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What’s So Great About Sony’s New Earbuds, the WF-1000XM4?

When Sony launched the WF-1000XM3 earbuds in 2019, it was considered a decent contender to the Apple AirPods, albeit bulkier. Two years later, Sony launched the WF-1000XM4, touted as its best true wireless earbuds to date. But what’s so great about it?

Compared to its predecessor, the WF-1000XM4 is significantly leaner and less bulky as a pair of earbuds. The WF-1000XM4 comes in a small, rounded case designed to be carried easily, it can fit inside your pocket.

While cutting down on size, Sony improves on the best features of the earbuds: active noise cancellation (ANC). 

Sony has also significantly downsized the case of the WF-1000XM4 without sacrificing battery life. The buds will last for up to 25 hours with the case, and eight hours while on ANC. Talk time is at a decent 5.5 hours. 

Audio Quality

Sony’s been known for producing great audio whether in soundbars or speakers. The XM4 is no different. Right now, the Sony WF-1000XM4 is in the top tier of earbuds when it comes to great sound. 

Like its predecessors, the XM4 offers rich, crisp sound when listening to music from your phone or watching Netflix. 

On top of the active noise cancellation, the XM4 comes with a suite of audio options for when you’re listening to different music genres: You might want to switch to the clear bass setting for when you’re listening to Lo-Fi beats to enhance texture in the music. 

The earbuds are also smarter: It will automatically switch off ambient mode when it detects you speaking. You can also tap and hold the buds to quickly switch to listening mode for when someone is speaking to you. 

WF-1000XM4 Price in the Philippines

The Sony WF-1000XM4 commands higher pricing at P14,000 SRP, a respectable price for premium earbuds. Overall, we think it’s a fair price for the 2021’s most improved earbuds. You no longer have to wear XM3 buds that resemble those bluetooth earpieces that were all the rage in the 2000s. 

The Sony WF-1000XM4 is available in Sony Centres and Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide. Sony Flagship stores are also in Lazada and Shopee.

Specifications

  • Water resistance: IPX4 (sweat)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2, SBC, AAC, LDAC
  • Battery life: 8 hours with ANC/5.5 hours talk, up to 24 hours with case
  • Earbud weight: 7.3g
  • Driver size: 6mm
  • Charging case weight: 40g
  • Case charging: USB-C, Qi wireless charging

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