With the XM3, Sony has struck a blow. With the XM4, Sony has perfected what was already working very well. But this time, it was so much to change things on the side of the Japanese firm. It all starts with the design.
The previous two versions couldn’t be more similar, and the XM5 changes everything. There are more refined arches and headphones with slightly larger pads to accommodate the ears more comfortably.
In terms of sound quality, we were already at the top so not a lot of improvements at that level. On the other hand, where the XM5 shines even more is on the active noise reduction. Sony has improved it further, so that sound is picked up by the headphones through mics (which are twice as many) and canceled before they reach your ears.
A headset is also calls, and thanks to the improved microphones, the quality is drastically improved. Be careful though, it is no longer foldable, so it will take up a little more space in transport.
The battery remains unchanged but is still good. The XM5 can be counted on for around 30 hours, more than enough to cover an entire long-haul flight or several weeks of occasional use.
By ticking the coupon box, Sony’s XM5 headphones are priced at €296, after an initial reduction of €387 to €329.
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