Sony WF-1000XM5: A brilliant product in a small package 

Sony WF-1000XM5: A brilliant product in a small package 

Written by Mark Williams, In Earbuds, Published On
December 26, 2023

Sony with all its premium audio experiences is one of the best and leading brands in India. Sony WF-1000XM5 is a replacement for all the latest high-end earbud that does the work that no one else is doing. It has excellent audio quality, battery life and active noise cancelling features. The previous earbuds of the same series offer several similar features, but this XM5 is far more modern in terms of sleek and light weight design, audio calls and several other features. I tried the WF-1000XM4 and was amazed by the crystal-clear audio sound and now this latest version guarantees an upgrade, so now it is all a little surprise for the avid Sony earbuds users.

Sony WF-1000XM5 Product Details and Review

Sony WF-1000XM5

Specifications  Details
Manufacturer Sony
Price $248.00
Weight 5.9g each earbud
Color Black/Silver
Connectivity Wireless
Material Plastic
Frequency range 20Hz-40kHz
Noise control Active noise cancelling
Form factor In ear
Battery life 8 Hrs. (24 Hrs. with case)
Water resistant IPX4
Special feature Autoplay/ speak to chat/ high resolution audio
Driver 8.2mm speaker driver unit
Warranty One year

What’s in the box of Sony WF-1000XM5?

The Sony WF-1000XM5 is a great product for those who prefer wireless earbuds over headphones. The box of XM5 contains

  • The Song WF-1000XM5 earbuds
  • A wireless Charging cases
  • USB-C charging cable
  • 4 Earbud Tips

Design and Built Quality of the Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony has always focused on the eco-friendly concept that their products should reflect this norm in their material. This is evident from this Song WF-1000XM5 which is entirely made up of 100% recycled material. The charging case is a little bit textured, but the earbuds are sleek, shiny and smooth which gives them a perfect finish. They are superfluous and lightweight as compared to the previous ones in the same series. The earbud comes with four ear tips, so that you can use whichever you want. I used the medium ones for my ears, and I was amazed by the amazing sound quality and lightweight build up.

There is a perfect feature of noise cancelling that makes every single note in the music evident and you can even hear the background music when you pay attention. The earbuds come in two basic shades, Black and Platinum Silver which gives it a sturdy and glossy finish. The earbuds weigh 5.9g each and have a lightweight cushion which makes you feel that you have nothing on. Thanks to the accommodating ear tips and perfect built, they fit nicely into my ear, and I don’t have to adjust them from time to time. The earbuds have touch sensors that give you access to certain features that make you get things done easily.

Performance and Battery life of Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony WF-1000XM5

The Sony WF-1000XM5 has amazing battery life and performance. The voice resonated, making it pleasant for the ears. Also, the upgraded software also gives it perfect battery life. It was like I was in a concert, and I was listening to live music. Everything else just became mute. Even the people sitting next to me were not audible. Call quality and audio processing also works nicely.

I listened to many songs and they all sound perfect. Even the song “Rockabye” which has a little bass in it was sounding immersive. The battery life is also long, which means that Sony WF-1000XM5 can be played for up to 12-hours without the noise cancellation feature. After listening to so much audio, it takes almost 1.5 hours to fully charge the earbuds.

Sony WF-1000XM5 Sound Quality

Sony WF-1000XM5

The Sony features headstrong technology in the latest WF-1000XM. The head-tracking technology features a modern idea which is basically when you tilt your head, then the audio will be adjusted to your movement. Also, the involvement of three mics per earbud is a pretty good quality feature. The new drivers and upgraded processors give it amazing sound quality. When I listened to a song for the first time in my XM5, I thought that the voice had gotten cleaner.

Everything was refined, the surrounding noises were cut perfectly, and I was very much concentrating on the music being played.  This is because they have tightened the earbuds in an aim to make it audiophile. The sound delivered by the earbuds has a voluminous depth and separate instrument for tonal balance. Some of the test tracks were Cardigan, Rockabye, Watermelon sugar, Levitating etc. The sound is a little warmer and the tonal quality is natural. It sounds pleasant and I wanted to keep on listening to the music.

Pros and Cons of the Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony WF-1000XM5

Pros  Cons
Perfect battery life They are a bit expensive
Glossy finish
Small size to fit in your ears
Multiple eartips for different ear shapes
Resonating spatial audio
Head-tracking technology and touch sensors gets the work done easily

Should you buy the Sony WF-1000XM5?

Yes, you should buy the Sony WF-1000XM5 if you are looking for a refined set of earbuds that have no noticeable error. They convey good spatial audio, have perfect battery life and are sleek and glossy in design. The color options are loved by everyone, and they fit perfectly to your ears. The Active noise Cancelling mode has been upgraded to an extent and one thing that you can be worried about is the price. The price is a bit over the top, but the features with which are there in the earbuds make up for the price. So, this is a very good product if you want to buy it.

Final thoughts about the Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony has managed to make upgrades in their recent WF-1000XM5 as compared to the last products of the series. They are small and glossy in size, have a good battery life and are more upgraded in terms of noise cancelling features. They have improved the performance as well, but some firmware updates are still pending to avoid bugs. Sony has managed to avoid any sort of inaccuracy and they have pretty much nailed the product. It is a bit pricey, but once you get it then you will know how naturally it conveys the audio and how good it is.


Q: What changed between the Sony WF-1000XM4 and XM5?

Sony has upgraded their features towards a better cause. The XM5 is 25 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than XM4. Also, the performance level along with battery life has gradually changed. The XM4 has a battery life of 6 Hrs. But the XM5 has a battery life of 8 Hrs. which makes the XM5 a bit expensive than the previous one.

Q: Is the Sony WF-1000XM5 waterproof?

Yes, the Sony WF-1000XM5 is water-resistant according to the IPX4 quality approval. So, your sweat and water splashes will not have an impact on the product. You can try it.

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