Sony’s new headset WF-1000XM4 has a superb noise reduction and sounds fantastic. At least if one is to believe the manufacturer.
Sony has been at the top for many years when it comes to traditional headphones with active noise reduction, and anyone who has ever considered buying headphones of this type has hopefully had one of the company’s top models on their “short list”.
On paper, the new WF-1000XM4 has the potential to end up in the same position, for anyone looking for a new true wireless headset. Sony’s latest contribution in the category has a new processor called V1 that will deliver better active noise reduction, ANC, than in previous models.
The model is equipped with so-called Dual noise sensor microphones with two Noise sensing microphones per ear. Together, they capture ambient sounds that are analyzed to bring about noise reduction. The drive units of six millimeters are stated to have better performance at low frequencies, which should contribute to the improved noise reduction.
Plugs that fit everyone
The headset will fit “everyone’s ears”, thanks in part to new plugs made of polyurethane foam. Just like, among other things Yes good and Apple the manufacturer has analyzed ear shapes from the users to find a shape that will fit as many as possible.
The new model supports High-Resolution Audio Wireless and the battery life is said to be eight hours with ANC activated. An additional 16 hours are available by loading them in the included case.
The music pauses when you start talking
Just like Sony’s latest traditional ANC scam, WH-1000XM4, the new WF-1000XM4 has a feature that automatically pauses the music when you start talking. This should prevent you from turning them off manually, or removing the plugs from your ears, if you end up in a short conversation. The music starts again as soon as you stop talking.
The WF-1000XM4 also has a function that adapts the sound image to where you are. We have tested the technology from several manufacturers before, and even if it works, we usually prefer to handle it manually.
The WF-1000XM4 captures your speech via the skeleton
In the product information, Sony also promises improved call sound. Among other things, thanks to a so-called Bone-conduction sensor that picks up vibrations from the user’s voice without disturbing noise from the surroundings. And just like the competition, Sony also offers a feature in the associated mobile app that can measure any sound leakage and recommend the size of the plugs themselves.
Headsets in the premium segment usually cost a hefty penny and so even in this case. The recommended price is 278 USD. WF-1000XM4 will be released in stores soon and we will of course return with a test to see if Sony lives up to its promises in the product information.