Quid even now, months and months after they originally launched, but they are still worth every penny, if you’re after a pair of premium, noise, canceling cans and so to make up for the fact that i never actually bothered reviewing them in the first place. Here is my long term sony wh 1000 review still a clunky name come on sonny, just just sort out the name and please and from all the latest great stack. Please do poke, subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers now. First of all, if you’re the kind of person i made happily rocket pair headphones all day, long just block out the rest of the bloody world and get yourself engaged in your little piece bubble, then you will absolutely love these things because they are so comfortable to Wear you’ve got plenty of padding around the actual earcups themselves and plenty up top as well, which is particularly good if you’re, a slap head like me and yeah, the design hasn’t been changed up at all from the previous gen, the xm3s and that’s. Absolutely fine by me, because i thought they look pretty snazzy too. As you can see, you know they’re not like ridiculously huge on my head and you can grab them in a selection of colors, including a very fresh looking new white model. Comparing your xm4s, your smartphone is a piece of piss thanks to the nfc pair and tech. All you’ve got to do is basically switch on your headphones, bring it within close vicinity of your smartphone, and you should get the notification popping up there.
That’S particularly good. If you find yourself swapping between lots of different android devices for smartphones tablets, what have you uh just a quick tap and then seconds later it’s, all paired up and good to go and as well as that, bluetooth 5 wide connection you’ve also got a 3.5 mil Port in here as well, so you can get connected up to your device using proper, good old fashioned wires and when you first pair up your smartphone with your shiny snazzy new xm4s, you will be prompted to download the headphones app from the google play store. You should definitely do so, because this is one of the best headphone apps i’ve ever used is absolutely packed with functionality in here, and you’ll definitely want to download it to get the most out of your fresh new sony headphones and actually activate all of the features. So first is in here you can toggle between the noise cancelling mode, and you can also change it up to ambient sound mode. If you want to be fully aware of what’s going on around you, i would never recommend that, because i hear everything got lots of features in here which i’ll touch on in a bit like speak to chat and the noise canceling optimizer, you can choose whether you Want the priority to be sound quality or the strength of your bluetooth connection as well. I found that when i kept it on sound quality preference, then it was generally still a stable connection unless i was in a really busy area, but usually even just like strolling down the local high street.
That was absolutely fine, no judders or breakups with the xm4s. Unlike the previous generation, you now have the option to connect to two different bluetooth devices. At the same time, which is quite handy, if you swap between two uh quite frequently, you don’t have to be constantly fiddling about inside the sony’s. App you’ve also got access to the likes of the automatic power off, so the headphones can shut down. If i’ve been used for a little while just to preserve battery life, you can also play around with the actual physical controls, and this can be used to say exactly what that custom button over on the left cup will do so by default. They will toggle between your ambient noise, your active noise cancellation and just switching both of those off, but you can in the app have it set to call up the google assistant or the alexa assistant uh, whichever you prefer i’ve got to admit. I just left it on that default setting, because i quite like being able to quickly toggle between the enc and the ambient model. They can kind of do it anyway. If you’ve got nc turned on, all you’ve got to do is press your hand to that right cup, just like you did on the previous generation and that will suddenly immediately turn on ambient mods. You can hear everything that’s going on around you a great news. If an announcement suddenly comes on – or somebody starts talking at you – they do have usual full touch.
Controls here on the right cup as well. I’Ve got a bit, though i found that on the xm4s they weren’t quite as good, not quite as reliable as they were on the xm3s for some reason so as before, you can double tap in order to pause or play your music. Although i found some of the time that didn’t quite work, it did work most of the time you just got to learn to do it fairly slowly, so don’t try and do it too, quick, like so it’s, just not as reliable uh doing it every time and Also, i found that the swiping was sometimes a little bit awkward as well. You can swipe forward to skip a track swipe back in order to go back a track, and you could also swipe up to raise the volume swipe down to lower the volume. Again, i found that didn’t work a fair bit at the time, so that’s. Actually, my main beef with these sony headphones is the fact that touch controls definitely need improvement, and if you don’t have that custom button set to call up your smartphone assistant, you can call up the uh the default assistant, at least by long pressing on that cup. Until uh they pop up but again not always 100 reliable and yeah. This could just me being a cackhanded as usual, but i have heard other people having the same problem. So it looks like it’s, not just me being useless, but of course one of the major reasons of grabbing yourself.
The sony wh 1000xm4s is that they are still one of the best noise cancelling headphones in 2021. you’ve got a dual mic setup on each ear cup, which feeds noise into the headphones and that qn1 noise canceling processor is performing over 700 calculations. A second to block out any variable noise that is happening around your bones. I’M. Not a massive fan of crowds at all, probably just as well in post, covered plaguey britain and you know it’s just so nice to be in a public space surrounded by people and animals. Traffic going by you know, buses flying by right by they’ll. Just stick these on and just everything is just so much more calmer and more peaceful and it means when you’re out about a busy place as well. You can stick on a podcast. You don’t have to bump the volume right. The way up, just to be able to hear what is going on, you have to really concentrate. Even you know it just blocks out. Everything else is going on, so you can focus on exactly what has been blasted into your ears and sony has once again added, in its sense engine tech into the wh 1000 xm4s as well. What this can do is basically detect what you are doing at any given moment, be it sitting still walking down a busy high street and it can change up the anc, slash ambient modes settings to match what you’re up to so as an example, if it detects That you are walking down the street, it will turn on the ambient mods you’re, actually more aware of your surroundings.
