Sony WH-1000XM5 Review: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back!

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Arjun Shankar
Arjun Shankar

The sound design in this video is absolutely beautiful. I hope this trend continues in your future headphone review videos.

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X M
X M

sound design?

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Ryan
Ryan

👋

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FARES DIKA
FARES DIKA

Is it compatible with iPhone

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wulfterran
wulfterran

@nuttySweeet My Razor headphones fold outward , it makes sense.

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Denilius123
Denilius123

I’ve had the XM3’s for a few years now and love ‘‘em to death. These won’t be worth an upgrade for me, but I’m still astonished to see noise cancellation technology becoming even better. Can’t wait to see where noise cancellation will be when I need to buy a new pair. Sony will have a good mark in my books. pun intended.

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Dperr
Dperr

Don’t think I’ll be buying Sony headphones ever again. They don’t last and are not reliable! My brother bought the same pair a few months before, he’s the reason I bought mine, his died around the same time mine did!

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Dperr
Dperr

Lucky you, my XM4s died right after the warranty and I’m pissed. Of course, nobody is willing to repair them. I was told: “Well usually headphones are throw away. So we don’t repair them here.” No clue what the hell went wrong. One day they just quit turning on. They’ll charge but I can’t use them. I could use them wired. But I didn’t pay $300 to use Bluetooth headphones with a stupid wire 😡😡😡

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TamaraNoelle
TamaraNoelle

My XM3 lives on my head, have these for a few years now and they are perfect!

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O G
O G

I have the xm3 for the last 2 years and they r amazing. I honestly don't think the nc is better on the xm5. They r more comfortable for sure but nc is the same if not a little less better

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Tadrax
Tadrax

@Denilius123 the first one I had broke after 6 months of daily usage... After it got replaced with a new one, I was super careful with it and used it far less. It's fortunately still working without any issues after 1-1,5 years and I mostly use it at home.

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CTO LARSSON
CTO LARSSON

As a video creator, the wired connection counts to avoid the latency. What is the sound quality, ANC performance and latency in wired mode? Anyone? Thanks!

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Menno
Menno

Rocking the XM3 for a few years now. Not being able to fold this new design would be a major downgrade for me, as you said their main use is for travel so the smaller the can be folded the better. Hope they one day bring a folding design with the new upgrades. I mainly miss multi device support on my XM3 so would consider getting a new one.

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NileshR12
NileshR12

The XM4 has multi-device support

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Joshua Acason
Joshua Acason

Agreed, not folding down flat whilst over your neck is a huge downside

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Andreas Nüßlein
Andreas Nüßlein

Have the XM4 and am quite happy with them, the XM5 look good too. Either way: I have _noise cancelling_ headphones not really for traveling but mainly for home office usage - having sat in a bunch of loud offices in the last 15 years or so, I was always really happy to have noise cancelling (when I did)

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brightstorm 7
brightstorm 7

@ChromicClaw we do need a women's voice noise canceling option for sure

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Amit Padhy
Amit Padhy

@Wolves of Black Wall Street yes Thank you I used them yesterday It was working well

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Wolves of Black Wall Street
Wolves of Black Wall Street

@Amit Padhy If you notice problems with bluetooth connectivity soon out of the box, return them immediately. The problem will NOT get better.

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Amit Padhy
Amit Padhy

@Game of the Year 2020 thanx mate I ordered them today will be receiving day after tomorrow...thanx 4 the advice Cheers

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Game of the Year 2020
Game of the Year 2020

@Amit Padhy xm4 are amazing, I kid you not, I wear them all day, only take them off to shower or sleep. I'm currently wearing them now. A good advice, whatever you do, don't forget to adjust the noise cancelling. If you don't scan your ear, you'll get a headache right away because of the pressure. To do this, simply hold the Mode button for 3 seconds and the ai will talk to you, that's it.

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Z C
Z C

Just got the XM4's earlier this year and I was amazed, it felt better than bose, at least for me. Now that I see the XM5's I feel proud to have at least one of, if not the best noice canceling headphones on the market right now, especially for the price. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Not for airpods max or even bose. The design, convenience, and audio is incredible. I'm super happy with them.

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David Anderson
David Anderson

I got the XM4s right after they came out, they were my first pair of nice headphones and I havent regretted buying them. Seeing that these came out I expected to come away jealous of the new model, but honestly if I were in the market today I would probably still buy the XM4s, especially because they are frequently on sale for like $280 and are better for traveling.

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Just Arkon
Just Arkon

Rocking the XM3 for a few years now. Not being able to fold this new design would be a major downgrade for me, as you said their main use is for travel so the smaller the can be folded the better. Hope they one day bring a folding design with the new upgrades. I mainly miss multi device support on my XM3 so would consider getting a new one.

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Mario Villarreal
Mario Villarreal

I have the M4s and I think Ive only folded them twice in a year, even while traveling. With all the new perks and nicer desing (and case) I dont really think its a bad tradeoff.

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Jordan Martinetti
Jordan Martinetti

I have the M4 version and I love them. Honestly the larger footprint from the lack of folding is a dealbreaker for me. My backpack is jammed full when I travel and being able to get the M4 folded up small is something I won't look over again.

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Decoy
Decoy

@Different Okay, just seemed relevant when you suggest to pack one less shirt to fit the new headphones.

