Sony WH-1000XM5 Retail Packaging Leak Confirms Headphones Redesign [Update: May 12 Announcement Confirmed]

Retail packaging images of Sony's highly anticipated next-generation WH-1000XM5 headphones have leaked online, confirming the recently rumored new design and suggesting a launch might not be far away.

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Originally shared on a Sony subreddit, the photos show the pictures on the box corroborate the rumored redesign, replacing the shrouded arms that swivel on the 1000XM4's with an exposed arm that has a single contact point at the earcups, which look slightly bigger than on the previous generation.

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The images however put one aspect of the rumor in doubt. Last month, Germany-based TechnikNews reported that an anonymous retail source suggested the WH-1000XM5's will have a battery life of up to 40 hours with active noise cancelation on, which is 10 hours longer than the XM4's. Details on the box list though 30 hours of battery life.

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One possible explanation is that the 30 hours relates to noise cancelation on when Sony's Hi-Res LDAC audio coding technology is enabled, and this increases to 40 hours when LDAC isn't active, but that's just speculation. Alternately, Sony may have chosen to reduce the battery capacity to reduce overall weight while maintaining battery life due to more efficient components, but again, we won't know for sure until the product launches.

When that will happen isn't clear, but given that the retail packaging appears to be finalized with possible units already in the wild suggests that they could become available sooner rather than later. The short term confidentiality date on the headphones' FCC filings is said to end on August 8, but the XM5's could always debut earlier. For reference, Sony announced the XM4's in June 2021.

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Image credit: The Walkman Blog

Notably, a post over on the Korean Naver blog doubles down on the new headphones' improved noise cancelation function and sonics, and suggests that supply chain issues could see a higher price than the XM4's, which retail at $349. Either way, we should know all the details fairly soon and learn just how they stack up compared to what will be their main rival, Apple's $549 AirPods Max.

Update: "Yep," tweeted Jon Prosser in response to this article. The YouTube leaker claims the XM5 headphones have a 30-hour battery, and Sony will announce them on May 12 with a $399 price tag.

Update 2: Sony has begun teasing its XM5 headphones announcement on its websites with a partial image of the new design and an event date of May 12.

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Top Rated Comments

alpi123 Avatar
24 months ago

highly anticipated? This is a great range of Sony headphones but I don’t see people salivating and fainting in anticipation for an iterative upgrade.
The Sony 1000XMs are probably one of the top three most popular ANC headphones right now.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCCL Avatar
24 months ago

highly anticipated? This is a great range of Sony headphones but I don’t see people salivating and fainting in anticipation for an iterative upgrade.
I’m sure they are way more popular than the AirPods Max (if by price alone)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LiE_ Avatar
24 months ago
I like the design, especially the white.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
System603 Avatar
24 months ago

sony dont support losless on ios devices? so, waiting for the next iteration of Airpods Max, hopefully they will get losless over the air with low latency.
AFAIK there is still no truly lossless BT standard. Even aptX Lossless is not really lossless IIRC.

And it's Apple who chose to not support Sony's LDAC, despite it being open-source and royalty free to use on transmitting side (i.e. phone). It's even integrated into Android's AOSP for every OEM to use freely, so that's a shame.

But I also hope that the whole lossless situation will change with whatever's Apple cooking for us for the next iteration of AirPods Max.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blairh Avatar
24 months ago
I prefer the XM4’s over the APM. This is very exciting.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alpi123 Avatar
24 months ago
The design refresh is awesome. They look very stylish.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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