In case you’re, you know crossing the road and you get flattened by a bus that you simply didn’t hear, which is certainly a nice thought. You know cheers sony for looking out, for you know, life preservation and all that good stuff. But you know personally, when i’m out about, i just prefer having that anc cranked up to the mac, so i don’t really use this feature at all and it’s. Quite a small feature: you can’t train it via that app uh. You know to set itself to particular settings in certain locations, for instance, but it just seems a bit too much faff to me, especially when you can quickly and easily swap between the anc and the ambient mods with the tap of this button here or by simply Doing that, and one of the new features of the xm4s as well is the fact that you’ve actually got a sensor built into that left cup there just on the inside. You can probably see it and this just detects whenever you remove the headphones from around your bots and it will then automatically pause whatever you’re listening to and then it will auto resume when you stick them back on, and i thought this worked really really. Well, thankfully, it doesn’t uh automatically pause your podcast or music or whatever, if you’re just having a bit of a fiddle with the headphones just to try and get them more comfortable. I did find that occasionally, if i was listening to a bit music, i took the headphones off for a couple of minutes or so and then put them back on uh the music wouldn’t auto resume, which was slightly annoying.
But apart from that all good and then you’ve also got that speak to chat feature which you can activate via the headphones app as well, and what happens here is the exterior mics just listen out for the sound of your voice, and once that is detected, it Will then automatically pause whatever you’re listening to uh, because it’s decided that oh you’ve probably started having a conversation with someone you want to have full concentration. Unfortunately, this is hyper sensitive and as someone who likes to chat to himself like a complete, not kiss, sometimes i speak to the people who are on the podcast that i’m listening to as if they can hear me or i just like sing along to whatever music I’M, listening to that’s that’s, an absolute, no go feature for me and then of course, there’s. The atmospheric pressure optimization feature as well again activated via that app. You can fully customize it to suit your current conditions and everything. So again, i haven’t had a chance to actually test on the xm4s because i haven’t actually been out of the bloody country since i got them. But you know, if i do a 2022 long term review, then i’ll be sure to cover it. Then, as far as the sound quality goes as well, the xm4s are right up there with the very best that i’ve tested out in the past few months, including the likes of the bang olufsen beer plays, which were seriously impressive, not to mention like twice twice the Frickin price, but if you austrian music from an ldac supported device, then you’ll get impressively close to high res audio quality over a bluetooth wireless connection, the level of detail in high res trucks, just absolutely superb, the highs, the middle of the laws they’re all perfectly covered Off there’s, just not enough praise, i could gush at these things to be perfectly honest.
If you dive into that app you’ve also got access to sony’s usual digital, sound enhancement, engine feature as well. This case uh the dse extreme feature which can help to bring your crappy old compressed tracks back to life and the sony. Wh 1000xm4 is also one of the few pairs of headphones out there, with full support for 360 reality audio via the likes of deezer. You set this up via the headphones app. You can actually analyze the shape of your ears, just by taking pictures of them with your smartphone, not really sure. If that makes a difference at all and then once you’ve done, that you can get started with the likes of 360 by diesel, and this now offers a growing selection of supported albums, including lots of pop stuff. You’Ve, also got bands like bring me the horizon. Biffy clyro corn, lamb of god incubus even slightly unbelievably a bit of mena work, action and the 360 audio is certainly quite a unique experience, at least when it’s done well. It actually makes you feel, like you’re, in a room with the musicians like they’re all around you and it just changes up the audio quality as well. So it does actually sound like it is being played in a room rather than just blasted into your ears, and it can certainly feel quite gimmicky certain albums and like not really noticing. The difference between this is just the standard, stereo effort, but certain live performance like the bring me the horizon live at the royal albert hall.
Definitely a really impressive immersive experience. As for battery life, saudi ranks, you get a full 30 hours from a single charge of the xm4s, which would be absolutely lovely. Perhaps, with the active noise cancellation turned off, the volume turned down low or things like that. You might just about equal 30 hours, but with the anc turns on lots of the other features active as well. I finally tendency to get closer to around 20 hours per charge, but the good news is they do charge up nice and quick via that type c. Usb port as well it’s, just 10 15 minutes of the plug you’ll get hours of use out them, so it’s great user. If you’re about to rush out the door and you’re like oh bugger, my headphones are dead and if, in doubt you can always check the battery level via that handy, app, sorry there’s, my long term review of the sony, wh 1000 xm4 headphones in 2021. Still my favorite ent headphones out there but, as i say, 350 quid they’re, certainly not cheap you’re gon na want a premium pair of headphones with that strong anc for this sort of price point. But if you find you can’t quite reach up to that, you know what the xm3s are still absolutely bloody, solid, headphones, still great and so not quite as strong, but almost as good. I actually prefer the touch controls on those ones, you’re not losing out on too many features, and you can grab those for about 200 quid these days so i’d say you know.
If money is a bit tighter, definitely try and get those ones instead. So that’s my thoughts anyway, but if you guys been using the xm4, would be great to hear your thoughts down in the comments below as well your own personal experiences.