While the Sony WF-1000XM4 buds need a new name, they pack many features that make them enticing premium true wireless earbuds. I won’t keep you with a long intro; instead, let’s just talk about what these wireless buds have to offer.
Focus on your sound and nothing else
Sony equipped the WF-1000XM4 with its new Integrated Processor V1, which it claims offers even better noise cancelation while using less power than its predecessor. These buds come with dual noise sensor mics in each bud, so these can analyze ambient noise and keep out unnecessary noise. They have a 6mm driver unit with 20% magnet volume that also helps boost the noise-canceling capabilities. These buds also have Automatic Wind Noise Reduction mode to keep the wind out from your listening sessions or your calls.
The company also introduces new Noise Isolation Earbud Tips made from a polyurethane foam material that’s both soft and elastic. Their purpose is to maximize the surface contact area between the earbud tip and the ear canal to insulate sound, reduce noise, and improve adhesion to the ear canal.
More compact and ready for adventures
The WF-100XM4 are designed to be smaller and lighter than their predecessor. These buds are said to be 10% smaller than before, while the charging case is 40% smaller. And with an IPX4 water resistance rating, these earbuds can handle some splashes and a bit of sweat, allowing you to take these out when you go for a run.
Better call and listening experience
I’m someone who prefers to keep earbuds in a lot, so Sony importing its Speak-to-Chat feature is a welcome addition to the WF-100XM4. This functionality will automatically pause music and let ambient sound in as soon as it hears you speak, and then resume playback when you’re done. If you’re the type to talk to yourself a lot, you might want to turn off this feature.
These buds also have a Quick Attention mode, where you can place your finger on the left earbud to decrease volume and let ambient sound in. This feature will help you hear announcements at train stations, airports, or anywhere else you need to be alerted about what’s around you.
The WF-100XM4 earbuds also have Adaptive Sound Control, which takes note of where you are or what you’re doing, so it can adjust ambient sound settings and give you an ideal listening experience. It’ll learn the places you frequently visit so it can tailor the sound to suit the situation. And these buds have wear detection, too, so they’ll pause when you take out a bud or startup music when you put it back in.
Sony arms these earbuds Precise Voice Pickup Technology and a bone-conduction sensor to offer clearer sound during calls. Their beamforming mics are calibrated to focus on picking up sound coming from your mouth.
24-hour use with wireless charging
A single complete charge on the WF-1000XM4 offer eight hours of use, but you can get up to 24 hours with the extra 16 hours from the case. If you need a quick top-up, a five-minute charge gets up to 60 minutes of playtime. The charging case supports wireless Qi charging, so you can recharge it on supported devices or charging pads.
LDAC brings high-resolution audio to Android
Sony integrates its LDAC audio coding tech into the WF-1000XM4, allowing listeners on Android devices to enjoy High-Resolution Audio. The company uses its processor and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) to upscale compressed digital music in real-time, so you’re promised a richer, more complete listening experience.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 retails for USD 280 (around PHP 13,370). It will be available in the Philippines soon in Black or Silver.