WH-1000XM5: Sony’s newest confusingly-named headphones are a real level-up

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If you’ve ever dabbled in the wireless headphone scene, you’ll know that there are plenty of choices at your disposal. But if you’ve heard anything about Sony’s WH-1000XM series, you’ll know that this line of headphones is something many people consider to be one of the best picks out there.

Aside from the extremely confusing (and obnoxiously-long) nomenclature, Sony’s WH line of headphones has always been a good choice. As some people would say, you can’t go wrong with them. With the latest addition to the lineup being the WH-1000XM5, the company has got big shoes to fill – and fill, it does.

They normally retail for S$569, but right now you can snag a set for S$419 on Amazon Singapore. That’s S$150 (26 percent) in savings.

Industry-leading.

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Whenever you slap on a pair of active noise-cancelling headphones, the last thing you want to hear is the droning of loud engines or the sound of crying children as you fly off to your next vacation.

Unfortunately, a lot of headphones that claim to cancel out these noises fail to do so adequately. With the WH-1000XM5s, you probably won’t have to worry about any of that. Making use of multiple microphone noise-cancelling, the headphones keep out more high and mid frequency sounds than ever. Using the Auto NC Optimizer, the headphones can also be fine-tuned to your specific wearing needs, based on the surrounding condition and environment. No tinkering needed.

The headphones also come with a collapsible carrying case. IMAGE: Sony

The headphones also feature a specially-designed 30mm (precision-engineered) driver unit that uses carbon fiber composite materials to improve high frequency sensitivity. So, what does that translate to? Natural-sounding audio quality.

Of course, there’s no point in having all these welcome improvements without comfort. If you’re a regular headphone user, you’ll be more than familiar with the common aches and pains associated with long-term usage. From sore ears, to sudden headaches, you’ve probably been through it all, especially if you rely on them to keep your peace of mind (and isolation) at home.

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Thankfully, the lightweight WH-1000XM5 headphones won’t be causing any tension headaches throughout the day. Its ear cups are beautifully finished in what the company calls ‘soft fit leather’, which makes for the plushest wearing experience, while still remaining comfortably snug and secure on your head. Because of this leather, you won’t feel the headphones constricting your head at all. If you need to adjust the fit, the noiseless (and step-less) sliders make for a great, seamless creature comfort.

The Adaptive Sound Control smart function senses where you are and what you’re doing. The headphones will then adjust ambient sound settings accordingly, so you can be sure to walk outside without worrying about oncoming traffic and other hazards. The headphones even learn to recognize locations that you frequently visit, making individual adjustments for each one. From total noise-cancelation at home, to slightly less at the office (so you can hear your coworkers when they talk to you).

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And finally, with 30 hours of battery life, you’ll have more than enough power for even the longest of trips. But just in case you do find yourself running out of juice, a quick three-minute charge will get your three whole hours of playback.

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