On August 6, 2020, Sony unveiled its new wireless noise-canceling headphones called the WH-1000XM4. It improves many of the features of its predecessor, the WH-1000XM3, including noise cancelation and sound quality.
Bringing in ambient sound
The XM4 works on a QN1 noise-canceling processor coupled with Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence) and DSEE Extreme (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) technologies. These features are meant to restore the sound lost during the compression of an audio file.
The headphones also have an Adaptive Sound Control feature that senses user activity and whereabouts, allowing the headphones to automatically adjust the amount of ambient sound that it lets in without hampering the listening experience. This means that you will still be able to hear the noise around you even when using the XM4. Sony also claims that it can block out noise while you’re in an airport but will still allow you to hear any announcements.
In a major upgrade from the XM3, the XM4 can now connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at the same time. These headphones can also recognize the user’s voice, stopping the audio being played and disabling noise cancelation when the user starts speaking.
The XM4 also has a proximity sensor that turns off the audio when the headphones are removed from your head and turns the audio back on when you wear them again. The earcups have a touch-sensitive surface which allows the user to control volume and change tracks by swiping.
Apart from all these great features, Sony also claims that the XM4 will give an impressive 30 hours of battery life with noise cancellation. They say that it can also provide 5 hours of usage with just ten minutes of charging.
These headphones will certainly be one of the go-to choices for anyone looking for premium noise cancellation combined with high-quality sound. With its improved features and comfort, the XM4 offers a worthy upgrade to its popular predecessor. The WH-1000XM4 offers a more comfortable listening experience with a lighter weight design and pressure-relieving ear pads priced at $348.
YouTube: WH-1000XM4 Announcement August 2020
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