Sony revolutionizes WH-1000XM5: new design and more microphones for the new noise-canceling headphones

That Sony WH-1000X Bluetooth Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones they are a product that has definitely revolutionized the market for noise canceling headphones. A compelling product right from the start, even though it took a few generations to reach perfection. It can be said that from the third generation onwards, the Sony WH-1000X headphones represent the latest in the industry.

It is therefore difficult for the Japanese engineers to design a new version, after their attention had shifted a lot to the market for real wireless stereo headphones, where the WF-1000XM4 in-ear sisters managed to establish themselves on a par with the WH-1000XM4. For the fifth generation of circumaural headphones, the Japanese technicians have made the brave choice to change and change the design of the headphones for the first time.

New Sony WH-1000XM5 Bluetooth Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones: Complete Renewal

Old and new model compared

From an aesthetic point of view, the result was fully achieved and it certainly more modern and minimalist look. The review is not only for aesthetics but also functional and finally one of the few defects left on the WH-1000XM4 has been fixed. I am thinking of the padding of the headband, which was previously limited to a small portion and which now characterizes virtually all support. On a level with ergonomics the obvious and immediately noticeable improvement. This is also due to the continuous and even adjustment of the length of the headband, which allows you to find the right position for the headphones in any situation. Speaking of portability, the shape of the pavilions has also undergone a change, with a magnification and a less tapered shape that better fits the ears.

Sony’s engineers have also made several technical changes, starting with the drivers that boil down to 30 mm in diameterbut which promises outstanding performance across the entire frequency range, thanks to the carbon fiber dome.

Increase the number of built-in microphoneswhich rises to 8 in total (4 per pavilion): they are used to improve noise reduction, but above all to raise the quality of speech during calls using technology beamforming to bring out the user’s voice better than background noise and wind.

Of course, noise reduction remains a fixed point, with some adjustments also related to the function Adaptive sound control, which automatically adjusts the sound parameters according to the situation, recognizes the most frequently visited places and adjusts the ambient sound accordingly. It is possible to completely delegate the noise reduction control to the headphones Auto NC Optimizer.

Sony has also renewed the presence sensor, now more accurate and no longer visible inside the pavilions, which stops the music when the headphones are taken off and reactivates it when they are put on again. Another fixed point is the touch controls on the right pavilion for controlling the volume and playing the tracks, with the option, by placing your hand on the entire pavilion, to activate the Ambient Sound function to talk to people around us without removing headphones. In that regard, the Speak-to-Chat feature has also been enhanced, allowing you to do the same just by starting to talk.

That The WH-1000XM5 supports Google’s new useful Fast Pair feature, which allows you to pair Android devices with great ease and also to find the headphones when you can not remember where they are. Swift Pair allows you to quickly and easily pair headphones with Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptops, desktops or tablets.

The headphones support high definition audio codec (developed by Sony, but widely used) LDAC and are compatible with the holographic format 360 Reality Audio.

The WH-1000XM5s boasts 30 hours of battery life, to allow listening at the highest levels even on long journeys. And if you’ve on the run, you can get 3 hours of battery life in just 3 minutes using USB Power Delivery (PD). Speaking of travel, the suitcase is also new, which can now be flattened out when not in use, to take up less space in bags and backpacks. The headphones have lost the foldable design, so in the case they can only be flat.

The WH-1000XM5 headphones will be available in black and platinum silver versions from the end of May 2022 to list price 420 greater than at the launch of the WH-1000XM4, which remains within reach.

Soon we plan to offer you the complete review of these headphones, but the very first contact and the very first minutes of listening left some clearly positive impressions.

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