It was always inevitable that Sony would have a follow up to the WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling wireless earbuds since they were easily among the best bluetooth Buds you could buy, and now that day has come. Meet the WF-1000XM4, which are shaping up to be the new standard bearer when it comes to noise-cancelling wireless earbuds.
With an alien-esque form, these earbuds look as though they’ve been designed to comfortably nestle in your ear and Sony is promising a more comfortable and secure fit compared to the XM3s. And this is important, because these buds do so much you’ll probably want to be wearing them all the time.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds basically take everything that made their predecessors great and promises to make them better. This includes wireless charging so that your days of carrying extra cables around are a thing of the past. IPX4 water resistance has also been added so that you can wear these can survive rain or a trip to the gym, and it even adopts the speak-to-chat first introduced in Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones that silences the music and turns on transparency mode when it detects you talking to someone. And like Sony’s other wireless audio products, the sound and functionality of these wireless earbuds can be fully configured and customized using Sony’s smartphone app.
But more than anything else, these wireless earbuds are all about audio performance, and the WF-1000XM4 don’t look like they’re going to disappoint. Thanks to the new Integrated Processor V1, the already-great noise cancellation of the previous model should be even more effective while working with the LDAC and DSEE Extreme audio codecs to make your music sound better than ever. And even if you’re not listening to hi-res files with these buds, Sony’s Edge-AI technology can upscale typical audio files so that they sound better than what you’d expect to hear from compressed audio.
At $279 these earbuds aren’t cheap by any means, but given their wide range of premium features and powerful components, we’re fully expecting these to outclass the competition when it comes to performance and audio quality. We’ll have a full review up soon, but if you’re already so confident you don’t need to wait, you can buy them now.