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Review on the most wanted Sony WF-1000XM4
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Sony first released its WF-1000XM3 earbuds nearly two years ago, and while they offered some of the best noise cancellation and sound quality you could find at the time, a lot has changed since then. Facing newer competitors like Apple’s AirPods Pro and Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds at the high end, and countless good alternatives below, Sony has returned with the new $279.99 WF-1000XM4 earbuds.

They offer even more powerful noise cancellation; so good that it’s now approaching over-ear headphones. The audio quality has been further refined and Sony has key . added features it was frustratingly left out last time – like IPX4 water and sweat resistance. The 1000XM4s also raise the bar for wireless audio and battery life in noise-cancelling earbuds. Does that mean they are worth almost $300?

If you want the absolute best active noise cancellation in true wireless earbuds, the answer is an emphatic yes. Sony has built a new chip it calls the V1 in the 1000XM4s that takes their noise canceling capabilities to impressive new heights. These earbuds outperform the AirPods Pro and even slightly outperform Bose’s QuietComfort earbuds at attenuating nearby noise. It’s now reached a point where the NC on these feels almost as effective as Sony’s premium headphones. Impressive stuff.

They make the ambient sounds in my local coffee shop pretty much go poof, and while visiting family upstate over Memorial Day, I tested them in a crowded bar and found I could listen to my music at about 60 percent volume without anything from the lively chatter around me. Becca took them on a plane and they passed with flying colors, and they were able to reduce the cacophony of subways better than any earphone-equipped competitors. I attribute these results in part to new memory foam tips which I’ll discuss later, but it’s very clear that the V1 removes more noise on all frequencies – just as Sony claims.

They make the ambient sounds in my local coffee shop pretty much go poof, and while visiting family upstate over Memorial Day, I tested them in a crowded bar and found I could listen to my music at about 60 percent volume without anything from the lively chatter around me. Becca took them on a plane and they passed with flying colors, and they were able to reduce the cacophony of subways better than any earphone-equipped competitors. I attribute these results in part to new memory foam tips which I’ll discuss later, but it’s very clear that the V1 removes more noise on all frequencies – just as Sony claims.

And when it comes to sound quality, the 1000XM4s are even more of a slam dunk than their predecessors. Sony told me that when it tunes earbuds, it takes a good look at current music trends. So if you compare these directly to the 1000XM3s, you might see a slightly richer bass to handle your Dua Lipa fix. There’s no better album of the moment than Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, and Sony’s earbuds simply do a better job handling deep bass and low-mid frequencies than the AirPods Pro. But Sony’s audio quality extends across all frequencies. Her voice, the acoustic guitars and the backing vocals on “traitor” all come through with excellent distinctiveness.

It’s easy to close your eyes and immerse yourself in the groove of Billie Eilish’s Lost Cause, where even whispered vocals come through with total clarity in the mix. John Mayer’s New Toto-Influenced Single “Last Train” Home” and the airy atmosphere are just right with home also on the 1000XM4s. Jump through genres and it’s hard to find something these earbuds can’t make to shine. Electric guitars have just the right grit on 70s rock. Switch to some soul and Sam Cooke’s voice has the warmth you’d expect. That extra bass gives an extra kick to hip-hop and dance songs, though the low-end never gets bloated or overwhelming.

The 1000XM4s are nothing like their predecessors. Sony has moved from the pill form to a more subtle, completely matte style. And the earbuds are noticeably smaller. Sony told me it’s only a 10 percent cut, but it feels like more because of the sleeker overall design. There is a large circular area for touch controls and the most striking thing about these earbuds is the small round microphone input with accents. The Sony logo is now on the side of the buttons, where few would ever see it wearing them.

Sony has shrunk the carrying case even further; it’s 40 percent smaller than the bulky case that came with the 1000XM3s. Now it is comparable to cases from Jabra and other competitors. It’s shorter than the AirPods Pro case, but a tad wider and noticeably thicker. The case has a USB-C port and supports wireless charging, and the earbuds snap securely into the case magnetically and should stay put unless you spill the whole thing on the floor. If I’m being picky, the lid has a little more slack than I’d like for $280 earbuds, but it stays shut tight.

