SONY XPERIA Z5
£549 inc VAT • sony.co.uk
We’re happy with the performance of the Sony’s speakers, as they produced a nice stereo sound that had a good emphasis on the mids and highs. Unfortunately, the Xperia Z5 falls short in the low-end department, where its bass is almost nonexistent. We’re very impressed with its soundstage reproduction and in our tests it did a fantastic job in this department.
We enjoyed listening to its speakers due to its front-facing position. This makes it excellent for watching movies or playing games on your phone.
The Sony isn’t that loud, and leans towards the quiet side. It sits in the bottom half of how the other smartphones performed. During testing, there were noticeable vibrations at the back of the phone due to its full metal construction. On the plus side there was no distortion at maximum volume.
We feel the lows are the Xperia Z5’s weakest link, with almost no sub-bass extension and very little mid-bass presence. When compared to the other phones that had very little mid-bass presence, the Sony at least had a good control in its low-end tones.
The mids are very well presented, where they sound forward and are accurately represented. We’re impressed by its mids, which are aided by the lack of a mid-bass presence.
The highs are well extended and provide a good sparkle to music. We were impressed by how Sony was able to get the right level of high-end frequencies, without making them sound sibilant.