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Different
Different

@Decoy not usually, I might do some jackets or a pair of shoes if there is space and my suitcase is full

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Decoy
Decoy

@Different Do you pack your shirts in your carry-on as well?

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Different
Different

@Decoy yes I always carry them with me, I ve never had them send in the cargo of the plane so I don't know if that's allowed or not.

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Decoy
Decoy

@Different I'm pretty sure that's in a carry-on (100WH). You don't want lithium batteries being in the unpressurized luggage cabin.

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Abigail Thalia Mallows
Abigail Thalia Mallows

I bought the XM4 about 2 months ago, just before the XM5 was released. I was almost disappointed that I hadn't waited a few more weeks, but thank you for showing me that the XM4 is perfect for me and the changes would actually have been worse for me personally. Thanks!

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xdiver01
xdiver01

Same here, I bought the XM4 2 days ago and I didn´t even know about XM5. And I agree about the changes have been worse.

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Clément Maroy
Clément Maroy

I absolutely love how thorough and how honest your test videos are.

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Leighton Reid
Leighton Reid

I have the XM4s and they rock and as I work in sales I am constantly traveling and taking calls. I will say they are almost unusable for answering calls anywhere with any background noise, the mics are way too sensitive in my experience and most of the time I have to remove one side and go back to the phone speaker/mic. The XM5 units did sound much better but I couldn't tell how loud the background noise was to start with for comparison.

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Haris V
Haris V

Great review! Although I thinh the design concept of not folding is much different. Avoid crackling sounds, no tearing on mechanical joints because of constant fold and unfold and more importantly easier to carry! The latter is not so obvious, but the blueprint of the case is slight wider but thinner, because when you use it on backup thinner can save up more space that 2-3 centimeters wider, as all equipment (laptop, tablet, books) is vertically stacked

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hen ko
hen ko

This is an amazingly designed video from the noise to the editing it’s incredible, great job to all those involved!

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Garth McConaghie
Garth McConaghie

Really great review, thanks! I have the XM3s and considering which pair to upgrade to. The same things bum me out about the XM5s that you’ve highlighted, although I’ve been longing for the same soundstage quality but with better noise cancelling abilities than the XM3s. Still slightly torn, but decision soon.

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Milan Meiland
Milan Meiland

Bought the XM4’s last year and I must say that has been my best tech purchase in years. The thing is a beast, and I use them for everything almost every day. Look no further if you want great sound quality, and amazing noise cancellation.

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Will Bates
Will Bates

I love my 4s like they're one of the first things I've invested in for myself and saved a long time until I felt comfortable making the plung, and I'm so glad I did. But I'm very disappointed theses lost the ability to fold because the size of the 4s is so nice and I do travel and fly quite a bit. I don't think I'll be making the purchase to upgrade any time soon. Also side note am I the only one who isn't in love with the new look?

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-NIGHT RAIDER-
-NIGHT RAIDER-

Same I think the navy blue and gold color in the XM4’s looks amazing

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isnil8
isnil8

@Sam What do you mean? Maybe is not as seamless as the airpods or galaxy buds when switching from same brand devices, but for me it is simple enough, I have the two point option turned on most of the time and that simplifies a lot more.

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Sam
Sam

I have the 4s too. My problem with it is that the switching of devices is not so seamless. Love it still tho

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Paul Airuehia
Paul Airuehia

I feel the same way 100 percent

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Abhijit Chowdhary
Abhijit Chowdhary

Have the XM4s, don't plan on upgrading. That being said, I do love this series of headphones; I use them cross platform (windows desktop, macbook, and linux office computer) and it's really convenient that they work more or less identically across all devices.

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RichCSR
RichCSR

agreed, exact same use for me, multi-platform and multi-device simultaneously, the quality is fantastic and people recognise them as such, class leading in my opinion.

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Declan Hodge
Declan Hodge

@Valdas V They're great for gaming

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Valdas V
Valdas V

I even use them for gaming sometimes haha bought a cable that gives mic.

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Jeff
Jeff

hi fellow XM4 users, just wondering is there anybody here using Android based devices, and do you have issues on the time log of headphone usage? Mine is so problematic it doesn't really record the hours within the connect app properly. Sony connect app is already the latest update. My android version is already the latest update. Device is Vivo V21 5G. Kindly help for any fix/insights!

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Danyiar Syzdykov
Danyiar Syzdykov

@DarshanDev I have just seen in selling websites they write the name of a product as WH-1000 XM4s. I though it stands for like sport, or something different

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Rock girl
Rock girl

Totally love my XM4s! Sometimes when I don’t use them for long, I get amazed by noise-cancelling quality. I’ll surely update but for XM7-8-9

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Safebox Gaming
Safebox Gaming

Have had the Bose QC35 for about 6 years now. Was thinking of switching to Sony since March, and then the leaks of these came out. Was worried I'd have to wait till August, but glad they're out sooner. Tbh, the folding issue never really bothered me cause I always found that folding the cups is what leads to my headphones having a reduced lifespan. As one side always breaks before the other.

