Sony WH-1000XM6: Release Date, Price, Specs, Rumors and More

Many hope that the Sony WH-1000XM6 will look just like the XM5, but with better build quality.
Many hope that the Sony WH-1000XM6 will look just like the XM5, but with better build quality.

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We round up all the rumors and predictions about the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM6.

Sony stands as a titan in the realm of noise-canceling headphones, consistently setting the bar with each new release.

As the WH-1000XM5 offered unparalleled noise cancellation and a suite of premium features, fans are left eagerly awaiting the next iteration. Yet, with great anticipation comes great expectation. Tech enthusiasts and audiophiles alike are piecing together a mosaic of expectations for the next iteration in Sony’s WH-1000X line– the WH-1000XM6.

Dive with us as we sift through the rumors and predictions surrounding the much-anticipated Sony WH-1000XM6.

When Is the Sony WH-1000XM6 Release Date?

Sony hasn’t made any official announcements about the WH-1000XM6. That said, the company has released the previous three WH-1000XM models every two years:

Following this schedule, we have high hopes for the WH-1000XM6 to hit the market soon, possibly in the spring or summer of 2024.

What Will the Sony WH-1000XM6 Look Like?

The Sony WH-1000XM6 will most likely look similar to the XM5s.
The Sony WH-1000XM6 will most likely look similar to the XM5s.

While we expect the Sony WH-1000XM6 to look similar to their predecessors, small upgrades when it comes to materials would give them a more premium feel.

The company redesigned the WH-1000XM5 with a focus on recycled plastics. This makes them lightweight and comfortable, but the plasticky feel doesn’t come across as particularly high-end. Better materials might fix that.

What Features Can We Expect From the Sony WH-1000XM6?

As Sony is keeping any details under wraps, we can only speculate about what a new model might bring to the table. Based on current trends, there are a few things fans can expect:

IP rating

The WH-1000XM5 have no official IP rating, so users might not want to wear them on rainy days or during sweaty gym sessions to prevent damage. Making the WH-1000XM6 sweat-resistant would alleviate fans’ durability concerns.

USB-C audio

The type-C port on Sony WH-1000XM5 that supports fast-charging.
The type-C port on Sony WH-1000XM5 that supports fast-charging.

Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones boast a USB-C port, but for charging only. With more smartphones ditching headphone jacks, it might make sense for Sony to upgrade to USB-C audio for upcoming headphones.

Better audio quality

The WH-1000XM6 should bring fans a bump in audio quality. This might translate to even better Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), clearer calls, and tighter overall sound.

Apple recently announced that consumers using their AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with Apple Vision Pro will get access to lossless audio thanks to a new wireless protocol.

We doubt that Sony are keen to fall behind, so they might be working on something similar. Unfortunately, we have no idea how much longer we need to wait to hear what they have in store.

What Do Users Want From the Sony WH-1000XM6?

Reddit users' wishlist for the Sony WH-1000XM6 (From: Reddit)
Reddit users’ wishlist for the Sony WH-1000XM6 (From: Reddit)

From enhanced noise cancellation capabilities to improved battery life, the community’s wishlist reveals the features fans hope to see from the upcoming release.

The most common wish? For the headphones to be made of sturdier materials.

The Reddit forum has been flooded lately with complaints about WH-1000XM5 hinges breaking in the exact same spot, worrying potential buyers. It’s no wonder audio enthusiasts hope for the release of the next model to fix the problem.

“Better build quality. I have a pair of XM4 that I recently got, but if the XM6 don’t have better build quality, I’m just gonna go back to Bose,” one user threatens.

Some users think that replacing plastic with materials like aluminum would make the headphones too heavy. Meanwhile, others point out that the company could focus solely on upgrading hinge materials to improve durability.

“The cups themselves can be plastic, but the U-shaped rod or the headphones’ spine can be made from brushed aluminum. Which can make the headphones more durable and more premium looking,” ImageRevolutionary43 writes.

Speaking of design, several users would love a return of the ear-cup folding feature for the next Sony headphone model, complaining that the WH-1000XM5 take up too much space. “Bring back the folding design” is a common refrain among users.

Another big want is the addition of ANC controls. The WH-1000XM5 offer best-in-class ANC, but some users don’t like the fact that the ANC is designed to optimize automatically. They would much rather have the option to adjust it themselves.

“Allow me to manage my own ANC. I don’t want no [expletive] AI deciding the level of ANC I should be getting,” a frustrated user writes in a comment many seem to agree with, at least based on the number of upvotes.

Other wishes include longer battery life, detachable ear cups, lossless Bluetooth audio, and water resistance.

Additional wishlists from Sony users. (From: Reddit)
Additional wishlists from Sony users. (From: Reddit)

Finally, the touch controls bother a few users, who would prefer physical buttons.

“I want real buttons to control the headphones; the touch controls can be annoying; my dog one time somehow paused my music by touching the ear cup,” a user complains.

Better than cats swallowing AirPods, if you ask me.

How Much Will the Sony WH-1000XM6 Cost?

The Sony WH-1000XM5 launched at $399. We expect the next model to be similarly priced.

Given the high cost, it might be in the company’s best interest to heed the wants and concerns of its user base, ensuring that the WH-1000XM6 headphones live up to expectations.

Reddit posts have been condensed and edited for clarity.

💬 Conversation: 2 comments

  1. While I expect that buttons instead of touch controls are unlikely in the XM6’s, it would be nice if the app at least allowed either selectively or totally disabling the touch controls (and/or re-mapping). It’s hard to lay on your side, for instance, without touch controls doing wonky things. Voice controls could help. I know that my CH-720s have buttons and it’s just so much more intuitive because buttons don’t get pressed randomly, and you can tell by feel which buttons you’re touching.

  2. Lossless audio via USB-c while keeping the jack, rain-/gym-proofness, better mics, and button-control are the only thing I need to finally buy the Sonys after eyeing their models since literally 2018.

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