Audiophiles, rejoice! As expected, Sony has introduced the next generation of premium headphones featuring noise canceling technology, WH-1000XM4. Like the previous model, these will be available in two color options: black and white. Availability selection New Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $ 350. It’s the same price Sony charged customers for the WH-1000XM3 model at launch, so there’s no surprise. Compared to the previous model, Sony̵7;s new WH-1000XM4 headphones are clearly an improvement thanks to the new features and improvements added by the Japanese company. Before highlighting the new things, let’s mention that both WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM3 offer the same battery life (30 hours) and include features such as Fast Charging, ambient sound mode, folding and hands-free call support.
However, the WH-1000XM4 replaces the so-called “premium noise cancellation” technology within the WH-1000XM3 with a new one: “Industry leading noise cancellation”. The latter is a new technology that requires additional microphones to help isolate the sound during telephone conversation, which usually results in improved quality of telephone calls and reduction of high and medium frequency sounds.
Because Sony’s new headphones use this specific technology, it packs no less than 5 microphones compared to the previous model that contains one in each ear cup. Another important difference between the two pairs of headphones is the WH-1000XM4 includes a new feature called “dress detection”.
The detection coating is intended to stop the review when you remove the headphones and then restart them when you put them back on. The technology is not new, but it is not 100% reliable. Microsoft Surface headphones include a similar feature, but people complain that they can not use them all the time. Let’s hope Sony’s “dress detection” implementation is much better.
Finally, unlike the WH-1000XM3, Sony’s new premium headphones feature support for multi-device connectivity, which means they can be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. It is a ubiquitous feature that many audiophiles will learn to appreciate.