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How do you ensure betterment of the best? By continuing to do what you've been doing best whilst adding feature and ensuring there are no shortcoming, meet the worthy follow-up Sony WH-1000XM4.
Although the predecessor, Sony WH-1000XM3s still do a great job, you just can't get past the new features that are provided by the WH-1000XM4. From the enhanced noise cancellation to improved audio quality and the wear detection sensor, the WH-1000XM4 packs some key features WH-1000XM3 lacks out on.
Say goodbye to noise and experience the industry’s best noise cancellation technology with the Sony WH-1000XM4. The powerful HD Noise-Cancelling Processor, further-improved QN1 blocks out not only vehicular noise but also voice and other background sounds. Enjoy your music without getting interrupted. It did subdue the sound of a mechanical keyboard too, according to Marques 'MKBHD' Brownlee.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 has a 30-hour battery life that’s enough to last for more than a day. When the battery goes down, you can either quickly charge it! Get 5 hours worth of battery life with only 10 minutes charge or plug-in the detachable cable and use it as a wired headphone.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 is certified Hi-Res by the Japanese Audio Society. Why? All thanks to the 1.57-inch drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms as well as the inbuilt amp. These have resulted in the reproduction of a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz, awesome signal-to-noise ratio, low distortion, and exceptional sound quality.
The earcups of the WH-1000XM4 houses a Proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors in your Sony Bluetooth Headphones can detect whether you're wearing them or not, then adapt playback accordingly to help save battery power.
LDAC transfers three times the data of Hi-Res audio as compared to regular Bluetooth headsets. It uses a maximum speed of 990kbps. Experience amazing sound quality in a wireless headphone, possibly better that a dedicated wired connectivity.
The inbuilt SENSE ENGINE automatically detects your activity and can adjust the ambient sound settings based on what you are doing.
1. Traveling? Experience absolute silence.
2. Waiting? Listen only to important announcements while background noise is reduced.
3. Walking? Hear everything around you so that you are aware of your surroundings.
As soon as you speak to someone, Speak-to-Chat automatically stops the music and lets in ambient sound so you can have a conversation. This is helpful if you want to keep your headphones on, or your hands are full. Precise Voice Pickup Technology, uses five microphones built into your Sony Bluetooth Headphones and advanced audio signal processing to recognize and react to your voice. And once your chat is over, your music starts playing again automatically.
The WH-1000XM4 uses Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence) co-developed with Sony Music Studios, DSEE Extreme™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales compressed digital music files in real time. It restores the high-range sound lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience.
Connect to your phone’s assistant easily. Simply press and hold the NC button and you can ask your assistant anything. The WH-1000XM4 also has multiple mics for crystal-clear voice calls.
Make your headphone even smarter with the Sony Headphones Connect App. Simply connect your headphones to your smartphone and make changes according to your preferences!
1. Equaliser: Need more bass? Simply increase it. Want the vocals to be louder? Boost the mids.
2. Virtual Surround Sound: Optimise your audio as per different environments. Choose from clubs, halls, arenas and outdoor stage preset.
3. Sound Position Control: Make your music more immersive. Choose the direction you want the sound coming from.
Enjoy superb comfort with the WH-1000XM4. The soft foamed urethane earpads evenly distribute pressure so that you can enjoy long listening sessions. The larger and deeper space in the earpads only adds to the comfort.
Answer calls or control your music with a swipe or tap on the earcup. Communicate with others without taking your Sony Bluetooth Headphones off. Just put your hand on the earcup and the volume will instantly drop so that you can have a quick conversation.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 can be carried just about anywhere thanks to its foldable design. You can also keep it safe in its hard carry case when you are not listening to your favourite music.
The Sony - WH-1000XM4 is built with the innovative Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing which does not stop you from listening to your music when you fly at higher altitudes. The Personalized NC Optimizer analyses the sonic characteristics of your head size, glasses and hair, which then delivers an optimized sound to you.
