Here’s of a screenshot of the listing in case it Walmart takes it down. Click to enlarge. Screenshot: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)
It also appears the WH-1000XM4 can be more easily paired with multiple devices over Bluetooth, allowing users to switch between audio coming from a phone or a laptop with a single button press. This change addresses one of the few complaints we had about the original WH-1000XM3, and with wireless headphones quickly becoming the default audio solution for so many people, this should be a huge boon for anyone looking to use the WH-1000XM4 both at home and on-the-go.
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Sony also seems to be leaning more on machine learning for things like its Edge-AI audio processing, which can upscale compressed audio (like you typically get from streaming music services like Spotify and others) in real-time, according to the listing. That will enable the WH-1000XM4 to restore lost details in a song’s highs.
Finally, in another potential huge upgrade to everyday usability, the WH-1000XM4 should come with new Precise Voice Pickup Technology, which could improve the previous model’s mediocre voice quality by combining five on-board microphones with advanced audio signal processing.
Other notable specs include the use of large 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragms, built-in touch controls, support for voice assistants, and Adaptive Sound Control that automatically adjusts your audio depending on the environment you’re in, like a cafe, quiet workplace, or outdoors.
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When asked directly for more info regarding the WH-1000XM4, Sony representatives declined to comment. Based on the specificity in Walmart’s listing, we expect Sony’s next high-end headphones will be announced well before the end of the year.
The WH-1000XM4 looks exactly what people want in a successor to Sony’s current flagship ANC headphones. Honestly, the one thing I didn’t get and was hoping to see is Sony’s switch to a more normal naming scheme, instead of sticking with a mostly arbitrary string of numbers of letters and numbers. But considering everything else Sony is adding, that’s a pretty minor grip
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