Fortunately, one pair of earbuds has dominated both of those categories. Since it launched in 2021, the Sony WF-1000XM4 has been the top pick for an all-round choice, offering a solid balance of sound quality, battery life and appearance.
Now, rumours about it's successor – the Sony WF-1000XM5 – have emerged. While there isn't a great deal of difference in the leak, there are a couple of upgrades which should make the new model even more appealing.
The information comes from popular tech insider, Roland Quandt, via WinFuture. Quandt enjoys a brilliant reputation for leaking information, putting a good degree of kudos on these claims.
So, what's new? First, the buds themselves are said to be shaving off a few grams. The buds for the XM5 are listed at 5.9g, down from 7.3g on the XM4. That should help the buds to feel even more comfortable in use – perfect for longer listening sessions.
There's also an update in the charging department. No, the battery life doesn't look to have changed – that's still rated at 24 hours for the case, with no information about the buds on their own. That might be a bit disappointing, but we do get a useful change to compensate.
According to the leak, a three minute burst of charge will provide enough power to run the buds for an hour of listening. That's down from five minutes on the XM4, and should make it easy to get a quick bit of use out of them in a pinch.
There's no word yet on price or a launch date, though they are expected to drop soon. Keep your eyes peeled for more information in the coming weeks and months, then.