Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Sony’s WH-1000XM5 unveils refined design at a higher price


Following several recent leaks, Sony has unveiled its new premium WH-1000XM5 earphones, which feature a new refined design and numerous upgrades. While everything is a little better than the previous generation, they’re $399, a $50 increase over the price of the 1000XM4.

Sony has arguably one of the best noise-cancelling headphones around, but the new Sony WH-1000XM5 raises the bar. Not just in terms of the improved swivel bar and comfortable headband, but in terms of sound quality, microphones, battery life and noise cancellation.

While initial leaks suggested using the new processor to improve ANC, Sony has actually added a second processor to these headphones. Thanks to the second chipset, the 1000XM5’s “mid-to-high-frequency noise” is even better, and you can experience this “mid-to-high-frequency noise” in town, in the office, or in everyday experiences.

The company promises 30 hours of battery life with ANC enabled and 40 hours without ANC. As usual, they charge via USB-C and take over three hours to fully charge.

Sony has opted for a refined design similar to what we’ve seen from Apple and Bose. The new sliding and rotating stem designs certainly look good, but they’re made of plastic, not metal. While this may be a turn off for some, it will also ensure that the 1000XM5 is lightweight and comfortable.

Other changes include smaller 30mm drivers within each earcup compared to the larger 40mm option in the XM4. To some, this may sound like a downgrade, but Sony says this new and improved driver delivers vastly improved and unparalleled sound clarity, natural tones and tight bass reproduction.

With these latest Sony headphones, there are also eight microphones. Yes, we’re talking about eight. Four of these are used for ANC, while the other four provide highly refined voice call quality. That’s because the four microphones use beamforming technology and AI noise reduction algorithms to improve speech intelligibility.

Sony’s usual high-end flagship features are still present, including touch controls on the earcups and plenty of in-app customization controls. The new stem styles do mean they no longer have a foldable design for portability, so keep that in mind before buying.

The new Sony WH-1000XM5 costs $399, comes in black or silver, and will be available starting May 20. Book yours now from the link below.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones

The new and improved Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones offer industry-leading noise cancellation and an improved design, but at a higher price.

Source: Sony


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