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Sony WH 1000XM5 Description

Wireless Freedom

Introducing the Sony WH-1000XM5, a wireless, industry leading headphone set equipped with features that take your listening experience to the next level. This innovative wireless headphone is designed for comfort and convenience, providing you with crisp and clean sound, while being completely free of wires and cords. With its noise cancellation system, you can listen to your music without any background noise or distraction. On top of that, the headphones deliver a rich and powerful listening experience, thanks to the smart sound adjustment features.

Advanced Connectivity

The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are equipped with advanced connectivity features. The headphones use low latency Bluetooth 5.0, so you can always enjoy a smooth and stable connection with your audio source. On top of that, you can control your audio with Alexa, as well as the Headphone Connect app, allowing you to customize your listening experience. Furthermore, the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are compatible with Sony’s LDAC high-resolution audio technology, for optimal sound quality.

Ultimate Comfort

The Sony WH-1000XM5 headset is designed for all-day use, with its lightweight and comfortable design. The headphones are equipped with ergonomic headband and ear cushions made from soft memory foam, which provides a snug fit with excellent noise cancellation capabilities. On top of that, the headphones have an impressive battery life, allowing you to enjoy up to 30 hours of uninterrupted listening time.

Dynamic Sound Quality

The Sony WH-1000XM5 presents the power of digital sound with its innovative audio technology and advanced noise cancellation function. The headset features Dual Noise Sensor Technology, optimising sound and minimising external noise. Additionally, the headphones feature Sony’s QN1 processor, for accurately reproducing music with a wide frequency range.

-Lightweight and comfortable design
-Wireless convenience
-Low latency Bluetooth 5.0
-Alexa voice control
-Headphone Connect App
-LDAC Hi-Res Audio Technology
-Dual Noise Sensor Technology
-QN1 Processor
-Up to 30 hours of battery life

Sony WH 1000XM5 Specification

Product Dimensions

8.85 x 3.03 x 10.36 inches

Item Weight

8.82 Ounces

Item model number



1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

May 12, 2022



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  1. Fresh and Felicia

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     I own Sony’s WH-1000 XM4s and the Bose 700s, two of the leading models in the industry. I had AirPods Max for a minute, but I rage-sold them. To me, the Sony and Bose are both awesome headsets. So I was psyched to hear Sony was releasing XM5s. Summer’s here, and these can get a little hot on hot days outdoors. It’s like wearing earmuffs on the beach. But, if you can get past a little sweaty ears, or if you use them indoors or on airplanes, you should be a little excited.

    The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones feature, what Sony advertises, “industry-leading noise cancellation.” And they ain’t lyin. With Bluetooth 5.2 and Sony’s QN1 and V1 chips, the XM5s have DUAL processors – compared to the lonely single processor of the XM4. These two processors control 8 microphones for crazy accurate noise cancellation. Think – a little computer actually sampling noise from fans, airplane engines, air conditioners, motors, and consistent noise like that – and creates an identical but perfect opposite wave, so they kinda cancel each other out. And this time, the dual processors are capable of filtering higher frequency sounds, including some voices. It’s pretty cool tech. The first time you hear this, it’s like magic! In my video review, you can see my personal reaction.

    With the XM5s, noise canceling is automatically optimized based on your wearing conditions and environment. You don’t have to do anything. It knows if you’re sitting, walking, in an airplane, et cetera.
    No, noise reduction probably won’t completely cancel a very loud angry spouse, or a crying baby. But the over the ear closed design may help dull annoying sounds.

    A very small cadre of people claim they become nauseous using noise cancelling headphones, and especially the old model XM4s. I’ve never experienced this personally, but be aware it could happen. You can disable it if you need to. Some people thought the WH-1000XM4s were too snug. I thought they felt great, but they’ve improved the fit with a new lightweight design with soft-fit leather. This material fits snugly but with less pressure on your ears while still keeping out the external sounds you don’t want to hear.

    There were a few other design changes – the XM5s aren’t foldable like the XM4s, and there’s a redesigned case that’s collapsible to save room in your bag when you’re wearing your headphones.

    With up to 30 hours of battery life, you’ll have enough power to travel halfway to the moon in one of Elon Musk’s rockets. But, in case you forgot to charge and you’re in a hurry, you can get 3 hours’ worth of charge after just 3 minutes with an optional AC adapter.

