Recently, Sony launched a wireless noise canceling headphone, namely the Sony WH-1000XM5. The company has released the Sony WH-1000XM3 back in 2018. After a couple of years, the manufacturer released the Sony WH-1000XM4. These headphones adopt a new design, come with an improved ANC, and include new features such as Microsoft Swift Pair and Quick Access.
As Sony said, the “best noise-canceling just got better”. And we have no reason not to believe in these words because the headphones come with two processors that process information from eight separate microphones. They are used for better noise reduction in mid-to-high frequencies. In fact, these have been pain points on noise-canceling headphones and earphones. However, Sony still uses its own HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1. But we have to state this chip integrates the V1 processor from the Sony WF-1000XM4 earphones.
Other than that, these headphones support the same 30 hours of battery life that we’ve seen on other Sony flagship headphones launched in the past two years. Interestingly, three minutes of charging will allow you to listen to music for three hours. This can be implemented through the USB Power Delivery.
The headphones come with a collapsible carry case. But this is not anything surprising because we have seen something identical in the previous generation.
Well, one of the most interesting features is Sony’s DSEE Extreme technology. It can accurately rebuild audio that’s been lost during digital compression. So when it works, your music sound will be much better. On top of that, there’s also LDAC support, but no aptX, as usual.
The WH-1000XM5 also comes with new drivers of 30mm, which is smaller than the previous gen’s 40mm. However, the Japanese company claims they have improved high-frequency responses with more natural sound quality.
Lastly, there are features such as Google Fast Pair, Google Assistant and Alexa support, Adaptive Sound Control, multi-device connection, and more.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are sold in black and platinum silver. They cost €420/$399. The headphones will start shipping at the end of May 2022.