Sony launches the new WF-1000XM4 with improved ANC

When it comes to headphones, Sony has often proven itself in the past. The new Sony WF-1000XM4 with better ANC should now conquer the in-ear market again.

the essentials in brief

  • A new pair of in-ear headphones with ANC are currently available from Sony.
  • With the WF-1000XM4, the Japanese company wants to overtake the competition.
  • Both sound and active noise canceling are said to have improved dramatically.

Sony has been one of the absolute frontrunners for years when it comes to high-quality over-ear headphones. The Japanese company now also wants to pick up this title in the in-ear segment. The new Sony WF-1000XM4 should boast several improvements.

Sony promises «industry leading» ANC

The main aim of the new V1 processor is to improve the active noise canceling of the in-ear headphones. Special foam attachments help with passive noise suppression. So they should keep up with the over-ear headphones.

The most important thing with headphones of any kind is the sound, which should also be improved with the new variant. Newly developed 6 mm drivers are used here, one per plug. There is also Sony’s own LDAC codec, which is supposed to triple the bit rate and thus the quality. Thanks to an integrated AI, compressed digital files can also be upgraded in real time.

As with its big brother, the Sony WF-1000XM4 has various convenience functions for practical use. For example, there is a “Speak to Chat” feature, which pauses the music and switches on the transparency mode as soon as someone speaks. Alternatively, a finger can be held on the left plug to use the transparency mode temporarily.

A lot of power for a lot of money

Last but not least, a lot is promised with the battery. With ANC, continuous playback of up to eight hours should be possible. With this number, the company tops a large part of its competition.

The charging case adds up to 16 hours on top and can be charged via USB-C or wirelessly. Thanks to the quick charge function, there should be an hour of playback after five minutes of charging.

These headphones are clearly in the upper segment, which is also reflected in the price. For the many promised features and improvements, 279 francs have to be shelled out. The WF-1000XM4 are available for purchase immediately, with delivery scheduled to start on June 11th.

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