Sony has introduced its new WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones. A generational replacement of the WF-1000XM3 seems to be worth upgrading as they improve in everything to the current generation.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 is a new pair of high-end Bluetooth headphones that will compete with Apple AirPods Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, and with Bose or Sennheiser. Wireless bluetooth speakers created a market segment that has not stopped growing by the increased attention of users to the sound section, also because mobile manufacturers have stopped including the typically wired headphones in the sale of their new models.
As expected, the new Sony arrives with the industry’s leading active noise cancellation function, thanks to two noise-sensing microphones on the surface of each earphone, which analyze ambient noise to provide high-precision noise cancellation in any weather condition.
They feature new 6mm drivers with a 20% increase in magnet volume and a diaphragm that promises improved low-frequency performance and enhances noise cancellation by generating a high-precision cancellation signal in that range. The integrated V1 processor is also new, supporting high-resolution audio, LDAC, and DSEE codec processing, as well as 360 Reality Audio for surround sound.
In terms of design, they are smaller by 10 percent and more ergonomic than the previous model. The ear cushions are made of a soft and elastic polyurethane foam material, which seeks to improve adherence to the ear canal, eliminating spaces to isolate sound and reduce noise.
The headphones connect via Bluetooth to any device and are operated with a touch button. The Headphones Connect app available for iOS and Android allows you to take full advantage of these headphones.
The Sony WF-1000XM4’s battery life is estimated at 8 hours with active noise cancellation. They also premiere a new charging case that increases the battery life up to 16 hours with ANC. The headphones will be able to be charged wirelessly Qi and via USB-C. A 5-minute charge will offer 60 minutes of music playback usage.
Sony WF-1000XM4 specs
- Noise cancellation via dual microphones and V1 processor
- Beam-forming microphones for voice calls
- Automatic wind noise suppression
- Ambient sound mode
- ANC cancellation by voice
- Enhanced audio with new drivers
- High-resolution audio certification
- LDAC transmission
- Support for DSEE Extreme
- 360 Reality Audio support
- Location-based profiles
- Support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- 8 hours battery life with ANC, 12 hours battery life without noise cancellation
- IPX4 water resistance
Sony WF-1000XM4 will be sold internationally with black and silver color options and has an official retail price of $279/€279.