Sony WH-1000XM5: New top-of-the-line headphones are set to set standards in noise cancellation

Sony WH-1000XM5: New top-of-the-line headphones are set to set standards in noise cancellation
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Sony introduces the WH-1000XM5 ANC headphones. The over-ear headphones stand in a long tradition of successful models and are expected to score in 2022 with improved noise cancelling.

Sony introduces the WH-1000XM5 ANC headphones. (Source: Sony)

  • The Sony WH-1000XM5 will be available from the end of May.
  • Compared to its predecessor, Sony wants to have improved the sound, ANC, comfort and operation.
  • The price rises to 419 euros.
  • The predecessor WH-1000XM4 falls in price

It doesn’t matter whether it’s Sony’s WH-1000XM3 or the successor WH-1000XM4 – the award-winning Sony headphones have always received a strong buy recommendation, and not just from us. Internationally, the ANC headphone series celebrated great success. We would be surprised if this were different with the new model WH-1000XM5.

Sony set standards with the headphones, especially when it came to noise cancelling, i.e. hiding annoying background noise by means of anti-noise. For the new model, the manufacturer promises even better noise reduction.

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Two processors now control eight microphones, which are designed to drastically reduce disruptive noise, especially in the medium and high frequency ranges. An automatic NC optimizer should help to adapt the noise reduction to the respective person and environment.

Not only with the ANC, but also with the sound, Sony announces optimizations compared to the predecessor. The 30mm diameter drivers can be assured of the support of a carbon fiber composite dome which helps improve sensitivity. The goal is a more natural sound. Bass reproduction has also been optimized. The predecessors of the Sony WH-1000XM5 all sound quite warm, which many people like.

Long battery life, improved controls, better feel on the head

According to the manufacturer, the battery life is up to 30 hours. In addition, a new leather should help to relieve the pressure on the head, so that the headphones can be worn all day long. Compared to other over-ear headphones with ANC, such as the 385-gram Apple AirPods Max, the WH-1000XM5 is lightweight at 250 grams.

The quick access function is not only interesting in this context. This makes it possible to continue a Spotify playlist with two or three taps without having to pick up the smartphone.

The speak-to-chat function should be practical in everyday life. As soon as you start speaking, the music playback is interrupted and the headphones activate the microphones, switching to ambient noise. So you can talk freely and unhindered without having to press a button. After the call, the music continues automatically.

Buy Sony WH-1000XM5: price and availability

The Sony WH-1000XM5 ANC headphones will be available in black and silver from the end of May. The price is 419 euros. Interested parties can already pre-order the headphones here. The recommendable predecessor Sony WH-1000XM4 is already falling in price. On Amazon, for example, it is offered for almost 100 euros cheaper, well under 300 euros.

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