Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

BH #SOWH1000XM4B • MFR #WH1000XM4/B
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
Key Features
  • Custom Sound for Activities & Locations
  • Automatically Adjusts Ambient Sound
  • Wearing Detection & Speak-to-Chat
  • DSEE Extreme Audio Upscaling
No matter where you go, the black Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones deliver pristine sound quality while automatically adjusting ambient sound according to your activity and registered locations, leaving your hands and mind free from the hassle of changing settings just to hear what you want to hear. Plus, the headphones detect when you're wearing them and start and stop your audio for you.
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Sony WH-1000XM4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Tech Noise Cancellation
  • 3Adaptive Sound Control
  • 4Optimized Noise Canceling
  • 5Wearing Detection
  • 6Speak-to-Chat Convenience
  • 7Quick Attention
  • 8Sony Headphones Connect App
  • 9Voice Assistant Integration
  • 10Hands-Free Calling
  • 11Hi-Res Audio
  • 12DSEE Extreme Audio Upscaling
  • 13Multipoint Connection
  • 14Additional Features

No matter where you go, the black Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones deliver pristine sound quality while automatically adjusting ambient sound according to your activity and registered locations, leaving your hands and mind free from the hassle of changing settings just to hear what you want to hear. Plus, the headphones detect when you're wearing them and start and stop your audio for you.

Noise cancellation is accomplished with Sony's dedicated HD Noise-Canceling QN1 processor and Sense Engine. Sense Engine is designed to automatically adjust the level of ambient sound based on your environment. If quick communication is needed, simply speak to chat without audio playing or just cover the right earcup with your hand to monitor the outside world.

When it comes to what you do hear, the WH-1000XM4 headphones use DSEE Extreme audio upscaling to perform genre- and instrument-based optimization of the sound, and they support LDAC, AAC, and SBC codecs. When used with a compatible source device, LDAC transmits approximately three times more data, up to 990 kb/s, compared to conventional Bluetooth. This is meant to make your high-resolution audio content sound even better when it's played back through the 1.57" drivers with LCP diaphragms (liquid crystal polymer).

Whether you're looking for peace and quiet while working from home or you want an ideal pair of headphones for traveling, Sony crafted the noise-canceling WH-1000XM4 to be both convenient (with support for Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant) and comfortable, thanks to the soft, pressure-relieving earpads and the lightweight design.

High-Tech Noise Cancellation

Dual noise sensor technology, featuring two microphones on each earcup, captures ambient noise and passes the data to the HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1. Using a new algorithm, the HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1 then applies noise cancellation processing in real time to a range of acoustic environments.

Working together with a new Bluetooth Audio SoC (system on chip), it senses and adjusts to music and noise signals, as well as acoustic characteristics between the driver unit and ears, at over 700 times per second.

Adaptive Sound Control

Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that can learn to recognize locations you frequently visit, such as your workplace or favorite café, and tailor sound for the ideal listening experience. In addition, it automatically detects what you're up to—walking, waiting or traveling—then adjusts ambient sound settings to suit the situation.

Optimized Noise Canceling

The WH-1000XM4 headphones incorporate two technologies to maximize noise-canceling performance. Unique Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing delivers optimal sound at high altitude, while Personal Noise Cancellation Optimizer analyzes unique sonic characteristics caused by head size, glasses, and hair, then tailors sound to you.

Wearing Detection

A proximity sensor in the WH-1000XM4 headphones can detect whether you're wearing them or not, then adapt playback accordingly to help save battery power. Take off your headphones and the music pauses automatically. Put the headphones back on and the music automatically resumes.

Speak-to-Chat Convenience

As soon as you speak to someone, Speak-to-Chat automatically stops the music and lets in ambient sound so you can conduct a conversation—handy if you want to keep your headphones on or your hands are full. Based on Precise Voice Pickup Technology, this smart feature uses five microphones built into the headphones and advanced audio signal processing to recognize and react to your voice. Once your chat is over, your music starts playing again automatically.

Quick Attention

Regardless of the level of noise-cancelation, the Quick Attention features lets you quickly hear your environment, whether it's to hear an emergency announcement or have a quick conversation. Simply place your hand over the housing of the right earcup to quiet things down so you can hear.

Sony Headphones Connect App

Adjust ambient sound with the Sony | Headphones Connect app to cancel noise while still allowing essential sounds, like transport announcements, through when you're listening on the move. Ambient Sound Control lets you adjust the volume of background sound and gives you the option to allow voices alone to be heard. Meanwhile the Equalizer lets you customize sound levels to suit your music.

Voice Assistant Integration

When the WH-1000XM4 headphones are paired with your smartphone, you can use them to access the phone's voice assistant. Ask it questions and have it perform tasks just like you would normally do; enjoy entertainment, connect with friends, get information, listen to music and notifications, set reminders, and more.

Hands-Free Calling

Conversation flows freely with easy, hands-free calling. Leave your phone where it is, just speak with a double tap. Thanks to Precise Voice Pickup Technology, which combines five built-in microphones with advanced audio signal processing, WH-1000XM4 delivers clearer voice quality to the other person on the phone.

Hi-Res Audio

A built-in analog amplifier integrated in the HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1 realizes a pristine signal-to-noise ratio for low distortion and exceptional sound quality for portable devices. Powerful 1.57" drivers with liquid crystal polymer (LCP) diaphragms make the headphones ideal for handling heavy beats, and they can also reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.

DSEE Extreme Audio Upscaling

Using Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence) co-developed with Sony Music Entertainment, DSEE Extreme (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales compressed digital music files in real time. Dynamically recognizing instrumentation, musical genres, and individual elements of each song, such as vocals or interludes, it restores the high-range sound lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience.

