Geek Review: Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

For the past two years, Sony’s WH-1000XM4 has been touted as one of the headphones you’ll need to buy to keep you away from noisy places with its amazing noise-canceling technology and great sound.It’s hard to stay on top for so long, but Sony has proved that it will continue to be king. WH-1000XM5.. The XM5 is the apex predator of the jungle of true wireless ANC headphones, with a fresh look and all the improvements.

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Changes are common with each updated iteration of the product, and the biggest change here is the lack of a foldable design. The body, designed by Sony to be “noiseless,” has a slim, seamless profile to counter wind noise. It looks great while doing so, but it’s less welcome to have the foldable feature completely removed. This is a big step that may not be suitable for Sony veterans, as XM series headphones are always known as rugged and compact traveling headphones. After all, if it’s not broken, why fix it?

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Other than that, the XM5 boasts an overall design similar to the Bose 700 lineup, with its carrying case featuring a magnetic door to a compartment that holds the charge and a 3.5mm cable. However, the audio adapter for the airplane is not included. More space needs to be allocated to the bag to fit this much larger carrying case, adorned with geometric edges for a smooth, modern look.

Instead of a metal band, the XM5 uses an ABS slider to adjust the fit of the headphones. This gives you a solid feel, even if the bumps on the bottom slightly interfere with Sony’s sophisticated profile.

Although fragile and lifts to the touch, the headphone hinges are actually very sturdy and tightly seal the ANC. The combination of comfortable clamping force and a central memory foam section provides a snug fit. Further enhanced by the new synthetic leather attached to the headband and earpads, the touch is softer than its rigidity. Predecessor. Coupled with the lack of headphone fatigue, the XM5 is certainly fun to use for long periods of time. I have only one slight complaint. Unlike other predecessors, it does not have an IPX waterproof rating.

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Sony is known for learning the ANC domain and has established itself as a leader in the best competition, and with the XM5, industry giants can make the best even better through improved ANC technology. I pushed it up. Competitors are even behind in the game.

Its predecessor was primarily focused on canceling low frequency noise, and since it was learned, Sony has moved to high frequencies for this iteration. The XM5 uses the same integrated processor V1 as the XM4 and currently has a total of eight microphones (from four) and two QN1 chips that carry the capabilities of Sony’s ANC. By comparison, the XM4 had only one.

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The switch on the edge of the left earcup allows the user to switch between ANC and ambient noise, but if you want to quickly enable the latter feature, you can do it by cupping the right side of the headphones. I can do it.

When tested, the XM5 was able to block the sounds of overtaking trucks and ringing trains at low and high frequencies. Noise cancellation has also been automatically optimized on the go, allowing Sony’s headphone app and adaptive sound control features to work together for a more seamless experience. In previous iterations, we ran Sony’s NC Optimiser to achieve the best noise-cancelling experience before switching locations, so automation improves quality of life.

On the other hand, cabin pressure has been found to be less problematic due to the XM5’s Adaptive ANC, which eliminates the sensation of crushing the head, especially when entering the underground section of the train.

It’s Sony – no one else in the game with ANC like them.

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Audio-wise, the WH-1000XM5 boosts the ante with a clearer, wider sound stage, and a larger and more detailed distinction between notes. Headphones are an amazing step up from both the XM4 and XM3, with bass and bass sounding slightly thicker compared to each other.

To test the range of their features, numerous bands and artists of different genres have been queued for playback. First of all, Chopin’s “Prelude, Op Amp. Martha Argerich’s 28, No. 15” is beautifully played, and the individual piano keys, treble and midrange are well-balanced and have a great impact.

Next up is BETWEEN FRIENDS’s “laurel”, a combination of strings and the vibrant bass beats and crispy vocals of Brandon and Savannah Hudson. The plucking of the guitar was clear and the first bass line was also clear. The XM5 was able to provide an accurate range of instruments, programming and vocals without rough edges or muddy bass.

For EDM and Rave enthusiasts, Plvs Vltra’s “Blow My Mind” has been queued. Even at high volume, the bass did not disappoint. The headphones convey the weight of the roaring beat along with a small beep (because there is no better word), resulting in a dynamic shift in track height.

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The counterpart’s “unwavering vow” was the last, and the XM5 made it justice. A double-pedal drive with a lead and rhythm guitar roar was powerfully conveyed between the breakdown and the berth. Brendan Murphy’s screams and voices were vivid and the listening experience felt like a live concert session.

From classic to metalcore, the XM5 is a 30mm neodymium driver that provides a well-spaced, clear soundstage that goes beyond its ability to deliver incredible performance. It comes with DSEE Extreme, which upscales the sampling and bitrate of compressed files, and supports high-resolution audio and high-resolution audio wireless with Sony’s unique LDAC codec. Bass heads need to get used to a flat sound, but over time they appreciate the clear sound.

On the technical side, the frequency response when wiring is from 4Hz to 40,000Hz. The XM5 has a low wireless frequency response, 20Hz to 20,000Hz for LDAC 96kHz sampling at 990kbps and 20Hz to 40,000Hz for LDAC 96kHz sampling.

With the resurgence of multipoint connectivity, users will be able to switch between the two audio sources without having to mess with the normal Bluetooth reconnection process, like the XM4. However, Android users may lose hi-fi audio if they do this. A slight complaint is the lack of NFC pairing capabilities that exist in the XM4. Fortunately, Bluetooth pairing isn’t a hassle yet.

In terms of performance, battery life has also been improved, and the XM5 boasts a 30-hour runtime with noise canceling and Bluetooth enabled, and can last up to 40 hours with both turned off. This is 2 hours longer than the XM4. When the juice runs out, the headphones can provide 5 hours of battery life with just 10 minutes of charging.

On the other hand, the returned Speak-to-Chat feature has proven to be efficient in picking up the speaker’s voice and automatically pausing the detected music. For greater flexibility, the timing between pausing and resuming music can be adjusted according to personal preference.

Finally, the Sony app allows you to easily customize EQ levels and button commands using a number of products. For example, Spotify Tap: The quick access feature can be activated by tapping the ANC button two or three times. This will immediately resume playing the previously listened track.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 isn’t as compact as its predecessor and has lost its NFC pairing option, but it takes advantage of itself with its improved ANC capabilities. The can set is very comfortable for commuting and office work, especially for those who want to drown the world and enjoy music. The XM5 is well worth the investment, as Sony’s consistent commitment to improving product quality and exceeding its own standards is evident. S $ 569 Price tag, that is.

Geek Review Score


The Sony WH-1000XM5 is the only headphone that consumers need to calm the world almost completely comfortably without sacrificing audio quality. The change to a compact design is a downgrade, but Sony is still arguably the king of the ANC hills.



  • aesthetics- 9/10

  • Build quality- 8/10

  • performance – 10/10

  • worth – 9.5 / 10

  • Geek Satisfaction- 8.5 / 10

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