Sony’s premium wireless headset series, WH-1000, reaches the fifth generation, which comes with a new design, audio enhancements and long-lasting battery life. The company does not replace with this model WH-1000XM4, which remain in the offer as a cheaper version, but offers an “upgrade” for those who believe that more comfort is needed, but also some improved technical capabilities.
Sony brings upgrades in a few chapters, but also a “downgrade” with the new WH-1000XM5
The biggest difference between the WH-1000XM4 and the WH-1000XM5 from Sony is that a new design has been adopted. While the “mark 4” has a foldable body, very good especially when traveling, and with cups that could be folded in both directions at 90 degrees, the WF-1000XM5 seems to come with a small “downgrade” to this chapter. The headphones can no longer be folded, and their carrying case is now much larger. The cups are also rotated in one direction.
However, all other aspects of the headphones have been improved. For example, 30mm speakers are now made of carbon fiber, which can provide higher accuracy at high frequencies. Then, instead of 4 microphones, there are now 8 microphones, 4 on each cup, for voice capture, as well as for improving noise cancellation technology.
The materials from which the new pair of WH-1000XM5 headphones are made are of high quality, with soft eco-leather in the areas where they come into contact with the user. The size of the support band can be adjusted with a fluid slider for high comfort. The headphones are available in platinum silver (which appears to be a very faded yellow) and black. The box includes a USB-C charging cable, as well as a 3.5mm jack cable for connecting to devices that do not use Bluetooth.
The price is really “premium”
Of course, there are features like Speak to Chat, which automatically pauses the content of your headphones when you have a conversation with someone, and Google and Amazon Alexa virtual assistants are compatible with the new Sony headphones. Pairing with mobile devices or even Windows computers is also very fast, through Google Fast Pair and Windows Swift Pair.
The range promised by Sony is up to 30 hours of use, and charging for 3 minutes should provide 3 hours of listening. WH-1000XM5 will enter the offer of the stores during May, at a price of 2,100 lei in Romania.