Multipoint Connection

For total convenience, WH-1000XM4 headphones can be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. When a call comes in, your headphones know which device is ringing and connect to the right one automatically. You'll also be able to quickly and smoothly switch your headphones to either of the two devices at the touch of a button.

Additional Features

Battery Life: Up to 30 hours of playback with active noise cancellation
Quick Charge: With just 10 minutes of charging via an AC adapter (not included), you can gain up to 5 hours of battery life
Tap Controls: Intuitive tap and swipe gestures on the outside of the right earcup let you adjust volume, play/pause audio, change tracks, and answer calls
Swivel & Foldable: The earcups swivel inwards so they pack up neatly in the included compact case
UPC: 027242919419

Sony WH-1000XM4 Specs

Headphone
Earpiece DesignOver-Ear (Circumaural), Closed-Back
Earpiece SwivelYes
Earpiece Connection / Wearing StyleHeadband
FoldableYes
Driver TypeDynamic
Number of Drivers1, per Earpiece
Driver Size1.57" / 40 mm
DiaphragmAluminum-Coated
Magnet TypeNeodymium
Voice CoilCopper-Clad Aluminum Wire
Active Noise CancellationYes
Controls/Microphone LocationControls: Earpiece (Side Unspecified)
Microphone: Earpiece (Side Unspecified)
Full Remote OS SupportAndroid, iOS
SensorsProximity, Touch
Performance
Frequency Response4 Hz to 40 kHz (Wired)
Sensitivity101 dB at 1 kHz (Passive)
105 dB at 1 kHz (Active)
Microphone
Number of Mics5
Beamforming SupportNo
TypeMEMS
Noise CancelingNot Specified by Manufacturer
Wireless Connectivity
Supported Audio CodecsAAC, LDAC, SBC
Bluetooth5.0
Wireless Range30' / 9.1 m
FrequencyBluetooth: 2.4 GHz (2400 to 2483.5 MHz)
Multipoint SupportYes
Maximum Paired Devices2
NFCYes
EncryptionNone
Wired Connectivity
Audio Connector to Source1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male Right-Angled
Audio Connector to Earpiece1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Male
Cable Length3.94' / 1.2 m (1/8" / 3.5 mm)
Battery
Runtime30 Hours (BT+ANC)
38 Hours (BT)
200 Hours (Standby)
Quick Charging Times10 Minutes for 5 Hours
Recharge Time3 Hours
DC Input Power5 VDC
Wireless ChargingNone
Charging PortUSB Type-C
Charging Cable Length7.87" / 19.99 cm
Physical
ColorBlack
LED IndicatorYes
Material of ConstructionFoam, Plastic
Weight9 oz / 254 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.69 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 7.1 x 3"

Sony WH-1000XM4 Reviews

Great headphones

By Hamza
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

I recommend it!

very comfi

By Lebey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-11

Feels very comfi on the ear, light weight, I love it! Thanks

WH-1000XM4 The Good, The Bad and Ugly.

By Piyush76
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

Good: Headphones are great with great sound compared to all headphones in the same category. Noise cancelling is one of the greatest. I have tested the noise cancelling in most crowded areas and it is one of the best. Battery life is one of the greatest I have seen so far. It is also very light weight so that you can wear it for a long time without any issues. Setting this is very easy with the sony app. The sony support is very attentive and very supportive. The Bad: If you are setting this up with multiple devices for example phone and laptop so that it can connect as soon as you switch the device it is very easy to do that but all the issues started happening after that. While connecting to the single device lets say phone if you start your laptop you will hear the message that "Second device connected" but after every 10-15 second it play the same message while you are listening the music on first device. It is so irritating and I found no solution, how to fix that. The Ugly: These headphones are not meant to be for Zoom conferencing, I had to exchange my first pair of headphones as I people were not able to hear me on the zoom calls. Also there was issues while calling to people over phone, Whenever I use to call people over phone the other party tells me that I am sounding like I am sitting very far from my phone.

Best headphones I've ever had

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-09

They're a little spensy but it's definitely worth it. The noise canceling is super aggressive, good fit, just absolute banger headphones all around.

Fantastic headphones, but not perfect for me

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

I was hoping these would be the wireless versions of my Sony MDR-7506 with active noise cancellation. My research pointed me to these & the Apple Airpods Max. The 7506 are perfect for long session and was hoping these would be an improvement, but I'm not quite sure. They're pretty comfortable, but sometimes after an hour can be uncomfortable due to the physical headphones, or the sound of active noise cancellation. I have AirPods Pro & am blown away by the noise cancellation & audio quality. For that reason the Air Pods Max probably would be the better fit for me since I'm not traveling with these headphones, BUT they are too expensive for my taste. I wasn't sure if the weight of those would become uncomfortable after long sessions.

The best headphones I have ever had.

By RianJT The King
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

These are pricey but are woth every penny I spent thank you Sony for your great product.

Love

By Bethw1123
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-21

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] These are great. I have a very loud household, with an almost 2 year old who likes to scream. The noise cancellation is KEY and works so well. These also seem to fit my ears well and stay in better than another popular brand!

Sounds great….but….

By COLRJB55
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

We bought this for my wife in August 2021. Now less than 3 months these headphones will no longer take a charge, besides that they sound awesome.

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Hi Fahad, the headphones will work even you're outside USA. If you're pertaining to the warranty, we recommend contacting the store/dealer where you'll purchase the unit for more details. Erin
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