Sony reveals its fourth generation 1000X family ANC headphones

Yolanda Curtis
August 7, 2020

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones come in silver and black.

The new Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones also feature Sony's new Precise Voice Pickup technology, which controls five of the microphones in the headphones for crisp, hands-free calls and a new "Speak-to-Chat" feature.

It's no big secret that Sony makes and sells some of the world's best wireless headphones across multiple different subcategories of the audio industry, but while it's definitely hard to argue with the appeal of the hot new WH-1000XM4, which are apparently even better than the already unbelievable WH-1000XM3, not everyone can afford to spend as much as 350 bucks on a pair of cans.

A big selling point with the XM4s is their ability to connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, which is a big plus in our book. You can double tap to play or pause music, swipe left or right to go to the previous track or skip to the next track respectively, or hold your hand over the earcup to toggle ambient sound control. At the same time, it will let in ambient sound, so you can conduct a conversation without removing the headphones. Wearing detection makes use of the proximity sensor and two accelerometers on the new headphones.

The Adaptive Sound Control feature learns your frequently visited locations and then applies a custom sound mode for each of them.

The MX4s offer the same battery life as their predecessors: 30 hours with noise canceling switched on, and around 38 hours with NC off. Users can also get five hours' worth of charge after 10 minutes connected to a power outlet.

Given the changes to our lives 2020 has brought about, you might be wondering why you would need noise-cancelling headphones at all - after all, we're not getting on an aircraft any time soon and many of us are now working from home.

The Sony 1000XM4 is also compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant digital assistants. Despite this, transport is still a thing for many, and these headphones can definitely help on public transport with background noise on a train, or a bus engine. You could listen to music without hearing the washing machine or dryer, or tune out the noise from your robot vacuum as it goes about its business. XM4 has been anticipated since the end of last year, and started showing up in accreditation databases earlier this year.

And possibly the best news? They'll be hitting local release during August for $550.

You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the XM4 and old XM3 because Sony kept the same physical design.

Along with the headphones, you'll also get a carry case, in-flight adapter, 3.5mm cable and a small USB A-to-C cable in the box.

The XM4 are priced identically to 2018's Sony WH-1000XM3, so will set you back £350/US$349.99/AU$549.

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