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- Battery Life (Continuous Communication Time): Max. 5.5 hours (NC On) / Max. 6.0 hours (NC Off)
- Battery Charge Time: Approx. 1.5 hours
- Battery Life (Continuous music playback time): Max. 8 hours (NC On) / Max. 12 hours (NC Off)
- Bluetooth Specification
- Bluetooth version: Version 5.2
- Profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
- Supported Audio Format(s): SBC, AAC, LDAC
- Supported Content Protection: SCMS-T
- General Features
- DSEE Extreme: Yes
- Driver Unit: 6 mm
- Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication): 20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz sampling) 20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz sampling, 990 kbps) / 20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz sampling)
- Headphone Type: Truly Wireless
- Magnet: High-power neodymium magnets
- Waterproof: Yes (IPX4)
- Noise Canceling
- Ambient Sound Mode: Yes
- Quick Attention: Yes
- Size & Weight
- Weight: Approx. 1.45 oz.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box
- 3x Noise Isolation Earbud Tips
- USB-C Charging Cable
- Carrying Case
Customer Reviews for Sony WF-1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Earbuds
While I appreciate the environmentally friendly packaging if you are paying approx. £250 for a top end set of noise cancelling wireless ear buds you don’t expect them to come in a tiny egg carton style box surely Sony could have come up with something better?
The first thing you will notice is the case size while the WF-1000XM3 defiantly felt better made and more robust it was a bit of a monster, not something that would sit comfortably in a pocket and on top of that it did not have wireless charging.
The new case, wow how have they managed to get it so small and on top of that fit in wireless charging but saying that it defiantly feels cheaper and the lid feel that it could break off easily but that reduced size sits snuggly in your pocket. No rose gold lid all matt black & just a small subtle SONY in gold stamped on the lid so the compromise of a smaller size over build quality is not a deal break, I can live with that. The magnets are super strong I tried to dislodge them and they stayed firmly in place there is no way the ear buds should accidently fall out. I also like the charge notification light it seems much more brighter and noticeable than the previous model maybe having an all black case has helped with that.
Now the main event the WF-1000XM4 themselves and what a design change from the WF-1000XM3 and in a really good way. I think that we were expecting this design first time around and while I wasn’t totally disappointed in the previous version they just felt out of proportion didn’t sit right in the ear and always felt like at any time they could fall out. The new version while they are a little chunky they sit nicely in the ear and once you find the right fit tips they don’t feel like they will fall out whatever you might be doing and I know not everyone is a fan of the new foam type tips but that’s down to personal taste and really I don’t mind them. Love the gold circular microphone that stands out on the matt black.
Sound quality on the WF-1000XM3 was great but the WF-1000XM4 has been tweaked and is better still with a slightly more overall balanced sound along with the added 360, which I won’t use but I’m sure others will be pleased about.
Another improvement is the microphone while I never had any real issues with the previous model it did on occasions get a bit crackly or cut in & out while using with iPhone but this new version has been issue free up until now very stable even on calls overseas via Wi-Fi have been clear with no loss of quality.
The noise cancelling that Sony have developed I believe is the best out there at the moment and I tested this first during a very hot spell of weather and I sat next to an electric fan while listening to music, noise cancelling blocked out all the fan noise even while sitting right next to it. The second test came while travelling for several hours on an RAF Air tanker A330 anyone who knows these or has travelled on one will know how noisy they are inside but with the noise cancelling on it was defiantly a very pleasant experience listening to music and having the voice recognition turned on made life easier talking to the air crew when required. The third test came in 30mph winds while working overseas, and while you could certainly feel the wind the noise was pretty much cut out completely, impressive Sony.
Another improvement that people wanted was to have some aspect of being waterproof/showerproof, Sony has listened and these are IPX4 rated so no need to panic when using in the gym or caught outside in a rain shower. Some things that Sony still haven’t given us which is disappointing and might be a deal breaker for some people who may not purchase the is the fact you can still only connect them to one thing at a time, while its not a major issue for me I am frustrated that this hasn’t been resolved and it’s a pain having to continually connect from my iPhone to my MacBook and back again come on Sony it can’t be that hard to resolve this for a premium pair of headphones.
The second issue is the touch controls on the buds; the touch system it great very responsive never fails but at times that’s the issue, accidently touch them which can happen a lot and it gets frustrating but would I want to change this to a physical push button? No probably not.
Lastly come on Sony get your headphones app sorted it is one of the most frustrating apps out there along with your music centre app half of the time I just don’t bother using it.
