Sony announced the arrival at the end of May of the new generation of its over-ear headphones from the famous 1000X series, the WH1000-XM5with novelties both from the point of view of design and technologies.
After the last 3 models, whose design could be considered an evolution of that of the first generation, Sony has more deeply revised the shapes of the new WH1000-XM5especially as regards the arch, which in the portion near the pavilions has a circular section in the new model and no longer “flat”. Also new is the synthetic material with a leatherette effect used in upholstery, with the aim of further improving comfort in use thanks to greater softness.
The already excellent system of ANC present in previous generations, it will be renewed on the WH1000-XM5 relying on 8 microphones managed by two processors to capture external noises and allow the user to listen to their music without being disturbed; Sony has also integrated the Auto NC-Optimizer into the new headphones, a system that allows the headphones to optimize noise cancellation levels based on the environment, while the function returns from the previous generation Speak-to-Chat which allows you to stop playback and activate the passage of external sounds if you start talking, thus allowing you to start a conversation without having to take off the headphones.
The Sony WH1000-XM5 will integrate gods new 30mm drivers, specially designed for these headphones, equipped with a lightweight and stiff carbon fiber composite dome that should offer in the manufacturer’s words better sensitivity at high frequencies. By switching to the battery, however, it will be possible to obtain up to 30 hours of listening on a single chargebeing able to take advantage of the fast recharge that allows you to get 3 hours of listening with 3 minutes of recharging.
With its new headphones Sony also promises a better calling experience – has never been a strong point in previous generations – thanks to new technology Precise Voice Pickup which uses 4 microphones beamforming and AI algorithms to eliminate surrounding noises, while the new design should allow to minimize wind noise.
The new Sony WH1000-XM5 will arrive on the market in two colors, Black and Platinum Silver, with a list price of around 420 €