Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones have been among the best on the market for some time, and today Sony announced its fifth-generation WH-1000XM5 headphones, which feature a new design and several improvements over the previous model. .
The redesigned earcups replace the swiveling, wrapped arms on the XM4s 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 when you’re out and about. From home. The headphones weigh 250g (vs. 254g on the XM4) and a click-free slider is included on the leatherette headband to help users get the perfect fit.
Like the previous model, the XM5s provide up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge with active noise cancellation on, 40 hours with ANC off (10 hours longer than the XM4), and the earphones will reach a full charge. In 3 hours. . The XM5s also support Power Delivery and will give users three hours of playback from just three minutes on a charger.
There are eight microphones (four more than the previous model) that have been moved to a more optimal position for noise cancellation; Sony says this makes them better at removing high-frequency noise. Meanwhile, four beamforming microphones are integrated to improve the quality of voice calls, and an NC/Ambient button replaces the “Custom” button found on the XM4s, though the button is still reprogrammable to activate assistants. voice, including Siri.
A new 30mm driver provides the sounds, and the headphones use LDAC to deliver the Hi-Res audio, given the correct source device, while SBC and AAC are also supported, as is DSEE Extreme enhancement for compressed audio. Sony’s 360 Reality Audio spatial sound effect is also on board.
Sony got rid of the collapsible folding mechanism seen on the XM4s that tucks one cup inside the other, so the XM4 hard case was replaced with a larger one. The XM5s also come with a 3.5mm headphone jack cable.
Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones are $399, $50 more than the XM4, and come in white, silver, and black. They will be available to buy online at Amazon and other electronics retailers beginning May 20. keep an eye out for MacRumors for a headphone review including a full comparison to Apple’s AirPods Max.