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LaTech
LaTech

I bought the XM3 when the XM4 were already around for 150€ (around $150) and realized that this was an amazing deal instantly as a few months later the XM3 sold for about 200€ again (it was around Christmas by then but still) I think for people that only need these headphones for one Audio-Device (probably your Smartphone) the XM3 at a great price are the best deal you can get right now

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David van der Sterre
David van der Sterre

Small but major detail about the XM4: the plastic on a very specific but important place (somewhere in the internal part of the slider) is kinda janky (at least on my headphones) and prone to breaking when stressed too much. I am pretty much always careful with (my) expensive tech, and mine still broke at that specific point. It looks as if Sony tries to fix that weak spot with this new design. The problem I have with most headphone designs is that there is some small but important point that is not reinforced good enough and is most likely the first thing to break. This design may not be more portable than the XM4/XM3, but it definetely looks like that little weak spot is fixed. And let's be real: you don't put away the headphones in the case anyways.

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Timestatic
Timestatic

I’ve been daily driving the WH-1000XM3‘s and they’ve lasted great and are still really good for daily use and I still find it’s noise canceling really good 2/3 years later

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enigmaticx
enigmaticx

You must have got lucky. My XM3s lasted 2 years after daily use. I’ve had my XM4s now for a year - have been in for warranty repair once. TBF I use these things all day long, so they get a workout, but haven’t been hugely impressed by the quality.

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Kingston Booke
Kingston Booke

you don't drive headphones...

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jorgeml811
jorgeml811

yeah there is no need to buy new tech if there's no mayor improvement, the xm3 are still great and will be 2 years later when sony launches de xm6 or some shit like that

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Qwerty VI
Qwerty VI

I was the same with the xm3, had them for a few years no issues. I just recently lost them so I bought the xm4. Still just as good

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Danai Duma
Danai Duma

Can validate this for sure

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jeff petersen
jeff petersen

This is an amazingly designed video from the noise to the editing it’s incredible, great job to all those involved!

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RichCSR
RichCSR

I have the XM4's and with the case they come along with their quality in all areas and features theyre almost perfect. I use them daily across multi-platform and multi-device simultaneously and they never let me down, I was on a 2.5 hour teams meeting and they used 10% battery. incredible really. I also have the Sony Xperia 1 MK3 as my main blower and they sound so good through that, paired with Sony's LDAC. i'll be keeping them for a long long time to come.

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Mephiston
Mephiston

I agree with you on everything EXCEPT for what you state is a "step back". I hate how my XM4s fold up. It always made them feel weak and flimsy. So as far as I personally am concerned, the drawback mentioned in this video is not a drawback for me. I do absolutely appreciate the video, keep up the good work.

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Mephiston
Mephiston

@Transitory Yeah and thats fine, but the XM5's feel a lot more sturdy. Plus the noise cancellation is way better. I actually own a pair now. I gave my XM4's to my wife.

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Transitory
Transitory

Hmm yeah nah, they don’t feel cheap or flimsy, I love the fold up

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BackFireZz
BackFireZz

said no one besides you ever

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Thomas Foster
Thomas Foster

Great review MKB, for future audio (microphone) tests, can you please include a pair of old $20 wired line-in standard earbuds that used to come with an any Android or Apple phone? It's interesting when people feel we've come so far (for voice quality) with each new iteration of wireless headphones, and then compare it against a 10 year old pair of $20 wired line-in earbuds, it's the only way to demonstrate the vast gap between the quality of wired versus wireless of voice quality.

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cafiteriafraiche
cafiteriafraiche

Great video! That’s a buy for me; don’t care about folding. Microphones, which can be bad on bluetooth, are a huge deal for me. Plus I like they kept the touch controls.

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Generic
Generic

My last headphones were nice and i thought they were pretty good. Until I saw and bought these types of headphones. All of this felt like i was an old person experiencing new crazy stuff that’s way better than all of my other stuff. I got shocked by all of these features and these headphones are pretty dope.

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Saladin S
Saladin S

Totally love my XM4s! Sometimes when I don’t use them for long, I get amazed by noise-cancelling quality. I’ll surely update but for XM7-8-9

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David Redding
David Redding

I’ve had the XM4 and use them hours each and every day. Loved the comfort,ANC and the sound quality. Alas, only a little over a year in and I’m getting the dreaded ANC high pitched squeal so I’m very hesitant to drop another $500 on the XM5s

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Freek
Freek

Still really happy with my mk4, and do not feel the need to upgrade at all. The fold and rotation of the cups is crucial for traveling (even to uni/work and back) and the sound quality and noise cancellation is so impressive already. The quality upgrade per model isn't that shocking it seems, very minor improvements. And I wonder if the thinner headband will become less comfy after wearing it for a while.

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TFisHappening
TFisHappening

im surprised people even consider "upgrading" headphones to the direct successor...

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sirBrouwer
sirBrouwer

@Jay Starr i can't say for others but I use my M4 while i am on a lawn tractor. or using other power tools. they work very well in those situations. also it's nice that they are quite sturdy and can handle a bit of rougher use. also the it's nice that while at home I can connect to both my phone and pc at once by blue tooth.

