The successor to one of Sony’s wildly popular WH-1000XM4 series wireless noise-canceling headphones, the WH-1000XM5 has been launched with some particular changes and improvements at a higher price tag.
Now the WH-1000XM5 has a more cylindrical design than the WH-1000XM4, with the headband becoming thinner due to its step-less sliding design and silent joints.
The earcups now rotate sideways rather inwards like their previous model, due to which the WH-1000XM5 comes in a larger carrying case, which almost looks like a small backpack.
The WH-1000XM5 is equipped with new 8-microphone technology with QN1 audio and a V1 integrated processor to offer better noise-canceling performance than its predecessor, especially in mid and high frequencies. This headphone also has an ambient sound mode.
Sony’s new wireless noise-canceling headphone also comes with brand new drivers. However, the new drivers are smaller than the ones on the previous model, but Sony claims the new drivers will offer natural sound output with a better high-frequency response.
The WH-1000XM5 has the same 30 hours of long battery life as the last generation WH-1000XM4.
Look out for the other key specifications below.
- Headphone Type: Closed, dynamic.
- Frequency Response (Active Operation): 4 Hz–40,000 Hz.
- Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication): 20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz Sampling) 20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz Sampling 990 kbps).
- Driver Unit: 30 mm.
- Impedance (Ohm): 16 ohms (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off), 48 ohms (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on).
- Sensitivities (dB/mW): 100 dB (1 kHz) / mW (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off), 102 dB (1 kHz) / mW (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on).
- Magnet: Neodymium.
- Battery life: Max. 30 hours (NC ON), Max. 40 hours (NC OFF).
- Battery Charge Time: Approx. 3.5 hours
- Battery Charge Method: USB-C.
- Fast Charging Feature: 3-minute charge = 3 hours of playback.
- Bluetooth Version: 5.2.
- Effective Range: 32.81 ft.
- Codec Support: SBC, AAC, LDAC.
- Supported Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP.
- Color: Black, Silver.
- Weight: 8.82 ounces.
Other features include multipoint connection, Windows Swift Pair, Google Fast Pair and gesture control, wear detection, and Alexa or Google Assistant support. Sony’s sound enhancement technology DSSE is also available on these headphones.
Sony has priced the WH-1000XM5 wireless noise-canceling headphones at $399.99 — a $50-preimium over the previous model WH-1000XM4. Sony has also announced that the WH-1000XM4 will continue to be on sale.
You can check out their official website for further details.
Anyway, previously we covered the news about the WH-1000XM5 when its new design and upgraded features got revealed.