Details of Sony’s next-generation WH-1000XM5 headphones have leaked, revealing a new design and more advanced specifications than the company’s current premium offering.
When it comes to wireless noise-canceling audio, Sony’s current flagship WH-1000MX4 headphones are the best on the market and arguably the biggest rival to the AirPods Max, so Sony has whatever else up its sleeve. Naturally Apple creates interest among users.
According to an unnamed retail source, which sold the Germany-based . talked to technical BulletinThe successor to Sony’s WH-1000XM4 will sport a redesign that includes thin hinged arms that connect the earcups to a narrower headband, reminiscent of the Bose 700. This has also led to speculations that the redesigned headband is of metal instead of plastic.
Ear cup padding appears to be more important, but Sony has rolled out what appears to be a collapsible foldaway mechanism that tucks one cup inside the other, though as ledge Note, the case does not look likely to take up much space when placed away.
According to the retail source, the WH-1000XM5 will have up to 40 hours of battery life with active noise cancellation, which is 10 hours more than the XM4. Total charging time over USB-C is said to be 3.5 hours, which is about 30 minutes longer than the current generation.
The three microphones have reportedly been replaced, and an NC/ambient button replaces the “custom” one found on the XM4, although the buttons are expected to remain reprogrammable to activate voice assistants and the like. Chances are. These cans are said to have an additional ANC processor and a new sound driver, which suggests better noise-canceling and sound, but details are scant on that front.
The release date of the XM5 headphones is still unknown, but they appeared in FCC documents a few months ago, so they are likely to arrive sometime this year. Until then, the $349 XM4 is very popular with Apple users, who are unhappy with the relative heaviness and high price of the $549 AirPods Max.
There are currently no rumors that a new version of the AirPods Max may arrive in the near future, yet it’s worth noting that Apple has largely removed many features from the original, such as interchangeable headbands and a more affordable sports option , so these can always appear in the future ideal. Apple may also add support for lossless Apple Music playback, which would require a new audio protocol with higher bandwidth than Bluetooth.