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Sony INZONE H5 headphones on a wood table.
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Sony INZONE H5 review

The goldilocks of the Sony INZONE lineup?
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Published onMarch 15, 2024

6.9
Sony INZONE H5
The bottom line
If you are a PC or PS5 gamer, then the Sony INZONE H5 is worth considering. You get low latency wireless listening, though there is no Bluetooth support to use the headset with other devices. As long as you're okay with the headset staying with your gaming setup, this is a good option.

Sony INZONE H5

If you are a PC or PS5 gamer, then the Sony INZONE H5 is worth considering. You get low latency wireless listening, though there is no Bluetooth support to use the headset with other devices. As long as you're okay with the headset staying with your gaming setup, this is a good option.
Product release date

November 2023

Price

$149.99 USD

Dimensions

Ear cup: 60 x 40 mm

Cable length: 1.5m

Weight

260g

Model Number

WH-G500

Noise isolation
What we like
Comfort
Low latency
What we don't like
No MacOS support
No mobile app
No Bluetooth support
No audio over wired USB
6.9
SoundGuys Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Isolation / Attenuation
6.3
-
0.0
Durability / Build Quality
6.0
-
0.0
Value
7.0
-
0.0
Design
7.0
-
0.0
Connectivity
7.5
-
0.0
Portability
4.5
-
0.0
Battery Life
9.7
-
0.0
Feature
7.0
-
0.0
Comfort
8.5
-
0.0
MDAQS rating
Learn more
Timbre
4.1
Distortion
2.8
Immersiveness
3.9
Overall
3.6

At $149, the H5 aims for the goldilocks zone of the Sony INZONE series of gaming headsets. Situated between the cheaper Sony INZONE H3 and the more expensive Sony INZONE H7, the Sony INZONE H5 hopes to bring enough features to satisfy the masses. Find out if this gaming headset is just right in our Sony INZONE H5 review.

Editor’s note: this is the first version of the article. Updates will follow as the market changes.

About this Sony INZONE H5 review: We tested the Sony INZONE H5 over two weeks. The headset ran firmware version 01.000.001, and the Sony INZONE Hub ran version 1.0.10.3. SoundGuys purchased the unit for this review.

The Sony INZONE H5 is for PS5 and PC gamers who want a wireless headset with minimal latency.is

What’s it like to use the Sony INZONE H5?

A man holding a PS5 controller while wearing the Sony INZONE H5 headphones.
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These headphones are comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions.

The Sony INZONE H5 headset continues the matte white aesthetic of Sony’s recent gaming products. While the plastic construction doesn’t feel premium, it is very lightweight. The weight and super soft nylon ear pads provide a very comfortable feel. I had no comfort issues wearing these headphones for hours while gaming, although heat and sweat buildup eventually became a problem.

Since this headset is designed almost exclusively for gaming with a PS5 or PC, it’s not meant for taking outdoors. You have to keep the dongle plugged into your device to listen wirelessly, or you can use the included cable to listen wired. There’s no IP rating for water or dust resistance, so be careful not to get the headset dirty or wet. The Sony INZONE H5 really shouldn’t stray far from your gaming setup.

How do you control the Sony INZONE H5?

A closeup of the Sony INZONE H5 headset controls.
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The tactile volume dial is easy to use.

The headset has limited onboard controls. You get a power button, a volume dial, and a rocker to adjust the mix between game and chat audio. Simple controls are ideal for gaming, as you can quickly change the mix or overall volume without memorizing a series of touch controls. That said, if you are listening to music, you’ll miss the ability to pause or skip a track quickly.

Should you use the Sony INZONE Hub for the Sony INZONE H5?

A screenshot of the Sony INZONE Hub software.
INZONE Hub provides control and customization over the headset.

To unlock the full capabilities of the Sony INZONE H5, you need to download the Sony INZONE Hub software on a PC. Specifically, it needs to be a machine running Windows 10 or newer. There’s no support for the INZONE Hub on MacOS, iOS, or Android, so you shouldn’t plan on using this headset on those device types.

Within the INZONE Hub, you can access important customization options, such as an equalizer to adjust the headset’s sound. You’ll also find Spatial Sound functionality within the software, which you can set up using the 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer app on your mobile device to scan the size and shape of your ears.

How does the Sony INZONE H5 connect?

Sony INZONE H5 headphones next to included dongles and cables.
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The headset includes a USB-C charging cable, an auxiliary cable, and a USB-A transceiver dongle.

An included USB-A dongle connects the Sony INZONE H5 to your PS5 or PC over a 2.4 GHz connection. While the dongle ensures a stable connection with minimal latency, it is annoying to bring the dongle wherever you want to use the headset. The fact that it is USB-A instead of USB-C may also be limiting with some PC setups. A small switch on the dongle changes it from PS5 to PC mode, so you’ll also have to remember to put the dongle in the correct mode before using it. There’s no Bluetooth support, but you can use the headset with other devices wired using the included 3.5mm auxiliarily cable.

To connect the Sony INZONE H5 to your PS5 or PC, plug the dongle into your device and then power on the headset.

How long does the Sony INZONE H5 battery last?

Sony INZONE H5 headphones on a head.
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The large battery inside the headset holds up for long gaming sessions.

In our battery testing, the Sony INZONE H5 lasted 33 hours and 23 minutes on a single charge. This is about average for a gaming headset and exceeds Sony’s promised 28 hours of battery life. If you run out of juice, you can switch to a wired connection to continue gaming.

Yes, Sony says charging the headset for 10 minutes provides 3 hours of playtime.

