Sony has just announced the long awaited sequel to its popular WH-1000XM3 noise canceling headphones. The brand new WH-1000XM4 headphones look the same, but offer improved noise cancellation and finally the ability to pair two devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. They can be pre-ordered today for $ 349.99 and will ship in mid-August.
The 1000XM4 use the same Q1N processor for noise cancellation. However, according to Sony, a new Bluetooth audio system has been added on a chip that analyzes music and ambient noise 700 times per second. In combination with an optimized algorithm, the 1000XM4s can better suppress voices and everyday ambient noise with medium frequency.
In terms of audio quality, the 1000XM4 should sound identical to its predecessors. They use 40mm drivers like the M3s, and Sony makes no claims for improved sound output. However, the upscaling function of the headphones has been improved using AI. The battery life is still the same with up to 30 hours of uninterrupted playback, and all controls and buttons are unchanged from the M3.
Sony seems to have fixed the mediocre voice call quality of the M3s with these new headphones. The company added: "New Precise Voice Pickup technology that optimally controls five microphones in the headphones and performs advanced audio signal processing to record speech clearly and precisely." Hopefully this will make the 1000XM4 a better option for all of your video chats and voice calls. There is also an (optional) new "Talk to Chat" feature that allows you to pause your music temporarily as soon as you start speaking and continue after a call ends.
Multipoint support is the other big innovation. Sony's noise canceling headphones are finally part of the competition as they offer the ability to pair with two devices at the same time. According to Sony, customers need to install a firmware update to get the best multi-point performance. So keep that in mind when you end up buying a set.
And I think a lot of people will end up buying these. I tested the 1000XM4s for a few days, and even though they don't look much different, Sony has answered many of its customers' most important requests.