Sony WH-1000XM5

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Now I don't know whether to buy the new Xperia 1 IV which comes with free WH-1000XM4s, or buy these new cans and a cheaper phone! Argh!!!!!!
 

ixon76

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Give these a few months & they probably drop to under £300.
Sony Headphones always seem to be on sale, the XM4 where going as low as £209 few days ago, my XM3 have seen better days so will pick up the XM5 once they at a more reasonable price.
 

Hifiman

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The comparison I am keen to see is with Apple’s AirPods Max. I have XM3s but felt the Max was quite an improvement, especially at the bass end.
 

GoldenEar

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”Less premium” than before? Sure must be really plasticy then, as XM3/4 already felt cheap.

Just get Beoplay H95 if you want sound and build quality.
 
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Sony has revamped its top-of-the-range wireless headphones – but do they still set the bar at this price?

Sony WH-1000XM5 : Read more
I have been comparing the Bowers & Wilkings PX7 with the new Sony WH-1000XM5 and the PX7 is still better, both the sound quality, noice cancelling, build quality and ease of use. The Sony sound is clear yes, but quite tinny in comparison, quite bland. I am starting to think that Sony headphone fanboys are a bit like Apple computer fanboys. I love my new Sony 65" TV, but I will not trade my PX7's with the Sony WH-1000XM5, no chance. I will wait for the PX7 II (or what the name will be). The PX7 sounds better overall both wired and wireless (tried with 96khz FLAC 24 bit music files). Of course it's a matter of personal taste, but I was really hoping the Sony's would blow me away and make me want to keep them and get rid of the PX7, but unforunately not. The build quality and materials feels cheap compared to the PX7. In summary, the Sony may be nice for people that are outside a lot, if they really are better for noise cancelling outside (which I will not be testing if that is true as I only listen to headphones at home as I work from home) but not for the best audio HiFi listening experience. What I found especially weird was that there is more noise when you turn off noice cancellation on the Sony without any music on, compared to having the headphones powered off. I.e. there is less bakground noise with the headphones powered down, than when headphones turned on and noise canceling off (listening from inside my office with window open to noisy neighbour kids). Is that normal by the way?
 
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