Sony’s Latest WH-1000XM5 Headphones Available for Purchase at $328

Sony WH-1000XM5: Now on Sale for $328 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H

The Sony WH-1000XM5 is our favorite pair of wireless headphones for most people, and they are now on sale for $328 at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H. This deal has appeared multiple times over the past year, including during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in November. It still takes $72 off Sony’s list price. There have been steeper discounts since the headphones arrived in May 2022, but they are not as regular. Sony also has it for $2 more.

Engadget Senior News Editor and audio expert Billy Steele gave the WH-1000XM5 a score of 95 in his review last year. This pair’s active noise cancellation (ANC) is still among the better options we’ve tested, and its lightweight, well-constructed design should be comfortable for most to wear over extended periods. Battery life sits at a decent 30 hours per charge, the built-in mics are solid for phone calls, and the whole thing can connect to two devices at once. The default sound profile emphasizes the bass, so it’ll work best with hip-hop and pop music, though you can adjust this to something more neutral using the EQ tools in Sony’s app. The app also includes other useful features such as “Speak to Chat,” which pauses whatever you’re playing when you start speaking.

The XM5 isn’t without flaws: The design can’t fold up like the older Sony XM4s, and you can’t manually adjust the strength of the ANC to the extent that you can on other pairs. Bose’s QuietComfort Ultra delivers more powerful ANC overall, while Apple’s AirPods Max can still offer more conveniences to iPhone owners. However, the XM5 remains our top pick for noise-canceling headphones.

If you’re interested in a pair of noise-canceling earphones, the Sony WF-1000XM5 has also dropped back to $248. Again, that’s a deal we’ve seen for much of the last month and matches the price we saw on Black Friday. The WF model is the top choice for wireless earbuds as it provides most of the features noted above in an in-ear design that isolates a good chunk of outside noise even when the ANC isn’t turned on.