Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphone Review

Sony WH-1000XM5

After ruling over with WH-1000XM4 for long year, the company launch its latest flagship over ear headphone the Sony WH-1000XM5. The headphone come with a Active noise cancellation, magnificent sound, hands free-calling, Up to 30 hours of battery, Bluetooth Multi-connectivity and DSEE Extreme & Hi-Res audio support the WH-1000XM5 headphones provide awe-inspiring audio quality. Additionally, it includes total 8 microphone for clear voice calls, 360-degree spatial sound and Dolby Atmos sound.

Pros
  • Bluetooth multipoint
  • Outstanding microphone
  • ANC performance
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • High cost
  • No NFC support

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Price and availability

The Sony WH-1000XM5 come with a two color variant such as Black and Silver colour. It is price $399.99, which is quite increase with some extra features. Also, you can purchase this headphone from the company’s official website electronics.sony.com.

Who should get Sony WH-1000XM5?

  • The Sony WH-1000XM5 is for anyone looking to listen to music in a variety of situations during the day, such as tourists, office workers, city dwellers and students.
  • Especially good for those who spend a lot of time on the call and those who want high-bitrate Bluetooth audio.

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Box Content

Sony WH-1000XM5
  • Headphone
  • Carrying case
  • 3.5mm aux cable
  • Charging cable
  • User Guide

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What is the design of Sony WH-1000XM5?

Sony WH-1000XM5

The new headphones are much larger than the predecessors and offer features like Find My Device support via Android and Fast Pair. The headphones offer a weight of 250g, which is not heavyweight with ANC headphones and protects your noggin from heavy pressure in conjunction with the padding on the headband. Additionally, instead of the notched track of older Sony wireless headphones, the band has a friction rod design like the JBL Tune 760NC. While that’s not a big deal, it does mean that there is no setting you can remember to fit: you just adjust on the fly.

Moreover, the Sony WH-1000XM5 comes with smooth coating and wagon leatherette surfaces. The contact between the head and the headband provides some friction but is soft enough not to be distracted. The padding of the Sony WH-1000XM5 is deep and wide enough to help the big ear, and as a result: it’s enjoyable. The earcup rotates 90 degrees so that it comes out comfortably in the carrying case provided by the company. Which helps you to carry headphones for transport. The elegant design with stepless slider, seamless swivel and hanger, and silent joints, makes WH-1000XM5 a pleasure to wear.

Furthermore, these new headphones offer a lot of new features that are not offered by WH-1000XM4 headphones. The headphones come with an ear sensor, which is great for stopping music once you’ve removed the headphones from your head. Creature comfort also compensates, such as the option to enable ambient noise passthrough by wrapping your hand around the cup of the right ear. When someone throws something at your desk it’s nice to be able to continue the can, instead of taking it off and putting it back a hundred times when they stop and start an unrelated conversation.

In addition, all of these factors combine to produce a very comfortable fit. There is enough pressure to grab your ears and get a solid seal around the headphones without feeling too loose. Because the grip isn’t as vague as some competitors, however, and the fact that the headphones still don’t have an IP rating (for water and dust resistance), we wouldn’t recommend using them during exercise.

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How touch control works of Sony WH-1000XM5?

The main controls for the Sony WH-1000XM5 are similar to the last three iterations of the series using a capacitive touch panel on the right ear cup. All the old gestures give their return, which is shown below:

The WH-1000XM5 has two buttons on the left ear cup: the power button and the ANC mode button. Moreover, holding down the power button will turn on the headphones and start pairing mode after three seconds. Also, you can usually pair with your phone or follow the pairing process for your computer. Pressing NC / AMB button will toggle ANC mode. You can choose either ANC, ANC OFF or ambient sound modes – the latter of which lets you hear everything going on around you by piping in the outside noise recorded by the microphone array.

ActionFunction
Swipe upVolume up
Swipe downVolume down
Swipe forwardTrack forward
Swipe backTrack back
Hold (center)Voice assistant
Double tap centerPause / resume
Cup handAmbient sound passthrough

Is there an app available for Sony WH-1000XM5?

