Just weeks after release, Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 headphones are already cheaper. This reference brings its share of novelties, refines the recipe and costs today 314 euros against 419 euros at its launch.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones succeed the excellent WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM4 references and therefore have the heavy task of doing just as well. This new model therefore refines the recipe of its predecessors, but also brings its share of new features, especially in terms of design. The Japanese firm keeps the ambition to offer the best noise reduction on the market, and if you want to take advantage of it today it drops to less than 315 euros during the sales.
The highlights of the WH-1000XM5
- A new, more refined design
- Even more effective active noise reduction
- Significantly improved voice call quality
- Solid autonomy
Launched at a price of 419 euros, the Sony WH-1000XM5 already drops to 314 euros on the Rakuten site using the code RAKUTEN30.
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Finally a design overhaul for the famous helmet
After two rather aesthetically dissociable headphones, Sony’s brand new WH-1000XM5 headphones bring a real breath of fresh air by completely changing their look. Unlike its predecessors, the XM5 relies on a more minimalist and refined appearance. We find a well finished and quality product with a more refined and flexible headband. If its “felt” matte coating has an effect, this design change prevents it from se fold which is quite a pity.
Comfort is there, but after several hours you may feel a pressure point at the headband, but the padding reduces the discomfort caused. As for the leatherette pads, they completely encompass the ears and ensure good passive isolation.
Even better noise reduction
In terms of noise reduction, Sony is not an amateur and has carved out an excellent reputation in this area with its audio products. And if the XM4 was a cador, the brand ensures that its new reference does even better and ensures that it offers the noise reduction of the market. For this, the XM5 consists of eight microphones against four on the XM4. Result: the ANC of the 1000XM5 is a marked improvement over the M4. An atmospheric pressure sensor is also present to detect when the user is on a plane, as is technical fabric on the microphones to filter gusts of wind and prevent them from being transcribed into the speakers.
Call quality has also been improved. With the help of four microphones and AI, the XM5 best isolates your voice from ambient noise and captures your voice clearly without distortion. We also find the “Speak-to-Chat” mode to pause the music when speaking, touch controls on the right earphone with the “quick attention” mode, voice assistants that can be activated directly by voice or the adaptive sound control which automatically manages the reduction.
A beautiful sound signature, and comfortable autonomy
On the audio side, Sony is making a change – not undertaken since 2016 – and integrating new transducers, going from a diameter of 40 mm to a diameter of 30 mm. According to the brand, the new transducers are stiffer and lighter thanks to carbon fiber. In theory, we should therefore find the same sound reproduction as on the WH-1000XM4. According to some colleagues, the WH-1000XM5 displays even more precision and offers a “more natural” rendering, but with less bass highlighted. Otherwise, we find the three Bluetooth audio codecs SBC, AAC and LDAC. The headset also features Sony’s DSEE Extreme algorithm, as well as multipoint Bluetooth compatibility.
To enjoy your listening sessions, Sony announces up to 30 hours with noise reduction activated and 40 hours without. The brand’s statements were confirmed during our test, the Sony WH-1000XM5 was able to last for 30h17 before it ran out of battery. As for charging, it will take place quickly via USB-C. You can thus gain 3 hours of listening time in just 3 minutes of charging.
To find out more, do not hesitate to read our complete test on the Sony WH-1000XM5.
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