Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones launched: How does it differ from WH-1000XM4?

By G. S. Vasan | Published 13 May 2022 07:52 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sony WH-1000XM5 gains a refined design, 8-mic system, better ANC, Spotify Quick Access, Google Fast Pair, and Microsoft Swift Pair.

  • The XM5 gets a smaller driver setup and a larger carry case.

  • Sony still offers the LDAC support and the same 30 hours of battery life as the precursor on the WH-1000XM5.

Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones launched: How does it differ from WH-1000XM4?
Sony WH-1000XM4 Launch Price, Specs, and Availability

After a two-year gap, Sony has unveiled the successor to its WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones named Sony WH-1000XM5. While the former was already a class act, the question is how different the XM5 is from the XM4. For starters, there is a revamped design (with some contentious choices), enhanced Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), smaller audio drivers, the same battery life claim, LDAC codec support, and a bigger carry case.

So, let’s take a deeper look at the new Sony flagship headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Specs and Features 

Sony WH-1000XM4 features

 

Sony has armed the XM5 with an 8-microphone setup controlled by V1 and QN1 audio processing chips. Thanks to the new beamforming mic system, Voice Pickup technology, and AI-based Auto NC Optimizer, the company claims improved ANC and better call quality.

With ANC on, the WH-1000XM5 can run up to 30 hours of music playback, and with it off, expect 40 hours of runtime. There is USB-C power delivery with fast charging capability (3 hours from a 3 min top-up). The XM4 meanwhile, was rated for 5 hours of use with 10 minutes of charging and with ANC off, they could only pull off 38 hours of juice.

The audio side is handled by 30mm drivers, which is smaller than the 40mm unit of XM4, but Sony says it has improved “high-frequency sensitivity for more natural sound quality”.

XM5 also comes with DSEE Extreme upscaling and high-res LDAC codec support with select devices. You also get AAC and SBC, but no aptX.

The other Sony 1000XM5 specifications include Bluetooth 5.2 support, multipoint connectivity, Google Assistant, Alexa support, Google Fast Pair, Microsoft Windows Swift Pair, Touch Controls, Ambient Noise Mode (transparency), wear detection, and Adaptive Sound Control. 

All these come packed in a more minimal design consisting of soft-fit leather and a stepless slider band. However, their movements are apparently a bit stilted compared to the Sony WH-1000XM4. If you wear them around the neck, they don’t fold down flat like the predecessor. And if you try to fold them up, they won’t. Hence, the bigger carry case. The case looks cool and has magnetic housing for the charging cable and audio cable (for wired connection).

Sony WH-1000XM5 Price and Availability

Sony WH-1000XM4 case

 

Sony has priced the WH-1000XM5 at around $400 (~₹30,940), which is $50 more than the launch price of the WH-1000XM4. The new Sony wireless headphones will be available from the end of May in select markets. You can pick it in Silver and Black colours.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling headphones Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

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Release Date: 18 Sep 2020
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Market Status: Launched

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