How well does the Sony INZONE H5 isolate noise?

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Unlike the more expensive Sony INZONE H9, the Sony INZONE H5 does not have active noise canceling. Therefore, you rely on passive isolation from the ear pads to block out any noise around you. If the headset fits you well, the ear pads will block out some mid and high-frequency noise above 300Hz. Mid-frequency noise around 1kHz sounds 50% quieter, while high-frequency noise sounds about 90% quieter using the headset. This helps to block out the background noise of people talking or cooking in a kitchen.

How does the Sony INZONE H5 sound?

The Sony INZONE H5 sounds nearly identical to other INZONE headsets. It’s a consumer-friendly sound with a lot of bass that most people will enjoy.

Multi-Dimensional Audio Quality Scores (MDAQS)

The chart below shows how the sound of the Sony INZONE H5 was assessed by the Multi-Dimensional Audio Quality Score (MDAQS) algorithm from HEAD acoustics.

This chart shows the MDAQS results for the Sony Inzone H5 in Default mode. The Timbre score is 4.1, The Distortion score is 2.8, the Immersiveness score is 3.9, and the Overall Score is 3.6).
These are average MDAQS results for a gaming headset.

The simulated panel of listeners MDAQS represents rates the Sony INZONE H5 highly in Timre and Immersiveness. This means that most people will likely enjoy the default sound of the headset when listening to music and gaming.

Timbre (MOS-T) represents how faithfully the earbuds reproduce the frequency spectrum and temporal resolution (timing information).

Distortion (MOS-D) represents non-linearities and added noise: higher scores mean cleaner reproduction.

Immersiveness (MOS-I) represents perceived source width and positioning: how well virtual sound sources are defined in three-dimensional space.

See here for an explanation of MDAQS, how it works, and how it was developed.

Reviewer’s notes

Editor’s note: this review uses a hover-enabled glossary to describe sound quality based on a consensus vocabulary. You can read about it here.

Objective Measurements

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The default frequency response of the Sony INZONE H5 shares similarities with most other gaming headsets. As you can see in the chart above, above 400Hz, the sound loosely follows our headphone preference curve, which is a sound we think most people will enjoy when listening to music. The INZONE H5 emphasizes sounds around 100-300Hz more than our preference curve, which results in bass notes sounding very prominent.

How good is the Sony INZONE H5 microphone?

The microphone quality on the Sony INZONE H5 is very good. Your friends will understand what you are saying, and the microphone relays voices clearly. That said, if you plan on recording your gameplay or streaming, you should probably get an external microphone.

Sony INZONE H5 microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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Sony INZONE H5 microphone demo (Office conditions):

Sony INZONE H5 microphone demo (Reverberant space):

The microphone handles background noise well. In our simulated office environment, you can barely hear the background sounds. Reverberant spaces are also not a problem for this microphone, as you can still hear each word relatively clearly.

Should you buy the Sony INZONE H5?

A person wearing the Sony INZONE H5 headset grabs the microphone.
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This headset is a fine companion for PS5 and PC gamers.

If you are a PS5 or PC gamer, the Sony INZONE H5 is a fine option. There’s no wow factor that makes this headset stand out from the crowded market, but for the most part, it achieves everything it sets out to accomplish. You get low-latency wireless listening with your PS5 or PC and not much else. If that’s all you need, and you can find a good deal on the INZONE H5, then you won’t regret your purchase.

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Sony INZONE H5
Wireless • Low-latency • INZONE Hub software
MSRP: $149.99
Wireless headset for PS5 and PC gamers.
If you frequently game on a PS5 or PC, you should consider the Sony INZONE H5. The included dongle provides low-latency wireless listening, while the Sony INZONE Hub software brings Spatial Sound and advanced customization.

How do Sony INZONE H7 compare to Sony INZONE H5?

The Sony INZONE H7 gaming headset lays on a wooden surface
The INZONE H7 shares the same industrial design as the INZONE H5.

There’s one major reason why you should get the Sony INZONE H7 instead of the Sony INZONE H5: Bluetooth support. This opens up a much greater variety of compatible devices that you can use the headset with, such as smartphones and tablets. You can even connect your console using the dongle and connect it to your phone or laptop using Bluetooth at the same time as the INZONE H7. That said, the H7 does not support wired listening, so you will always have to ensure the headset is fully charged.

What should you get instead of the Sony INZONE H5?

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 lays on headset stand in front of a window
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless works with a wide variety of devices.

Worth considering instead of the Sony INZONE H5 is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless, $152.99 at Amazon. This headset is a similar price but brings Bluetooth support so that you can use the headset with a wide variety of devices. You also still get a USB dongle for low-latency gaming.

If you don’t want to worry about running out of charge, consider the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, $151 at Amazon. This headset has an astonishing 300 hours of battery life, ten times as much as the INZONE H5. You can also save a few bucks by picking up its wired cousin, the HyperX Cloud Alpha, $69 at Amazon.

Check out our best gaming headsets and best PS5 headsets lists.

Frequently asked questions

You can only use the Sony INZONE H5 with an Xbox via a wired connection. Only headsets made specifically for Xbox can be used wirelessly with the consoles.

Yes, you can use the Sony INZONE H5 wired or wirelessly with pretty much any PC.

No, you can not use the Sony INZONE H5 wirelessly with iPhone or Android phones. You can use the headset with a wired connection if your smartphone has a 3.5mm input or adapter.

No, the Sony INZONE H5 do not support Bluetooth. You must use the included USB-A dongle to listen wirelessly.