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Sony WH-1000XM5

Sony WH-1000XM5
alaScore 97

73 reviews

Apr, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Sony WH-1000XM5. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and comfort. The design and noise isolation also get good feedback, but the soundstage and reliability get negative comments.

sound, noise isolation, design, comfort, durability

price, portability, size, reliability, soundstage

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 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Kob Monney (

Sony WH-1000XM5


With a new design, improvements to the audio and the ever-reliable ANC and ambient sound modes, Sony's WH-1000XM5 is another great headphone

Excellent comfort ; Musical, rich audio performance ; Impressively clean and natural noise cancellation ; Superb Ambient Mode ; Great call quality

Don’t fold anymore ; Connection can get choppy in busy areas ; No water resistance ; Slight jump in RRP

Sony’s WH-1000XM5 improve over their predecessors in small ways that add up. The new design assists noise-cancelling performance, but it also means the headphones are no longer foldable; the ANC makes all types of environments spookily quiet, while the...

May, 2022

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review


What Hi-Fi? Awards 2023 winner. New design, same result for Sony's latest premium noise-cancelling headphones

Sensational sonic clarity ; Punchy delivery ; Precise, agile bass ; Nice to use

Build seems a little less premium than before ; Don’t fold away completely

It can be tricky for a manufacturer to push the sound performance of a product consistently from generation to generation; but that is what Sony has managed to do with the WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones. Not only that, it has been achieved while...

Oct, 2023

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Sony WF-1000XM5 review: the new in-ear kings?


The highly anticipated kings of earbuds return, but do Sony's WF-1000XM5 retain the crown?

Balanced, detailed and perky sound ; Thoroughly specified ; Useful, extensive and stable control app ; Small, light and comfortable design

Slightly inhibited dynamics ; Unremarkable noise-cancellation ; Unremarkable-er call quality ; Ordinary battery life

Sony was always on a hiding to nothing with the WF-1000XM5 - get it wrong and it’s a major story, get it right (yet again) and it’s no more than we all expected. But while the company hasn’t got it ‘wrong’ exactly, the WF-1000XM5 aren’t the consummate...

Jul, 2023

Expert review by : Becky Scarrott (

Sony WF-1000XM5 review: smaller and sonically special, but rivals are gaining


When they're good they're really very good…

Agile, meaty and fun listen ; Very comfortable and secure earpieces ; Battery life maintained from XM4

ANC can be beaten ; Occasional connectivity issues ; On-ear volume control is a tad hit and miss

Sony has thrown everything it can into these much smaller earbuds, and given us an extra set of foam tips so they fit perfectly. LDAC, the firm's top-tier DSEE upscaler, and Bluetooth 5.3 are all here, battery life is competitive, and the sound is 100%...

Jul, 2023

Expert review by : Gerald Lynch (

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Headphones review


Still the best in the business, but the gains for the WH-1000XM5 are more marginal than before

Excellent noise-cancellation ; Wonderful sounding performance ; Smart ambient features ; An app you'll actually want to use

New design is less portable ; Still no water resistance ; More expensive than previous models ; Not a gigantic upgrade over the still-excellent WH-1000XM4

Still the best headphones in the world thanks to their class-leading noise-cancelling features and well-balanced audio, a steeper price point and similar functionality to earlier models make the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones an ever-so-slightly tougher...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Simon Lucas (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review: The perfect headphones?


Want the best active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones money can buy? Sony's WH-1000XM5 do a superb job

Confident, expansive, balanced sound ; Sony’s best-ever noise-cancelling ; Numerous control options, all of them good

Unblinkingly expensive ; Don't fold like earlier XM4

In the WH-1000XM5, Sony has managed to replace the best all-round wireless active noise-cancelling (ANC) over-ear headphones you can buy with, you guessed it, the best new all-round wireless ANC over-ear headphones you can buy. The XM5s don’t come...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review: Still an ANC masterclass


Sony has updated its flagship WH-1000X headphones, now in their fifth iteration. This time there's a change in design, on top of other improvements.

Outstanding noise cancellation ; Excellent sound quality ; Comfortable to wear ; Packed with functions

No support for aptX ; Don't fold as small as they used to

Sony's flagship headphones remain a great choice for those who prioritise noise cancellation. These headphones are better performing than ever, with a comfortable new design - the only real downside being that they don't fold as small as they once did.

May, 2022

Expert review by : Jack Needham (

Sony WH-1000XM5 vs WH-1000XM4: which is best for you?


The best headphones just got better, but do you need them? Sony WH-1000XM4 vs WH-1000XM5. Both are great, but which is best?

Apr, 2024

Expert review by : Dan Grabham Tom Morgan-Freelander (

Sony WH-1000XM5 review: making the best, better


Can the top noise-cancelling headphones of the last few years be topped by their successor? You're about to find out

Superb sound quality ; Top-drawer noise cancelling ; Great redesign

Ever-so slightly less premium feel ; They don’t fold ; ‘Speak to chat’ only moderately useful

An unrivalled combo of great sound, noise-cancelling and comfort.

Feb, 2024

Expert review by : Andy White (

Sony WF-1000XM5 review: Great but not game-changing | Expert Reviews


The Sony WF-1000XM5 are excellent all-rounders but, attractive new design aside, aren't a huge improvement on their predecessors

Jul, 2023