Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Sony WH-1000XM5 Premium Wireless Headphones: Review


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Sony has introduced the latest model in its premium series of wireless headphones that can actively reduce noise – WH-1000XM5. If it was a weird tag for you, too, you’re not the only one because Sony loves the crypto tags of its devices. Not to be confused, this series of wireless headphones has an excellent pedigree and several fantastic models in its history, as shown by reviews and sales figures.

These headphones are known for their comfort, quality sound, and good noise reduction. So far, they have offered everything that users need, so it is interesting to see what the XM5 model brings.

Sony XM5 Wireless Headphones
Source: Sony

Sony WH-1000XM5 – Design

For starters, the design change is striking. While previous models had a more or less uniform look with minor changes between generations and a clear identity, the latest model makes a significant step forward in terms of industrial design.

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These headphones somehow exude a minimalist style, and it seems as if the design model borrowed certain elements from Apple. There are sharp edges and subtle transitions between surfaces, vegan skin, and a headphone tuning mechanism that works on a principle similar to that seen on Apple AirPods Max.

But don’t get us wrong. It reminds me of all that, but it is still obvious which series of headphones they belong to. Of the other important features, virtually all important features of previous models have undergone significant improvements.

The case is collapsible, and it saves a lot of space. It comes with a soft and matching case where you can put your headphones to carry them, and when you take them out of the case, it will be 40% thinner in order to take minimum space in your bag.
Sony 1000XM5 Wireless Head Phones Case
Source: Sony


Sony WH-1000XM5 – Specification

There’s a battery that promises 40 hours of active music playback on a single charge without and 30 hours using the noise reduction feature. The time required to charge these headphones fully is three hours, while the fast charge function pumps enough power in just three minutes for three hours of music playback, which is impressive.

Instead of the four microphones that its predecessor had, this model doubles that number, and Sony states a better layout and improved active noise reduction. Certainly, the most important item for one headphone is the speakers, and this time there are new 30mm drivers, and Sony has implemented LDAC to play high-quality audio.

In a statement from the parent company, these headphones support both SBC and AAC formats and the DSEE Extreme algorithm to improve the playback quality of compressed audio. Finally, there is support for Sony’s 360 Reality Audio surround sound.

Sony 1000XM5 also has a Multipoint connection – an option to pair two devices over bluetooth at the same time,  intuitive touch control setting which allows you to switch from Noise Cancelling to Ambient Sound or use the touch panel on the right side to play/pause music, skip track, turn the volume up or down and much more.

Sony XM5 Headphones
Source: Sony

At the moment, the first reviews of these headphones are available, which are very positive, and if you would like to afford them, you have to pay $400, which is $ 50 more than the previous model had at the beginning.









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