Just before the holidays, Sony announced its fourth-generation noise canceling headphones, the WH-1000XM4 in India. The headphones were unveiled worldwide last month.
Sony’s latest high-end headphones bring several improvements over its predecessor. Pricing is also quite good compared to global prices.
Sony WH-1000XM4 features and specifications
For starters, the noise cancellation is now better with up to 20% performance improvement. DSEE Extreme scales low-quality content to near hi-res, Speak-to-chat, wear-detection LDAC support, and multipoint connectivity was recently introduced.
For noise canceling, each side comes with two microphones to capture, analyze and suppress external noise in real time. Inside is Sony’s QN1 processor that constantly samples ambient noise and creates precise anti-noise for it. Not much changes in terms of design. You get the same design above your head with a plastic frame and leather padding for a comfortable fit.
For audio, you get powerful 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) membranes that can handle frequencies up to 40kHz. The headphones support High-Resolution Audio in both wired and wireless mode and also support LDAC codec. For customization, the accompanying Sony headphone app gets the job done.
You can place your hand over the right cup to let ambient noise through, handy for quickly following a conversation or an announcement. Another new feature is wear detection, where the Sony WH-1000XM4 can recognize whether it has been worn or holstered through proximity sensors and accelerometers. Battery life is estimated to be around 30 hours on a single charge. After 10 minutes of charging, you have 5 hours of playtime.
One of the in-demand features also finds its way with the new WH-1000XM4 headphones. The headphones can now be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. So when a call comes in, your headset knows which device is ringing and automatically connects to the correct device. This allows you to quickly switch between devices.
For a wireless connection you get Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC for faster pairing. There is also a 3.5mm jack for wired connections and a USB Type-C port for charging. With all this, the headphones lack water resistance. For faster speech recognition, there is a new Precise Voice Pickup technology.
Price and availability
The Sony WH-1000XM4 is priced at 29,990 and will go on sale at Amazon from September 18 at 2:00 PM. It will also be available for purchase through Sony stores and offline stores. As part of the introductory offer, the headphones will be available for Rs 28,490 until September 30, 2020.