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Sony WH-1000XM4, the much-anticipated upgrade to Sony’s WH-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling headphones have finally been launched after months of rumours and reports. Priced at €389 the Sony WH-1000XM4 is the flagship headset in Sony’s wireless headphone range.

The latest refresh puts Sony head-to-head with popular recent launches such as the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, and Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless headphones.

Specifications & Features

The Sony WH-1000XM4 feature a similar design to its predecessor, and are powered by the same QN1 noise cancelling processor that made the Sony WH-1000XM3 one of the best headphones in the wireless active noise cancellation segment. There are also gesture controls on the outer part of the headphones, along with features such as adaptive sound controls, wear detection, and a claimed battery life of over 30 hours per charge with active noise cancellation on.


Apart from this, the Sony WH-1000XM4 can be controlled and customised through the Sony Headphones Connect app, available for Android and iOS. The app allows users to customise the noise cancellation, set up adaptive sound controls, and adjust other settings such as the equaliser and sound modes.

Interestingly, there is now multi-point connectivity on the Sony WH-1000XM4, letting users connect the headphones to two source devices simultaneously, as well as support for Google Assistant and Alexa. The headphones also support Sony’s own 360 Reality Audio format for spatial sound, although there isn’t much audio content available in this format for now.


Sony’s DSEE Extreme sound enhancement feature will be available on the Sony WH-1000XM4, which is powered by 40mm hybrid drivers. There is support for Sony’s LDAC codec on the headphones, but no aptX support this time due to a different Bluetooth SoC that is said to improve noise cancellation performance but does not support Qualcomm’s codec. There is also a ‘speak-to-chat’ feature, which recognises the voice of the user and pauses the music when it senses that the user is talking.

Looks-wise, the new headphones look pretty identical to the previous generation headphones but have been tweaked to reduce pressure on the user’s ears along with reducing the overall weight of the headphones which should make them more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.



Pricing & Availability

As expected, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are priced at a premium. Coming in at €389, in either black or silver, the new headphones from Sony are directly competing against Sennheiser, Bose and other top end noise cancelling headphone brands. The new WH-1000XM4 headphones are planned to launch here in Ireland later this Summer so watch this space for our full review.


John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal.

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