Sony makes numerous headphones and earbuds across a range of prices, but the 1000X line is its flagship family with top dogs like the WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones and the aging but still capable WF-1000XM3 earbuds. The latter were top-of-the-line when they launched almost two years ago, but newer options like the ANC-equipped Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro have overshadowed Sony's old buds. The updated WF-1000XM4 puts Sony right back in the thick of things with phenomenal noise canceling and premium features. The XM4s are without a doubt my favorite earbuds right now, but they don't come cheap at $279.99, and some of the competition is only a little worse for a lot less money.
Sony's long-awaited WF-1000XM4 earbuds are here, and by all accounts, they're fantastic. You know what they look like on the outside, but in the words of ethically questionable surgeons, "What about the guts?" A Chinese audiophile site has meticulously dissected the ANC earbuds and documented each and every step in beautiful detail.
Sony is struggling to make appealing smartphones in a world dominated by Samsung and Apple, but it's ahead of the curve in other areas. Case in point: the company has just unveiled the thoroughly leaked WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds. Their predecessors were among the best earbuds money could buy, and Sony says the XM4s are even better. Get ready to spend big, though. These earbuds will run you $279.99 when they go on sale later today.
Fans of true wireless earbuds have been in a tizzy lately, watching the leaks of the upcoming flagship noise-canceling buds from Sony. From what we've seen so far, they seem to be the design to beat, improving on the previous well-received model in pretty much every way. The latest leak shows the price of the buds in Euro, and assuming that it's accurate, it's ... a lot.
Sony hasn't upgraded its true wireless earbuds since 2019, but thanks to several leaks over the last few months, we're starting to get a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming WF-1000XM4s. We got our first good look at press images for the XM4s a couple of weeks ago, and with two major leaks, we're now learning a lot more about their specs and performance.
Sony's WF-1000XM3 were among the first true wireless buds to feature active noise cancellation, combined with excellent audio quality. Even though they've been praised, their design was not necessarily the easiest one on the eyes. The company seems to be working on a much more compact form-factor for its next generation of wireless buds, according to leaked images.