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Premium ANC TWS buds Sony WF-1000XM4 arrives in PH for just PHP 13,999!

A day ahead of its September 10 local launch date, Sony Philippines today revealed the official pricing and availability details of the WF-1000XM4.
Premium ANC TWS buds Sony WF-1000XM4 arrives in PH for just PHP 13,999!
Sony WF-1000XM4

Now with LDAC, longer ANC battery life, better overall performance

It is easy to pair even with the app as well
It is easy to pair even with the app as well

To recap, this is the highly anticipated upgrade of the popular XM3 promising a smaller/lighter body, more comfortable fit, smaller case, better sound quality, and longer battery life with improved ANC.
The case and the buds
The case and the buds

The buds also have a body with IPX4 of water resistance rating that works well against splashes and sweat.

For audio, it uses a newly designed 6mm driver with a 20 percent increase in magnet volume and an increase in compliance diaphragm. Sony claimed that together, it improves the low frequencies of the audio spectrum. The company also added that this tech enhances the noise-canceling capabilities of the headphones by generating a high-precision cancellation signal to the low-frequency range.

Apart from improving sound, Sony also has new foam-like Noise Isolation Earbud Tips for the WF-1000XM4 made out of polyurethane foam material that is soft and elastic to maximize the surface contact area between the earbud tip and the ear canal. The Japanese giant claimed that this eliminates gaps to insulate sound and reduces noise and provides a better fit.

It is also using the Integrated Processor V1 to improve noise-canceling performance and Bluetooth System on Chip technology which promises to deliver the highest level of noise-canceling in the industry while using less power than its predecessor.

It also has dual noise sensor microphones (1x feed-forward and 1x feed-back) that hear ambient noise to be analyzed for more accurate noise cancellation as well as Automatic Wind Noise Reduction mode that detects when it is windy and automatically suppresses it.

We also noted in our previous report that one major upgrade coming from the XM3 is the inclusion of LDAC, Sony's industry-adopted audio coding technology that supports Hi-Resolution wireless audio. This is boasting a maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps which is way higher than the max 256 kbps of Apple's AAC.

With the help of the new Integrated Processor V1, this has an enhanced sound quality with less distortion that enables LDAC codec processing and DSEE Extreme. Edge-AI DSEE Extreme upscale compressed digital music files in real-time.

XM4 also has the Speak-to-Chat allowing users have short conversations without taking out the earbuds. It automatically pauses the music and lets ambient sound so you can conduct a conversation. This tech is based on Precise Voice Pickup Technology, which combines four microphones and sensors with advanced audio signal processing.

It also has the Quick Attention mode to allow users to listen to an announcement or say something briefly by just placing their finger on the earbud to decrease the volume instantly and let ambient noise in.

The buds also have the Adaptive Sound Control that senses where you are and what you are doing and adjusts the ambient sound for an ideal listening experience. Sony said that it learns and recognizes places you frequently visit like office, gym, or your favorite cafe and more and adust the sound that suits the situation.

Sony WF-1000XM4 also has instant pause and play when you take out the earbuds using the proximity sensor. When you put the buds back on your ear, music will start playing again.

The company also shared that the buds have an improved hands-free calling using the Precise Voice Pickup Technology the microphones and a bone-conduction sensor. This has beamforming microphones that are calibrated to only pick up sounds from your mouth, an improved signal-to-noise ratio, and a new bone-conduction sensor only picks up vibrations from your voice that doesn't register ambient sound for clearer speech when making calls even in noisy situations.

Sony also said that with the help of the Headphones Connect App, the users of these earphones can find the right fit for their ears.

Sony also highlighted that it has improved Bluetooth connectivity with low latency. It is said to be more stable and less prone to sound skipping. There is also a Fast Pair feature for effortless Bluetooth pairing for Android and Microsoft Swift Pair for Windows 10 devices.

This device also has put o 8 hours of battery life with ANC and 16 hours with the case. It has 2 more hours of battery life with ANC than the 6 hours of XM3.

For charging, a 5-minute quick charge provides up to 60 minutes of music playtime. The Headphones Connect app will also notify the user when the charging case drops below 30 percent. XM4 also has support for Qi wireless charging.

Of course, it has support for voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa.

As usual, it has touch controls to easily activate ANC, Ambient Sound, Quick Attention mode, and music playback.

XM4 also uses plastic-free packaging. Inside the box, it has 3 sizes of Noise Isolation Earbud Tips and a USB-C charging cable.

Price and availability

Price and availability in the Philippines

Sony WF-1000XM4 - PHP 13,999

Sony WF-1000XM4 is priced at PHP 13,999 in the Philippines. As expected, it is cheaper than the UK price tag of GBP 250 (around PHP 16.8K).

The device is available in all Sony Centres or Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide here. You can also purchase the new buds at Shopee or Lazada safely at home online.

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