The Creative HN-900 are mediocre headphones. They look well-designed but feel a little cheap. They are pretty comfortable but audio reproduction is disappointing. They don't isolate the sound very well, either.
- Simple comfortable design.
- Decent build quality.
- Sub-par noise isolation performance.
- Bad audio reproduction.
The HN-900s are comfortable. The ear cups are soft and the simple, one-button design works well. They are moderately sturdy but some of the plastic feels cheap. The thin cable provided has a mic and a play/stop button but no volume controls.
One of the lightest over-ear headphones we have tested. Quite comfortable on the head, too.
The Creative HN-900 are moderately stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions and have a detachable audio cable that won't yank the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something. Sadly, these are not sports headphones they feel too bulky and sway easily because of the relatively thin headband.They will quickly slip off your ears during high-intensity, physical exercise.
The HN 900 are moderately portable headphones. They have a relatively small frame compared to some other over-ear headphones, and their ear cups lay flat to take up less space. However, they do not fold into a more compact format and will be too cumbersome to carry around on your person as they won't fit into any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.
The HN-900s just don't sound good. The bass is a little hollow, the highs feel flat and unexciting and the mids dip around the regions for vocals and other lead instruments. They don't work well with bass-heavy music or classical tunes. Distortion isn't a concern but audio reproduction is.
Poor performance. These headphones under-perform in low-bass, but the rest of the bass region is over-emphasized. This results in a muddy low end that booms instead of thump.
Decent performance. The hyped low mids translate into a boxy sound, and the lacking high mids means the lead instruments (especially vocals) are going to sound weak and far away.
Very poor performance. The low-treble, which is responsible for clarity, presence and intelligibility of vocals (and most other instruments), is hugely lacking. The rest of the response is inconsistent and under-emphasized.
The general distortion performance is good. Most of the distortion is in the low-end region, where it is less audible. However, the right ear consistently shows more distortion than the left ear.
The noise isolation in the HN-900s is weak. The active noise canceling is barely differentiable from the passive isolation provided by the seal of the ear-cups. They are quite leaky and are not recommended for travelling or very noisy commutes.
Most of the isolation is provided passively by the ear cups. The ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) only adds 10dB of reduction at around 200Hz and does even less at other frequencies, which is disappointing.
A considerable amount of sound leaks from these headphones at a wide range, starting from around 400Hz and up to 5KHz (from low-mids to mid-treble). The leakage continues up to 20KHz, though to a lesser extent.
The HN-900 only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, with the AAA battery, they deliver a good up to 32 hours of continuous playback, which should easily cover a weekend's worth of use without needing to change batteries.
The Creative HN-900 can last up to 48 hours of continuous play time at average volumes. You won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day, which is great for long flights or road trips. Unfortunately, they do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer but can continue playing audio even when the battery is completely drained.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Creative HN-900 Headphones
- Flight adapter
- Carrying pouch
- AAA battery
- Audio cable