Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 headphones vs. Apple’s AirPods Max

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This week, Sony unveiled an updated version of its popular over-ear noise-canceling headphones, so we picked a pair to compare with the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better. And are they worth buying $400 WH. -1000XM5 from Sony. More than Apple’s $549 AirPods Max.

First of all, AirPods Max wins when it comes to naming. The WH-1000XM4 was a mouthful, and the WH-1000XM5 is no better. Sony isn’t good at naming its TVs, headphones, and other gadgets, so Apple has the upper hand.

Compared to the WH-1000XM4 mentioned above, the WH-1000XM5 earphones feature an updated design, but the AirPods Max still has the most stylish and high-end looks. The WH-1000XM5 has a plastic body, and the earphones aren’t as premium as the AirPods Max, which probably explains some of the price difference. The AirPods Max are aluminum and come in a range of colors, while the WH-1000XM5 earphones come in cream “silver” and black.

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The earbuds aren’t as folded up as the previous version and are a little less portable, but Sony offers them a better case option than the AirPods Max “Bra” case. In terms of weight, the WH-1000XM5 headphones feel light on the head and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

There are swipe and tap gestures that control playback functionality similar to the WH-1000XM4, but connecting the WH-1000XM5 to an Apple device isn’t as convenient as Apple’s quick pairing method with the AirPods Max. AirPods Max also supports automatic device switching, spatial audio, and other features.

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Both the WH-1000XM5 and ‌AirPods Max‌ have active noise cancellation (ANC), and Sony has improved ANC in this version. There are dual QN1 chips (compared to the single QN1 chip in the WH-1000XM4) and that makes a difference. In our tests, the AirPods Max and WH-1000XM5 did well at blocking out ambient noise, but the WH-1000XM5 did slightly better. The WH-1000XM5 and ‌AirPods‌ Max also offer a transparency feature so you can hear what’s going on around you, but transparency works better on the ‌AirPods‌ Max.

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In terms of sound quality, the WH-1000XM5 headphones have smaller drivers than the WH-1000XM4 and a different sound profile that brings them closer to the ‌AirPods Max‌. Both sets of headphones deliver depth, clarity, and a little confusion in the low frequencies, and the sound has definitely improved over the WH-1000XM4. It’s gotten so much better that it’s hard to say whether the ‌AirPods Max‌ or the WH-1000XM5 deliver better sound, so there’s a tie in this category.

The WH-1000XM5 headphones offer up to 30 hours of battery life, which is 10 hours more than the AirPods Max, and it’s worth considering. airpods are max supposed To last up to 20 hours, but usually not with ANC. Sony’s earphones have an actual power button, which is useful for not wasting battery power, plus the earphones come with more customization options for ANC, gestures, and sound.

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Overall, unless you like the design of the AirPods Max and the unique set of features that the headphones offer to Apple device users, Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones are worth considering as a more affordable option.

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