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GamesWorld
GamesWorld

@pocketlint82 Anker life q30. Just watch Oluv’s gadgets review. He compared them to xm4s

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pocketlint82
pocketlint82

Your fear that the thinner headband would be less comfy is a good point. Unless the new material is that much better they probably will be less comfy. The same thing is already true for the xm4. The headband is thinner, less cushy, and less comfy than the xm3. I bought the xm4 for my gf and noticed immediately they were less comfy than my xm3

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pocketlint82
pocketlint82

@GamesWorld which ones are those? I love to know of some less expensive, better sounding wireless anc headphones. I might get them as a second pair

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Jens Bay
Jens Bay

Great review! Love the sections describing how the sound experience is wearing them. That being said, I'd counter your assumption that these headphones are for travelling. I'd say there for work: Working in open offices and noisy areas can be a pain, but it becomes bearable with Sony's [currently: M3's]. They are opting out of the travellers market and focusing on the employees working in open offices :D

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Savannah M.
Savannah M.

I bought two pairs of the xm4s back in December on my search for the perfect noise cancelling headphones. $250 from target. I loved the sound and the noise cancelling. The creaking on the first was so bad I returned and got the second pair. The second pair creaked when I walked around and I really grappled with returning bc of the sound. I also bought Bose QC35 ii and just thought the sound was too distant. Ended up getting the Soundcore Q35 which were as close to the xm4 sound as I could find, were comfy, and cheap ($110). Just bought my mom a pair for $97. I couldn’t justify these expensive headphones having worse quality than the ankers. Maybe this new model doesn’t creak?

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Justin Lowe
Justin Lowe

My wife has the Xm3 and the folding features are excellent! Why they felt it wasn’t necessary anymore is beyond me!

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Jatin Modasia
Jatin Modasia

I've had the XM4s before and the only area they completely fell over in is the call quality. The noise cancellation (not ANC) was horrendous! I ended up selling them and bought the Bose NC 700. The XM4s did sound a little more detailed in the bass department.

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Eric Mueser
Eric Mueser

I've had the Mk. 3 for several years now and they were some of the best money I've ever spent on anything ever. I've worn them for an hour or two a day on average and they've shown virtually no wear other than ear cups (which are replaceable). Sony can sure make a pair of headphones.

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mi-spark
mi-spark

are the ear cups replaceable on the m4’s as well?

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Quoc Thang TRAN
Quoc Thang TRAN

There are no differences between MX3 and MX 4 except Dual connect Bluetooth. And MX4 and MX 5 are the same except for design. So, keep using MX3 and wait for the next MX from Sony : ))

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Undecided
Undecided

@Aexetan I still have the M2s & I still go at least 3 days without charging them.

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John Rodgers
John Rodgers

Same here

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Toby
Toby

@Aexetan its honestly still as good. I charge mine so rarely I don't notice.

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Rick Rivera
Rick Rivera

I am still rocking my XM3s and I have no complains they have been wonderful to me and traveling everywhere with them with no signs of tear yet, they are amazing!

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Starmanthony
Starmanthony

I've grown up with the M2's for so long and I loved having them, but last year the headphones ended up breaking. I've been looking foward to the M5's release for a very substantial upgrade and I can't wait to have it my hands

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Lance’s Food Adventures
Lance’s Food Adventures

Kudos to your team. That transparency edit to the audio was an nice touch. 👌

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Christopher Phan
Christopher Phan

Loved the way you edited this video and its sound, I am currently wearing the XM4s to watch the video, and the bits where you muffled the sound and cancelled the ambient noise felt like an interactive experience. Kudos to you for amazing editing!

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Hunter Nelson
Hunter Nelson

I've had the xm3's for years, they're so freaking good, and even after heavy use for years the battery lasts for days

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Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera

@IroAppe Of course! So if I remember correctly, the hinge itself did break. But again, these headphones were worn almost everyday since I’ve had them for the past couple of years, it was bound to happen and some point and I couldn’t be happier with the build quality when I had them

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IroAppe
IroAppe

@Daniel Herrera Thanks for the info! So directly over the right earcup is the hinge. Did the hinge break? Because that's one reason people say why Sony might have removed the hinge.

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Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera

@IroAppe So it was a physical break. Specifically, the headband right above the left ear cup. They right didn’t break and the headphones still work just fine. But I guess after years of wearing constantly, the headband gave out as I was putting them on. I’ve had them for forever though, and I wore them a LOT.

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Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera

@Vatsal Chhabra The plastic headband snapped near the left ear cup as I was putting them on. In all fairness, they were still connected by the wire and still worked 100%

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Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera

@Louis Indradjaja the plastic headband just snapped. The headphones still work and still sound great to be fair, but that headband near the left ear cup finally decided to snap clean in 2

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David Holland
David Holland

Hey, just wanted to say that you do some really great reviews. The way you present is engaging and interesting. The way you cover the topics is really nice and I really liked that you demonstrated the voice quality in a real-world scenario as that is what I'll be using them for. Keep up the good work. I have never seen your stuff before and I'm going through it now and you do a great job.

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Bruno Jordani
Bruno Jordani

Thinking about getting these as my first pair of anc headphones. Thing is, I'm uncertain because my main use would be to block off voices(radio/tv and people), not plane or street noise. One think that i tought while watching this videos is that the cups bending outward kinda makes sense. Maybe bending inward could trigger the infrared detector and turn on the headphones, while bending out makes it less likely. But yeah, bending outward doesnt contribute to THE DRIP.

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Mundo Wilhelm
Mundo Wilhelm

Had the xm3 for years. Love them so much but because I used them so so much the moving / folding part of the headphones broke not long ago. Bought these today's and to be honest i couldn't care less about the folding function gone. All about function over form!

