I love the Sony WF-1000XM5 but there’s one thing I would change (and it isn’t the noise-cancelling)

The WF-1000XM4, their previous models, appeared distinct in comparison to the level of excitement I experienced when I eventually laid eyes on them after all the anticipation and unauthorized disclosures. The Sony WF-1000XM5 is remarkable, and it’s challenging not to be astounded by them.

So, I am excited to see a new pair of headphones with a sleeker and smaller design. I have found them to be a little too uncomfortable and a bit too bulky. Additionally, I have used the XM4 headphones and compared them to rivals like Apple and Bose. I must say, I have preferred them more compared to the others.

Some of my coworkers concur, and I can confidently affirm that the innovative inconspicuous layout, which seamlessly integrates with your ears, is extremely popular – following my few weeks of utilizing the Sonys.

Another byproduct of the new design is that they are much more comfortable. Additionally, on a train journey for a day or two, I can listen to XM5 without any aches or pains, as the new version does not include the Tragus, which is the outer part of the ear.

Here’s the reason. I still believe Sony has room for improvement. It also doesn’t imply that they are inherently more reliable. However, being more comfortable does not imply being the most comfortable.

For me, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II get the fit just right. (Image credit: Future)

During my time with the WF-1000XM5, I have spent too much time trying to untwist and twist the earbuds to get them to fit, questioning the quality of the seal and whether I would lose them at the first sign of turbulence.

This slight lack of confidence has led to more than one occasion of second-guessing me. The app Connect Headphones has confirmed that it is available through its (test fit Sony’s) all right, but there is still some doubt.

‘Plug and play’ is literally what they are. They are designed to interact with the opening of your ear without the need for any major manipulation, and they are pliable enough to create a seal. Their eartips don’t burrow. I don’t seem to have a similar problem with earbuds like the Bose QuietComfort II, which are noise-cancelling earbuds that rival with pairs. It feels like a small bump in the road mainly.

Fresh suggestions, please

In my experience, the ear tips on Sony’s cheaper WF-C700N deliver a great seal. (Image credit: What Hi-Fi?)

The source of my frustration lies in the fact that by improving the seal and allowing for greater placement and sliding of the tip, one can exert pressure on the tip, which mimics the behavior of memory foam. These ear tips, made from polyurethane, are more conventional in design and better suited to my preferences, similar to the ear tips used in this model (and the WF-1000XM4 before them).

Perhaps it’s as simple as having a bigger ear tip option. Sony has introduced a new, smaller 1000XM5 WF-With, which is good news for those of us with small ear openings. Only three different sizes of ear tips are offered for the 1000XM4 WF-the SS.

I would appreciate it if Sony offers tips on how to set the largest eartips on their WF-C700N earbuds, which use traditional silicone material. Ironically, I like the feel of these earbuds, but I think my ears would get a better and more consistent seal with larger eartips. Moving forward, I would argue that it might not be useful for everyone, but it could be helpful if Sony sticks to using this material.

The new WF-1000XM5 (right) are much smaller and more comfortable than their predecessors, the XM4 (left). (Image credit: Future)

I don’t necessarily think that getting a good grip on the inner part of your ear is conducive to a smooth surface, which is quite smooth. Perhaps the textured surface of the earbuds could provide a slightly better grip.

I have tested Sonys premium wireless earbuds, the XM5-1000WF, and found it interesting that they require more manipulation than most. It is a bit of a first-world problem to realize that the C700N doesn’t sound the same near the board as it does anywhere else, and that everyone’s ears are different.

Do you own a pair of XM4 or XM5 earbuds? How do you feel about the general comfort and fit when it comes to wireless earbuds? Let us know in the comment below.