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Sony Reveals their Most-Advanced Noise-Cancelling Headphones Yet

Sony introduces the WH-1000XM5, and confirms its South African arrival.




Sony has unveiled the newest edition of its award-winning 1000X series – the WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones, which feature the company’s most advanced noise-cancelling tech yet.

Design & features

The WH-1000XM5 feature 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, creating incomparable noise cancellation that allows listeners to totally switch off from the world around them.

The specially designed 30mm driver unit with a light and rigid dome uses carbon fibre composite material that improves high-frequency sensitivity for more natural sound quality. Sony’s unique technologies include a premium-lead free solder containing gold for excellent connectivity and optimised circuitry that ensures users experience clear, consistent sound.

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

Call functionality

No location is off limits for taking calls with the WH-1000XM5 headphones. Sony’s precise Voice Pickup technology uses four beamforming microphones and an AI-based noise reduction structure to isolate the user’s voice with perfect precision, while a newly developed wind noise reduction structure minimises wind noise during calls. So now, a busy street or a noisy work environment can be the perfect place for a quick catchup call with friends or colleagues.

Dual pairing

Using Bluetooth, the WH-1000XM5 headphones can be paired with two devices at the same time. When users receive a call, their headphones know which device it’s coming from and instantly connects them to the right one. They can also quickly switch between devices with just the touch of a button.

The WH-1000XM5 also comes with a handy collapsible carrying case that can be made thinner for easy storage, letting users easily take their headphones wherever they travel.


The WH-1000XM5 headphones will be available in South Africa from July 2022.

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