In comes the Sony WF-1000XM4 which is all the above and then some! As you can see from the photos, minimalist packaging and environmentally friendly too! Once open, you are greeted with a fine small case holding the in ear beauties. Design and feel is great! Instructions seem clear and pairing to the Android phone was exceptionally easy as it was instantly recognisable. I like to switch between laptop and phone, etc and this seemed simple to do also. Instructions explained basic usage functions well however I must admit that in practice, I am little unsure how to fully and best use the device (it might just be me taking a little longer to get used to them!). I also felt at first use the volume was not loud enough but after trying various sources, I think it was just the source I initially used (TV streaming on a mobile). Other sources, in particular music, give enough volume to feel the track the way you should.
There are a lot of features here and in particular, I was a little underwhelmed at the noise canelling feature (I have never had this before to compare anything to!) as I felt that when out a walk, it didn't do much for me however on a trip to Milan, I used on the Metro and walking the city and this is where Noise Cancelling came into it's own! It worked really well indeed and let me hear the audio as clear as can be. A quick press switched to ambient sound allowing external sounds to filter through also if needed for awareness. I enabled the Speak to Chat feature which I thought might be useful but it irritated me straight away as with a cough or blurting a line of a song stopped the track, it was a frustration. It may be great for some in certain conditions but was not for me at this time.
Good points to note includes the Headphones app which gives control over the equalizer and settings for different environments (which the headphones can automatically recognise for you and switch between - nice touch!). Also has features to analyse your ear shape for the best fit and to optimise apps for 360 Reality audio seem to be good for audiophiles (I just haven't used them yet!). You can even customise the function buttons for each ear bud.
The buds work with both Alexa and Google voice assistants (and I guess Siri too but I can't confirm this!). I haven't really used them for this yet so cannot comment. Also I haven't used yet for voice/video calls as I have not had the opportunity since receiving them but after reading other reviews around this, they seem to perform well in this regard. Some users will find the Automatic Wind Noise reduction feature a bonus (cyclists, etc) but again, I have not found a need for this yet to be able to comment.
All in all, these noise cancelling headphones will not diappoint the beginner or advanced audiophile. I am in the middle of the range here and have some issues with learning the features to the best of their ability and for what I need day to day but this is a personal problem and over time, I will learn, I just haven't really immersed myself in them yet like I normally would.
Out of the box, connectivity and sound quality are absolutely bang on the money. The customisable features will suit many to match their style of use and the advance options are a boon if you are in the market for this type of product. Battery life and comfort seem excellent as I used for around 6 hours straight while travelling and still had plenty of charge in the headphones and of course, the case as a power reserve. I personally find the price point for such a device a little expensive however in direct comparison to other brands and for the top of the range premium device with the range of features provided out of the box, there really is no comparison to be made here if you are willing to pay for the best in this area.
Pairing is a breeze and there's lots of info that's in the right place at the right time with Android. The units are very small and even the charger is small enough to lose in a bag pocket. Despite the size they sound great and have a surprisingly deep and full bass sound. The noise cancelling works well. The highest compliment I can pay is that since these arrived I've only put my full sized noise cancelling headphones on once!
The app is good, in particular for the fitting the earbuds both for comfort and a good seal. You may think you have made the right choice of earbud only for the app to correct you. My wife has never taken to using earphones because she has never found any that are comfortable and feel as though they are secure in her ear. She has tried these and the ear fitting shape and the consistency of the earbud tips has prompted her to add a 1000XM4 to her Christmas list.
Because I need to listen to the tv at a higher volume level than my wife I have paired the earphones with my tv. The problem is solved and we can both now hear those very quietly spoken dialogues in comfort.
I am a passionate competition photographer and spend many hours editing images and video in our office. Of course the room has a constant buzz of hard drives and fans and I am quite aware of possibly developing Tinnitus. I now wear the Sony earphones on a daily basis simply for the noise cancelling. They work beautifully and the simple tap settings for switching to ambient sound when anyone comes into the room, answering calls and occasionally listening to quiet music whilst I work are very welcome.
Of course these earphones have so much more to offer and I will be getting to know more over the coming weeks.
They look cool, perform very well and are a quality addition to my daily life.
When it comes to listening to what you choose to hear and shutting out the sounds you don't want then these are excellent. I really like them
The WF-1000XM4 is newly redesigned, making them smaller, lighter, and, in my opinion, prettier than the predecessor WF-1000XM3.
On the outside of earbuds are touch-sensitive buttons that work very well and control the earbuds very smoothly. The final touch on the build quality of the buds – IPX4 water resistance, which is plenty to daily use for most people.
It is enough about the design and controls because the main attraction and the true gem of these earbuds are audio performance and noise cancellation. In one word – outstanding! The sound quality is excellent: punchy but balanced; perfect clarity and great dynamics! But the most significant feature is the active noise cancellation (ANC). When it kicks in, you feel like you are on your own. It shuts the outside world so well that it makes you ow!
One more important area of daily use – battery life. I think it is pretty fair—the total of 24 hours (8 from the earbuds and a further 16 from the charging case).
In my opinion – Sony WF-1000XM4 is the best all-around true wireless earbuds on the market right now!