Sony's newest flagship headphones have finally hit store shelves, so we've devoted this page to the best WH-1000XM5 deals that we could find. They're only about two months old, so don't expect any serious price cuts just yet, but it's worth bookmarking this page and checking in on a regular basis to see what's new. Plus, Prime Day is only a week away, so we have our fingers crossed that Amazon's biggest sale of the year may come with some great headphone deals.
The brand new WH-1000XM5 follow 2020's Sony WH-1000XM4, a model that we called the best wireless headphones that money could buy. Like its predecessor, the XM5 offer exceptional sound quality, noise cancellation, and Adaptive Sound Control, but they also improve on the XM4 in two key areas: design and battery life.
The newest flagship headphones are sleeker and more minimalist, with a synthetic leather band for added comfort, while the XM5 battery can last for a maximum of 40 hours when Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is turned off. Aside from those updates, the headphones are largely the same as the previous generation, which is actually a good thing in this case. Just as I was taught growing up, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Buy Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones
As we mentioned above, the new Sony WH-1000XM5 started shipping in late May, and they're now available for purchase through online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and of course, Sony. Most sites will be selling them for around $399 / £380 / AU$650, and while we didn't see any significant price cuts over Memorial Day weekend, there's a good chance that this year's Prime Day (July 12th and 13th) will present some money-saving opportunities. When and if that happens, you'll find the best deals below.
Frequently asked questions
Are Sony WH-1000XM5 worth it?
The answer to this question is a firm yes. Sure, they're a bit on the expensive side, but — like the XM4 — the XM5 are some of the best wireless headphones that money can buy today. If you just want something simple and affordable, then any cheap wireless earbuds will do, but if you care about audio quality and want a pair of headphones that will stand the test of time, then you won't be sorry investing in the Sony WH-1000XM5.
How are Sony WH-1000XM5 different from XM4?
Aside from the price (the XM4 are $50 cheaper), the differences mostly come down to the max battery life, noise cancellation capabilities, and design. The XM5 are noticeably slimmer than previous generations, with a clean, minimalist look and super-soft, faux leather headband. They also contain eight built-in microphones for active noise cancellation, an increase from the five found in the XM4.
Lastly, the XM5 have a max battery life of 40 hours, a jump from the XM4's max of 30 hours — although it's worth noting that the XM5 can only last that long when ANC is turned off and power-saving audio settings are selected.
If you're not willing to fork out that much money on the XM5 headphones, then check out the latest prices for the still-excellent XM4 below. We expect prices to start dropping even more once the new model starts to take over.
We called Sony's XM4 the best wireless headphones around, and we expect the XM5 to take home the same prize. But if you're not sold on the Sony flagship series, take a look at our list of the best noise-cancelling headphones to see what else is out there.
Patrick (he/him) is a Deals and Commerce Writer at Android Central. In his past life as a freelancer, he covered everything from book reviews to buying guides, and now he's finally settled down with the goal of saving you money. When he's not writing, Patrick is probably hiking the Colorado wilderness, sipping on craft beer, or hanging out with his polydactyl cat.
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