Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones ReviewOctober 11, 2022
The WH-1000XM5 headphones are rewriting the rule book of distraction-free listening. They feature 2 processors and 8 microphones for noise cancellation, DSEE – Extreme technology, and Hi-Res audio support. The noise-cancelling design ensures a noise-free listening experience, so you can focus on the music instead of distractions.
The WH-1000XM5 headphones feature a carbon fiber composite dome that offers superior clarity and natural sound, particularly in the higher frequencies. The headphones also have a Fine Sound Resistor (FSR), which helps distribute power evenly. The optimized circuitry also improves signal-to-noise ratio. Finally, the headphones have gold-plated connectors to improve durability and minimize breakage.
The WH-1000XM5 headphones sound very good in most situations, but they do tend to overemphasize bass and low-mid ranges. Although they have a great mid-range accuracy, this can lead to muddy mixes. However, vocals and lead instruments are clear and present, and they are accompanied by good depth and detail.
The WH-1000XM5 headphones support the Sony proprietary high-bitrate codec called LDAC. However, the headphones will default to a lower bitrate called “best effort” mode. This mode seems to offer the best balance of signal stability and sound quality. They also support Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are quite expensive. Their price can go up to $399. However, they can be found for as little as $253 with a certified refurbished unit. Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are well-designed and will keep you safe and sounding great while you’re on the go.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are comfortable, especially if you have large ears. They have a soft coating made of vegan leatherette. The ear cups are wide and deep, allowing them to fit over the ears of most people. They are also lightweight, weighing just 250 grams.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones come with an excellent battery life, which is great for long hours of listening. The headphones are compatible with a variety of audio devices, including smartphones, computers, and MP3 players. However, they do not support aptX HD.
The WH-1000XM5 headphones can learn your daily routine and adapt their Ambient Sound Control settings accordingly. For example, if you’re at home, the headphones will reduce the level of noise cancellation. However, if you’re out and about, you can turn the feature on to pipe in more exterior audio.
The battery life is excellent, at thirty to forty hours on a single charge with noise cancelling enabled. The headphones have a very short charging time, three minutes. The battery life is impressive compared to its predecessors. And while the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are excellent for long periods of listening, the XM5 offers the best ANC.
Another great feature of the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones is their responsive controls. The ear cups have two buttons, one for power and one for ANC mode. The right ear cup has a touch-sensitive surface to control volume and playback, while the left cup contains two physical buttons for controlling volume and muting the headphones. Touch-sensitive headphones are easy to use and there’s also a swipe-and-hold function to enter Bluetooth pairing mode.