Sony improved on its already stellar WH-1000XM4 headphones earlier this year by introducing its follow-up, the WH-1000XM5. The new cans make just about everything about the previous model a little better, putting them in a class of their own, and their $398 price tag reflects that. But now you can get the XM5 for about $60 less than usual thanks to a one-day deal at Woot that drops the black model to $340. That’s the best price we’ve seen since the headphones came out in May.
Buy WH-1000XM5 at Woot – $340
Sony made some subtle changes to the design of the XM5. Compared to the XM4, the new headphones have a slimmer headband and a more modern look overall. They only weigh slightly less than their predecessor, but feel much lighter when you wear them, which should make them even more comfortable to wear for hours on end.
Somehow, Sony managed to further improve sound quality and active noise cancellation on the XM5. The earphones have new 30mm carbon fiber drivers that handle audio, which is well-tuned for a wide variety of genres and has greater depth and clarity. ANC has been improved thanks to additional processors and a total of microphones that help detect noise and block it out. Overall, the XM5 does a better job of blocking out things like nearby voices and TV noise than its predecessor.
The XM5 also works with Sony’s companion mobile app, which you can use to change settings and do things like enable multipoint connectivity, switch voice assistants, and more. As far as battery life goes, you’ll get about 30 hours before you need to recharge them, and it’ll only take three minutes to get three hours of playback time. Make no mistake, Sony’s WH-1000XM4s are still great headphones (which you can often find on sale too), but the XM5 cans are the ones to get if you want all the latest features and some of the best ANC. you’ll find in over-ear headphones.
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