Sony WF-1000XM5 Earbuds Review: New Kings of the Commute


Sony WF-1000XM5 Earbuds: Are They the New Kings of Commuting?

The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds are the latest entry in Sony's acclaimed WF series, aiming to set a new standard for what we can expect from true wireless audio. With improvements over their predecessors, they offer an impressive audio performance, yet carry a premium price tag. Does the experience they provide warrant their cost? This comprehensive review aims to answer that.

Sony's WF-1000XM5s are undoubtedly a technical marvel. They push the boundaries of true wireless earbuds with excellent sound quality, advanced noise-cancellation technology, and a sleek design. Despite these advancements, the minimal differences from the previous model coupled with a heftier price tag raise questions about their value proposition.


  • Enhanced comfort due to lighter and smaller design.
  • Superior sound quality across genres.
  • Advanced and adaptive noise-cancellation technology.


  • Higher price point.
  • Glossy finish may feel cheaper to some users.
  • Minimal improvements over the previous model.
Sony WF-1000XM5 Earbuds

Design and Build

The Sony WF-1000XM5s exhibit an elegant yet minimalist design, enhancing its visual appeal. The new model is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, promising a more comfortable fit, particularly for those with smaller ears. However, the glossy finish, a departure from the previous model's matte finish, might not be to everyone's liking.

The earbuds come with a slim and excellently constructed charging case. Despite its reduced size compared to the previous generation's case, Sony has managed to maintain the same battery capacity. The earbuds also offer an IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance, providing a level of durability that makes them suitable for a wide range of activities.

Sound Quality

The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds offer an impressive auditory experience. They present an open and convincing soundstage, delivering a balanced and robust sound that would please listeners of all music genres. Vocals are a standout, offering clarity and smoothness that can elevate any track.

Even with energetic dance music, the earbuds maintain a deft hand, effectively preventing muddiness or distortion at maximum volumes. While the sound quality is excellent, the noticeable differences from the WF-1000XM4 are minor, leaving some to question if the upgrade is necessary.

Noise Cancelling

The WF-1000XM5's noise-cancellation technology effectively blocks out external noise, matching the capabilities of the highly praised Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II. The earbuds' Adaptive Sound Control feature enhances their usability, smartly adjusting noise-cancellation levels based on your surroundings and activity.

Despite the impressive performance, the difference in noise-cancellation between the XM5 and XM4 is minor. However, when compared to discounted alternatives like the Bose earbuds, Sony's offering pulls ahead in sound quality and comfort, adding weight to its value proposition.


The Sony WF-1000XM5s earbuds pose a conundrum with their lofty pricing and incremental enhancements over the preceding WF-1000XM4 model. If you're an existing WF-1000XM4 user or budget-conscious, the jump to the new version might not be justifiable, unless flaunting the latest tech on the MTR is a must for you.

Despite the higher price tag, those in pursuit of comfort, exceptional sound quality, and advanced noise-cancellation capabilities might find the WF-1000XM5 earbuds an excellent choice. It's worth noting that the WF-1000XM4 still holds its ground as a compelling option for those looking to strike a balance between cost and performance.

In the end, the decision lies in the listener's hands (or ears) – whether the improved comfort and minor sound improvements of the WF-1000XM5 justify the steeper price, or if the now-discounted and still highly capable WF-1000XM4 will suffice

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Disclaimer: This review is the outcome of hands-on experience with the Sony WF-1000XM5. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of our editorial team, based on our assessment and experience with the product. The manufacturer or retailer has not influenced the content of this review in any way.

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