You don’t get any regular silicone kits at all and Sony only supplies the standard small, medium and large sizes; XS and XL would have been nice at this price, but the large tips were a perfect match in my case. The seal is so strong that you will sometimes turn them in with a squeaking sound. Unlike the 1000XM3s, the 1000XM4s have the appropriate IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance, so you can confidently use them for workouts or in the rain without weighing their survivability.

Once you switch them on, the 1000XM4 earbuds last longer than any of their main noise-cancelling competitors on a single charge. They can play for eight hours of continuous playback with NC turned on, an impressive jump from the five hours that the AirPods Pro, Galaxy Buds Pro, QuietComfort Earbuds and Jabra Elite 85t are all floating around. Turn off noise canceling and the new earbuds can keep working up until 12 o’clock. The charging case can use the earbuds twice, so you’re looking at a total playtime of around 24 hours (NC on) or 36 hours if you can do without it wherever you are.

Sony also beats Apple by bringing higher bitrate wireless audio to earbuds. The 1000XM4 buttons fully support Sony’s proprietary LDAC codec, which can transmit music tracks on up up to 990 kbps. This is currently the gold standard for Bluetooth audio, and while I’m sure it sparks the usual “nobody can tell the difference” debates, I’m happy to see the LDAC show up in a more portable form. 2021 will be the year of lossless music streaming, with Apple and Spotify both joining Amazon Music HD and Tidal.

But LDAC has its own challenges. Playback can get a bit unreliable and choppy if you set it to maximum quality in an Android device’s developer settings, so generally I’ll stick with the middle “performance” option where the highest bit rate drops to 660 kbps. Can you really see any improvement in that quality compared to OC? Maybe I’ll buy snake oil, but to me it sounds like certain songs always have that little bit of extra depth and clarity when streaming with LDAC. But keep in mind that this is a feature that only applies to Android devices, and the 1000XM4s sound pretty fantastic paired with an iPhone, where LDAC isn’t even a thing. It reminds us that everything in the chain — from how music was mastered and encoded to the hardware of the earbuds themselves — is just as important as the pure bit rate.

LDAC also adversely affects that otherwise exceptional battery life. If you have noise canceling active and streaming LDAC, this drops to the typical five hours of continuous playback. That’s not bad considering how hard the earbuds work under those conditions, but it’s a decrease nonetheless and takes away one of the advantages the Sony earbuds have over the competition.

So far, this review has been largely lauded, but the WF-1000XM4 earbuds come with one crushing disappointment: they don’t support two simultaneous Bluetooth connections, one feature known as multipoint. It has become a status quo feature for many high-end headphones (also from Sony) and allows you to connect your headphones to both your phone and your computer and switch seamlessly between them. But for whatever reason, Jabra remains the only company to offer the convenience of multipoint in earbuds. This situation is starting to get frustrating – especially for products in this price range – and I hope the whole product category of true wireless earbuds can make rapid progress on multipoint. After recent leaks, I saw comments from people saying they wouldn’t buy these earbuds if they didn’t have multipoint. And unfortunately, that’s where we are. AGREE TO CONTINUE: SONY WF-1000XM4

Every smart device now requires you to agree to a set of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It is impossible for us to read and analyze all these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to click ‘agree’ to use devices when we review them, since these are agreements that most people don’t read and certainly can’t negotiate.

You can use Sony’s WF-1000XM4 via Bluetooth without clicking through matches. However, to use the Headphones Connect app, which is essential for customizing your headphones’ settings and performance, you agree to:

Sony’s End User License Agreement Sony’s Privacy Policy

You can also choose to have Sony collect data about your use of the Headphones Connect app, which the company says is intended to improve its products and services.

Together you get three optional matches.

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Apple One (1) Year Limited Warranty

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2019-10-30T00:00:01Z

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