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Kevin Valdovinos
Kevin Valdovinos

Thank you for the thorough review on this and all other Sony products. I really appreciate it.

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Joel Conolly
Joel Conolly

Considering that the XM4's are great already, the XM5's are small incremental upgrade that definitely already hit mark. You are actually fine with either one of these even if you have unlimited budget.

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Joel Conolly
Joel Conolly

@Kobeissi Go get em tiger.

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Kobeissi
Kobeissi

My XM4's failed recently so I'm going to give the XM5s a shot.

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Just4Interest
Just4Interest

Unlimited budget you should be looking at Beoplay H95 or Airpods Max

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Joep B
Joep B

I had the XM3's, QC35 II, Bose 700's and the AirPods max. The AirPods max are truly the best but just not worth it for 99% of people

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dpm6000
dpm6000

I have the XM3 and wife has the XM4. We use them almost exclusively for travel particularly on planes so you’re right, absolutely zero need to upgrade.

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Ingi Haralds
Ingi Haralds

I had xm3 I loved them, then got xm4 limited edition and was blown away and now for xm5 I cant wait to try them on. I keep thinking what can possible get better in these headphones and then it does.

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Joshua K
Joshua K

I actually think the flat design might fit ok my my bag. I have an older pair from a few years ago where they folded but not flat and it wasn't as convenient. When they get up to these price points though its hard to pull the trigger. I might end up with the previous model.

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Dyeace
Dyeace

I actually avoided the xm4 because I disliked the folding in function and comfort. They nailed it with this one for me personally. More comfortable, and no gimmicky folding. I buy now :)

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Ahmed Atif
Ahmed Atif

I've had the Mk. 3 for several years now and they were some of the best money I've ever spent on anything ever. I've worn them for an hour or two a day on average and they've shown virtually no wear other than ear cups (which are replaceable). Sony can sure make a pair of headphones. mazing representation for the sound Marques.. totally love it ❤ The best reviewer gives you the whole experience of the product 🔥 Thanks for the video and keep it up 😊 I’m still rocking the Mark 3s and love them, not enough improvement to justify upgrading yet! 🎧

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Louie Castro
Louie Castro

Same I use them mowing lawns and landscaping. They get beat up and I even use them in the rain until the touch thing starts to pause it too much.

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Skylab Beats
Skylab Beats

literally me

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zumabbar
zumabbar

how tf is your last sentence is the same with another high-liked comment to the letters...

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Zakaria Youncha
Zakaria Youncha

@Ryan Finley You buy and replace them yourself.

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Ryan Finley
Ryan Finley

How can we get replacement ear cups?

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It seriously amazes me how high quality your videos are, your Sony XM videos are really helpful.

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Lemon Cake
Lemon Cake

Had my x3s for 3 years now. Get used every day at work, still going strong. Love my x3s, if they break i'd probs just buy another pair.

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cirmothe9
cirmothe9

I have the xm3's and I'm still happy with them. One of the best purchases I've made for commuting to work.

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Brian Aguilera
Brian Aguilera

Good review. Thanks for making me feel even better about my purchase decision of the xm4 about a year ago. They're still going strong, and I feel no need to replace them with xm5.

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Hutch

I absolutely adore my XM4’s - wear them for up to 8 hours a day with absolutely no discomfort. One of the best technology investments I’ve ever made, hands down!

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Mor M21
Mor M21

@Mister Myxpyx the Sony XM4 i have those and I agree they are awesome feature wise but comfort wise very painful. I encourage everyone to try the bose QC 45

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Mister Myxpyx
Mister Myxpyx

I found the XM4's more uncomfortable than the XM3's for one reason: the headband. For some reason Sony decided to narrow the band on top, and use a sharp wedge of foam inside that cuts into your scalp (if you don't have a lot of hair). This leaves a red line on your head, and actually hurts over time. The previous model had a wider, flatter piece of foam, and was more comfortable.

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Mor M21
Mor M21

@User yeah I guess it depends on ears , for me the QC 45 has been incredibly comfortable

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User
User

@Mor M21 Bose NC gives me the blocked ear feel and that makes me feel a bit nauseous/dizzy for some reason. I don’t seem to get that with my Sony (I used to think all NC headphones weren’t for me until I tried the Sony). They’re so comfortable from both how it sits on your ear to the NC being natural.

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LeMi11ion
LeMi11ion

@Hutch Literally same. Lots of Elden Ring, trying to 100%. Listening to the new Kendrick Lamar album right now! Happy listening 🎧

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Arif Diamanta
Arif Diamanta

Hi Marc, always loves your review. I also watch review from Linus, they are fun. But your video always have good respect on the product, and also good respect on viewers time. Thank you.

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Calvin
Calvin

I agree with this review BUT, as an iPhone user they still sound great. I normally use a pair of planar magnetic headphones so to be honest both XM4 and XM5 do a great job of audio but things still don’t seem distinguished. The XM5 has a MUCH better ANC than the XM4. Audio is much clearer and the bass from the drivers still bump. I have both XM4 and XM5 and can say I use the XM5 more so for the audio and ANC. For comfort both are good, XM4 sits nice and snug but for people with larger ears the XM5 has more ear room. To add on the nit pick, I don’t like that the earcups rotate up. There’s more room in the earcups which is fine but it feels more airy. Also for some odd reason on iPhone it’s either too loud or not loud enough, whereas my XM4 is perfect.

