As expected, Sony finally took the wraps off the WF-1000XM5 ANC earbuds a few hours ago — not to be confused with the already available WH-1000XM5 over-the-ear headphones.
According to the company itself, the new buds come with “Sony’s biggest ever advance in noise cancellation”, thanks to three mics in each earbud, including dual feedback mics, which improve low-frequency cancellation performance.
The earbuds feature Sony’s new integrated processor V2, which “unlocks the potential of the HD Noise Canceling Processor QN2e”. These chips control the mics in both ears to provide “unprecedented noise canceling quality” that adapts to your changing environment.
Low frequencies are reproduced better than the WF-1000XM4, thanks to the new Dynamic Driver X, which enables wide frequency reproduction and clear sound, while the “noise isolation earbud tips” have a “unique polyurethane foam material” that reduces noise in the high frequency range.
The WF-1000XM5 supports high-resolution audio wirelessly through the LDAC codec, as well as DSEE Extreme for live, highly compressed music. Plus, you get 360 reality audio, complete with head tracking. Speaking of which, AR games like Ingress from Niantic are getting support for immersive sound with new sensors and spatial sound technology.
Sony promises its best-ever call quality with these buds thanks to an “AI-based noise reduction algorithm based on deep neural network (DNN) processing and bone conduction sensors.” Your voice will sound clear and natural, even in noisy environments, and it’s built to reduce wind noise.
The WF-1000XM5 are 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the WF-1000XM4, and are designed with comfort modeled after the human ear. Sony offers an ergonomic design that enables a secure and stable fit. You get four sizes for the foam tips.
Audio notifications are supported, as is linking your device with Spotify, Endel, and Apple Music to access your favorite music and relaxing soundscapes. You can also set something to play automatically once you put your earbuds in. Adaptive sound control and speak-to-chat make a return in the new earbuds, as does the ability to connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously.
The WF-1000XM5 is claimed to have 8 hours of battery life, with a 3-minute charge giving you an hour of playtime. Wireless charging is supported and the earbuds are IPX4 splash resistant.
They will be available in black and silver from August for €319, £259 and $299.