Sony WH1000XM4, the new generation of the most popular noise canceling headphones

Brenda Watkins
August 9, 2020

The M4s feature a new hanger structure for more snugness - this could also help with the even distribution of weight. There is support for Sony's LDAC codec on the headphones, but no aptX support this time due to a different Bluetooth SoC that is said to improve noise cancellation performance but does not support Qualcomm's codec.

Sony also uses DSEE Extreme AI tech to more effectively upscale compressed audio files so they sound as good as they can. Listeners can enjoy a custom immersive musical field that is perfectly optimised for each user when using the WH-1000XM4 headphones and the Sony Headphones Connect app.

Over time, Adaptive Sound Control learns to recognise locations that listeners frequently visit, such as work, gym or a café, and tailors sound to suit the situation. The new over-ear cans are the follow-up to Sony's WH-1000XM3, which have been widely regarded as being among the best premium pairs of noise-cancelling headphones on the market. Thanks to this feature, music is automatically stopped when the user starts speaking. In combination with the five microphones in the headphones, the AI can use advanced digital signal processing to better pick up the wearer's voice when they make a hands-free call.

One of the bigger upgrades that Sony has included on its new over-ear headphones is the improvement of the already-impressive noise cancelling capabilities on the XM3. Using the Sony Connect Headphones app, one can select locations where the headphones can change the audio profile.

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We have also noticed some stray instances of misinformation being spread regarding the above points. Both of them even have native features powered by Chinese apps like Clean Master .

How much will the Sony WH-1000XM4 cost? Sony has just announced the new WH-1000XM4 (which is the 4th generation) with the design and features that we love, plus additional intelligent features that allow you to personalise and control your music, improve noise cancellation and adjust ambient sound automatically based on your preferences for a more superior sound experience. Like most TWS earphones/earbuds, putting the WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones down will pause the song for you automatically and the predecessor didn't have this. They have a range of up to six hours (with three additional charges offered by the case), and are compatible with Google's voice assistant.

Last, and certainly not the least, the WH-1000XM4 now support being paired with two devices simultaneously. Design and 30-hour battery life are among the unchanging features of the WH-1000XM4.

If you're on the Gautrain they'll cut out engine roars, and when you're walking on the sidewalk, you'll hear your surroundings clearly, so you can get a head start if someone's running after you to steal your newly acquired M4s. This feature also allows users to "ring" their headphones if they are nearby, working similarly to Tile technology. Battery lifestyle is continue to the similar, topping out at up to 30 hrs of continual playback, and all the controls and buttons are unchanged from the M3s.

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