Upcoming Sony INZONE Gaming Headsets for PC Revealed Ahead of Launch

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2022/06/26 03:27:25 (permalink)
There's no shortage of gaming headsets in the market, but for some reason it seems like Sony has decided that it can offer a range of competitive products in an already crowded segment. The company is said to be launching its INZONE brand of gaming headsets in the near future and there will be a total of three different models at launch. Common among all three models is support for Sony's proprietary 360 spatial sound, something many of its higher-end headphones already feature, as well as a fixed microphone on an arm, as well as integrated volume control.

The base model is the H3, which is a wired version that has a 3.5 mm jack, but also appears to ship with a USB sound card. Interestingly the H3 model has a switch for NC/AMB which suggests it has some kind of noise cancelling feature, where AMB stands for ambient sound mode. The next step up is the H7 which is the mid-range model and the first wireless option in the series. The design changes here as well, with only one point of attachment between the headband and the earcups, where the H3 has a more traditional two-point attachment. The H7 as well as the higher-end H9 comes with a USB dongle for wireless use, but also appears to have support for Bluetooth audio. Both models have a game/chat button, which may be for adjusting the volume separately between two different inputs.
The top of the range H9 SKU adds at least a blue LED effect on the earcups, but it's unclear if there's support for RGB. It's unclear what the difference is between the H7 and H9 outside of this, as both appear to feature noise cancelling. Both the H7 and H9 features a USB Type-C port for charging, although the leaked details didn't include any kind of battery life indication. Sony appears to have borrowed the headband on the wireless models from its WH-1000XM5 noise cancelling headphones, but otherwise it seems like the new INZONE range of headsets are largely using a new design language from Sony.
The headsets look good. Hopefully the price will be reasonable. 

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