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Review the Impressions of SONY noise-canceling Headphones model WH-1000XM4

What about the noise canceling function and sound quality of the "WH-1000XM4"? What is different from the previous model?. Real users will answer these questions. The Review Post update on mid 2022.

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“I bought SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" and used them for about a week.”

I have also used the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" for over a year, so I will review the following along with a comparison with the new "WH-1000XM4".

  • 1 Differences between the previous model and the new work (including photos and videos)
  • 2 Good place / a not good place
  • 3 Those who can recommend and those who can not

This article omits complicated technical terms about headphones.

It should be helpful if you consider purchasing noise-canceling headphones or comparing them with previous models.

What are SONY's noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4"?

SONY released noise-canceling headphones in September 2020.

There is a previous model, "WH-1000XM3" in the noise-canceling headphones released by SONY, but it is an evolved version.

I used the previous model, " WH-1000XM3 " made in 2018. This is because the noise-canceling function shuts out ambient noise without playing music, so you can concentrate when working or studying at home.

Meanwhile, the new "WH-1000XM4" was released, and it popped almost at the same time as the release date.
I was tweeting that I just got stuck on Twitter.

There is a reason why I bought a new model even though I used the previous model without any problems.

Reasons for buying SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4"

I bought the new "WH-1000XM4" for the following two reasons.

  • 1 Because I expected the advanced noise canceling function
  • 2 Because I expected ear pads to be more comfortable to wear

I had high expectations for the advanced noise-canceling function.

I was troubled by the footsteps on the upper floors, so I always used the noise canceling function of the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" to concentrate when working at home.

I thought that the advanced noise-canceling function would give me even more quietness.

Before reviewing the good and bad points, I will explain the difference between the new "WH-1000XM4" and the previous model "WH-1000XM3".

Difference between SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" and previous model "WH-1000XM3"

There is almost no difference in appearance between the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" released in 2018, and the "WH-1000XM4" released in 2020.

Below is a video of the comparison of each.

The new "WH-1000XM4" has a more matte feel and a deeper black color. It also makes it harder to shine.

A detailed feature comparison can be found on Sony's official page, but most features are the same.

︎ Comparison table | Headphones | Sony ︎︎︎
  • The functions that could be used with the previous model "WH-1000XM3" can be used similarly.

The following functions are newly added in "WH-1000XM4".

  • 1 Wearing detection function that stops the music when headphones are removed
  • 2 "Speak to chat" function that allows you to talk while wearing headphones.

I will briefly explain each of them.

Wearing detection function that stops the music when headphones are removed

If you remove the headphones, the music will stop, and if you put on the headphones again, the music will resume.

This is because there is a sensor inside the left ear of the headphones, and this sensor detects whether or not the headphones are on.

The power will be turned off automatically if about 15 minutes have passed with the headphones removed. You can reduce battery consumption even if you inadvertently leave the power on.

This is an easy-to-use function because you don't have to be aware of anything.

The "Speak to chat" function allows you to talk while wearing headphones.

Place two fingers on the right ear side of the headphones to turn on the "speak to chat" feature.

This feature is activated, noise-canceling, and music will temporarily stop when you speak.

At first, I thought it would be unpleasant to activate it when singing a song while listening to music, but it was okay if I didn't turn on the function.

It seems useful when you want to talk with headphones on, but I don't use it because I don't have such an opportunity.

Another difference is that the "WH-1000XM4" is more comfortable to wear when using it for a long time. This will be described later.

Good points of SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4"

First of all, it is a good place I felt after using it.

Reduced tiredness around the ears when wearing headphones for a long time

The tiredness around the ears when wearing headphones for a long time has been reduced. This is the best thing about replacing the previous model.

This is probably because the area where the ear pads come into contact with the ears is larger than the previous model, "WH-1000XM3", and the feeling of oppression is dispersed.

You can hardly tell the difference by looking or touching the ear pads, but you can see the difference by wearing headphones for a long time.

For example, in the following situations, I wear headphones for 1 to 2 hours in a row with only the noise canceling function.

  • 1 When reading
  • 2 During work with remote work
  • 3 When writing a blog

With the previous model, "WH-1000XM3", I had to take off the headphones in about 30 minutes because I felt pressure around my ears when I put them on for a long time.

This "WH-1000XM4" will not get tired even if you wear it for about an hour, so you can continue working for a longer time.

Stable sound quality like the previous model

As with the previous model, "WH-1000XM3", the sound quality is stable.

Although I often use the noise canceling function without playing music, I sometimes listen to music with vocals to take a break.

The bass is emphasized, and the mid to high range and vocals can be heard clearly. You will not feel any crackling.

The sound quality of the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" was already good, so it's subtle if you feel a big difference.

