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Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Earbuds With ANC, LDAC Announced

Price, Specifications and More

Sony has just announced the Sony WF-1000XM4, the company’s latest truly wireless earbuds. The earphones will come with active noise cancellation. Sony also claims the earbuds will offer industry-leading noise-cancelling.

They also come with the company’s new Integrated Processor V1 and Noise Isolation Earbud Tips. Sony has also made the earbuds 10% smaller than its predecessor but still will provide the premium sound quality and huge battery life.

Also Read: Google Pixel Buds A-Series TWS Earphones Launched

Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds Specifications And Features

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds are the first TWS buds in the world to support Hi-Res LDAC codec, according to the company. This codec is considered to be superior to SBC, AAC, and Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codecs used by most TWS earphones.

Sony also says the LDAC codec can carry 3x the amount of data compared to typical Bluetooth audio. This enables the earphones to transmit a larger amount of data which will result in better audio quality and some basic support for some high-resolution audio content.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds

It also makes use of Sony’s V1 Chip to provide a further immersive audio experience. Sony also makes use of DSEE Extreme audio upscaling along with 360 Reality Audio to enhance the audio output.

The earbuds also feature specially designed 6mm drivers which Sony claims can provide dynamic sound. Also, the presence of high compliance diaphragm helps in delivering a rich bass range.

The earphones also come with Active Noise Cancellation(ANC). The V1 chip further enhances the ANC as according to Sony, the chip provides 40 percent better ANC than the XM3 generation.

Along with ANC, the earphones also provide passive noise isolation. It makes use of Sony’s proprietary polyurethane foam tips helping in attenuating external noise.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbud

Sony also claims the earphones automatically determine how well they are seated in the ears of the listener. It will then guide the user to adjust it for optimal results and fitting.

To assist users while they are on calls over the earphones, Sony has provided Precise Voice Pickup Technology. This technology makes use of beam-forming microphones along with the bone-conduction sensor. This enables the earbuds to pick up the user’s voice clearly and accurately for hands-free calls.

The earphones also make use of Speak-to-chat technology. It enables the earphones to automatically reduce the volume when the user is talking to someone and enables the Ambient Sound mode. This helps the users to talk to someone even without removing the earphones.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds come with Fast Pairing support for devices running on Android and Windows 10 or above. The earphones come with support for Alexa and Google Assistant. The earphones also come with an IPX4 rating for water resistance.

Sony has also said the earphones have a comfortable Ergonomic surface design. There are also touch controls on the back of the earbuds. Users can make use of it to control the music playback and pick-up/ reject calls without using their phone. To further adjust the earphones, users can make use of Sony | Headphones Connect App. The app is available on Android as well as iOS.Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds Accessories

Sony claims the earbuds can last for up to 8 hours (24 hours with the case) on a single charge with noise-cancelling turned on. When ANC is turned off, the earphones can last for 13 hours and 39 hours with the case. Sony has also provided Fast Charging support with the earphones.

According to the company, just 5 minutes of charge can provide up to 60 minutes of playtime. The earphones also come with support for Qi wireless charging.

Pricing And Availability

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds have been launched with a price tag of $279 (approx Rs. 20,400). The earphones will be available in Silver and Black color options. The TWS earphones will be directly competing with other premium earphones in the market.

The earphones will go on sale starting June 2021. They will be available in select markets for the initial sale. The earphones will be available initially in the European and American markets.

There is no information regarding the pricing and availability of the earphones in India as of now.

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