    And unfortunately, the in-flight plug adapter is not included in the supplied accessories this time. But who uses that anyway? That’s so old school! Fortunately, there still is an aux-in for you old-school holdouts.

    The touch controls survived, where you can pause/play/skip tracks, control volume, activate your voice assistant, and answer phone calls. And the speak to chat lives also, where as soon as you start a conversation, Speak-to-Chat automatically stops your music and lets in ambient sound. And wear detection knows when you take them off.

    But – how do they sound?

    Sony has popped new, more rigid, 30mm carbon fiber drivers in the XM5s. They have more of an audiophile sound profile with slightly more balanced sound, better clarity, and more accurate bass. That’s important if you listen to real music, you know, with actual instruments, like rock, jazz, r and b, country, classical, and music like that. The XM4s have 40mm drivers, which will probably be better for hip-hop. The XM5s will reproduce hip-hop very accurately, meaning the way the studio producer intended you to hear it, but they probably won’t have the head-vibrating tinnitus-inducing bass many people want. TBH that’s hard to find in any headphone due to physics.

    The XM5s support LDAC and spatial 3D audio, whatever that is, and they have also upgraded their Sony Music Studios Edge-AI music algorithm, which somehow magically guesses what musical dynamics were lost during compression and tries to replace that, so everything sounds crisp and clean without losing the bass that’s necessary in most of today’s popular music.

    I have heard some folks claimed the MX4s sounded “muddy” with some music. I didn’t notice that, but I’m a producer and I’m familiar with equalization. There are about 20 presets including several you can create yourself.

    And even without the Qualcomm APTX Low Latency chip, both my XM4s and XM5s allowed me to watch a complete movie on Netflix on my 2022 Samsung Frame television, wirelessly, from 10-plus feet away, with ZERO loss in mouth synchronization. Plus, like my XM4s, the XM5s still have dual Bluetooth pairing so you can pair them with two devices at the same time and switch back and forth between them. It’s a pretty cool feature if you use them for your phone, but also want to use them to watch YouTube videos at work on your computer. But, you probably shouldn’t tell your boss about that.

    And the XM5s work with Google Assist, Alexa, and Siri. You can even set up Spotify playback with a few taps. Try that on your Air Pods Max.

    The big win seems to be a vast improvement in the sound of your voice during phone calls quality. They’re actually impressive when it comes to calling in louder rooms. I’ve made test calls on busy streets and on windy sidewalks, and my call-ee said she couldn’t tell I was actually outdoors. Apparently, the four beam-forming microphones and the dual-processor software can recognize your voice and somehow block a lot of background noise. I mean, you can still probably hear tire screeches, gunshots, and car alarms, things you’ll typically hear in the city. But a lot of the noise is just gone. Like magic!

    Oh – and there’s Speak to Chat. You start speaking, and the XM5s automatically adjust noise cancellation to pick up the voices of other people. No buttons, no fumbling with your phone. That’s a pretty cool feature.

    So are they worth the upgrade? If you have XM4s and you think your call quality is shaky, then grab some XM5s and sell your sweaty old XM4s on Craigslist. If you’re moving from Bose’s Noise Canceling 700 or QuietComfort 45s, the new dual processors and 8 microphone array will provide some noticeable improvements, plus the dual Bluetooth sync, so they’re probably worth looking into. If you’re done with your Air Pods Max and prefer better compatibility with non-Apple stuff including android phones, PCs, and Sony or Samsung Smart TVs, it’s a no-brainer.

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  2. Vivek Shaw

    🔴The ANC (overall great but doesn’t block all noise)
    It works fine but don’t live in a dilemma (I did) that it will block all the noise, I can still hear my ceiling fan on full speed but at a extremely lower volume, my parents talking from few feet aparts is almost non audible but yeah I can hear them at a extremely low volume, the birds chirping from 10-20 feet apart is occassionally hearable too. Play any music while on ANC and then ALMOST every background noise will be blocked.

