Following recent leaks, Sony is finally officially announcing the successor to the WH-1000X4. The Sony WH-1000XM5 is a pricier follow-up at $399.99 (~Php21,000) and is slated for release this month.

A product line-up popular for its active noise-canceling (ANC) feature, Sony is bringing it up a notch with the addition of a new processor to the new headphones. This enhanced capability is largely noticeable in “mid- to high-frequency noise,” which includes usual suspects such as human voices or city street noise.



Layout-wise, Sony is setting the WH-1000XM5 apart through a slew of ostensive hardware designs. Of note are its smoother and glossier look than past iterations in the line-up, a switch to the stem-style slider, and the inclusion of more microphones, specifically around the ear cups.

In terms of controls, the latest entry is not any different. Users can still manage the headphone’s audio with mere taps and gestures and there is a literal physical button that allows for switching between ambient modes and ANC.

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