Yes, the Sony Headphones Connect app for headphones (iOS / Android) is offered. And if you want to get the most out of your headphones you should definitely get one. Because it helps customize your features, such as ANC optimization, 360 reality audio, and a custom equalizer that saves settings directly to the headset, but it’s also Sony’s main vehicle for getting updates to your headphones.

While there are a lot of goodies in the Sony Headphones Connect app, there are also a few drawbacks. However, it asks for a lot of personal information with which it may or may not do other things. Unfortunately, features like Google’s Fast Pair require absolutely a level of data sharing that can feel weird. Also, Sharing location data for headphones? It sounds a little intrusive, but how do you use my headphones feature? It’s a little difficult. Similarly, asking for photos of your ears may be a little inappropriate, but that data is put to good use to adjust the signal on your headphones to implement 360 reality audio.

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What is the sound quality of Sony WH-1000XM5?

Sony WH-1000XM5

In terms of sound quality, The Sony WH-1000XM5 provides intelligent industry-leading noise-cancelling headphones. However, this premium sound enhances your listening experience with the ability to personalize and control everything you hear. Plus, these headphones allow you to enjoy 360 reality audio. Which is as real as you would be with a recording artist in a live concert or in a studio. With 360 reality audio, music has never been so immersive and so real.

Moreover, the new 30mm precision-engineered driver unit featuring soft TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) Edge, especially in the low frequency range. Which ultimately enhances the sound cancellation and allowing you to enjoy your music for sure without the noise around you. The Carbon fiber composite materials are lighter in weight and also improve the clarity of the dome with high rigidity, especially in the high frequency range.

Furthermore, the light and rigid precision-engineered driver unit improves high frequency sensitivity for more natural sound quality. Sony unique technologies include a premium lead-free solder containing gold for excellent conductivity, Fine Sound Resistor for even power distribution, and optimized circuitry for an improved signal-to-noise ratio to ensure clear, consistent sound.

The WH-1000XM5 supports high-resolution audio and high-resolution audio wireless, thanks to LDAC, our industry-adopted audio coding technology. Which has very good sound quality with few tread-offs. However, if you want to get the most out of the codec you will need to dive into your developer options on Android. By default, headphones will connect using the “best effort” mode which is almost always the default for low bitrate. Additionally, if you are adventurous enough to dive deeper settings, we suggest going with 660kbps. That option offers the best combination of sound quality and signal stability across a range of WH-1000X devices, with the WH-1000XM5 being no exception. LDAC transmits approximately three times more data2 than conventional Bluetooth® audio for exceptional High-Resolution Audio quality.

Real-time restoration of all your compressed files

The headline feature for the WH-1000XM5 is the introduction of a brand new sound processor. Sony has switched from DSEE HX to the new DSEE Extreme engine. The new engine not only seeks to enhance compressed music to near-high-resolution quality, it also adds artificial intelligence technology called Edge-AI. Lastly, it has been developed with the help of Sony Music Studio Tokyo to analyze music in real-time to make the original track more faithful, to reproduce more accurate sound.

Smart listening technology to enhance your listening

The WH-1000XM4 headphones use a range of smart technologies to create a seamless, hands-free listening experience. For example, in Speak-to-Chat just start speaking to pause your music automatically. Also, enjoy adaptive playback thanks to the proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors that detect if your headphones are worn.

Moreover, with a Sony WLA-NS7 wireless transmitter connected to a BRAVIA XR TV (sold sep.), your headphones create the ideal arrangement of phantom speakers all around you so you can enjoy a Dolby Atmos experience. Be immersed in the scene and feel right at the heart of the action.

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How well does the Sony WH-1000XM5 cancel noise?

The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphone presents the big improvement over the Nosie cancellation. It is better to isolate your ears from the noise than the previous repetitions, i.e. the offensive outbursts of accidental noise are physically blocked from reaching your ears. Specially developed by Sony, the Integrated Processor V1 unlocks the full potential of our HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1. This unique combination of technology controls 8 microphones to deliver unprecedent noise cancelling quality.

