Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Earphones Review: Top-Tier Stuff – Gadgets 360
Sony is among the world’s leading brands when it comes to personal audio, and has regularly produced high-quality wireless headphones, earphones, and true wireless earphones. The company has also developed the LDAC Bluetooth codec, which allows for a high rate of data transfer over Bluetooth for better audio quality with high-resolution audio streams and files. The latest product from Sony combines all of its expertise in this field; the WF-1000XM4 true wireless earphones promise flagship-grade sound quality, along with other key features.
Priced at Rs. 19,990, the Sony WF-1000XM4 is the successor to the WF-1000XM3, and promises an even more capable and feature-filled listening experience. Apart from active noise cancellation, mobile app support, and wireless charging, the WF-1000XM4 supports the LDAC Bluetooth codec which promises better sound quality with compatible source devices. Is this the best pair of true wireless earphones you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
All the specifications and features you’d expect on the Sony WF-1000XM4
Some flagship true wireless earphones such as the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and Sony WF-1000XM3 are considerably larger than most affordable and mid-range options, and the Sony WF-1000XM4 is a similarly large pair. One of the reasons for this is the Sony V1 integrated processor, which powers the active noise cancellation and LDAC Bluetooth codec support.
Although a bit smaller than the XM3, the XM4 earpieces are quite large. They remain anchored in place in your ears with the help of silicone ear tips alone. The earpieces stuck out of my ears somewhat precariously, and tended to move around slightly with everyday use, particularly when I was walking. However, noise isolation remained good enough to ensure effective active noise cancellation, and I didn’t have any issues with comfort or the ability to use these earphones for long stretches.
The earpieces of the Sony WF-1000XM4 are built from plastic, but have a nice finish and there’s a small metal accent on each one that houses one of the outer microphones. The second outer microphone is on the top of each earpiece, and a third microphone is placed inside to assist with ANC. The rounded portion on the outer side of the earpieces is touch-sensitive for the customisable controls, and the insides have proximity sensors that detect when they are worn or taken off in order to automatically play and pause music or power them down when not in use.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 earpieces are rated IPX4 for water resistance. My review unit came in an ‘eco-friendly’ recyclable package. I found three pairs of foam ear tips in the package, but Sony has confirmed that units sold in India will have three pairs of silicone ear tips instead in the box, which is a bit disappointing given that foam tips usually offer a better noise isolating fit. A single pair of silicone ear tips was provided to me separately by Sony for this review, to match the experience buyers will have.
Touch controls on the Sony WF-1000XM4 are customisable through the Sony Headphones Connect app, although this is limited to function sets rather than allowing users to choose individual gestures and functions. The sets are assigned to each earpiece separately, and can be swapped depending on your preferences. There’s a set for Ambient Sound Control which …….