    🔴THE CREAKING SOUND WHILE MOVING HEAD in this is almost non noticable, (people say there isn’t any creaking noise but there is very minor, it exists)

    🔴SOUND QUALITY is good BUT the default eq is the worst, you should try different eqs and make yourself one (I thought it would be hard but nope, I was done in 4 minutes) then it will, for me, sounds way better and actually worth paying 26k

    🔴 It’s Comfortable BUT (for someone who doesn’t do any sort of neck exercise and have an average head) it’s till a bit heavy, I know 250 g for a headphone is very light weight but for me who switched from airpods to headphones, it feels heavy but the comfortable headband always puts me to sleep 😴. The headband is also quite thin, (took me solid 30 minutes to achieve a position where it doesn’t hit the top of my head and still feel comfortable.)

    🔴AMBIENT MODE for an average person is actually great, nothing to complain about

    🔴Mics are also great, and extreme clear, do check the reviews

    ANC ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2⭐
    Mic ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Highs ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Lows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Comfort ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🚩🚩🚩Delivery (bought from APPARO RETAIL) ⭐⭐, they literally threw my headphones into a big oversized box WITHOUT ANY PROTECTION, it was just a bix box where my headphones where jumbling, like a small pencil in a big pencil box, no bubble wrap, no paper filling to have my headphones not dance while inside, nothing was given. The headphone box was quite dirty which almost made me return them but the inside (THANKS TO SONY) was well protected.

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  3. Marcella

    Gostei muito da qualidade do som, achei o fone confortável mesmo eu usando óculos. O cancelamento de ruído é muito bom, do lado da sala que trabalho passa um trem e quando ele passa eu só percebo vendo pela janela, porém o barulho da galera na sala eu costumo ouvir. Ainda não parei para ver todas as configurações possíveis que posso alterar, porém gosto bastante do fato dele conectar ao meu celular e notebook, de tirar ele do ouvido e pausar imediatamente a música e quando alguém fala comigo ele pausar também. Gostaria de configurá-lo para não desligar automaticamente, pois no meu antigo fone eu gostava de ficar as vezes só com o cancelamento de ruído ativo e com esse fone se não tiver nada tocando ele desliga automaticamente. Pra mim um ponto que deixou a desejar foi a bateria, eu tinha um Soundcore Life Q30 antes de investir nesse fone e a bateria dele durava a semana inteira. Esse da Sony dura 3 dias apenas, eu uso ele cerca de 8h por dia, então a bateria foi meio que uma decepção pra mim.
    O microfone eu gostei bastante e chegou antes do previsto. No geral acho que o fone valeu a pena. Só espero tirar um tempo depois para ver todas as configurações e ver se consigo deixar da forma que desejo.

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  4. Andrew

    Quick take aways:
    Without an EQ, the headphones have a very very dark sound signature (I was not a fan)
    Sound very good for Bluetooth headphones with EQ, sound okay when wired
    ANC seems to be decent, lot of customisability in the app
    ANC works well in standalone mode (without pairing)
    Battery life is good
    No form of sweat/water resistance is a minus but can be worked around
    High noise floor (if you care about that sort of thing)
    Optional pause with take off and resume with put on feature is amazing!

    As a preface, the Sony WH-1000XM5 are my first set of ANC headphones. I would consider myself a mild audiophile (I have a DAC, AMP, and too many headphones). With that said, everyone’s ears are different so take this with an extra pinch of salt.

    Out of the box experience:
    The packaging was quite nice. It included a hard-shell carrying case, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, 1.2m long 3.5mm cable, and the headphones. The connection process for new devices is wonky and leaves a bit to be desired. The initial pairing did not work until I installed the Sony Headphones Connect app from the appstore. After this, you have to power off the device then power on and hold the power button for 5 seconds to enter pairing mode (confirmed by a vocal “pairing” from the headphones).

    The sound signature left a lot to be desired. For a bit of background, my favourite type of headphone is flat/neutral with a balanced sound signature. I enjoy heavy bass in electronic music and am sensitive to loud highs/mids (I get listener fatigue quite fast from it). I enjoy a lot of variety when listening to music an will try most things out. In particular I regularly listen to Classical, Avant-garde, Experimental, Easy listening, Electronic, Contemporary folk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, and some Traditional folk. I don’t tend to listen to much Blues, Rap, or Hip Hop. I occasionally listen to mainstream-Pop and Country.
    Without EQ, the sound signature is very very dark. The bass is very punchy and present, the mids are recessed, and the highs have their edge taken off. I was not a fan of it for anything but electronic tracks with no vocals and heavy bass. Even then, it wasn’t particularly amazing. Anything with vocals will sound horrendous (again, with no EQ) as the bass frequencies in voices will be very pronounced.
    The ANC worked well for me out of the box. For the open mode, I set it to let near voices through and ambient noise out. I use them with eyeglasses but the ANC still seems to work well. They do a particularly good job of filtering out A/C noises, the electronic whine that appliances generate (not all people can hear this), and running water. The ANC tends to struggle with erratic high pitched noises (as I understand it, most ANC systems do). However, it will dull the noise a tad through both the closed back headphone and ANC component.

