Sony WH-1000XM5: Ultimate Wireless Listening Experience

by Thomas Martin
Sony WH-1000XM5

Only a select few firms truly release headphones worth attention to, and Sony is the most notable. Today, we’ll examine the Sony WH-1000XM5, the most recent iteration of the company’s popular active noise canceling (ANC) headphones.

Even at an eye-watering $400, this is one of the best ANC headphones available, thanks to a complete redesign. We’re pleased to share our thoughts about the Sony WH-1000XM5.

How Does the Sony WH-1000XM5 Look?

About the WH-1000XM5’s design, Sony has somewhat reconsidered. They are undoubtedly different from the discontinued WH-1000XM4—or, anyhow, as different as it gets in wireless over-ear headphones.

The XM5’s appearance exudes a subtle yet elegant quality. They come with an aerodynamic design that enhances the airflow across the headphone frame to lessen wind noise. So, they have a more streamlined form than their predecessor.

We should all be proud of the WH-1000XM5’s eco-friendly features, which extend to the retail packaging box. Made from “original blended material,” the packaging is 100% recyclable and unbleached. Also, it promises to use no plastic at all.

How Comfortable Is It to Use?

Even with all of the bells and whistles that the WH-1000XM5 offers, Sony manages to get most of the basics right. The WH-1000XM5 is an ambitious pair of headphones despite a few issues.

The vegan leatherette contact area, which is covered in a soft covering, offers adequate friction without being uncomfortable. The Sony WH-1000XM5 headset’s padding is deep and wide enough to fit larger ears, unlike the previous WH-1000X headsets, which made them a touch uncomfortable for people with larger ears.

You can discover that your headphones take care of many things you forget about after wearing them for a long time. After you remove the headphones, the ear sensor does a decent job of halting music. Comfort features such as allowing ambient noise pass through by placing your palm over the right ear cup are also back. It is convenient to leave the cans on while someone dumps stuff on your desk instead of taking them off and putting them back on again as they pause to carry on a rambling digression.

How is it Controlled?

With a capacitive touch panel on the right ear cup, one of the best noise cancelling headphones, Sony WH-1000XM5’s primary controls are essentially the same as those found on the previous three models in the series.

There are two buttons on the left ear cup of the WH-1000XM5: one for power and the other for ANC mode. The headphones can be turned on by holding the power button, and pairing mode will begin in three seconds. From there, you may pair your phone usually or couple your PC according to the instructions.

The ANC mode can be switched by pressing the NC/AMB button. You can choose between the ambient sound mode, which records outside noise with the microphone array, and ANC, and ANC off, which lets you hear everything around you.

Audio Quality

A pair of mica-reinforced cellular full-range dynamic drivers power the WH-1000XM5’s audio output. At only 30 mm in diameter, they are smaller than the drivers found in the outgoing XM4 and almost other over-ear headphones priced similarly. So this seems like a very archaic decision, at least on paper.

However, the XM5 doesn’t waste time proving that it’s not about how big your drivers are but what you do with them that matters. The Sony is a confident, compelling, and delightful listener.

Battery Life and Active Noise Cancellation

The WH-1000XM5 has a 30-hour battery life if you leave the active noise cancellation on. If you turn it off it has a 40-hour battery life.

The news about active noise cancellation, if anything, is even better. Naturally, Sony headphones have never been the best in terms of sound quality. Nevertheless, in terms of noise cancellation, they have typically been “perfect” rather than “great.” This is not the case with these headphones. Thus, the XM5 is comparable to the greatest noise-cancelling headphones available.


Regarding overall performance, Sony WH-1000XM5 over-ear headphones have lived up to the high expectations that have been raised for them.

This is especially true regarding ANC performance. It tells competitors they must improve. In terms of the genuinely impressive environmental credentials, Sony has managed to garner with its choice of materials for the headphones and packaging.

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