Sony WH-1000XM5 vs Apple AirPods Max: which are better?

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Sony makes some of the best noise-cancelling headphones we’ve tested. The company’s most recent flagship cans, the WH-1000XM5, blew us away with their sensational sonic clarity and picked up a gong at the 2022 What Hi-Fi? Awards.

But the Japanese giant has competition – from Apple no less. The iPhone maker released its first over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, in 2020. If you like exquisite design and cinematic spatial audio, the 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award-winners won’t disappoint.

So, two pairs of top-drawer noise-cancelling headphones – but which is best for you? Having tested both pairs extensively, we should be able to point you in the right direction…

Sony WH-1000XM5 vs AirPods Max

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