Sony launches WH-1000XM5 wireless noise-canceling headphones

Prasad, 12 May 2022

Sony has launched the WH-1000XM5, successor to the popular WH-1000XM4 wireless noise canceling headphones. The new model features some changes and improvements along with a higher price tag.

Sony launches WH-1000XM5 wireless noise-canceling headphones

The WH-1000XM5 have a new design with more cylindrical yokes and a thinner headband that feature a stepless sliding design and silent joints. The new ear cups can rotate sideways but cannot fold inwards like they did with previous model. To accommodate for that, the WH-1000XM5 come with a larger carry case.

Sony launches WH-1000XM5 wireless noise-canceling headphones

The WH-1000XM5 feature a new 8-microphone system with two QN1 audio processors. Sony claims the WH-1000XM5 have better noise canceling performance over its predecessor, especially in the mid and high frequencies.

The WH-1000XM5 also feature new drivers. The 30mm drivers are smaller than the 40mm found on the previous generation model but Sony claims they have improved high frequency response with more natural sound quality. The headphones still support the same SBC, AAC, and LDAC Bluetooth codecs as before.

Sony launches WH-1000XM5 wireless noise-canceling headphones

Other features include Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity with multipoint connection, Google Fast Pair and Windows Swift Pair support, ambient noise mode, gesture control, wear detection for play/pause, and Google Assistant/Alexa support.

The WH-1000XM5 have a rated battery life of 30 hours of audio playback with ANC on and 40 hours with with ANC off. The headphones charge over a USB-C connector.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 are priced at $400, $50 more than the WH-1000XM4, which will continue to be on sale. They will be available in two colors, Black, and Silver.


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 25 Feb 2023
  • 7tU


Your wh-1000xm4 frequency response is 4Hz-40,000Hz, which is low end bass and high resolution audio, These gaming headset support 20Hz-20,000Hz, which means less low end bass, but also no support for high resolution audio either These freq...

  • samaid
  • 20 May 2022
  • 6Px

Bought WH-1000XM4 a couple months back. Did i make a mistake? Should have waited?

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