Sony announces new WH-1000XM4 with industry leading wireless noise cancellation


Following the hugely popular Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones from last year, the latest WH-1000XM4 series offers personalized features and improved noise cancellation.

Superior sound

The WH-1000XM4 headphones deliver Sony’s best ever noise cancelling experience, whether you are flying long haul or relaxing. Each ear-cup uses two microphones for noise cancelling, working on Sony’s Dual Noise Sensor technology. This captures ambient noise and passes data to the trusted HD Noise Cancelling Processor (QN1). In combination with this, a new Bluetooth Audio SoC senses and adjusts to music and noise at over 700 times per second.

Listen to important announcements using ‘Quick Attention’

By using a new algorithm, the QN1 applies noise cancelling processing in real time. This allows the user to focus more on music and blur out the chaos of the outside world. The headphones also Edge-AI, DSEE Extreme for more accurate rebuilding of lost audio during digital compression. It restores the high range sounds lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience. When combined with an Android or iOS smartphone, you can also use the 360 Reality Audio on the headphones on participating streaming services. This lets you immerse yourself in your music. You can also enjoy a custom immersive musical field that optimized for each individual when the headphones are paired with the Sony Headphones Connect application.

Smart listening experience

Using Adaptive Sound Control, the headphones can adjust ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Over time, it learns to recognize locations and tailors sound to suit the situation. For instance, the headphones can permit no background noise when on a journey or have you stay aware of your surroundings when walking, all while still enjoying your music.

Everyday convenience

New on the WH-1000XM4, you find an innovative feature called ‘Speak-to-Chat’. This allows you to have short conversations without having to take your headphones off. By simply speaking, your headphones will recognize your voice, automatically stop your music and let in ambient sound to have a conversation. The music can automatically restart 30 seconds after you have last spoken. With ‘Quick Attention’, you simply place your right hand over the ear-cup to decrease volume instantly to let ambient sound in, ideal for announcements.

The WH-1000XM4 headphones are ideal for long haul trips or for work

Furthermore, the headphones come with wearing detection. This allows them to detect when they are worn and adapt playback to save battery. This is possible thanks to the headphone’s proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors. With its new Precise Voice Pickup technology, the hands-free calling experience is also enhanced.

Ultimate design

The WH-1000XM4 aims to be comfortable and lightweight with super-soft, pressure relieving ear-pads. For total convenience, the headphones can be paired with two Bluetooth device at the same time, allowing for quick switching between them at a single tap. You get both Bluetooth and NFC connectivity on the WH-1000XM4 with up to 30 hours of battery life. Their quick-charging function allows for up to 5 hours of wireless playback from 10 minutes of charging. The headphones also support Google’s Fast Pair feature to easily locate where you left them by ringing them. This year too, the same touch panel controls are supported for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa access.


The Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones will be available in black and silver variants in the Middle East this August. We will keep you updated on regional pricing as we know more.