    Since I was not a fan of the sound profile out of the box, I set up an EQ profile with these headphones. The Sony Headphones Connect app includes an EQ but I found it to be extremely limited in terms of customisability (I did not like any of the presets that were offered) and not very user friendly. Due to this, I set up my own external EQ using AutoEq (on github) as a starting point. After fine tuning it to my preferences, using the headphones became a much much better experience.
    They sound very good for Bluetooth headphones. For genres where I like more bass, I strongly prefer the Sony headphones over my Sennheiser and prefer the Sony to my Bose.
    In wired mode, the headphones definitely sound better but no where near as good as my other wired headphones. If I’m attached to a wire, I would rather just switch to another pair of headphones. With that said, they do sound better if you leave the headphones on while connected with a cable.
    The ANC works well for me. If I use them for noise canceling without music, it can get unsettlingly quiet in the mornings (which is a great thing). Around others, particularly in the kitchen, the headphones do a very good job of dulling and eliminating noises. The pass through function works well in the event of conversation. I am a very quiet eater but these headphones did a great job canceling out all noises while I ate. I don’t use these headphones outside, so I do not know how well they perform with nature’s noises.
    The gesture controls included are useful but a bit too involved to be my go to. If I have physical access to my device, I prefer to use that to control the music. However, the pause on take off feature is amazing! It consistently pauses my media any time I have to take my headphones off and resumes right where it left off and soon as I put it on. Simply magic is the only way I have to explain it (the function can be turned off if you don’t like/want it).

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  5. Michael

    The ANC is great for blocking the sound of wind (not fan sound within room), bus engine sound, train trach changing sounds, voices from other people.

    I took a 10 hour train journey and 2hr bus journey with this item. OH MANN!! this product is exceptional. Go for this if u used to travel alot.

    Original Review:

    i was using a TWS prior to this. Main reasons for an upgrade are
    > it needs to be recharged everyday
    > It can only connected with single device. If i connect my device to the Office System for calls, then to attend the call from my phone is to take the earpiece off and attend.
    > Mic quality is not sufficient.
    > Too much noise to the recipient.

    I did my research on Sennheiser, Sony and Bose headphones.
    Reason why i choose Sony is, the ANC. Once my friend brought SONY WH-H910N and i had the experience on ANC. I was soo stunned. So i knew the Sony “was” the king of ANC.
    Also, i own a RT3 Home Theatre of Sony. which deliver boosted bass and good crisp mid tones.

    I am a fan of Sennheiser. But unfortunately, the ANC is not up to its competitors. Same thing goes for Bose. ANC was my prime objective to my next headphones.

    I knew the XM4 is a good Value for Money headset when compared to XM5. But i had some samples of both XM4 and XM5. Sound quality was somewhat similar. major upgrade is on the mic performance. So i opted for XM5.

    Also all my other requirements can be fulfilled by these products.


    I am not impressed with XM5 in terms of ANC. It is better than XM4. But its not worth 6000+ with the predecessor. Mic Quality is better too.

    If you can get it with 22k, then consider this.
    otherwise, go for XM4 for 19,990/-

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  6. Yosathorn

    This is by the best headphones I have ever bought. The price reflects the quality, but if it’s within reach of your budget or a bit of a stretch more, you would not regret the purchase afterwards. Still have not gone through all the features, functions, and app but based just based off the sound alone I am extremely satisfied

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  7. Ricardo Nuñez

    Me considero un amantes de la tecnología en audio personal. He pasado por muchas marcas, tecnologías, gamas y estilos, incluso casándome con la marca Bose para mi audio personal. Mi última compra fue en 2018, y ahora que decidí probar esta marca y este modelo, me lleve la sorpresa de la gran diferencia en calidad-precio, vs el resto del mercado. Sin duda, los mejores audífonos over-ear que he tenido.

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