Review Sony WF-1000XM4: Noise canceling, sound quality and improved design is that, but is it worth the 6.5 million price tag?

Tram Ho

It took 2 years to wait for a new version, it’s not difficult to understand when Sony made fans “frustrated” with the WF-1000XM4. The pair of headphones is considered a completely upgraded version, eliminating all weaknesses of the previous XM3 generation, but at the same time also costs up to 1 million VND higher, exceeding the price of Apple AirPods, which is also considered too expensive. red already.

So, does the Sony WF-1000XM4 really live up to expectations?

Sony WF-1000XM4 . Review
  • Slimmer design, secure and comfortable wearing
  • IPX4 waterproof already
  • Great battery life
  • The best noise canceling on the market
  • High quality recording microphone, clear voice calls gọi
  • Default sound quality is bass, lack of treble
  • Some unfinished features
  • Slightly higher prices

The name is too hard to remember

Before the name, let’s talk about the name: Sony WF-1000XM4 .

Instead of naming names with words related to sound like Apple, Samsung or many other brands, Sony “disables everything”, choosing for the product a name that is too mechanical, difficult to read and difficult to remember.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 2.

Sony WF-1000XM4 – what a memorable, forgettable name!

This has nothing to do with the quality of the product, but for the average non-tech user it will be a bit confusing and forgettable. Among dozens of headphone models that read and remember immediately like AirPods Pro, Galaxy Buds Pro, Huawei Freebuds Pro … it is clear that the WF-1000XM4 will be at the bottom of the table in the user’s memory.

Because the name of the headset is too long and difficult to type, I would like to ask permission from here to be briefly called XM4.

Improved design, more comfortable, more secure

After criticizing the name, it’s time to praise: First of all, the design is now more “normal”, no longer “protruding” out of the ear in a weird way.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 3.

Wearing the XM4 on the ear is now more comfortable and firm, although the size is still quite large.

Despite the size, the XM4 is still quite large compared to many competitors, but the feeling of wearing is more comfortable and comfortable. In particular, the new foam earplugs contribute significantly to increasing certainty. I can exercise, dance comfortably without fear of the headphones falling out.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 4.

The completely changed design makes the XM4 even more attractive.

The charging box alone also deserves praise for being a lot smaller and lighter without cutting the battery. The previous XM3 when I put it in my pocket was very uncomfortable, protruding a lump, with the XM4, I sometimes forgot to put the charging box in my pocket.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 5.

The charging case of the XM4 (top right) is only slightly thicker than the AirPods Pro and almost half smaller than the XM3.

Another upgrade is that the two ear buds are now IPX4 waterproof, ie resistant to sweat, moisture or light rain. Do not completely immerse your ears in water or walk in heavy rain or water will still get into the openings of the microphone.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 6.

This pair of headphones is IPX4 standard, so it is only resistant to light water splashes and sweat.

Noise canceling “top”, AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro have to say goodbye

When the new XM3 came out, it was considered a “noise-proof king”, and now XM4 completely deserves to follow, “kicking” AirPods Pro or Galaxy Buds Pro into a “chicken coop”.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 7.

A higher-quality microphone system, new V1 processor and foam earplugs combine to form a “destructive combo” in the noise-canceling world.

The XM4 not only cuts out almost all low-end noise (traffic on the road, fans, air conditioning, etc.), but also significantly reduces mid- and high-pitched noises (people talking, typing, etc.).

The reason why Sony can do this, in addition to the improved integrated 3-microphone system, is also thanks to the pair of foam ear tips. This material has always provided better passive sound insulation in all cases, and with the XM4 it has a noticeable effect on mid and high noise. I tried replacing it with the XM3’s rubber earplugs and the noise canceling quality has dropped a notch.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 8.

Any headset with the addition of foam earplugs can increase noise cancellation clearly.

The noise cancellation of AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro is still very good, but only 7 or 8/10 compared to the XM4.

The sound quality changes too much, it depends on the listener vẫn

Many famous reviewers have praised the sound quality of the XM4, but that is not the case for me.

For those who are used to XM3 like me, I’m sure they will like the smooth, balanced sound of the full range (although a bit “missing” treble). The first time I switched to listening to XM4, I was a bit shocked because Sony has changed so much. The sound quality of this pair of headphones is darker, almost only hearing the bass and mid, and the treble is almost cut off.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 9.

