Sony WF-1000XM4 evaluation – one of the best of all actually wi-fi earbuds

  • Sony The WF-1000XM4 actually wi-fi earbuds have lastly debuted in India to tackle the Airpods Professional, Bose QuiteComfort Earbuds.
  • The TWS is priced at Rs 19,990 and is already out there on the market throughout on-line and offline shops.
  • It’s the successor to the WF-1000XM3, however a extremely refined model in a extra compact kind issue.

The primary month of 2022 has begun with a number of TWS headphone launches, however one among Sony’s most awaited WF-1000XM4 is the primary premium entry in India. The actually wi-fi headphones have been launched at Rs 19,990 and are a direct rival to Apple’s Airpods Professional and others in the identical worth phase.

With that price ticket, it’s fairly clear that these headphones are for true wi-fi fanatics who’re prepared to spend a premium to get the perfect one out there out there.

I’ve been utilizing the Sony WF-1000XM4 for nearly ten days now and it has given me loads to share. This consists of some main first-time updates and a few enhancements over its predecessor – the 1000XM3. I additionally used it with an AirPods Professional to match the audio high quality and noise-canceling function.

Let’s dive in to know extra about Sony’s newest TWS.

The smaller case, buds and materials end are a welcome change

Sony has minimize fairly a little bit of the WF-1000XM4 in comparison with its predecessor. The charging case is claimed to be 40% smaller and the earbuds 10% smaller. That is welcome, as most opponents had this benefit over the M3, which makes it straightforward to suggest for individuals who desire a compact TWS.

The charging case and particular person earbuds of the WF-1000XM4 are a lot smaller than these of its predecessor.Sudhanshu Singh/Enterprise Insider India

The earbuds provide a comfortable match and include eartips choices for various sizes. The companion app additionally helps you discover one of the best match to your ear. I attempted indoor operating, and intentionally headbanging to see if it sticks instead—and does not loosen or fall, until you go loopy. To place issues in perspective, each the Airpods Professional and WF-1000XM3 earbuds loosen the grip after a single headbang use.

Sony WF-1000XM4 review - the best of all truly wireless earbuds
The Sony WF-1000XM4 gives a comfortable match and does not slide off even after deliberate head banging. Sudhanshu Singh/Enterprise Insider India

As talked about, the WF-1000XM4 is way smaller and this mechanically makes it extra pocketable. Not solely is it smaller nevertheless it additionally suits higher and is now extra akin to the just lately launched earbuds as a result of smaller case and buds. The case is a bit thicker and wider than the Airpods Professional, nevertheless it’s narrower in peak once you have a look at it from the entrance. In contrast to the M3, the scale distinction between the 2 rivals is now negligible.

Sony WF-1000XM4 review - the best of all truly wireless earbuds
(prime to backside) Sony WF-1000XM4, Airpods Professional and OnePlus Buds Professional.Sudhanshu Singh/Enterprise Insider India

The Sony WF-1000XM4’s earbuds are plastic, with a elegant end and a small copper-colored metallic accent on each that packs one of many exterior microphones. The second microphone is on the prime of every earpiece, whereas the third is positioned inside. Lastly, they’re rated IPX4 for water resistance, which makes them waterproof.

Sony has made one other considerate enchancment to the design – the place the WF-1000XM3’s case received scratched after a couple of months of use. This time, on the M4, the corporate has switched to a extra refined, single-colour matte plastic case. It turned out to be extra proof against fingerprints and scratches, however we’ll get to see extra after we spend extra time with it.

It is usually price mentioning that Sony has launched a brand new eco-friendly packaging which is sort of half the scale in comparison with the earlier one. It is usually fully paper based mostly and recyclable. a superb one!

Options are impressed by its premium over-ear sibling and so they work surprisingly properly

Function-wise, the WF-1000XM4 borrows loads from the M3 and improves upon them. It additionally brings a few of the prime options from the WH-1000XM4 (Sony’s premium over ear headphones) and so they work fairly properly. These embody adaptive energetic noise cancellation that adjusts to the environment, quick pairing for Apple, Android and Home windows units, and discuss chat function that means that you can have a quick chat with out pausing the music. Simply begin speaking.

Just like the earlier iteration, the contact controls are capacitive and embedded within the Buds. Each the buds are touch-enabled, the place the best is used to play/pause, change tracks, take calls and activate the voice assistant, whereas the left is used for mute, ANC and ambient sound management duties. It helps the entire Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri – so there are alternatives for all customers. I am not a giant fan of voice assistants on headphones, however a whole lot of customers want them and the M4 does a superb job at it, identical to most premium headsets on the market right this moment. Sadly, I did not get an opportunity to check the voice assistant’s response and accuracy in noisy or crowded environments.

