Hands-on review: Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones
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Hands-on review: Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones

Hands-on review: Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones

The device is the latest iteration of Sony’s 1000X series, which is known for its active noise-cancelling technology

Divsha Bhat
Sony WH-1000XM5

The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones is the latest iteration of the 1000X line, which is known for its active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology. The fifth generation boasts an improved design, functionality and refined sound quality.

We got the device for a hands-on review and here’s what we found.


Weighing just 250g, the WH-1000XM5 headphones have a modern design with a smaller headband and simpler earcups. Despite the reduced cushioning, the earpads are soft and comfortable and do not get too warm. The earcups come with both touch and physical controls, with the left cup having a button for ANC/ambient mode and the power button, while the right cup has a USB-C port. In addition, the headphones have a sturdy build quality and feel durable.

Connectivity and battery

These headphones support Bluetooth 5.2 and offer a stable connection with no dropouts or imbalances. They support voice assistants like Alexa and Google, with Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair for easy pairing. The battery life is impressive, with 30 hours of life with ANC on and 40 hours with ANC off.

Sound quality

The WH-1000XM5 headphones deliver a balanced and powerful sound across the entire frequency range. The bass range is deep despite the smaller drivers. The headphones have two directional microphones on each side and AI algorithms that accurately extract and transmit voices during phone calls. Additionally, they support 360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos formats.

Verdict of Sony WH-1000XM5

Overall, the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones offer ANC technology, impressive battery life and exceptional sound quality, making them an excellent choice for casual listening and professional use.

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