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Sony WF-1000XM4 TWS Earphones With Active Noise Cancellation, LDAC Support Launched

Sony WF-1000XM4 price is set at $279 (approximately Rs. 20,400).

Sony WF-1000XM4 TWS Earphones With Active Noise Cancellation, LDAC Support Launched

Sony WF-1000XM4 is among the first TWS headsets with LDAC support

Highlights
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 are successors to Sony WF-1000XM3
  • The earphones feature support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 offer up to 24 hours of charge with ANC on

Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones have been launched globally. The earphones are set to go on sale in various global markets starting June 2021. These are the most advanced TWS earbuds from Sony ever, going up against premium options such as Apple AirPods Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. These are also among the first true wireless earphones in the world to feature support for the high-resolution LDAC Bluetooth codec and come with other premium features such as active noise cancellation (ANC) and Qi wireless charging for the case.

Sony WF-1000XM4 price, availability

The Sony WF-1000XM4 TWS earbuds are priced at $279 (approximately Rs. 20,400), putting them in direct competition with other premium options from major brands such as Apple AirPods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, and Jabra Elite 85t. The earphones are set to go on sale starting June 2021. Specific availability in some markets such as EU, US, and UK could be announced in the coming days.

Pricing and availability for India have not been announced yet, but it's likely that Sony will launch the new earphones in the county in the coming weeks. The new headphones succeed Sony WF-1000XM3 that were launched in India in mid-2020, priced at Rs. 19,990.

Sony WF-1000XM4 specifications, features

Like other premium TWS earphones in the segment, Sony WF-1000XM4 feature ANC that is claimed to be 40 percent better than the XM3 generation. There is also a new Sony V1 processing chip that supports the improved ANC and also promises better audio quality and connectivity. The earpieces themselves are much smaller than the WF-1000XM3, with a completely new design that promises better comfort without any reduction in battery life or performance.

A key new addition is support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec on Sony WF-1000XM4. These are among the first TWS earbuds to feature the advanced high-resolution Bluetooth codec that is considered superior to SBC, AAC, and Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codecs typically seen on true wireless earphones. With this, the earbuds should be able to carry larger amount of data over Bluetooth, promising better audio quality and some basic support for some high-resolution audio content. There is also support for Sony's DSEE Extreme audio upscaling, as well as 360 Reality Audio.

Other features include Qi wireless charging for the case, battery life of up to 24 hours per charge cycle with ANC on (8 hours on the earphones, 16 additional hours from the case), and IPX4 water resistance. The earphones will be available in black and silver colour options and will have app support through Sony's Headphones Connect app with access to the default voice assistant on your smartphone and the Google Fast Pair protocol. Sony's speak-to-chat feature, that we first saw on Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear wireless headphones, is also present on Sony WF-1000XM4.


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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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