|DRIVER UNIT||1.57 ", dome type (CCAW Voice coil)|
|SENSITIVITY||105 dB / mW (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on),
101 dB / mW (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off)
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||4 Hz-40,000 Hz|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE (BLUETOOTH® COMMUNICATION)||20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz Sampling)/
20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz Sampling, 990 kbps)
|DIAPHRAGM||Aluminum coated LCP|
|WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY||Version 5.0|
|BATTERY LIFE (CONTINUOUS MUSIC PLAYBACK TIME WITH INTERNAL MEMORY)||Max. 30 hours (NC ON), Max. 38 hours (NC OFF)|
|BATTERY LIFE (WAITING TIME)||Max. 30 hours (NC ON), Max. 200 hours (NC OFF)|
|BATTERY CHARGE TIME||Approx. 3 Hours (Full charge)|
|PROFILE||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP|
|SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMAT(S)||SBC, AAC, LDAC|
|SUPPORTED CONTENT PROTECTION||SCMS-T|
|EFFECTIVE RANGE||Line of sight approx. 30 ft (10 m)|
|CORD TYPE||Single-sided (detachable)|
|CORD LENGTH||Headphone cable (approx. 3.94 ft, OFC strands, gold-plated stereo mini plug)|
|PLUG||Gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. Sony - WH-1000XM4 Headphones|
|2. Headphone cable (approx. 47 1/4")|
|3. USB Cable: Type-CTM (approx. 7.87")|
|4. Plug Adaptor for In-flight Use|
|5. Carrying case|
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|Bluetooth Codecs||LDAC, AAC & SBC||LDAC, aptX, ACA & SBC||LDAC, aptX HD, aptX LL, AAC & SBC||aptX, aptX HD & AAC|
|Battery Life||38 Hours||30 Hours||20 Hours||17 Hours|
|Active Noise Cancellation|
|Ambient Sound Transparency|
|Voice Assistant||Siri/Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa||Siri/Google Assistant||Siri/Google Assistant||Siri/Google Assistant|
"They’re as comfortable as ever; they introduce useful features that elevate the user experience; and, more importantly, you’re getting a serious hike in sound quality for the money."
"It’s remarkable to pick up these headphones, weigh them in your hand, and consider all the processing and wireless technology contained within them."
"The Shure Aonic 50 noise cancelling headset is a premium solution to your work from home and commuting woes. Large removable earpads lengthen the lifespan of the headphones and are easy to clean."
"The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 are a decent pair of headphones which stand out due to their retro design, comfortable fit and intuitive features such as auto on/off and auto pause/play."
Don't sweat it, this Sony WH-1000XM4 comes with a 1 year warranty from Sony that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about Sony's warranty in India.
EDITOR'S CHOICE 2020
BEST NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES
"The Sony WH-1000XM4 deliver excellent noise-cancellation and surprising sound quality all in a lightweight, comfortable design. The WH-1000XM4 claim the title of best headphones in 2020."Read More
"A refined design, improved audio and new features firmly plant WH-1000XM4 at the top of our best headphones list right out of the gate. Now we’ll wait and see if anyone can dethrone the king."Read More
"The WH-1000XM4 headphones deliver excellent ANC. If you're looking for the best combo of excellent ANC with class-leading audio performance, the WH-1000XM4 is the pair to get."Read More
"They’re as comfortable as ever; they introduce useful features that elevate the user experience; and, more importantly, you’re getting a serious hike in sound quality for the money."Read More
"These headphones sound amazing, noise cancellation, and the extensive feature set offers so much playability across multiple media formats and platforms."Read More
"Regardless, the 1000XM4s live up to the strong reputation that Sony has built and offer more powerful noise-canceling capabilities than ever before."Read More
"When you take into consideration noise-cancelling and great sound, there simply isn’t a better package, XM4 are the best of their kind ever released."Read More
"It does a little better job at upconverting streaming music from Spotify to pseudo high resolution. The XM4 is better at processing highs, adding back in a bit of missing details."Read More
"They sound better, noise-cancelling is excellent and they're one of most comfortable headphones to wear. The XM4 raises the barrier even further. Sony has outdone itself here."Read More
"For the same price as its previous flagship, Sony has delivered small but very useful improvements in the WH-1000XM4, which is enough to crown them as the new king of personal audio."Read More
"This is an excellent pair of wireless headphones, with great sound, superb active noise cancellation, very good battery life, and useful features such as speak-to-chat that actually work well."Read More
" This Is How To Make Brilliant Noise Cancelling Headphones Almost Flawless. Sony has really upped the game with noise cancellation, audio processing and retains the battery brilliance"Read More
"The Sony WH-1000XM4 is now one of the best noise cancelling headphones you can invest in. While the audio profile is pretty good, the smart functions take this one a step ahead of the competition."Read More
"Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones are identical to the predecessor but gains better microphones for quality conversation over voice calls, and the ability to connect with two devices simultaneously."Read More
"The XM4 has these nice updates and features that kick things to the next level. It’s as incredible as the previous generation, and some more."Read More
"No Bluetooth headphone can even match its performance at the moment whether you consider sound quality, features or noise cancellation capabilities."Read More
"Given their excellent, detailed sound output, top of the line noise cancellation and solid battery life, it is hard not to recommend them to anyone looking for premium wireless headphones with ANC."Read More
"Good audio quality, noise cancellation that actually works, smart controls, Google Assistant/Alexa support and long-lasting battery makes the Sony WH-1000XM4 one of the best premium headphones to buy."Read More
This is my 3rd purchase from Headphone zone and my 2nd Sony, and unlike before, this time I'm deeply deeply disappointed.
