Sony WH1000XM4. The wireless noise Sony WH-1000XM4, which cancels headphones from the Japanese brand, was finally introduced after months of rumors and reports. Priced at $ 350 (approximately Rs. 26,200), the Sony WH-1000XM4 is the flagship headset in Sony’s wireless headphone range and the successor to the popular Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones. The latest update is Sony reversing popular recent releases such as the Bose Noise Cancel Headphones 700, the Shure Anonymous 50, and the Sennheiser Momentum 3 wireless headphones. The new Sony headphones will go on sale in global markets in August 2020 and are now pre-ordered.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Price and Available in India
As expected, the Sony WH-1000XM4 is priced at a premium of $ 350, competing directly with the Bose noise-canceling headphones 700, priced at Rs. 34,500 in India. Pricing and initial availability are currently only announced for other global markets, but Sony is expected to launch the flagship headphones in India in September 2020.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Specifications and Features
The Sony WH-1000XM4 has a design similar to its predecessor and is powered by the same QN1 noise cancellation processor, making it one of the best headphones in the Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless active noise cancellation segment. Headphones have gesture controls on the outside, with features such as adaptive sound controls, wear detection, and battery life claimed over 30 hours to charge for active noise cancellation.
In addition, the Sony WH-1000XM4 can be controlled and customized through the Sony Headphones Connect app, which is available for Android and iOS. The application allows users to customize noise cancellation, set adaptive sound controls, and adjust other settings such as balancing and sound modes.
Interestingly, the Sony WH-1000XM4 also has a multi-point connection, allowing users to connect headphones to both source devices simultaneously, as well as support for Google Assistant and Alexa. The headphones support Sony’s own 360 reality audio design for spatial sound, although this format does not currently have much audio content.
Sony’s DSEE Extreme sound enhancement feature will be available on the Sony WH-1000XM4, powered by 40mm hybrid drivers. The headphones have support for Sony’s LDAC codec, but due to a different Bluetooth SoC, there is no Optix support at the moment, which is said to improve noise cancellation performance but does not support Qualcomm’s codec. There is also a ‘chat to talk’ feature, which recognizes the user’s voice and pauses the music when the user realizes that he is speaking.