Sony WH-1000XM5: Improved sound and ANC with new design and driver

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With the new WH-1000XM5 headphones, Sony is introducing the successor to the WH-1000XM4. Compared to the predecessor, a new design comes into play. In addition, Sony claims to have increased active noise reduction and sound.

Two SoCs and 8 microphones for ANC

Sony uses two processors and eight microphones for the active noise reduction (ANC) of the WH-1000XM5. Sony again relies on the QN1 SoC and the V1 processor already used in the WH-1000XM4. The noise suppression is adapted to the environment via an automatic “NC optimizer”. Four of the microphones are used for telephony, which are intended to reduce ambient noise using AI-based noise reduction algorithms. Sony has also redeveloped the structure with which wind noise is to be reduced so that it is not transmitted so strongly via the microphones.

Smaller, improved drivers

Technically, Sony has made a few changes despite largely identical specifications. The specially developed dynamic driver in the WH-1000XM5 measures 30 instead of 40 mm in diameter, but is said to offer a better sound than its predecessor. According to Sony, a carbon fiber composite material is used for the driver, which should improve sensitivity to high frequencies and thus ensure a more natural sound.

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Bluetooth 5.2 with multipoint and fast pair

Bluetooth 5.2 with Google Fast Pair is used for wireless transmission instead of Bluetooth 5.0. Microsoft Swift Pair is supported for quick pairing with Windows 10 and 11. In addition, multipoint is again offered so that you can be connected to two end devices at the same time and switch playback seamlessly between them or, for example, be able to accept calls from your smartphone at any time, even if the headphones are connected to another end device.

LDAC again as Hi-Res codec

In terms of frequency response, there are no changes compared to the WH-1000XM4 with 4 to 40,000 Hz passive or 20 to 40,000 Hz active. The same applies to the supported audio codecs – in addition to SBC, AAC and LDAC are again offered as Hi-Res audio codecs. The latter supports up to 990 kbps, 24-bit and 96 kHz sampling. The headphones can once again be operated both passively and actively via cable in addition to the wireless connection – the 3.5 mm jack connection is therefore retained.

DSEE Extreme and 360 Reality Audio

Sony's already familiar DSEE Extreme, which adjusts music in real time to recover frequencies lost through compression, and 360 Reality Audio are again supported by the WH-1000XM5. Also featured again are features such as Auto-Play/Pause and Speak-to-Chat, which pauses playback when the wearer is talking, and Adaptive Noise Control, which automatically adjusts the sound and ANC to the previously learned location, for example which the headphones are used. Sony's Headphones Connect app is used for customization and configuration.

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Specifications of the Sony WH-1000XM4 in comparison Sony WH-1000XM5 Sony WH-1000XM4 Sony WH-1000XM3 Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Montblanc MB 01 Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless beyerdynamic Amiron wireless copper Converter principle dynamic, 30 mm dynamic, 40 mm dynamic, 35 mm dynamic, 40 mm dynamic, 42 mm Tesla, dynamic Design Closed Frequency response 4-40,000 Hz (cable), 20– 40,000 Hz (Bluetooth, LDAC) 10 – 30,000 Hz 10 – 20,000 Hz 6 – 22,000 Hz 5 – 40,000 Hz (cable operation) Nominal impedance 16 ohms passive, 48 ohms active N/A 16 Ohm passive, 47 Ohm active 20 Ohm 32 Ohm 100 Ohm passive, 470 Ohm active 32 Ohm Sensitivity 100 dB (cable, passive), 102 dB (cable, active) 101 dB (cable, passive), 105 dB (cable, active ) 101 dB N/A 100 dB 99 dB 100 dB THD k. A < 1% < 0.3% (1kHz, 100dB SPL) < 0.05% at 500Hz Cable 3.5mm jack, 1.2m 3.5mm jack, 1.0m 3.5mm jack to USB-C 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack 4 pole 1.2m Bluetooth 5.2 5.0 4.2 5.0 4.2 Supported codecs SBC, AAC, LDAC SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC SBC, aptX Adaptive, AAC SBC, aptX, aptX LL, AAC SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL, AAC Battery life 30 hours (with ANC), 40 hours (without ANC) 30 hours (with ANC) 25 hours (with ANC) 20 hours (without ANC) 17 hours (with ANC) 30 hours Charging time 3.5 hours 3 hours 2 hours 3 hours 2 hours Battery capacity 1,200 mAh k. A. 730 mAh 330 mAh 1,050 mAh USB-C charging socket Weight (without cable) 250 g 251 g 255 g 241 g 280 g 306 g 400 g

Touch and buttons

As with the predecessor, Sony relies on a combination of touch and button for control. Playback and volume are controlled via touch on the ear cup, while ANC and transparency mode are controlled via a dedicated button.

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New design with same weight and battery life

With the new design, Sony relies on stepless headband adjustment and a newly developed, synthetic soft-fit leather. The transition from the headband to the ear cups has also been completely redesigned. Despite the new design of the WH-1000XM5, the weight has remained practically unchanged at around 250 grams. The battery life should also be identical to the predecessor at up to 30 hours with activated noise suppression. Without ANC, up to 40 hours of music playback should be possible. The battery, which has a capacity of 1,200 mAh (3.8 V, 4.56 Wh), is said to take 3.5 hours to charge. However, a quick charge mode ensures that after only 3 minutes of charging, music can be listened to for an hour and after 10 minutes up to 5 hours. Charging is unchanged via USB-C.

From the end of May for 419 euros

The Sony WH-1000XM5 will be available in black and silver from the end of May at a recommended retail price of 419 euros. Experience has shown that this is quickly undercut in retail. The recommended retail price of the WH-1000XM4 (test) was 379 euros, but the headphones are currently available for 280 euros. The WH-1000XM5 comes with a case that folds flat for space-saving storage. A 3.5mm audio cable and a USB-C charging cable are also included.

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