1. First about Headphone zone: The price reduced by 2k immediately after I purchased. I asked for the discount to be applied to me as well as the product was not yet delivered to me. But, there was just no response!!
2. This is for the Sony XM4 headphone: Two very major issues that surprisingly no one else spoken about!!
a. The noise cancellation technology creates a buzz in your ears as its pounding the ears with additional sound to cancel the external sound! This creates a very uncomfortable nausea feeling. I cant have this on for more than 15 mins with ANC turned on, else it caused a head and eye pain!! The Optimizer is just useless. I remember using Bose QC a few years back, that did not do this to me!
So, I have to manually turn it off everytime i use the headphone! what a waste of money for this useless ANC feature!
b. I wrongly assumed ANC and Ambient noise technology is not only applicable to me but also to the listener on the other side of a phone/zoom call as well. But no! People on the other end of the phone can listen to all the background noise. When i compare to my Jabra headset with an extended mouth piece, Jabra with nothing fancy except for an extended mouth piece does a 100x better job in not passing the loud washing machine sound in the background to the listener. This one passes all the sound to the other side!
Both these reasons makes me feel like a fool who decided to buy this expensive pair after seeing all the amazingly positive review and feedbacks that was published on Youtube and other sites. Not one person spoke of this! I wonder if everyone was paid!!
Not a true a Audiophile, I listen to cheap bitrate songs from amazon music/spotify premium over SoundMagic E11c (before that was my Oneplus Icons) , i preferred wired in-ear passive anc earphones until 2020. the constant coiling of the wires and the fuss about them XM3's being the ultimate king of ANC (a YouTube video suggestion made me go on loops of Bluetooth anc headphones) got me curious about wireless anc Bluetooth headphones.
The curiosity of XM4 and other redundant stories:
The news of XM4's around the corner made me wait and check them out, frankly i was not prepared to shell out ~30k on a headphone, the max i had spent on decent pair of earphones was 4k, on 18 Sept when they went on sale at 2PM, i was unsure should i pick them up, this has been the biggest spend for myself in 2020, yup, my last splurge was on Fossil hybrid watch of around 15k, that was way back anyway in Jan 2020, the happy times where u could walk over a human without mask, and fight with fist and head butts, yup good old days. Frankly i had no done comparison of Momentum Wireless 3 or Bose 700 too, i was in trance about these Sony's so much when i landed on the page, my cooped up conscious woke up suddenly seeing that huge price tag, making me a step back and think, so few comparisons and price check caused me to ponder on few stuff.
Things that made me stop clicking the buy now for a moment:
Three things bothered me :
1 - LDAC/AAC/SBC only codecs (why no aptX codec whatsoever, at least atpX LL should've been included)
2 - just 1 year warranty ( Sennheiser & Shure had 2 years), i guess Sony is too cocky and proud
3 - Shure Aonic 50 was at a tempting price with 50mm drivers and legendary sound quality
Then the jump and why i bought them:
Also i was frustrated about working so much at home, i had to go splurge my hard earned money on some tech junk obviously to satiate my monkey brain desires. i just hope there is no horrible latency between video and sound when i pair these to my firestick and play movies in Netflix/Prime or whatever, my home is potshot of angry and extremely extroverted talkative adults, so any moment pf those deep theatre movie watching experience is missed sorely at home, so i prayed a million times after i spent 28490, please let them work.
Delivery & Unboxing Saga:
Thankfully the parcel arrived next day morning itself by 8AM, that was the fastest delivery of goods ever in my 3 decades of existence, super fast just as Headphone Zone promised express shipping, the unpacking and quality of the contents didn't disappoint the insatiable lust in me (it will cry again one day for something new). the carrying case has a weird puzzle based method to stowaway your expensive jewels, so pay attention, it can get frustrating if you try putting them away in hurry.
Setting up and myriad confusions:
Okay so you first need to charge these suckers for 1-3 hours, depending on how much they juiced them out of the factory; then before you go ahead pairing install the Sony | Headphones Connect app:
After you open the app, go through the setup for smooth connection, the first thing u will see is software patch for ver 2.0.6 firmware, don't worry, the software gets successfully installed even though the app complains that software got aborted in notifications and I can confirm this firmware won't brick your precious!
