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Sony WH-1000XM5

Sony WH-1000XM5
alaScore 99

67 reviews

Nov, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 reviews of Sony WH-1000XM5. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and design. The comfort and noise isolation are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive views about the mids quality and soundstage, and views are divided on the reliability.

sound, noise isolation, comfort, design, durability

price, portability, size, soundstage, mids quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony WH-1000XM5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Simon Cohen (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review: Meet the new boss


Not content to rest on its laurels, Sony's latest flagship headphones — the WH-1000XM5 — are another technical tour-de-force.

Excellent sound Very good comfort Ultra-clear call quality Best-in-class noise canceling Very good battery life Hi-res compatible (wired/wireless) Hands-free voice assistant access Classy, modern design

Fold-flat, but don’t fold up

“Sony proves once again that it's the brand to beat in noise-canceling headphones.”

May, 2022

Expert review by : B. Steele (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review | Engadget


With upgrades to design, sound quality and active noise cancellation, the WH-1000XM5 keeps Sony's place above the competition..

Supreme comfort

More expensive than the M4

What’s more, activating DSEE Extreme doesn’t make a huge difference in the sound quality. On other Sony devices, that algorithm’s ability to recover some of the detail lost to compression makes a noticeable impact. On the M5, the results are subtle,...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Sony WF-1000XM5 Review


Rich bass response and crisp, detailed highs ; Adjustable in-app EQ ; Excellent noise cancellation ; Top-tier mic clarity ; Case supports wireless charging ; Hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant

Expensive ; Some bloat in companion app

Sony's true wireless WF-1000XM5 earphones offer superb sound quality, excellent noise cancellation, and a dizzying array of high-end features.

Jul, 2023

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Sony WF-1000XM5 noise-canceling earbuds review: better in every way — for now


Have you been paying attention? We're approaching a sea change moment for noise-canceling earbuds. Any flagship pair you buy today from Sony, Bose, Apple, Samsung, or other reputable brands can accomplish the core task — eliminating distractions and...

Smaller, more comfortable design ; Upgrades to ANC and sound quality ; Much clearer voice call performance

Glossy texture can make them harder to remove from case ; Sony’s bonus features aren’t as seamless as those of its competitors ; Potential battery longevity concerns

If all you’re after is a great pair of noise-canceling buds that sound rich, immersive, and full-bodied, the $300 1000XM5s won’t leave you wanting for more. But if you’re Sony, the real dilemma is that there might be nowhere left to go from here.

Jul, 2023

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones Review: The One to Beat


The redesign and new sound profile of these latest noise-canceling headphones may polarize some long-time Sony fans, but it's ultimately a superlative noise-canceling headphone.

More refined sound and even better noise canceling ; Slightly more comfortable ; Best-in-class voice call quality ; Pairs with two devices at the same time

Higher price tag than previous model ; Larger carrying case

May, 2022

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Sony WH-1000XM5 Review


Excellent audio performance with robust bass depth and crisp highs ; Top-notch active noise cancellation ; Intuitive on-ear controls ; App offers an adjustable EQ and other customization settings ; Comfortable, stylish design


Sony's WH-1000XM5 headphones pair top-notch noise cancellation with class-leading audio quality in a comfortable, attractive design.

May, 2022

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review: new design, new sound, new price


Familiar features packaged in a completely new design.

Even better active noise cancellation ; More balanced, tighter sound ; Much-improved voice call quality

Design is very plasticky for $400 ; No major new features over 1000XM4 ; Bulky, awkward carrying case

Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 noise-canceling headphones are the company’s most advanced to date — but also the most expensive at $400. For that money, you get a fresh design, upgraded sound, and even better ANC.

May, 2022

Expert review by : Alex Bracetti (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review


Better ANC and sound for a higher price

Jun, 2022

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Sony WH-1000XM5 Review: The Price Of More Clarity


Sony stepped up its Active Noise Canceling headphone game with the Sony WH-1000XM5. Here's how the new release compares to what was promised.

Outstanding ANC performance ; Clean, wide musical soundstage ; Long battery life

More expensive than WH-1000XM4 ; Less practical design for travelers ; No water resistance or USB-C audio

May, 2022

Expert review by : Jake Thauvette (

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Review


The Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless are the next generation of the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. Released mid-2022, these over-ears have a new look that stands apart from t...

Well-built design. 27-hour continuous battery life. Graphic EQ and presets available. Can be paired with up to two devices at a time. ANC cuts down mid to treble range noise. Mic has great noise handling.

Poor passive soundstage. ANC struggles to block out bass-range noise. If you have a small head, you may not find their fit comfortable.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 are satisfactory for neutral sound. They don't create a very immersive experience due to their closed-back design, and their out-of-the-box sound profile is quite bass-heavy. They also deliver extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes,...

Jun, 2022

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