The default sound quality of XM4 for me is really disappointing…

Sony’s explanation that it intentionally did so to “fit in with current music tastes” may also make sense. The type of sound with a lot of bass is definitely suitable for those who love electronic music and dance music. However, cutting all the treble so that both male and female vocals can hear it is a bit strange for a big guy specializing in sound like Sony.

To make the sound better and more comfortable, I had to adjust the Equalizer by reducing the low-mid sound, increasing the treble quite a lot to give the feeling of balance almost XM3. In general, I do not appreciate the default sound quality of the XM4 but because Sony still allows it to be adjusted with the control application, this is not a big minus point.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 10.

I have to adjust the EQ of the XM4 to this to give it a balanced feel, almost equivalent to the XM3

Regarding the support for Hi-Res and LDAC standards, I have tested it on Android phones and it is true that the sound quality is different with clear details, a little more separate, but you have to pay close attention to get it. out.

What else is there to praise?

The battery! The battery life of this year’s XM4 is extremely “terrible” thanks to the new V1 chip, which both handles sound and noise better and saves battery in a “miraculous” way.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 11.

If Sony still keeps the battery life like the XM3, it’s good enough, but the company makes people “admiring” by increasing it by up to 30%.

On a full charge, you can use the XM4 for 8 consecutive hours with noise canceling on, and 12 hours with noise canceling off. Of course, this number can only be achieved if you keep a stable Bluetooth connection and listen at a volume below 60%. Combined with the charging case, you can use it 2 more times, which means a total of up to 36 hours of listening, superior to AirPods Pro or Galaxy Buds Pro.

The Sony Headphones control application is still not much different, only adding a few special features new to the XM4. In general, I find it quite convenient, many interesting customizations from simple to professional.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 12.

The Sony Headphones control application has a simple, easy-to-use interface and lots of cool customizations. Using Sony’s wireless headphones without installing more to use is losing half of the experience.

The quality of voice calls this year has improved a lot. XM3 used to be criticized for making voice calls, but the other end of the line did not hear the voice, only saw the noise. This year the XM4 has a better microphone, clearer sound and is not much different than when using the phone’s microphone.

So is there anything to criticize?

Yes. In addition to the dark original sound quality and difficult to remember the name, I still do not like some of the features of the XM4.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 13.

The weakness of XM4 is still mostly software related, things that can be fixed

The first is the Speak-to-Chat mode. The idea is very good, but Sony has not done it very well. Sometimes I speak quite loudly but the headphones won’t turn off the music. And when it’s turned off, the headset again absorbs all the background sounds, from the rustling sound of the fan like it’s pouring rain on the corrugated iron roof to the rattle of the keyboard, while the voices of people around was drowned quite hard to hear. If so, Sony should call this feature “Speak-to-Listen-Noise” more standard.

Wind noise cancellation is also a bit problematic. Instead of turning it on manually like the XM3, Sony let this feature automatically turn on and off depending on the level of wind blowing outside. It’s also good but sadly it works unstable, sometimes it doesn’t and consumes battery again. Hopefully Sony will release an update so that users can turn it on and off at will. Not everything that is automatic is 100% good.

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 14.

As long as Sony listens to users and releases appropriate updates, the experience will be more complete. Do not update as many errors as XM3 is okay!

The last point that I want to criticize and also extremely important to many users is the price. It is true that XM4 has a strong upgrade, genuine features, but the price of 6.5 million VND is really a bit too high for most users (especially in Vietnam). If the price is adjusted or at least there are more attractive promotions, the XM4 will certainly be more popular instead of causing users to have to find cheaper options like Galaxy Buds Pro or AirPods Pro, which already have a lot of customers. quite an advantage over XM4.

Buy or not buy say a word?

Đánh giá Sony WF-1000XM4: Chống ồn, chất âm và thiết kế cải tiến là vậy nhưng có xứng đáng với giá 6,5 triệu? - Ảnh 15.

Would you buy the Sony WF-1000XM4?

The price is so high, but it seems that Sony is still selling this headset very well in both the international and Vietnamese markets. Obviously, there will always be loyal Sony fans who want to own the XM4 as soon as possible. But I believe that 6.5 million is still a bit too high a price compared to what most users want to spend for a pair of headphones, no matter how high-end, feature-rich or top-notch it is.

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