The best Sony WF-1000XM5 deals: major discounts on Award-winning buds

White Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds and their charging case on a wooden surface. One earbud is inside the case, one in front of it.
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The Sony WF-1000XM5 arrived in July 2023, and boy, did they have big shoes to fill. They followed the multiple Award-winning WF-1000XM4, so to say expectations were high would be an understatement. 

But fill them they did, outperforming their predecessors, earning a current What Hi-Fi? Award and forging their own sonic identity in the process. They're not the cheapest pair of buds on the market, so any deals should be snapped up sharpish.

What makes the WF-1000XM5 such a compelling buy? In short, they improve on the XM4 in pretty much every way, which is quite a feat considering the quality of the outgoing model.

First off, the design. Sony has slimmed down the XM5, making them smaller and lighter than their predecessors, more comfortable to wear and less of a strain on your ears. They fit better, too, thanks to the addition of an extra-small size of eartip and a rather nice composite tip material.

Because they're slimmer, the XM5 pick up less wind noise, which means less interference with calls and music. There are noise-cancelling mics to help with this as well, with an extra mic in each earbud (making three in each). Combined with the new HD Noise Cancelling processor QN2e, it grants a 20 per cent improvement in noise cancelling compared to the XM4.

The newer buds have all the same features as the XM4 – including support for Sony's higher-quality LDAC audio codec and 360 Reality Audio virtual surround sound – but add some new abilities to the mix. Head-tracking for spatial audio tracks, for example, anchors the sound to the device it's coming from (great for augmented reality mobile games), while calls can now be answered with a nod of the head. You can also stream LDAC files while maintaining a Bluetooth Multipoint connection, so you can switch seamlessly between devices without having to re-pair your headphones.

Improved controls are also the order of the day. The XM5 let you operate playback, sound modes and volume all at the same time through the earbuds. With their predecessors, you were restricted to only being able to operate two out of the three at any one time.

And the sound? Glad you asked. Sony hasn't just tinkered with the sound profile but overhauled it entirely – gone is the XM4's rather playful approach in favour of a more analytical, more hi-fi audio performance. It might lose a little energy in the low end, but the extra level of detail it manages to unearth is phenomenal.

Naturally, they're more expensive than their predecessors, launching at £259 / $299 / AU$419. But the price has fallen previously, and is likely to again during the summer sales. If any deals are available now, you'll see them here first.

Wondering what else Sony can do? See what we're hoping for from the Sony WF-1000XM6.


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Harry McKerrell
Staff writer

Harry McKerrell is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. During his time at the publication, he has written countless news stories alongside features, advice and reviews of products ranging from floorstanding speakers and music streamers to over-ear headphones, wireless earbuds and portable DACs. He has covered launches from hi-fi and consumer tech brands, and major industry events including IFA, High End Munich and, of course, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show. When not at work he can be found playing hockey, practising the piano or trying to pet strangers' dogs. 

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