Sony’s WH-1000XM5 is a highly desirable set of wireless headphones thanks to improved sound quality, a comfortable fit and incredible active noise cancellation (ANC). If you’ve been eyeing a pair, now is absolutely the time to act. They are currently available in white on Amazon for $279 (30 percent off), by far the lowest price we’ve seen so far.
The WH-1000XM5 scored an excellent 95 in our Engadget test, thanks to improvements in almost every way over our previous favorite headphones, the WH-1000XM4. Perhaps the biggest improvement was in fit and comfort thanks to more optimal weight distribution, leatherette ear cups, and slightly reduced weight.
The sound quality has also improved thanks to the new 30mm carbon fiber drivers that deliver more powerful bass. We’ve also seen increased clarity, which helps you hear fine details, along with improved depth, making the music more immersive. And Sony’s DSEE Extreme sound processing restores detail lost through compression with no noticeable impact on sound quality.
Equally impressive is the ANC. With twice the number of noise-cancelling microphones in the M4 and a new dedicated V1 chip, the M5 is better at minimizing background noise. And in terms of the microphone, we found the M5 to offer superior call quality over its predecessor. Plus, you get 30 hours of listening time with ANC on, enough for the longest flights.
The main downside of the WH-1000XM5 headphones is the $400 price tag. but at $279, they’re an excellent deal – as long as you’re good with the white color. Just act fast before the sale ends.
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