Nearly two years after the remaining release the best wireless noise canceling headphones on the market, Sony unveils its successor, the new WH-1000XM5. Unlike the 1000XM4, these have significant changes in design, construction, components and performance.
They no longer allow the bar to be folded, which makes them more difficult to transport during the journey, but on the other hand, the simplification of the structure has reduced the weight, which in turn makes them more comfortable to use for long periods of use. . Soft synthetic leather has been used, the rest of the elements are recycled plastic from car parts. Even the packaging itself has discarded plastics that used a variety of recycled and durable materials.
This design change made it possible to introduce improvements to the structure, such as the inclusion of a total of eight microphones (four of them) beam formation), which in turn are controlled by two Sony HD QN1 processors, which ensures more effective noise reduction, but also uses new Precise Voice Pickup technology to filter out your voice from all external noise during a call.
To enhance the performance of the active noise reduction system, Sony has created a new type of 30mm speaker that allows for more effective noise reduction at medium and higher frequencies. To ensure that the sound reproduction is not inferior to that of the WH-1000XM4’s speakers (which were 40mm), Sony used a carbon fiber dome reinforced on the side with a polyurethane layer.
With this solution, Sony guarantees that it can reproduce frequencies between 4 Hz and 40 kHz, a frequency that decreases from 20 Hz to 40 kHz when using a wireless connection via Bluetooth. When used with the supplied (1.2 m) cable, the sensitivity is 102 dB (1 kHz) with the headphones on (When using a Sony V1 processor) or 100 dB (1 kHz) with the headphones off.
In terms of battery life, Sony maintained 30 hours of autonomy with the noise reduction system active, but when turned off, the maximum autonomy value rises to 40 hours. Thanks to the quick charge system, the battery can be fully charged in 3 hours and 30 minutes with just 3 minutes of charging, ensuring 3 hours of music playback.
Sony Portugal has already provided us with some copies, which we will analyze for the next edition of PCGuia. These Sony WH-1000XM5 are now available for order for € 450 and are scheduled to hit the national market on May 24th.