Sony WH-1000XM5

Sony WH-1000XM5

Sony WH-1000XM5

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Very Good8.2/10
CALLS: Poor5.5/10
GAMING: Poor5.6/10
TV: Poor5.8/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Fair6.0/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.7/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Excellent9.1/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.8/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are a premium option, offering very good overall sound quality and excellent active noise cancelling, making them ideal for air travel and in noisy environments. They are over-ear, closed-back design, providing good soundstage for an immersive experience. These headphones are wireless but also come with a detachable cable for wired use. They have a comfortable fit and are foldable for portability, though they are on the larger side. Battery life is strong, with over 40 hours of typical use. They also feature an app that allows for equalizer and controls customization and support Sony's 360 Reality Audio for a more enveloping sound. However, they have a poor performance score for gaming and TV, likely due to latency issues. If you plan to use headphones for music listening or during flights and are not intending to game or watch TV frequently, these could be a solid choice. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent active noise cancelling
  • Great build and comfort
  • High quality overall sound
  • Effective app controls customization
  • Supports LDAC for high-resolution audio
Cons
  • Poor performance for gaming
  • Not sweat or dustproof
  • Larger carry size
  • No wireless charging

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Air Travel:
4.6
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Music:
4.5
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are highly regarded for music listening due to their overall very good sound quality with a closed enclosure that enhances audio privacy and noise isolation. Additionally, they support the LDAC codec for high-resolution audio streaming over Bluetooth, providing a better wireless listening experience where compatible.
Portability:
4.1
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Exercise:
3.3
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
3.0
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$350
Brand
Sony
Release Date
May 1, 2022
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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8.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.6/10
Gaming Score
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5.6/10
TV and Video Score
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5.8/10
Exercise Score
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6.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
40.3 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.2

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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9.1/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.8/10
Comfort score
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7.6/10
Weight
249.4 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated
Waterproof Rating
0

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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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