony MDR-100AAP has a fun outlook, offers a balanced listening pleasure with mid-range details and good bass feel. It is foldable, plus the tangle-free cable, making it a fabulous music companion on the go.

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80%

Sony has surprised us with these, as while they lack the future proofing that is wireless connectivity, they also look and sound great, some…

Sony has surprised us with these, as while they lack the future proofing that is wireless connectivity, they also look and sound great, something Sony’s headphones rarely achieve simultaneously.

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71%

While they have very little sound leakage, we did find they weren't secure when being active, so definitely not one for those after a pair o…

While they have very little sound leakage, we did find they weren't secure when being active, so definitely not one for those after a pair of headphones for use in the gym.

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60%

We don’t want to be overly harsh – these are a respectable pair of headphones, and were they a little cheaper, we could readily get behind t…

We don’t want to be overly harsh – these are a respectable pair of headphones, and were they a little cheaper, we could readily get behind them. It’s just that we want the h.ear ons to take off the kid gloves every once in a while.

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Of course, to get the most out of it you'll need a Hi-Res Audio-compatible portable music player, such as Sony's Walkman NWZ-A17 , which I l…

Of course, to get the most out of it you'll need a Hi-Res Audio-compatible portable music player, such as Sony's Walkman NWZ-A17 , which I like. But I should warn you that in the past we've tried more modestly priced high-res audio headphones and come away a bit underwhelmed.

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We had a listen...and we liked what we heard, but we would need to test them in the real world to pass final judgement.

We had a listen...and we liked what we heard, but we would need to test them in the real world to pass final judgement.

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