First try and adjust headphones over your head properly for comfort and then do Noise Cancellation optimization (this is vital), there is 20 levels of anc cut-off between complete cutoff to varied levels of ambient sounds let-in, also there is no complete voice cutoff, if someone is speaking loudly, you will hear them through, no anc can completely cut them off. Depending on the phone you use, the Bluetooth codec may default to sbc/aac. my Galaxy S10 had LDAC switch within the Bluetooth options so it easy, this all depends on how u figure out the whole shenanigans of this through your phone ui & developer options, this was all new to me, since this is my first true high end Bluetooth device with so many variables to control.
since i am an average consumer, still learning, i felt the larger drivers and the anc helped me differentiate between the stereo setup and all the instruments in most songs, the high's and low are balanced so beautifully, you actually enjoy the songs, switch to prefer sound quality setting & DSEE extreme for better upscaling of songs, of course this does not apply to tidal high fidelity stream.
okay so my main criterion was using these for watching movies streamed, i am happy to say, i see no latency or lag in audio/video sync, so my main gripe is dusted, the audio was beautiful and the anc helps me listen at very low volumes too :)
Don't go by those reviews, i know from a true geek, reviews are important, more often than not, i feel our heart knows what it wants, so go splurge away if you're in doubt, these just work.
After reading a lot about this headphone, I decided to invest money for this guy with the target of smooth calls for work. We use Microsoft teams for our business calls. I have been facing lot of distractions from various load noises as Street vendors, aircrafts as I live near HAL airport in Bangalore. In last couple is months, HAL airport is hyper active and these fighter jets make your deaf for couple of mins. During that time, I had to either miss what someone has said on the call or just put everyone on wait till that plane goes off.
These headphones made my life really easy. I am having uninterrupted calls without any disturbance. It doesn't make aircraft noise zero but brings it down to min which don't bother me. I don't miss any singal word in the call. My colleagues have acknowledged that they don't hear outside noise, anymore.
I realised that it is less effective on street dogs barking. 😊
Regarding battery backup, in one charge, it gives me 2-3 days of work calls backup. I switched off as I finish my work.
I haven't used for music, so no comments in that context.
Wow, i love this.. you have sent the headphones over the worst delivery service- "delhivery". I have nt received the product yet( 8 days since purchase). Kudos for your great effrort in making the buy an uimaginable service. But appreciate your willingness to ask the review for a product, which i paid for, but didnt receive.. I am pretty sure there eill be a greater crowd , who felt the same with your choice of delhivery service..Thanks
THESE ARE THE BEST HEADPHONES THAT MONEY CAN BUY...SUCH AWESOMENESS .
I’ve heard better sounding headphones around and under this price point but I haven’t used any that come close to this in terms of noise-cancellation. The sound quality is the best I’ve heard on a pair of Bluetooth noise-cancellation headphones, even without tweaking the EQ on the app. I find them comfortable to wear for long periods of time and so far, the battery life has been stellar. There’s some neat functionality in here too.
If you don’t care much about noise-cancellation, maybe check out other options as well. If you don’t need noise cancellation or bluetooth at all and care solely about sound quality, definitely check out other options. I’m very happy with these for travel and listening in noisy environments. Thanks Headphonezone for the speedy delivery!
I have used several headphones( M50X, DT770) over the past year or so and I finally wanted to switch over to a Bluetooth alternative, hopefully, one with sound cancellation. I was about to buy WH1000XM3 but rumors about the XM4 started floating around and I waited to get these.
Here's what I can say after a week of using these-
Amazing battery life, I am not a heavy user but still, the battery life is pretty amazing. I charged these when I got them and I am at about 60% after a week.
The sound quality is good, not the best out there but if you use the equalizer in the app, then you can get really good use out of these.
The app is buggy sometimes but works okay most of the time.
Active Noise cancellation is the start of the show, It's almost like you're in another world. Definitely, the best ANC headphones out there, although I felt the headphones clamping force increase when ANC was on so I guess they maintain pressure in the chamber, not really sure.
Really satisfied with these, definitely worth the price! When I got mine, I was so happy with them that I ended up buying one for my brother as a gift as well!
1000xm4 sound quality bass are very balanced. I'm surprise to after listen the sound quality. Not only that even the sound quality noise cancelling are quite impressive compare to other headphones with already available in the market. And the feature re Futureatic no one provide other than sony . after at this now I'm The big fan of sony device.
I was a heretic once. I thought that noise cancellation was a gimmick. I had seen reviews from all the top reviewers. I had seen the praises but never bothered to look into it. 4 being my lucky number, my body was ready. The features came at me like I was a baker with bread during the great depression. Noise cancellation. Location based Ambient mode. Bit rate upscaling. Touch controls. Ultra premium quality. I am still in a trance and trying to recover while listening to Lazarus again and again.
Tl;dr: 100/10. I am a believer now.