Sony WH-1000XM5: Now this is a source of joy!

May 13, 2022

Immerse yourself in your sound and nothing else. That’s the promise with Sony’s flagship noise cancelling headphones, the WH-1000XM5. And it’s endorsed by none other than global superstar and Sony Music Entertainment artist Khalid.

The WH-1000XM5 have been created with Sony’s most remarkable noise cancelling yet, with two processors controlling eight microphones that dramatically reduce noise especially in the mid-high frequency range and an Auto NC Optimiser that automatically optimises noise cancellation, depending on the environment. Whether you’re trying to zone into your work in a busy cafe or aiming to relax during a hectic morning commute, the WH-1000XM5 create an immersive listening environment.

With the help of the Integrated Processor V1, the WH-1000XM5 unlock the full potential of Sony’s HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, while the specially designed 30mm driver unit enhances noise cancelling. These features improve sound clarity and bass reproduction, creating incomparable noise cancellation that allows you to totally switch off the world around you.

The WH-1000XM5 headphones are setting a whole new standard for high quality audio. The specially designed 30mm driver unit with a light and rigid dome uses carbon fibre composite material that improves high frequency sensitivity for more natural sound quality. Sony’s unique technologies also include a premium-lead free solder containing gold for excellent connectivity and optimised circuitry that ensures you’re experiencing clear, consistent sound with every track.

You can now enjoy premium, High-Resolution Audio, with and without the wires, thanks to Sony’s industry-adopted audio coding technology, LDAC . All your music will be restored back to high range sound with the use of DSEE Extreme that upscales digital music files in real time, allowing you to appreciate all the fine-details the artist injected into your most-loved tracks.

These new headphones are 360 Reality Audio Certified that allow you to enjoy a custom immersive music experience with personalisation.

No location is off limits for taking calls with the WH-1000XM5 headphones. Sony’s precise Voice Pickup technology uses four beamforming microphones and an AI based noise reduction structure to isolate your voice with perfect precision, while a newly developed wind noise reduction structure minimises wind noise during calls. So now a busy street or a noisy work environment can be the perfect place for a quick catchup call with friends or colleagues.

For those familiar with the iconic design of the WH-1000X series, the WH-1000XM5 introduces a beautifully crafted evolution in the style for the range. An all-new noiseless design is beautifully finished in a newly developed soft fit leather with a stepless slider. The new synthetic soft fit leather material fits snugly around the head taking the pressure off your ears and blocking out external noise, so you can keep listening all day, free of discomfort.

Sony knows you’re moving through the world at a fast pace, so when you finish a busy workday and arrive at the calmness of your own home, the WH-1000XM5 make this transition seamless using Adaptive Sound Control.  This automatically tailors sound to suit your situation, recognising your most frequented locations and adjusting the ambient sound settings accordingly.

The WH-1000XM5 integrate Quick Access so you can configure these headphones to resume Spotify playback with two or three taps, no need to touch your smartphone .

Sony also helps you listen to your music safely with the Sony Headphones Connect app, comparing sound pressure data recorded by your headphones with guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO). You will receive instant OS notifications when listening levels are too high.

The WH-1000XM5 also come with smart features to help you effortlessly sail through each day. Thanks to Speak-to-Chat  you can stop for a quick conversation and your headphones will automatically stop the music and let in ambient sound. Once your chat is over, the music plays on, and with the help of instant pause your personal soundtrack will stop playing as soon as you take the headphones off.

The WH-1000XM5 are also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, helping you with everyday tasks for hands-free help on the go. You can connect with friends and family, get information, listen to music, set reminders and more .

Staying connected has never been easier, as these Bluetooth headphones can be paired with two devices at the same time. When you receive a call, your headphones know which device it’s coming from and instantly connect you to the right one. You can also quickly switch between devices with just the touch of a button.

The WH-1000XM5 support Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature, allowing you to effortlessly pair with your Android devices. You can also locate where you last left your headphones. Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones to your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC or tablet.

There’s no plastic in the WH-1000XM5 packaging, which is designed based on low toxicity design principles and a ‘Made to be Remade’ philosophy that’s more socially responsible. The product box is produced using recycled and sustainable materials developed specially for Sony. WH-1000XM5 also uses recycled plastic materials from automobile parts.

The WH-1000XM5 comes with an impressive 30 hours of battery life, so you can enjoy superlative sound even on long travels, and if you’re in a rush you can now get a remarkable 3 hours worth of charge in just 3 minutes using USB Power Delivery (PD).

The Sony WH-1000XM5 noise cancelling headphones will come to the region in June 2022.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.