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Flawless P
Flawless P

XM3s have been on my head 24/7 when not charging and when I'm not sleeping for 4 years now. They are fairly worn out been to beaches the gym birthday parties nights out, a pro wrestling show on road trips, etc. They are already pretty amazing and the xm5 might be a big enough jump for me to move up. The leather on my ear cups is wearing off but comfort is still on point but the headphones don't cling to your head the same and the ear cut rotation is much less rigid. Have no major complaints. Battery life is down closer to 18 hours now but that is near constant use. 90% of my charging was done with the headphones at 10-20% always

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Zappy
Zappy

I have the OG XM3's and they have been a great headphone. I personally think the change in design though is a good thing since for a premium product, I have had to glue mine together where the cup hinges meet the band which after a 2 years of use, cracked. Everything apart from the plastic construction is awesome.

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danielrhenke
danielrhenke

Literally bought the XM4s less then a week ago and when I saw this video my heart dropped because I thought I made a mistake. After watching it though I realize the XM4s are the correct pair for me. Thanks for all your reviews

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SmokeStarrr/ CocoLokoFlacco
SmokeStarrr/ CocoLokoFlacco

I had the xm4's since they came out and trust me no you didnt make a mistake.

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Mario
Mario

just return them you have 30 days wherever you got them from and buy these because they are better in almost every way

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John Kohai
John Kohai

Me too

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Ammar
Ammar

@Zhixiao Liu what country?

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Zhixiao Liu
Zhixiao Liu

Buying xm4s won't be a mistake anyway. Sony tends to launch their products at relatively high prices but after a while the prices would usually take a sharp fall and go stable for a while 🤣, the WF1000xm4s in my country launched at 295usd but now it can be purchased under 200. Besides WH1000Xm4s are really good, I've been using mine for more than one year and a half. They are much more durable than I expected and from personal experience their sound quality may be the best in noise-cancelling headphones. The noise cancelling is just good enough for me. I haven't tried xm5 yet but I don't think there will be any advantage in sound quality worth the extra price

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Malcolm Graves
Malcolm Graves

Still enjoying my XM3's up until now. And it's still rock and impressive other than other brands.

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SID JAY
SID  JAY

I think i'll hold onto my XM3s. Still going strong with minimal wear on the earcups/headband

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Andreea Alina
Andreea Alina

Listening to this on my XM3, and feeling so happy for choosing them and not waiting for the XM5 (back in Nov 2021). I chose this model after trying on the XM4 and not feeling any feelings while listening to the music. I was not feeling immersed, transported into the song, but with XM3 I do get that! Not sure where the XM5 stands for this aspect, but I hope it's better than XM4. :)

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gameboyTTV
gameboyTTV

I have the XM3 and they still blow me away. Favorite headphones I have ever owned.

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Wonder Maid
Wonder Maid

M3 and M4 weakest points were the folding hinges, you can find a tone of sets on the used market with broken hinges. Sony had to fix this and their solution was to remove the folding hinges entirely. I don't blame them for that

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Hissashi Rocha
Hissashi Rocha

I had this problem after one year using my XM3 and I promised myself I would only buy another one if Sony changed the design. So happy they did it with the XM5!

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Ali 2K
Ali 2K

@Mastro iTek You're not wrong, but hopefully it will provide a learning experience for what improvements they can make going forward. Interested to see how epic the XM7's will be haha

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Mastro iTek
Mastro iTek

@Archus yes, but to reach that "0 failure rate" you remove an important feature, that is how apple operates... And doing a hinge with low failure rate is not impossible, just look up the PXC 550, they have great durable hinges. Getting rid of a feature just because they don't want to deal with the problem is the lazy way to "solve" problems. Btw, this model also costs more than the M4, right?

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Andre M
Andre M

Yep the hinges are terrible on the M3 and M4. Also the constant creaking and noises the hinges making is annoying as hell when trying to listen to acoustic music or podcasts. Hoping that the M5s don't creak at all. Easy upgrade if so.

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Jwc
Jwc

Happened to my xb950n1

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Mark
Mark

I had the XM4’s until they went kaput after almost year. I switched to the Sennheiser Momentum 3’s (on sale) and while they sound great, the noise cancelling is mediocre. I’ll definitely give these a shot once they go on sale. I really miss Sony’s amazing noise cancelling.

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Rey Israel Tan
Rey Israel Tan

Interested to know if the build quality has improved in the XM5's. The swivel in the XM4's are too fragile.

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isnil8
isnil8

Nop, WH xm5 have not enough features to make me upgrade from the XM4, absolutely love them, the folding feature makes them even greater when on the go for such a big pair of headphones, they still look and feel great.

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I appreciate the way you displayed the effect of the transparency mode without cutting off the talking.

