Sony WH-1000XM4 Review
Every single year new noise cancelling headphones come to the market from every single brand, but by far the most successful brand that has come out with noise canceling technology for their headphones has to be Sony. Sony has come out with Sony WH-1000XM4 that have been updated with multipoint connectivity and noise cancelling technology.
- Powerful custom ANC
- Dynamic sound
- Intuitive app-based controls
- Sensational sense of timing
- Support for two simultaneous Bluetooth connections
- 30 hours of battery life
- High price
- No IP rating
- No aptX or aptX HD support
- Multipoint support is buggy for now
- USB-C port cannot be used for audio
The Sony WH-1000XM4 are similar to their predecessor, but unlike them they have many new features added. With the new Bluetooth multipoint feature helps make everything much easier by letting you connect 2 devices at the same time. It also helps with switching from listening to music, to watching a YouTube video and back without opening Bluetooth. Not having this feature was a problem with the earlier models like the WH-1000XM3. If anyone was to use this multipoint feature, both of their devices have to use AAC Bluetooth codec. These headphones also have a feature you can only get by downloading the Sony headphones Connect app, which is the speak to chat function. When you turn this on it will pause your music when the headphones detect you speaking, because of how sensitive the detection is it can be quite annoying as well. It will pause whatever you are listening to if it detects you chuckle or laugh, and none of us are really aware how many sounds we actually let out when we have headphones on until you wear headphones that stop whatever you are listening to when its pics up the slightest sound.
Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are filled with amazing and useful features, like the auto-pause feature which stops the music or playback when you remove the headphones. On the inside of the left earcup there is a small sensor that can detect when the headphones are on or not, so it pauses the music whether you’re wearing them or not. The earcups are thicker than the previous models that help with isolating noises even when the noise cancelling is off. The headband is thinner and doesn’t have a lot of padding on it and causes the slightest pressure. The control features haven’t changed, they still work on touch sensitivity and you can control the playback with a few taps, although the pause button works some of the time whilst swiping to control the volume and skipping songs works effortlessly. It’s found to be much easier to actually take them off so you can pause whatever you are listening to. Ambient mode is another amazing feature that works when you cup your hand over the left earcup. This dramatically lowers the music and uses the built-in microphones to play any surrounding sounds.
Theres also a big improvement with the noise cancelling technology and it won’t let you down, Sone somehow found a way to make them better than before. It cancels noises across the audible spectrum of 20Hz – 10kHz. The Sony WH-1000XM3 didn’t disappoint when it comes to noise cancelation, they have the ability to attenuate low-frequency sound like a slight hum from the air conditioner.
PAIRING, CONECTION AND FEATURES:
The pairing with Sony WH-1000XM4 is very easy and simple. You would just need to tap your phones to the back of the NFC logo on the left earcup and following further instruction that would pop up on your smart phones. But if your phones don’t support or doesn’t have NFC you would have to pair them by Bluetooth settings. Pairing a second device is similar, but the headphones won’t automatically pair when you turn them on because they are already paired with some other device. The headphones have some of the best Bluetooth features, like Bluetooth multipoint and they support SBC, AAC and Sony’s own LDAC which has one of the highest streaming qualities. And devices that don’t have Bluetooth can be connected with the included 3.5mm audio cable. There are also no issues with the range, you can walk through your entire apartment and don’t experience any skips all while they are connected to your laptop. You can even download the already mentioned Sony app where you can customize the headphones to your liking, and they are both compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. They both work seamlessly. This app has two unique features like the noise cancelling optimization and the 360-degree sound. You can adjust the mix of ambient sounds so you can hear what’s going around you but of course you can just cup the right earcup the allow a full passthrough.
Sony does claim that WH-1000XM4 have a battery life that lasts up you 30 hours of continues playback. So, they were put to the test by playing music on a constant output of 75dB with noise cancellation and they only lasted 19 hours and 59 minutes. This still is amazing but most people were confused because its predecessors last up to 24 hours. The headphones also have a fast charge feature via the USB-C cable and gives you up to five hours of playtime with only 10 minutes of charging.
HOW Sony WH-1000XM4 SOUND:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones sound great. The flatter frequency response translates to a sound that doesn’t give out too much bass boosts like in other headphones, and if you want more low-end emphasis, you can always change the EW preset with the app. The bass is perfect and subtle for some performances where the low notes hit with just the right volume.
All in all, these headphones have everything anyone could ever need in a pair of headphones, they have amazing features, sounding, noise cancellation and so on. So yes, I do highly recommend them.