Sony introduces redesigned WH-1000XM5 headphones with improved noise cancellation

Sony introduces redesigned WH-1000XM5 headphones with improved noise cancellation

Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones have been among the best out there for a while, and today Sony announced its fifth-generation WH-1000XM5 headphones, which feature a new design and several improvements over the previous model.

The redesigned headphones replace the encased arms that rotate on the XM4 with an exposed arm that has a single point of contact on the earcups, which are slightly larger than the previous generation and aim to reduce wind noise on the go. The headphones weigh 250g (compared to the XM4’s 254g) and a clickless slider is included in the faux leather headband to help the wearer find the right fit.

Like the previous model, the XM5 offer up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge with active noise cancellation on, 40 hours with ANC off (10 hours more than the XM4), and the headphones fully charge in 3 hours. The XM5 also support Power Delivery, giving users three hours of playback from just three minutes on one charger.

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There are eight microphones (four more than the previous model), which have been placed in a more optimal position for noise-cancelling – which Sony says means they’re better at filtering out high-frequency noise. Meanwhile, four beamforming mics are built in for better voice call quality, and an NC/Ambient button replaces the “Custom” button on the XM4s, although the button remains reprogrammable to activate voice assistants including Siri.

A new 30mm driver delivers the sound, and the headphones use LDAC to deliver high-resolution audio, provided the right source device is present, while there’s support for SBC and AAC, as well as DSEE Extreme upscaling for compressed audio. Sony’s spatial sound effect 360 Reality Audio is also on board.

Sony has ditched the XM4’s collapsible folding mechanism, where one cup fits into the other, so the rigid XM4 carrying case has been replaced with a larger one. The XM5 also come with a 3.5mm Heaphone jack cable.

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Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones retail for $399 – $50 more than the XM4 – and come in white, silver and black. They will be available online from May 20th at Amazon and other electronics retailers. Stay tuned MacRumors for a headphone review including a full comparison to Apple’s AirPods Max.


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