Sony WF-1000XM5 vs WF-1000XM4 – Newshuntz

WhatsApp Group Join Now
Telegram Group Join Now

With the arrival of the WF-1000XM5, Sony is evolving the winning recipe of the WF-1000XM4. But what is this new version worth compared to their excellent predecessors? Response in this fratricidal duel.

Table of Contents

Sony WF-1000XM5 vs WF-1000XM4

Sony WF-1000XM5 Strong points

  • Exact and dynamic sound reproduction.
  • Spacious and natural soundstage.
  • Terrific noise reduction.
  • Good feelings of comfort.
  • Colossal battery life for true wireless headphones.
  • Many advanced features.

WF-1000XM4 Strong points

  • Exceptionally dynamic and precise sound.
  • Spacious and natural soundstage.
  • Extremely effective active noise reduction.
  • Excellent comfort, and very pleasant foam tips.
  • Gargantuan battery life for true wireless (9 hours with noise reduction, 12 hours without).
  • Compact storage case.
  • Wide range of advanced features (including quick pairing on Android and Windows 10).

Sony WF-1000XM5 Weak points

  • A strong sensation of intrusion into the ear canal.
  • Disappointing voice recording.
  • Mode of listening to surrounding sounds that lack naturalness.
  • Commands cannot be modified.

WF-1000XM4 Weak points

  • The extreme bass lacks a bit of depth.
  • It marked a feeling of intrusion.
  • Volume control from headphones is possible, but not practical.

Sony WF-1000XM5 vs WF-1000XM4 Manufacturing & Comfort

Weight6gWeight7.3 g
Waterproof ratingIPX4Waterproof ratingIPX4
Qi wireless chargingYesQi wireless chargingYes
Cable length0.2mCable length0.2m
Removable batteryNoRemovable batteryNo

We start right away with one of the most differentiating points between the two models: the design. In both cases, the build quality is exemplary and all are splash-resistant. As for the look, we’ll let you be the judge… The WF-1000XM4 is entirely matte plastic, while the WF-1000XM5 has a shiny plastic shell.

Both pairs of headphones are in-ear format implying a strong intrusion into the ear canal. However, the WF-1000XM5 manages to offer superior sensations of comfort thanks to its more compact format, which will suit a greater number of users. Additionally, the XM5s come with four pairs of tips compared to three for the WF-1000XM4, adding even more versatility.

Like the headphones, the case of the WF-1000XM5 has also undergone a real slimming treatment. It is therefore more easily transportable in a pants pocket, in particular. Furthermore, its angles are more softened and it does not present the problems of play spotted on the hinge of the WF-1000XM4 case.

Sony WF-1000XM5 vs WF-1000XM4: User Experience

Wireless connectionBluetoothWireless connectionBluetooth
Supported Bluetooth codecsSBC, AAC, LDAC, LC3Supported Bluetooth codecsSBC, AAC, LDAC
Multipoint BluetoothYesMultipoint BluetoothYes
Bluetooth latency measured230msBluetooth latency measured220ms

The user experience is very similar between the two pairs of headphones since they are both controlled via touch surfaces and benefit from the excellent Headphones Connect app. The WF-1000XM5, however, has access to more features than its predecessors, such as the personalized equalizer or support for Bluetooth LE Audio and the LC3 codec, which allows latency to be drastically reduced.

In terms of controls, the WF-1000XM5 also takes advantage. It is possible to perform all the essential actions (navigation, playback, volume, etc.) without having to choose between this or that command, as is the case on the WF-1000XM4. 

On the other hand, each command made with the WF-1000XM4 is accompanied by a voice describing the action, whereas the WF-1000XM5 is satisfied with small, less meaningful jingles. The pairing process is also simpler with the WF-1000XM4, which does not require being placed back in its case to be repaired.

Sony WF-1000XM5 vs WF-1000XM4: Audio

The two pairs of headphones offer very similar sound signatures to each other. The main differentiating point is to be found in the treatment given to the high mids, more flattered on the WF-1000XM5. The result is a more sharp and lively sound than that of the WF-1000XM4, softer and rounder. 

It is therefore a matter of taste and that is why it is impossible to decide between the two models sonically. However, the WF-1000XM4 grabs an extra point thanks to its better extension in the extreme treble, even if this doesn’t have an impact on the listening experience.

Otherwise, the two pairs of headphones demonstrate phenomenal mastery, both in terms of the precision of the rendering and its level of detail. The dynamics as well as the depth of the soundstage are breathtaking on both sides. In short, it’s almost flawless on both sides.

Sony WF-1000XM5 vs WF-1000XM4: Noise

Active noise reductionYesActive noise reductionYes
Listening to the environmentYesListening to the environmentYes

With the WF-1000XM5, Sony has managed to significantly improve the already extraordinary noise reduction performance of the WF-1000XM4. The difference occurs at the level of low frequencies which are much better attenuated on the XM5 model with a delta of up to 12 dB compared to the WF-1000XM4. The latest models are also much more adept at reducing wind noise.

The mode for listening to surrounding sounds is not as good as the noise reduction on both models. On both sides, vocals are a little muffled due to the heavy treble attenuation. However, this is less supported on the WF-1000XM4. On the WF-1000XM5, listening to surrounding sounds is also accompanied by a constant hiss which can be disturbing and absent on the WF-1000XM4.


Despite promises of improved voice capture on the WF-1000XM5, notably with the addition of a bone conduction sensor, the latest headphones do less well than their predecessors. On the WF-1000XM5, the microphones struggle with the slightest parasitic noise: the voice is choppy, and metallic and becomes difficult to intelligible in noisy environments.


Each model has a significant autonomy which allows it to stay awake for an entire day without recharging. The autonomy of the WF-1000XM4 is 9 hours, while that of the WF-1000XM5 is 8 hours 45 minutes. Suffice it to say that the two pairs are close to each other. 

Regarding fast charging, the WF-1000XM5 takes 3 minutes to reach 1 hour of autonomy while the WF-1000XM4 takes 5 minutes. Here again, it comes down to detail.

Leave a Comment