Stuff Awards 2023: Earphones of the Year

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Best Earphones of the Year 2023: Sony WF-1000XM5

If you aren't on the Apple bandwagon, little else comes close to Sony in the premium personal audio space. The latest in the company's range of true wireless earphones is the excellent Sony WF-1000XM5, which pushes the boundaries of sound quality and active noise cancellation performance way past what you'd expect from a product this small. Usefully, you get support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec, class-leading battery life, and significantly improved adaptability when it comes to ANC. Connection stability to match the sound quality, Bluetooth 5.3, and wireless charging complete the feature list, making this a highly capable pair of wireless earphones. Of course, you'll need the right source device to bring out the best in this headset's performance.


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