Sony’s WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones – Full Reviews

Sony's WH-1000XM4

So let’s take a quick look at what kind of headphones it is. Let’s start the Sony WH-1000XM4 Review.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – BOX Design

Sony's WH-1000XM4 - BOX Design review

If you look at the WH-1000XM4 box, the approximate characteristics of the WH-1000XM4 are written. It is said to have 360 reality audio, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa installed. And it says that it is a wireless headphone that supports Hi-Res, supports 30 hours of battery, and supports Bluetooth. Lastly, support for wireless and noise cancellation is written.

Well, it seems that the basic performance can be sorted out just by looking at the contents on the front of the box. 

Sony WH-1000XM4 - BOX Design review

It says above that it was made for the iPhone and iPod, which was very nice. why? the Sony headphones are perfectly supported by the Xperia series, which are mainly Sony smartphones and are well supported by Android smartphones

Sony's WH-1000XM4 - BOX Design

When you open the box, easy installation instructions are written and there is a case containing the components inside.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Case

The WH-1000XM4 comes with a case that can be stored on the go. In the WH-1000X series, it is a case that basically contains everything, but it is very good. The material is fine, too.

Sony WH-1000XM4 - Case review

It has an elongated circular shape and, as mentioned above, the material is soft, so it’s okay. It can be zipped up and has a strap, so carrying it around isn’t too bad.

Sony's WH-1000XM4 - Case

And when you open it inside, the WH-1000XM4 headphone body and components are included as above.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Components

Now let’s look at the components.

Sony's WH-1000XM4 - Components

Excluding the case shown above, the actual components are the body of the WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones, a USB-C cable for charging, a 3.5mm cable for wired connection, and a connector to be used on an airplane. It’s a very simple configuration, so you can fit everything in the case at once.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Design

Now let’s take a look at the exterior of the WH-1000XM4 in earnest.

Sony WH-1000XM4 - Design review

The design itself is almost the same as the previous model, the WH-1000XM3. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is the same at all according to someone’s story, but I believe that it is completely the same except for the part where the model name is written and the name of the button part has changed.

The material on the inside of the ear cups that covers the ears is soft as always. However, it was not just soft, but also gave a feeling of holding it a little hard.

Sony's WH-1000XM4 - Design

The part that covers the head also had quite a bit of tension than I thought. And it seems that the headroom (?) part is stretched enough so that even a person with a fairly large head can use it enough. I also have a rather large head, but I’ve used it without any problems (as you can see from the wearing shot at the bottom).

The difference from the previous WH-1000XM3 model is that the model name WH-1000XM4 is written on the right side. In the previous model, of course, it was written as WH-1000XM3. Since the design is so similar, I think the WH-1000XM3 can be called the WH-1000XM4, but I think it will definitely have the effect of preventing it (lol).

The SONY logo in gold also looked good.

Sony's WH-1000XM4 - Design

On the bottom of the ear cup, looking at it in reverse based on the photo above, there is a power button and a custom button on the left (right when actually worn), a 3.5mm ear jack port for wired connection, and a USB-C port for charging on the right.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Features and Performance

Now let’s look at the features and performance. Let’s take a look at the features first.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – powerful noise cancelling

First of all, the biggest feature is that the noise cancelling function is powerful. In the case of the WF-SP800N previously reviewed, since it is a completely wireless earphone, even if it supports active noise cancellation, it was not so satisfactory. Of course, there is a clear difference in the noise-cancelling effect between earphones and headphones, but the noise-cancelling level of the WH-1000X series is no joke.

For reference, Sony’s WH-1000X series is the overwhelming No. 1 in the noise-cancelling headphone market. Since it is the latest model of the WH-1000X series, the WH-1000XM4, how much more could it be? In addition, from this model, a new chipset (SoC) for noise cancelling called QNe1 processor has been applied, so it seems amazing.

 Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – Convenient multipoint pairing

And in a sense, a pretty important feature of the WH-1000XM4 is the multi-point pairing function. This means you can connect two different devices. When two devices are connected through multipoint pairing, if a call comes from the other device while listening to music on one device, the phone is connected to the receiving device.

However, in the WH-1000XM4, if you want to play a game while listening to music on the iPhone 11 Pro, turn off the music and play the game on the iPad mini 5 immediately, so you can hear the game sound. this is really comfortable

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – Call-chat mode support

It seems that this is called by various names. Call-chat mode refers to an automated function that naturally changes to ambience mode when you start talking while listening to music in noise-cancelling mode.

The noise cancelling mode blocks most of the surrounding sound anyway, making it difficult to have a conversation with other people. To have a conversation, you either cover the right earcup with your hand to temporarily switch to ambience sound mode, or use a custom button to switch to ambience mode.

However, if you activate the call-chat mode, it recognizes the voice when you speak and changes the mode from noise-cancelling mode to ambience sound mode. And it depends on the setting in the app, but if there is no conversation (talking from me) for at least 15 seconds, it goes back to noise-cancelling mode.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – 30-hour support battery

The WH-1000XM4 is officially said to be able to be used for 30 hours after a full charge. However, the standard of 30 hours is when it is in noise-cancelling mode, and it is said that it can be used up to 38 hours if noise-cancelling is not used.

In addition, it supports quick charging, so it is said that you can use it for about 5 hours with a 10-minute charge. But what’s interesting is that the previous model, the WH-1000XM3, was similar. In other words, it can be said that the battery does not differ much from the previous model. It is characterized by being able to use it for more than one day.

Now that we’ve talked about features, let’s talk about performance.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – Active noise cancelling to block outside noise

In the above-mentioned noise cancelling earlier, this WH-1000XM4 is equipped with a separate processor called Sony QNe1.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – stable sound

The WH-1000XM4 is said to have used a 40mm driver. Certainly, the sound itself feels well-balanced. And the warm tone comes out, but nevertheless, the treble and bass came out clearly and powerfully. That is, the high and low frequencies are heard well. Also, the bass sounds powerful.

Usually, Sony’s earphones or headphones tend to have a slightly muffled sound in the middle instead of V-shaped high and low frequencies, but this WH-1000XM4 seems to have a good balance. Classical playing doesn’t sound too bad either. 

It is said that it supports the 360-reality audio format.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – Simplify codec support

The fact that the types of supported codecs have been simplified has also become a non-characteristic feature. Previous models supported AAC, LDAC, aptX, and aptX HD codecs, but this WH-1000XM4 does not support aptX or aptX HD codecs. AAC and LDAC codecs have been changed to be supported as main. Perhaps in the future, aptX and aptX HD codecs will not be supported by Sony headphones.

For reference, Android smartphones also support the AAC codec, but not at the level of Apple. Of course, since Apple terminals do not support the LDAC codec, it seems safe to view the LDAC codec as a sound enhancement function for Android smartphones.

Now that we’ve mentioned features and performance, let’s talk about what’s missing.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 – Not waterproof or dustproof

In the case of earphones, IP rating is usually marked, so it provides some degree of waterproof and dustproof function. Because it is an outdoor product, it must have some waterproof function. However, the WH-1000XM4 does not have an IP rating for its features. In other words, waterproof and dustproof functions are not properly supported.

In fact, it is said that the WH-1000XM4 may be damaged by water. It can withstand sweat to some extent, but it will be too much to wear when it rains. This part is a bit disappointing.

One thing to think about is that the price is $349(RS. 17,999 Approx) at this time, which is not such an easy price. If you consider the function and performance, you can understand it, but the price can be a burden, so hope you think carefully before choosing.


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