However, compared to the following headphones that I have used so far, it can be said that the sound quality is number one.

  • 1 Judge Regent
  • 2 SteelSeries Arctis 5

Next, I will explain the points that were not good and disappointing.

Sony's noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" is not so good.

On the contrary, the points that I felt were not good are as follows.

The noise-canceling function does not feel different from the previous model.

I expected the noise-canceling performance to improve, but to be honest, and I didn't feel any difference compared to the previous model, "WH-1000XM3".

This is because the noise canceling function of the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" is excellent in the first place, and it is pretty difficult to feel the difference above that.

The style when I work with noise-canceling headphones is as follows.

  • 1 Don't play music through headphones
  • 2 Silence with noise-canceling only

In this situation, I compared the following sounds heard from outside the headphones.

  • 1 Keyboard keystroke sound of my personal computer
  • 2 Music played from computer speakers

However, compared to the previous model, "WH-1000XM3", the "WH-1000XM4" is much quieter ... That's not the case.

Of course, if you are a sound professional, you may notice the difference in quietness.

But for most people, it can be disappointing to over-expect the evolution of noise-canceling capabilities.

The price is relatively high because the previous model is cheaper.

The price is relatively high because the previous model is considerably cheaper.

The actual selling prices of the previous model "WH-1000XM3" and the new "WH-1000XM4" as of September 2020 are as follows.

  • 1 This work "WH-1000XM4": Approximately 40,000 yen (real price with points etc. from the list price of 44,000 yen)
  • 2 Previous model "WH-1000XM3": Approximately 29,000-35,000 yen (varies depending on the shop)

The previous model, "WH-1000XM3" was about 43,000 yen when it was first released in 2018, but the price has dropped considerably after nearly two years.

On the other hand, this new work "WH-1000XM4" has just been released, and there is almost no price reduction in any online shopping.

It's not cheap in the first place, but the actual selling price is about 10,000 yen, which stands out even compared to the previous model.

It can be rephrased as "the cost performance of the previous model has improved further."

Sony's noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" is recommended for such people.

SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" are recommended for the following people.

  • 1 I want to study, read, and do other work in a focused environment for the future.
  • 2 I want to use noise-canceling headphones that won't get tired even if I wear them for a long time
  • 3 Often you forget to turn off your headphones, and the battery runs out when it matters most

It is more comfortable to wear when used for a long time than the previous model.

Sony's noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" are not recommended for such people.

On the contrary, SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" are not recommended for the following people.

  • 1 If there is a noise-canceling function, even a cheap model that is out of shape does not bother you
  • 2 I have a habit of turning off the power every time I finish using the headphones
  • 3 I think you should take off your headphones when talking to people

The previous model, "WH-1000XM3" has an excellent noise canceling function, and you can change it cheaper by 10,000 yen or more.

The above should be a criterion for choosing a new or a previous model.

Is the price of SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" low? High?

As I mentioned earlier, the list price of the "WH-1000XM4" is 44,000 yen (tax included), which is relatively high.

Amazon has 4,400 yen worth of points (as of September 2020), so the actual price is about 40,000 yen, but there is no doubt that you dare to buy it.

Even so, I bought it and used it up because I thought it was an investment in the future for the following reasons.

  • 1 You can mute the surrounding sounds and create an environment where you can concentrate on your work.
  • 2 Focus on reading, studying, and working on getting closer to what you want to be

It's too expensive to listen to music, but it's worth the investment if you think it's an item that gives you an environment where you can concentrate. At 40,000 yen, it's about 55 yen a day, considering he'll spend two years.

In addition, the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" is viral among SONY headphones, and if you use it carefully, it is expensive and easy to sell with Mercari.

It can be assumed that the "WH-1000XM4" of this work will also be expensive and easy to sell the next time you buy a new one.

Sony noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4" package

Finally, we talked about the package. The exterior is almost identical to the previous model, "WH-1000XM3".

The main body is in the headphone case. This point is also the same as the previous model.

Includes USB Type-C cable, headphone cable, and aircraft plug adapter.

Conclusion: It's comfortable to wear, but if it's COSPA, it's the previous model.

We will summarize the reviews of SONY noise-canceling headphones "WH-1000XM4".

  • 1 Reduced tiredness around the ears when wearing headphones for a long time
  • 2 Stable sound quality like the previous model
  • 3 The noise-canceling function does not feel different from the previous model
  • 4 The price is relatively high because the previous model is cheaper

The previous model, "WH-1000XM3" had a high degree of perfection, so it was delicate to buy a new one.

Of course, the sound quality is good, but personally, the most advanced point is that you don't get tired even if you wear it for a long time.

For those who emphasize the noise canceling function, the previous model, "WH-1000XM3" is 10,000 yen or cheaper, so the cost performance is good.

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