The WH-1000XM is without a doubt my favorite headphones. They sound great, are very comfortable and have a lot of useful accessories. Sony, however, does not intend to rest on its laurels and is launching the fourth generation.
I believe that objectively there is no such thing as the best headphones on the market. For a lot depends on our expectations, and above all on our taste. Some people love soft, juicy bass from producers such as Beats or Monster, others love digital, metallic clarity, which can be found, for example, in the Sennheisers. Still others argue that either the reference tone or the headphones are useless.
My favorite is the WH-1000XM (more specifically my WH-1000XM2). Are very comfortable. I connect them to the charger once every several days. They offer high-quality sound with a nominal sound that suits me very well, are supported by Alexa and the Google Assistant, and the noise reduction system is not only effective, but also intelligently adapts to the environment.
Would I like to exchange them for the WH-1000XM4? We will see after the tests – soon I will receive a borrowed copy from Sony Poland. However, there are many novelties worth paying attention to. They are small – but there are quite a lot of them.
Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless on-ear headphones – what’s new?
Sony claims that the new WH-1000XM4 reduces noise even better than the previous generation model. Their design was also slightly improved to make them even more comfortable. The headphones are equipped with two sensors on both earpieces, each with two microphones. The information from them is processed by the refreshed chip with a frequency of 700 times per second.
The processor responsible for reconstructing the sound from lossy formats (e.g. streaming or the older generation Bluetooth codec) has also been refreshed. This is a particularly interesting novelty for me, because the new processor uses artificial intelligence algorithms for the aforementioned reconstruction, developed together with Sony Music Studios Tokyo. I am very curious about the effectiveness of its operation, and even I am optimistic – the AI algorithms for image reconstruction in Bravia TV sets are among the best on the market. Although, of course, this does not guarantee that it will be similar here.
A nice novelty is also the automatic muting of the sound when the headphones detect that we are talking to someone. Until now, this was done by the gesture of covering the earmuff with an open hand. With the WH-1000XM4, just start talking.
To prevent draining the battery, the WH-1000XM4 headphones also detect whether or not they are in use. Built-in proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors automatically pause playback when you remove the headphones. When the user puts them on again, the music will start playing again.
An important novelty is also the elimination of a quite serious disadvantage of the previous generation models. The WH-1000XM4 can finally be paired with more than one device, more specifically two.
The battery is supposed to last for 30 hours of listening to music, and the quick charging system will provide another 5 hours after just 10 minutes from connecting to the cable.
There were also proven solutions from the previous model.
This is not new to this model, but the WH-1000XM4 are compatible with the 360 Reality Audio audio format – a surround sound format that provides a convincing illusion of this space. It is used by Deezer and Tidal, among others.
As in the previous generation, the noise reduction system – at the user’s request – detects what we are currently doing and adjusts the noise reduction level accordingly. So the headphones detect whether we are taking public transport, walking or in a quiet room. A new feature is the ability to define locations. So we can set the WH-1000XM4 to a given mute mode every time we are, for example, in our office.
Invariably, the headphones can also be the tip of the Google Assistant and Alexa. A novelty introduced to this model is the compatibility with the Google service, which can make it easier to find a lost device.
Sony WH-1000XM4 – price and availability.
The headphones will be available later this month. They are to cost about 1.6 thousand. zł.
Even better sound, even more effective noise reduction. Sony presents the WH-1000XM4