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Sony’s new wireless noise cancelling headphones

Sony has announced the newest edition of its award-winning 1000X series – the WH-1000XM5 wireless, noise cancelling headphones.

The product – available in black and platinum silver and out from the end of May – features two processors controlling eight microphones that dramatically reduce noise, especially in the mid-high frequency range, and an Auto NC Optimiser that automatically optimises noise cancellation, depending on the environment.

With the help of the Integrated Processor V1, the WH-1000XM5 unlock the full potential of Sony’s HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, while the specially designed 30mm driver unit enhances noise cancelling. These features improve sound clarity and bass reproduction.

The precise Voice Pickup technology uses four beamforming microphones and an AI-based noise reduction structure to isolate your voice with precision, while a newly developed wind noise reduction structure minimises wind noise during calls.

In addition, users can now enjoy premium, High-Resolution Audio with and without the wires, thanks to Sony’s industry-adopted audio coding technology, LDAC. All your music will be restored back to high range sound with the use of DSEE Extreme that upscales digital music files in real time, allowing you to appreciate all the fine-details the artist injected into your most-loved tracks.

For those familiar with the design of the WH-1000X series, the WH-1000XM5 introduces an all-new noiseless design finished in a newly developed soft fit leather with a stepless slider. The new synthetic soft fit leather material fits snugly around the head taking the pressure off your ears and blocking out external noise.

When it comes to pairing with a device, the WH-1000XM5 are Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, and there’s also Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature for Android devices. You can also locate where you last left your headphones; Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones to your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC or tablet.

Sony also helps you listen to your music safely with the Sony Headphones Connect app, comparing sound pressure data recorded by your headphones with guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO). You will receive instant OS notifications when listening levels are too high.

And not forgetting smart features, such as Speak-to-Chat, where you can stop for a quick conversation and your headphones will automatically stop the music and let in ambient sound. Once your chat is over, the music plays on.

Partnership with Khalid

In line with the WH-1000XM5 launch, Sony has partnered with global superstar and Sony Music Entertainment artist, Khalid, on storytelling around how WH-1000XM5 headphones provide premium listening for music.

“As an artist and music fan, quality listening is important to me and Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 headphones deliver quality music experiences in a big way,” said Khalid. “The noise cancelling really makes you feel closer to the music and hear all the details in a song, transporting you to a different world which is how I love to experience music.”

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