Sony Launches WH-1000XM4 – Fourth-Generation Headphones From Sony’s 1000X Family

Sony today announced the 4th generation over-ear wireless noise cancelling headphones in Sony’s award-winning 1000X family – WH-1000XM4. The latest headphones from Sony offer all the much-loved technology from the hugely popular WH-1000XM3, with additional intelligent features that allow you to personalise and control your music, improve noise cancellation and adjust ambient sound automatically based on your preferences for a superior sound experience.

The WH-1000XM4 headphones deliver Sony’s best ever noise cancelling performance, reducing high and mid frequency sounds. With two microphones on each earcup, being used for noise cancelling, Sony’s Dual Noise Sensor technology captures ambient noise and passes the data to the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1. Then a new BLUETOOTH Audio SoC (System on Chip) senses and adjusts to music and noise at over 700 times per second. Using a new algorithm, the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 applies noise cancelling processing in real time. This allows the user to focus more on the music they love and blur out the chaos of the outside world.

Using Edge-AI, DSEE Extreme more accurately rebuilds audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience. Edge-AI analyses music in real time and recognises instruments, music genres and individual elements of each song to restore the high range sounds lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience. To build this AI system, Sony worked with Sony Music Studios Tokyo to gather data on music to garner true insight into how specific music signals are composed.

360 Reality Audio, can be enjoyed on the WH-1000XM4 headphones when combined with an Android smartphone/iPhone that has a participating streaming services app installed. The 360 Reality Audio listening experience immerses users in the music as if they are right in front of their favourite artist. Listeners can enjoy a custom immersive musical field that is perfectly optimized for each individual user when using the WH-1000XM4 headphones and the Sony | Headphones Connect app. User can set up your frequently visited locations and his preferred settings via the Sony | Headphones Connect App and ambient sound settings will automatically update as you move between different environments.

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Adaptive Sound Control on the WH-1000XM4 is a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Over time, Adaptive Sound Control learns to recognise locations that you frequently visit such as your workplace, gym or favourite café, and tailors sound to suit the situation. New innovative feature Speak-to-Chat lets users to have short conversations without taking the headphones off, making ordering a coffee whilst listening to music easier. Just simply say something and the headphones will recognize user’s voice, automatically stops music and let in ambient sound so you can conduct a conversion without removing your headphones. The music automatically starts playing again 30 seconds after you’ve last spoken.

The WH-1000XM4 now comes with wearing detection. The headphones detect whether they are being worn and adapts playback accordingly to help save battery power. Using the headphone’s proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors, the headphones automatically stop the music when they are removed and resume playing when you put them on again.

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The WH-1000XM4 features new Precise Voice Pickup technology. This controls five of the microphones in the headphones optimally and performs advanced audio signal processing to pick up voices clearly and precisely for hands-free calls and Speak-to-Chat. WH-1000XM4 blends sophisticated styling with exceptional comfort and light-weight design, for a barely-there wearing experience. Designed for those who travel frequently, the super-soft, pressure relieving earpads evenly distribute pressure and increase ear/pad contact for a stable.

For total convenience, the WH-1000XM4 can be paired with two BLUETOOTH devices at the same time. So, when a call comes in, the headphones know which device is ringing and connect to the right one automatically. Quickly and smoothly switch the headphones to either of the two devices at the touch of a button. The WH-1000XM4 also supports Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature.Users can easily locate their headphones by ringing them using the tone sound.The perfect companion for a long-haul flight, the WH-1000XM4 is NFC and BLUETOOTH enabled and have a battery life of up to 30 hours. The quick charging function provides up to 5 hours of wireless playback from just 10 minutes of charging.

The WH-1000XM4 also supports Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature that lets you easily locate where you left your headphones by ringing them. The latest model includes the same touch panel controls as its predecessor and is optimised for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The WH-1000XM4 model has a suggested retail price of $349.99 and is available for pre-order today at Best Buy, Amazon in black and silver and will be available for purchase in mid-August.