Sony Announces The WH-1000XM5 With Design Improvements
Two years have passed since the launch of the WH-1000XM4, and it was already time for Sony to present the WH-1000XM5. Because there are iterations that do not bring almost any changes, except for a price increase, as is the case, it has changed in the design of the headband and the cups, which are somewhat broader but cannot be folded for transport. It changes the material they are made to a softer synthetic leather. Slightly lower the weight to 250 g.
As for active noise cancellation (ANC), that of the WH-1000XM4 model was good thanks to the QN1 chip, and now it is joined by the V1 and four additional microphones, reaching eight dedicated for ANC. Sony adds multiple user profiles and dynamically adjusts the amount of cancellation it applies based on the environment you’re in to cut out more noise from outside effectively.
The WH-1000XM5 integrates NFC for quick pairing with devices, Bluetooth 5.2 connection and a 1.2 m cable connection with a 3.5 mm plug. With this connection, the new 30mm drivers made of neodymium have a frequency response between 4 and 40,000 Hz. In Bluetooth mode, they operate between 20 and 20,000 Hz, with a sensitivity of 102 dB. The microphone for regular use allows voice activation of digital assistants of operating systems such as the Google Assistant.
Active noise cancellation can be turned on and off with a tap of the earphones, and music controls are touch-enabled too. The built-in battery fully recharges from zero in three and a half hours via a USB Type-C port and provides autonomy for thirty hours of Bluetooth playback with ANC or up to 40 hours without ANC.
Its price is 400 dollars. The WH-1000XM4 will remain on sale, which can be found for around $280, although its MSRP is $350. Probably many users will be more interested in the old model.