Officialized a few days ago, Sony’s new noise reduction headphones are available and are already seeing their price drop. Thanks to a discount in the Boulanger basket, the WH-1000XM5 goes to 379 euros instead of the 419 euros requested.
Building on its reputation in the audio industry, Sony has established itself as a benchmark with its high-end Bluetooth headphones with active noise reduction. The Sony WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM4 turned out to be excellent headphones, even becoming the best in their category. The new reference of the Japanese firm, therefore, has the heavy task of doing it as well as its predecessors. For this, Sony decides to completely review the design to offer the “best noise reduction” on the market. Offered at a more expensive price, the Sony WH-1000XM5 is already the victim of promotion and has already lost 40 euros from its price.
What to remember about the WH-1000XM5
- A new more refined design.
- Impressive active noise reduction
- Significantly improved voice call quality
- solid autonomy
Announced for 419 euros, the Sony WH-1000XM5 is already on sale at Boulanger: the wireless headset goes to 379 euros thanks to an immediate 40 euro discount on the basket.
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A helmet that changes its look, but is still comfortable
Launched two years ago, the excellent XM4 gave way to its successor: the WH-1000XM5. Sony’s new premium headphones break from their predecessors and offer a completely new design. The XM5 has a more refined and flexible headband that gives it a more minimalist and refined look. We find the brand’s manufacturing quality, with beautiful finishes in particular thanks to the “felted” matte coating. On the other hand, this change leads to the XM5 not being able to fold, which is a shame.
Once on the head, the helmet remains comfortable. However, he may feel a pressure point on the headband, but the padding reduces the discomfort caused. As for the leatherette ear cushions, they surround the ears and ensure good passive isolation.
Noise reduction is always on par
With noise reduction already impeccable in the previous model, the new Sony WH-1000XM5 does not seem to be an exception to the rule. Always aiming to offer the best noise reduction on the market, Sony has doubled the number of microphones in its headphones (four on the XM4 vs. eight on the XM5). Result: The 1000XM5’s ANC is a marked improvement over the M4. An atmospheric pressure sensor is also present to detect when the user is on a plane, as well as the technical fabric on the microphones to filter out 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 better 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 ear cup with the “quick attention” mode, voice assistants that can be activated directly with the voice, or the adaptive sound control that automatically manages the reduction.
A beautiful sound signature and comfortable autonomy.
In terms of sound quality, the Sony WH-1000XM5 incorporates new transducers, going from a diameter of 40mm to a diameter of 30mm. According to the brand, the new transducers are stiffer and lighter thanks to carbon fiber. In theory, we should find the same sound reproduction as on the WH-1000XM4. According to some colleagues, the WH-1000XM5 shows even more precision and offers a “more natural” reproduction, but with less emphasized bass. For the rest, 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 support.
Finally, Sony headphones are very durable as the brand advertises up to 40 hours of use without noise reduction, and 30 hours with this option activated. As for charging, it will be done quickly through USB-C. So you can gain 3 hours of listening time in just 3 minutes of charging.
To find out more, don’t hesitate to read our full review of the Sony WH-1000XM5.
Sony against the competition
To compare the Sony WH-1000XM5 with other references on the market, we invite you to consult our guide on the best Bluetooth (wireless) headphones of 2022.
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