Sony really is the leader when it comes to the regular consumer-targeted premium headsets. The WH-1000XM3 are living proof of that. The headphones offer great build quality, industry-standard noise canceling, and not to mention, great battery life. It was a huge leap for Sony as they entered the market as Bose‘s competitor and at times have beat the company to the punch. Now, in recent months, we have found out quite a lot about the headsets: The Sony WH-1000XM4s. These would be the next model to the current ones.
What we know
Looking at the expected specs and we would see similar drivers to the ones found in the current model. Not to mention, there will also be support for LDAC this time around. This is Sony’s proprietary loss-less algorithm. But, as a downside, Sony would be giving up on support for apt and aptX which is a bummer. But, as far as audiophiles are concerned, the LDAC support should be plenty as well. There would be added functionality with the noise-canceling features and would definitely be on par with products from Microsoft and Bose. Usually, we expect it to be better. Smart features would be enhanced as well with support for “Smart talk”. This would allow the device to detect if someone talks to you. It would then continue to add ambient sound to the headphones without you having to cup one of the pieces.
Now, the question about its price comes to mind. We know that the current generation goes for about $350. A pretty high price tag for some premium headsets. A recent tweet from Roland Quandt, usually a credible source, claims that the new ones would retail for 379.90 Euros. This is definitely an increase in price and it would be interesting to know how users would react to this change.
Sony WH-1000XM4 are finally going to be out soon, it seems. MSRP is 379,90 Euros.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) July 27, 2020