Sony's flagship WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones have been among the best on the market for some time, and today Sony announced its fifth-generation WH-1000XM5 headphones, boasting a new design and several improvements over the previous model.
The new headphones have a single contact point at the earcups and aim to lower wind noise when out and about. The headphones weigh 250g and have a click-less headband to help people get the right fit.
The previous model gave up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge with active noise cancelation, but the new model gives up to 40 hours with ANC off, and the headphones will reach a full charge in 3 hours. Users will get three hours of play time from just three minutes on a charge with the Power Delivery feature.
Sony says the new microphones are better at cutting out high frequencies because they have been moved into a more optimal position. Four beamforming mics are built in for better voice call quality, and an NC/Ambient button replaces the custom button found on the XM4's.
A new 30mm driver provides the sonics, and the headphones use LDAC to deliver the high-resolution audio, given the correct source device, as is DSEE Extreme upscaling for compressed audio. There is a spatial sound effect on board.
The collapsible foldaway mechanism that tucks one cup inside the other on the XM4 has been replaced by a larger one. The heaphone jack cable is 3.5mm.
The price of Sony's headphones is more than the price of the XM4's, and they come in white, silver and black colors. They will be available to buy online from May 20. MacRumors will have a review of the headphones and a full comparison with the Apple AirPods Max.