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Sony launches WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones, company promises better noise cancelling performance

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Sony claims the new drivers improved high-frequency response with more natural sound quality.

Sony has launched the successor to its wildly popular WH-1000XM4 wireless noise cancelling headphones. The new model — WH-1000XM5 — comes with some changes and improvements and with a higher price tag.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 has a new design with the yokes becoming more cylindrical and the headband becoming thinner. The headband also features a stepless sliding design and silent joints. The new ear cups introduced with the Sony WH-1000XM5 can rotate sideways but cannot fold inwards like in the previous model. Sony, however, accommodates the quark by including a larger carry case with the WH-1000XM5.

The WH-1000XM5 also features a new 8-microphone system with two QN1 audio processors. The Japanese electronics major claims that the Sony WH-1000XM5 had better noise cancelling performance over its predecessor, especially in mid- and high-frequencies.

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The Sony WH-1000XM5 also comes with brand new drivers. The new 30 mm drivers are smaller than the 40 mm ones found on the previous model. Sony claims the new drivers improved high-frequency response with more natural sound quality. The headphones still support the same AAC, SBC, and LDAC Bluetooth codecs as the previous generation.

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Other features on the Sony WH-1000XM5 include Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity with multipoint connection, support for Google Fast Pair and Windows Swift Pair, gesture control, ambient noise mode, wear detection for play/pause, and Alexa or Google Assistant support.

The new noise cancelling headphones has a rated battery life of 30 hours of audio playback with the active noise cancellation feature switched on and 40 hours with the feature turned off. The headphones charge over a USB-C connector.

Sony has priced the WH-1000XM5 noise cancelling headphones at $400 — $50-preimium over the WH-1000XM4. Sony has also announced that the WH-1000XM4 will continue to be on sale.

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The new Sony WH-1000XM5 noise cancelling headphones will come in two colours — black and silver.

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