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Sony outs WH-1000XM5 with new design and improved ANC—will launch in PH soon!

While you were probably sleeping earlier, Sony unveiled the WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones.
WH-1000XM5 is now official!

WH-1000XM4 upgrade!

This is the follow-up to the well-received WH-1000XM4 last 2020 which now comes with a new design, improved noise cancellation, more microphones, and other upgrades.

In particular, the Sony WH-1000XM5 highlights a sleeker look with a stepless slider and microphones around the perimeter of the earcups. It is also using a new type of lighter synthetic leather on the headband.

Sony promises an all-day comfort with a noise-less design as it has a seamless swivel and hanger, silent joints, and less pressure on the ears.
A new driver
A new driver

Inside, it is using a "specially designed" 30mm driver unit with lighter carbon fiber composite materials and high rigidity dome to improve sound clarity, especially in the high-frequency range.

This is smaller than the 40mm driver of its predecessor, but Sony said that it uses a lead-free solder containing gold for excellent conductivity as well as a Find Sound Resistor for even power distribution and optimized circuitry for an improved signal-to-noise ratio to ensure clear and consistent sound.
Better ANC
Better ANC

For clearer and noise-free calls, Sony equipped the device with four beamforming microphones with the Precise voice Pickup Technology and advanced auto signal processing tech.

It is also using the Integrated Processor V1 for improved noise-canceling and the Sony HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 to provide an "incomparable" noise-canceling technology.

The 4x microphones on each side help in achieving a more accurate Ambient sound and an Auto NC Optimizer to ensure that noise canceling is automatically optimized based on the wearing conditions and external environmental factors always. 

The device also has both Hi-Res Audio for wired and wireless certification and DSEE Extreme real-time upscaling technology.

Of course, the headphones support LDAC with a maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps which is more than 3x higher than the 256 kbps of Apple's AAC codec.

It also has the Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair for easy pairing.

This also has the Adaptive Sound Control, Speak-to-Chat, Quick Access with Spotify Tap, voice commands via Google or Alexa, Multipoint connection, and the Headphones Connect app support.

For battery, the device promises up to 30 hours on a single charge with ANC or up to 40 hours of battery life without ANC. Sony also claims that a quick 3 minutes of charge via an optional USB-PD-compatible AC adapter will be equal to 3 hours of usage.

Lastly, the device will come with no plastic packaging for sustainability which could be better for the environment.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Specs

Chip: Integrated Processor V1, HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1
Driver: 30mm Neodymium driver
Frequency response: 4Hz to 40,000Hz
Impedance: 48 ohms
Sensitivity: 102dB (1kHz)/mW
Microphone: 4x microphones on each side
Battery: Up to 30 hours (w/ ANC), up to 40 hours (w/o ANC)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP (SBC, AAC, LDAC), 1.2 m cable w/ gold-plated stereo mini plug
Others: ANC w/ Auto NC Optimizer, touch control, Fast Pair, Microsoft Swift Pair, USB-C, Colors: Silver, Black
Weight: 250 g
Price: PHP 20,999

International price with direct to PHP conversion (no taxes and duties yet):

Sony WH-1000XM5 - USD 399.99 (around PHP 20.9K)

The device will go on sale internationally on May 20, 2022. Sony Philippines listed on its official local website that the device will be available here soon as well.

Source: Sony
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