During an online event, Sony just announced the 4th generation of its premium noise-canceling headsets: the WH1000XM4. This pair of headphones features an upgraded Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) capability, improved communication capabilities, along with connecting two different devices at the same time.
The WH-1000XM4 uses the same Q1N noise-canceling chip as the 3rd generation, but Sony says that it has upgraded the algorithm to help the headphones analyze the environment and the music of the user up to 700 times, thereby improving the noise canceling.
These headphones will also use a 40mm Dynamic driver, similar to its predecessor, so we won’t expect much of the performance enhancements unless we use the next generation DSEE Extreme feature. – feature that improves the quality of a poor audio source. Even the WH1000XM4 outside design does not have many differences, only the cushion is better machined for increased comfort.
The more notable upgrades are communication and connectivity. Sony equips up to 5 microphones for the WH-1000XM4, which promises to have superior voice quality compared to the 3rd version (which many people complain is very poor). We will also have a feature called “Speak to Chat”, the headset will automatically recognize the listener’s own voice, then lower the volume of the music to make it easier for us to talk to the other person.
And finally the ability to connect to 2 devices at the same time, a feature already in many pairs of other headphones of other brands, but so far Sony has added the WH-1000XM4. The company said that users will have to update the software for this pair of headphones to use the feature to connect multiple devices, perhaps only for the first shipments.
Sony WH-1000XM4 will be sold in mid-August (ie more than a week) with the price of 350 USD, there are 2 versions: Black and Light Gray.