Sony announces its latest wireless noise cancelling headphones

Sony has announced the WH-1000XM4, the fourth generation over-ear wireless noise cancelling headphones in its award-winning 1000X family.

The latest headphones offer all the technology from the popular WH-1000XM3, with additional intelligent features that allow you to personalise and control your music, improve noise cancellation and adjust ambient sound automatically.

With two microphones on each earcup, being used for noise cancelling, Sony’s Dual Noise Sensor technology captures ambient noise and passes the data to the trusted HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1. Then a new BLUETOOTH Audio SoC (System on Chip) senses and adjusts to music and noise at over 700 times per second. Using a new algorithm, the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 applies noise cancelling processing in real time.

Using Edge-AI, DSEE Extreme more accurately rebuilds audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience. To build this AI system, Sony has worked with Sony Music Studios Tokyo to gather data on music to garner true insight into how specific music signals are composed.

360 Reality Audio, a new immersive audio experience, can be enjoyed on the WH-1000XM4 headphones when combined with an Android smartphone or iPhone that has a participating streaming services app installed. Listeners can enjoy a custom immersive musical field that is perfectly optimised for each individual user when using the Sony Headphones Connect app.

Meanwhile, Adaptive Sound Control on the WH-1000XM4 is a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience.

New to the WH-1000XM4 is ‘Speak-to-Chat’, a feature that lets you have short conversations without taking your headphones off, making ordering a coffee whilst listening to music even easier. Just simply say something and the headphones will recognise your voice, automatically stop your music and let in ambient sound so you can conduct a conversion without removing your headphones. The music automatically starts playing again 30 seconds after you’ve last spoken.

‘Quick Attention’ mode is available on the WH-1000XM4 to listen to, for example, an announcement or if you want to say something briefly, simply place your right hand over the earcup to decrease the volume instantly and let ambient sound in.

The WH-1000XM4 are NFC and Bluetooth enabled, have a battery life of up to 30 hours and a quick charging function, giving you up to five hours of wireless playback from 10 minutes of charging.

These latest wireless headphones from Sony will be available later this summer in black and silver.