Sony WF-1000XM4 review - the best of all truly wireless earbuds
The Sony WF-1000XM4s include contact controls and are voice assistant-enabled.

However a key enchancment to Sony’s WF, WH and WI sequence is its feature-loaded headphone app that is refined and feels very pure to make use of. It permits entry to a large set of options and controls together with Adaptive Sound, Ambient Sound, Converse to Chat, Equalizer, Voice Assistant, Customizing Contact Management Scheme and plenty of extra.

On the within, the brand new earbuds embody Bluetooth 5.2 assist, compatibility with SBC and AAC codecs, in addition to Sony’s LDAC codec to assist high-bitrate streaming. There isn’t a signal of aptX and naturally, aptX HD. The M3, then again, has a Bluetooth 5.0 connection and solely AAC and SBC codecs.

How’s the audio and noise-canceling efficiency on the WF-1000XM4?

The sound on the WF-1000XM4 looks like dwelling, particularly for an M3 person like me. It is the identical clear, crisp and full sound signature that strikes simply the best steadiness of loudness and element. As all the time, I hear about every little thing from Bollywood, old style rock to 90s hip-hop, and every little thing that goes forwards and backwards. The soundstage is on level for noise-canceling headphones. It isn’t audiophile grade, to be truthful, nevertheless it’s on par with the AirPods Professional. The all the time wonderful thing about W-series headphones is that the audio frequency is balanced and does not get excessive at any specific frequency, which is the case with many earphones. Similar to the OnePlus Buds Professional favors the highs over the mids and lows.

As with the Bishop Faculty by Yusef for instance, it’s a jazz-funk mixture of treble, tambourine and drumkit from percussion and flute. The earphones held on to the best texture and dynamic vary within the highs and mids. The transition factors and layers at totally different frequencies are easy and will be heard distinctly. In comparison with the Airpods Professional, the M4 is a bit louder and due to this fact the bass is extra distinguished within the ears.

Sony WF-1000XM4 review - the best of all truly wireless earbuds
The Sony WF-1000XM4s gives adaptive energetic noise cancellation that adjusts to your environment.Sudhanshu Singh/Enterprise Insider India

The ANC or noise cancellation is prime notch and leaves no probability of criticism. The one higher noise-canceling TWS out there is the Bose QuietComfort which quiets the surface world like magic, however that is the one division the place it exceeds the WF-1000XM4. Not solely does it value extra but additionally falls brief on the sound high quality entrance.

Setup, Mic and Battery Life

Organising these headphones can appear a bit tough as there are not any buttons on the case, nevertheless it does not seem like it. You simply have to take away the buds and put them within the ear. Now faucet and maintain each the buds for six seconds and test the Bluetooth units out there in your supply gadget.

When you pair it with a tool, it mechanically connects to it each time you open the case and use it. The pairing pace is quick and in my expertise, it did not fail even as soon as. However that is one thing that modifications over time as my WF-1000XM3 began displaying these points after 1.5 years.

Microphone efficiency has been spectacular for calls and voice assistants. Whereas that is good for indoors, the standard drops when there may be wind or noise within the background. I did not get an opportunity to attempt it on the bus, subway, or in an workplace setting, however for the remaining, it is sufficient to do basic items.

The WF-1000XM4 packs a brand new V1 processor which Sony claims makes use of much less energy. Finally the noise-canceling and producing high-resolution audio consumes much less energy than ordinary.

My unit lasted slightly over 7 hours half-hour per cost, and the case can cost the buds a minimum of twice extra. It isn’t one of the best battery life we have seen on actually wi-fi earphones, however there’s loads happening underneath the hood right here and that is fairly first rate backup.


An excellent premium TWS must excel in three areas – noise cancellation, audio efficiency and battery life. There are higher choices for every of those individually, however the place the WF-1000XM4 excels is the steadiness of all three with the bonus of options that make it extra user-friendly. It’s a good decide for commuting, workplace and even video calls.

That is the most suitable choice for individuals who want one of the best of the three and do not thoughts paying a premium. Its snug design, waterproofing and companion app add actual utility to the product. The choices to customise the audio and controls be certain that it’s custom-made to your comfort, whereas typically it’s you adapting to a brand new gadget.

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