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The Groovy Guitar Dude
The Groovy Guitar Dude

I’m still rocking the Mark 3s and love them, not enough improvement to justify upgrading yet! 🎧

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Joost Mag Het Weten
Joost Mag Het Weten

As someone who owns the 4s and has tried the 3 as well as having the wf-3's I can confidently say that the 3's kind of suck compared to the 4 and if the 5 is even a portion of that jump then trust me it's worth it

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ast5515
ast5515

@BelacanBreed I don't get it. Why is this strange? It's not like they only click when I put them on. They click literally every 3 seconds as I move my head. And yes, I returned them AGAIN, this time for a refund instead of a replacement. I used a bunch of headphones for 10 months for free. Thanks Sony.

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BelacanBreed
BelacanBreed

@ast5515 you rocking an active noise cancelling cans..and your ultimatum pet peeve is the clicking hinges? On a serious note, we wish you a peace moment w xm5 if so.

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austen smith
austen smith

@ast5515 you sound poor man

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Jason S
Jason S

@Yodasmith16 mines do have that problem

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Lukas Loh
Lukas Loh

I hope XM6 will be foldable when they release. I own XM4 and the convenience of being able to fold it and it small case was unfortunately overlooked by Sony.

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TaeJoon Kim
TaeJoon Kim

I really love the video! Thanks for your review. I'm considering getting Bose QC45 or this model. Are they both equally comfortable or is QC45 still more comfortable to use for long time. Thanks for your opinion in advance..

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Rahul Hukkeri

I loved it when you said muffled and the actual audio of the video got muffled and also with the mic testing 💯💯 you're simply the best reviewer I've ever viewed 😅 in town !

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Aliah Aljunied
Aliah Aljunied

I only got my XM4s last year while they were on sale but I recently got an email from my local tech store to trade them in for the XM5s - I honestly like the design of the XM4s more so I'm definitely going to hang onto the XM4s for as long as I can. thank you for the comprehensive review on these!!

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xdiver01
xdiver01

Same here 👍

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yyyyyeeeee

I have XM4s, and what I would really need to see to upgrade is: - Be able to use them while charging. - Dual-band bluetooth (i.e. use headset in music mode and headset mode at the same time, for gaming), theres no reason I should need to keep an entire extra dongle or microphone around when the hardware has more than enough bandwidth for hi-res audio and a hi-res audio stream.

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Srinivas Tantry
Srinivas Tantry

@yyyyyeeeee The Poly Voyager Focus 2 might work for what you want to do. It has a USB adapter to connect with PC for high quality calls. Plus it can connect to phone via Bluetooth. And it can be connected to PC and phone simultaneously. So you can alternate your audio source between PC and phone without having to connect and disconnect repeatedly. Also, Jabra does something similar with their Evolve and Evolve2 85 that come with the Jabra Link Adapter

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Mic Glou
Mic Glou

@Undecided Yeah so? There will still be moments it's not charged but you'd still want to listen to music.

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Undecided
Undecided

@Mic Glou The battery life is 30+ hours, though.

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@Michael Steshenko I was talking specifically about wireless 2.4G headsets, of course wired headsets are going to have less latency. Many headsets advertise ~25Ms. Of course it wont be good for competitive gaming, it would be a convenience feature. IDGAF about ranked games.

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Paul Roggan
Paul Roggan

@Michael Steshenko dunno since Bluetooth 5.0 its about the same as wired to me atleast

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AdminAnonymous
AdminAnonymous

For the cups pivoting out. This was an intentional design decision. The touch sensitive caps brushing up against users cheeks and restarting music was an issue. However since lay flat when around the neck is important, they flipped it. Nobody really likes the look, but the functionality was improved so doing so was a viable option.

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Al Junaibi
Al Junaibi

These headphones are so awesome that I still use xm3 the quality is superb highly recommend.

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Lex Effect
Lex Effect

My XM4 m’s were the best headphones I’ve ever had since they were my first true pair if noise cancellation headphones. Had them for about 1 year and half until the right join for the cup got disconnected. Idk how to to fix it so now I’m tempted to upgrade 🥲

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Christian Bucic
Christian Bucic

The folding one is like the version 4th before the new 5th one, the folding part is broken easily when you fold and unfold, I think it's one of the reasons why that's the major thing they change also.

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MainVane
MainVane

I'm a long haul trucker and the XM4's are hands down fantastic. Loud diesel engine, road noise - gone. Still some buffering with the window down but that's to be expected

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H2Kn
H2Kn

I think it is time for me to upgrade. I've been using my XM2 since 6-7 years now. By far my favorite piece of tech I've ever owned. I use them heavily and they still work great. The ear cushions are finally starting to wither down which is expected, especially because I wear glasses all the time.

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Florian Plack
Florian Plack

Since I always have my XM3s with me when I'm out of the house, I've fallen in love with their ability to fold flat on my chest. When I'm with friends, I fold it up and they barely fit into my jacket's pocket. Seeing this new design remove both of those features is such a shame!

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Beeso 79
Beeso 79

My XM3’s are my favorites still, I love ‘em. the folding option is essential for traveling.. I’m not making this step back for the sake of the beautiful trendy and new design.

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Clueless Youtuber Goes Out

Sony tech is just amazing. XM4s are already great on its own, and hard to imagine that they can go above and beyond…

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Nobara
Nobara

@nitro no my warranty ended unfortunately

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HuttonBerries
HuttonBerries

The sound quality could be waaay better

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Luka Bošnjak
Luka Bošnjak

@A Realist Airpods max actually sound decent compared to this junk... Still Anker life q30 sounds better than all of them for 80 with Oluv's eq.

