Sony has officially announced WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones. It’s the successor to WH-1000XM3, which has been widely regarded as the best noise-canceling headphones in the world. And great news, it’s launching in Nepal really soon – most likely within a week’s time. Let’s check out the specs, features, expected price, and availability of Sony WH-1000XM4 in Nepal.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Overview
Improved Noise Cancelling
Like its predecessor, Sony WH-1000XM4 comes with QN1 HD Noise Cancelling Processor. The dual microphones on each earcup capture noise and pass it to the processor. Then the new Bluetooth Audio System on Chip detects music and noise at over 700 times per second. The QN1 then uses all the information to implement real-time noise cancellation.
The DSEE Extreme on the WH-1000XM4 uses Edge AI, to reproduce the audio that is lost during the compression process. This AI is capable of recognizing instruments, music genres, and other elements of songs in real-time. It then restores the lost sounds for the full-fidelity experience. It is a result of a collaboration between the company and Sony Music Studio in Tokyo.
Speak to Chat
With the WH-1000XM4, Sony has announced a new feature called “Speak to Chat.” It allows users to have conversations without taking the headphones off. According to Sony, the headphones will recognize the user’s voice as they start speaking and will stop the music automatically. The music will only be resumed 30 seconds after the speaker stops talking. There’s also a feature called “Quick Attention” in which users can place their hand on the right earcup to decrease the volume. These new features will be useful during small conversations and making an announcement, respectively, says Sony.
Adaptive Sound Control
The Adaptive Sound Control on the headphones adjusts ambient settings based on where the user is and what the user is doing. The best part is that it can recognize frequently visited locations and adjust the settings accordingly. Users can set preferred locations and corresponding settings on the Sony Headphones Connect App.
Rest of the features
WH-1000XM4 features five microphones, which are controlled by a technology called Precise Voice Pickup. This uses advanced audio signal processing for clearer voice quality during hands-free calls. It is also activated during Speak to Chat. It supports Google Voice Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Sony WH-1000XM4 now also supports wear detection, 360 Reality Audio, and can be paired with two devices at the same time. The headphones promise a battery backup of up to 30 hours. Similarly, 10 minutes of quick charge can add 5 hours of playback.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Specifications:
- Weight: 255 grams (approx.)
- Headphone Type: Closed, dynamic
- Driver Unit: 1.57″, dome type
- Impedance: 47Ω (when connected via cable with the unit turned on), 16Ω (when connected via cable with the unit turned off)
- Frequency Response: 4Hz – 40,000Hz,
- Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication): 20Hz – 20,000Hz (44.1 kHz), 20Hz – 40,000Hz (LDAC 96 kHz, 990kbps)
- Input: Stereo mini-jack
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- Frequency Range: 2.4GHz band
- Codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC
- Active Noise Cancelling: Yes, QN1 processor
- Battery Life :
- 30 hrs (NC on), 38 hrs (NC off) – continuous music playback
- 30 hrs (NC on), 200 hrs (NC off) – waiting time
- Battery Charge Time: 3 hrs (approx.)
- Features: NFC, DSEE Extreme, Edge AI, 360 Reality Audio, Speak to Chat, Precise Voice Pickup
Sony WH-1000XM4 Price in Nepal and Availability
Sony launched the WH-1000XM4 in August 2020 at a price of $349.99 in the international market, and at INR 29,990 in India. We expect the price of Sony WH-1000XM4 in Nepal to be around NPR 50,000 when it officially launches later on.
|Noise Cancelling Headphone Model||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Sony WH-1000XM4||NPR 50,000|