In addition, the WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones with 8 total microphones, these headphones are our biggest step forward in noise cancelling technology. Ambient sound is captured even more accurately for a dramatic reduction in high frequency noise. Thanks to the new Auto NC Optimizer, noise cancelling performance is always and automatically optimized based on wearing conditions and external environmental factors such as atmospheric pressure.

How does the Sony WH-1000XM5’s microphone sound?

Equipped with 4 beamforming microphones, the WH-1000XM5 headphones are calibrated just to raise your voice. Better signal-to-noise ratios enable them to capture every single word, even when there is a lot of noise around. In addition, with precise voice pickup technology and advanced audio signal processing, the person on the other end of the call will hear your voice clearly, even if you are in a noisy state. Our noise reduction algorithm was developed with AI Machine Learning using over 500 million voice samples to suppress ambient noise and clear your voice in a large environment.

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How do you connect the Sony WH-1000XM5?

Sony WH-1000XM5 can connect to your Bluetooth-enabled devices via LDAC, AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs. However, Sony hasn’t returned aptX support here – for that, you’ll need to choose the old Sony WH-1000XM3 or any of the best aptX headphones. Moreover, the headphone also come with a Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity with 32.81 ft effective range. Which help you to connect your headphone with other smartphone, PCs and TVs.

Furthermore, swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones with your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC or tablet. Pop-up pairing guidance appears on nearby Windows 11 or Windows 10 devices when pairing mode is selected. In addition, the headphone come with a Bluetooth Multi-connectivity. Whic help you to connect two devices simultaneously.

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How good is the battery life of the Sony WH-1000XM5?

Sony WH-1000XM5

The announced battery life of Sony WH-1000XM5 is 30 hours less than its predecessor. However, we should point out that this goal is still more than the cost of a normal week trip or a long distance flight. If you’re in bondage, just three minutes of charging will provide 180 minutes of playback. Of course, if you find yourself without a USB-C cable, you can always use a simple 3.5mm cable for analog playback.

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Conclusion

Headphones have almost all the features you need in your headphones. The excellent ANC performance, decent sound quality and a host of advanced features like Find My Device support in Android make Kane a very capable set. While it’s disappointing that NFC and IP ratings aren’t present on the Sony WH-1000XM5 spec sheet, it’s a tradeoff that I think would be perfectly fine with most making. Positivity is clearly more than negative in the lab and in real life.

However, the price is little higher than the most of the headphone we consider buying. But, its not that concern when you got the best in class features.

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Sony WH-1000XM5 vs. WH-1000XM4: Specs compared

FunctionsSony WH-1000XM5Sony WH-1000XM4
Price$399/AU$649$349/AU$549
ColorsBlack, SilverBlack, Silver, White
Weight0.55 pounds0.56 pounds
Battery life (with ANC, rated)30 hours (3 min charge = 3 hours playback)30 hours (10 min charge = 5 hours playback)
Active noise cancellationAutomatic NC optimizerManual NC optimizer

FAQ

I Can’t Hear Any Sound from My Headphones

Follow these steps if you can’t hear any sound from your headphones after playing audio from a connected source device. However, if these steps require model-specific information, check your manual. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

1. Make sure your audio source is on and the volume is up.
2. If your headphones have a volume button or knob, make sure to turn it up.
3. If you have battery-powered headphones, make sure there is enough charge.
4. Check the connection of your headphones.

Wired connection:
1. Make sure the headphone jack is firmly plugged into the correct audio jack.
If the audio source uses a line remote, disconnect the remote and plug directly to the audio source.
2. If you can hear the sound from your headphones, the line remote may require repair.

Bluetooth® connection:
1. Make sure to select your headphones in the Bluetooth settings of your audio source.
2. Turn your headphones off and on.
Pair your headphones to your audio device again.

5. Try connecting your headphones to another audio source.
1. If the sound is heard, the first audio source may require repair.
2. If your headphones don’t produce any sound after connecting to a second audio source, your headphones may require repair.  Go to Product Repair. 

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