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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you prioritize portability and use during exercise, the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX earbuds are suitable, offering a good fit for physical activities and are sweatproof. However, if active noise cancelling and battery life are more important for activities like air travel, the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are the better choice, with superior noise cancellation and a much longer battery life. The Sony headphones also have a microphone that scores higher, making them a compelling option for calls. On the other hand, if you're looking for earbuds that perform well for gaming and TV, the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX with low latency could fit your needs better. Keep in mind though, the Sony headphones have a feature uniquely benefiting music enthusiasts interested in high-quality audio reproduction—Sony's 360 Reality Audio—yet this requires using supported apps. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Very good for exercise
Advantages of the Sony WH-1000XM5
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Gaming

9.3
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
5.6
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is excellent for gaming, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 is poor.

TV and Video

8.9
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
5.8
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is very good for TV and video, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 is poor.

Noise Reduction

8.3
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
9.1
The Sony WH-1000XM5 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is very good.

Battery

6.5 Hours
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
40.3 Hours
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has 6.5 hours of battery life. The Sony WH-1000XM5 has 40.3 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

10.0
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
8.8
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has best in class build quality, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.9
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
8.2
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sony WH-1000XM5 to be very good for music, while the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is good.

Phone Calls

5.3
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
5.5
The Sony WH-1000XM5 and Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.1
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
6.0
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and Sony WH-1000XM5 are both only fair for podcasts and audiobooks.

Cost

$399
Beoplay EX
WH-1000XM5
$400
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The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has a price of $399 and the Sony WH-1000XM5 costs $400.

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How the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and the Sony WH-1000XM5 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EXSony WH-1000XM5
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EXSony WH-1000XM5

GENERAL

Price
$399
$400
Brand
Bang and OlufsenSony
Release Date
May 1, 2022May 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
8/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
5.4/105.6/10
Gaming Score
9.3/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
9/105.8/10
Exercise Score
9/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6.5 Hours40.3 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
1.5 Hours3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.25.2
Case Battery Life
22N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
8.4/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
10/108.8/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Size
LargeN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
6 Grams249.4 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Leaf and Core

Danielle | January 2023
"If you’ve wanted truly wireless headphones, but couldn’t pick them up because they sound terrible, these will be the headphones that win you over. If you’re the kind of person who would consider spending $400 on headphones, these are the right truly wireless headphones for you."

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Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | February 2023
"The Sony WH-1000XM5 are the best Sony Bluetooth headphones so far and one of the most well-rounded Bluetooth headphones around. Look no further if you need class-leading ANC with a mostly inoffensive sound signature. Just be ready to pony up the price premium."

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About Bang and Olufsen

Bang and Olufsen is an almost century-old electronic goods manufacturer based in Denmark with a very special focus on design. Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen created the first AC radio in 1925 and went on to develop televisions, telephones and, of course, headphones and loudspeakers. Today, they are partnered with several companies, like Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, to provide very high-quality audio solutions.

About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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