The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones offer unique sound, excellent noise cancellation, and a new set of features that allows playability across different media platforms.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Specs
- Color – Available in Silver and Black
- Battery life – 30 hours with ANC on and 38 hours with ANC off.
- Noise cancellation – Yes
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC with Sony wh 1000xm4 wireless model
- Size – 9.9 x 3.0 x 7.3 inches
- Weight – 9 ounces
- Excellent sound quality
- Good Noise cancellation
- Smart control features
- Strong battery life
Call quality needs improvement
Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Price and Availability
The Sony WH- 1000XM4 comes with a $350(MSRP) price tag and is available with most retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and other authorized dealers. However, prices are not consistent, and they are available at attractive discounts to wait for the right moment.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Design
The Sony wh-1000xm4 comes with some aesthetic changes from the XM3 version. The headband cushioning is slimmer, and the earpads are redesigned with a greater surface area for more contact. A motion sensor is inserted into the left ear cup for smart controls. The headband curve is finely tuned with a soft rubberized texture that makes the headphone feel premium and durable. This protects from stains and scratches that the WH-1000XM3 faced.
The colors, copper accents, embossed logo, swivel mechanism, silhouette, and ports are unchanged. The number of buttons and their positioning on the left earcup stay the same.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Comfort and Fit
The XM4 is lighter, thinner than the XM3, and compared to Bose 700 despite having the same weight. The headphone can be worn comfortably for hours as they rest gently on the head without giving the clamping effect.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Touch Controls
The touch panels and gestures remain intact, typical of Sony not messing with good features in earlier models. The touch controls are intuitive as it allows one to play or fast-forward with the swipe gestures while keeping the finger on the touch panel simultaneously. The controls are simple to operate. They have a play, pause, previous track, skip track, volume up and down, answer/ call, and digital assistant.
The ear detection plays or pauses every time the user wears or removes the headphones. The quick attention feature has built-in speak features that pause music when a call allows the user to speak. The precise pick-up technology is available with digital assistance that eases voice commands speech recognition. Sony has programmed its headphones to integrate with Google Assistant and Alexa.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Active Noise Cancellation
The headphone uses feed-forward mics and Dual Noise technology, a proprietary feature of Sony that works with QN1 chips for analyzing ambient sound and filtering them. Sony has included an NC optimizer that measures the listener’s ears and creates the best environment for listening based on head size. The ANC performance is as good as Bose 700.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Audio Quality
If you love the WH- 1000XM3, you will also love its successor. Both models give the loud, and dynamic sound that feeds the ears with plenty of booms with Sony wh1000xm4 sound quality fares better than Bose 700. The Sony Connect app allows the listener to adjust the frequency levels using the presets. Still, it is possible to hear with satisfaction without touching the app.
The Connect app handles most of the toggle controls though the attention is dealing with the sound presented. The equalizer, Bass boost, Treble boost, vocal, speech can be personalized. The Sony 360 Reality audio setup is compatible with several services such as Amazon Music and Deezer. The multipoint technology feature allows one to connect two devices simultaneously and automatically.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Battery Life
There are no surprises here. The Sony wh 1000xm4 battery life can last up to 30 hours with ANC on and 38 hours with ANC off on a single charge. This is more by 10 hours that are offered by Bose 700 headphones. Quick charging enables 5 hours of playing time with a 10-minute charge.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – Call Quality
This has been Sony’s issue with its WH series. The WH-1000XM4 is a slight improvement over its predecessor. The headphones work fine for short messages and are not ideal for long conversations.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Verdict
This headphone is a good attempt by Sony to dethrone Bose 700, especially its ANC features. The Bose 700 remains superior in certain features, including call quality. The new cans from Sony improve towards near perfection and are among the best headphones currently.
Therefore, it would certainly be an excellent option for you to get this Sony earphone if you wish to have an unparalleled music experience.