Sony has long been one of the largest in the market when it comes to noise-canceling over-ear headphones. Now comes the fourth generation of their immensely popular flagship model, this time named WH-1000XM4.
The WH-1000XM4 may look almost identical to its predecessor WH-1000XM3, but on the inside, the headphones have received several long-awaited updates. Among other things, you can now connect the headphones to two bluetooth devices at the same time. If a call comes from one of the devices, the headphones automatically detect this and switch to audio from this source. You should also be able to easily switch between which device you want to listen to with one touch.
One of the points that we appreciated the most when we tested its predecessor WH 1000XM3 was the noise reduction. Of course, this feature has also been upgraded in the WH-1000XM4. Here is now a new algorithm that together with a completely new bluetooth sound system chip adjusts the sound 700 times per second, to ensure that the listener does not have to take in any noise.
Users of the WH series have always had the option of automatically lowering the volume and letting in ambient sounds easily by placing their hand over one of the covers, if the user needs to listen for something quickly. In the latest model, Sony introduces the Speak-to-chat feature that recognizes the user’s voice and automatically lets in ambient noise as soon as something is said.
According to Sony, the battery life should be the same as its predecessor WH-1000XM3, ie up to 30 hours, of which 10 minutes are charged and provide 5 hours of use. To further save battery power, the headphones will now be able to detect if they are not in use with new sensors and turn off the sound.
Anyone who has ever tried to make phone calls with any of the previous headphones in the series knows that the microphone has a tendency to pick up exactly all background noise. The new Precise Voice Pickup feature will make the WH-1000XM4 work better for hands-free calls and make the user’s voice clearer.
Unsurprisingly, the WH-1000XM4 will not be a cheap story when they are released in mid-August this year. The recommended price is SEK 4,000 and the headphones will be available in black and silver. Whether they will have same problems as its predecessors with cold remains to be seen. Look out for a test on M3.se soon!