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A Realist
A Realist

He'll still prefer Airpods Max no matter how good these are.

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Luka Bošnjak
Luka Bošnjak

They are awful especially for the price with cheap plastic build and horrible sound...

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Topi Karttunen
Topi Karttunen

Well considering my wh1000xm4 just broke precisely because of that folding functionality after 6 months , I'd say it's probably a good idea to scrap that functionality in exchange for durability, which is also good for decreasing e-waste.

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Emiel333 Official
Emiel333 Official

I’m not a big fan of Sony but these XM5 look awesome and comfortable! Maybe I’ll try them out. Thx 🙏 Markus.

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Sita V
Sita V

I have the 4 and it is by far my favorite noise cancelling headphones. I’m so glad i got it.

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Allistair McCray
Allistair McCray

My takeaway from this video, which seems like a no-brainer, is to get the MK4s. I like the new aesthetic design but it seems like you get more functionality with the mk4s.

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Radovan Nemcik
Radovan Nemcik

I have my XM2s for good 4 years now. During those years I used them quite frequently and they still sound perfect and ANC is still very powerful. Battery life came down to about 20 hours, which is still fine with me. Even after these years, the foldable hinges work just fine. And long charge time through Micro USB port is not a big deal for me, therefore after 4 years I am still very much enjoying them and I am not planning to replace these. Only thing I had ti replace were the ear cushions, but that applies to all over ear headphones with long-term use. Therefore if you consider buying mark 5, 4 or even 3, just go for it, they won't let you down.

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Cameron Avelino Melia
Cameron Avelino Melia

@Radovan Nemcik oh absolutely, they're still amazing headphones

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Yury Zhuravlev
Yury Zhuravlev

Same, but something happened with electronics and from time to time it becomes make high pitch noise, very very loud. Currently, I am using it without a battery at all :( Also, I change the pads to the new ones. MK5 can be good enough but MK4 also looks a good option for an upgrade. I should check the size of my bag...

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Christopher
Christopher

People acting like you need to upgrade headphones every 2 years 🙄🙄 Love my XM3s but my 10 year old Sennheisers will probably still be working for the next decade

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Der Kommentar
Der Kommentar

I have my xm2 also for 4 years now. They are great and I love them, the only 2 thing that are missing is the usb c port and the option to connect multiple devices at once. But as long as they work I won't buy new ones.

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Strupp1
Strupp1

Same. The longest lasting headphones I ever owned, travelled thousands of kilometers with them and they still hold up great. Also still love the sound. Just miss multi-device support but that‘s a minor inconvenience.

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lukaszw
lukaszw

Not being able to fold them is a deal braker for me. Great review and thanks for highlighting it.

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joel prinz
joel prinz

The XM4's I had for a short amount of time and a thin plastic piece on the swivel broke. I have heard of many others that had the same problem. Really pissed after spending $300 on headphones that break within months.

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Scott Hilt
Scott Hilt

I'm sticking with the XM4's and waiting to see if Sony fixes the issues in the XM6.

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J Cruz
J Cruz

Was looking forward to this upgrade and it is a downer to know that the cups don't twist for storage and just sitting on your neck. My XM4s still work with no issues so I guess I'll stick with it for now.

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Sandro Mathys
Sandro Mathys

Owned the M2, M3 and M4, so yea, small-ish updates to the noise cancelling and such have always been worth it to me. And I would definitely get the M5 as well. But not being able to fold them as compactly anymore? Not being able to fold the ear cups fully down anymore when you have them around your neck? That's definitely two deal breakers. The new bag is kinda cool, but way too big. The cable compartment is a good idea, but I never had those cables with me anyway (or, on linger trips, I have a wall charger and several cables in my luggage anyway). And I hardly ever put them in the bag anyway, I just throw them in my backpack. Guess I'll have to hope they make the M6 properly foldable again.

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Muthu Lakshman
Muthu Lakshman

@IkBenAnders they inspired from Surface headphones/airpods max and Bose, Sony should have been following their standards, this year they messed up a bit

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LJ
LJ

Yes! You understand! Those “small” features are important when they interact with you EVERYDAY. They just needed to slap on a wheel like the AirPods Max and it would have been the #1 best headphones with no competition.

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racsoxl
racsoxl

I want to get the M3 or M4. Which one do you guys recommend the most? I don’t like the new design for the M5

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A M
A M

Damn you rich

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Izaac Paez
Izaac Paez

Listening to this review with my m4s and I agree that these two flaws are enough to counter the new benefits.

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crazieeez
crazieeez

I have an M4, works great. One compliant I have is being able to listen to music while headphone is charging. Also having a USB-C connector to the headphone so that I can have full control over the music. I prefer to have wired headphone over bluetooth.

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Johnny Lowry
Johnny Lowry

Do these have a mute functionality for while you are in calls? When in meetings, it's handy to be able to mute yourself until you need to say something. Do these have the ability to use a gesture or button to mute/unmute without having to take out your phone?

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Jafer Almohsin
Jafer Almohsin

I had the 1st generation of that and it was the best But I have noticed after getting the M4, comparing with the M3 noise cancellation in the M3 much better than m4 I don't know if there is something to adjust, I think I will downgrade to the M3 Looking forward to try the new one!

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