If you’ve searched for noise cancellation headphones in the last year or two, and you’ve no doubt come across the WH-1000XM3. Sony’s flagship ANC headphones quickly became the gold standard in the segment thanks to noise cancellation technology that beat out the likes of Beats and Bose. Today Sony announced the WH-1000XM4, a gently updated model that adds new capabilities.
Though the minimalist look of the XM4 is almost identical to the previous model, it’s packing a more comfy band design, a redesigned coating with a more sensors that know when you’re wearing the set and when you aren’t, and multi-device Bluetooth pairing, a feature sorely missing from the previous generation. Sony’s noise cancellation gets some refinement tweaks, too.
Other software additions include the ability to automatically change the noise cancellation scheme based on your activity, and automatically pause music when you start speaking.
The WH-1000XM4 is up for pre-order today for $350, the same retail price as its predecessor. It’s worth pointing out that the XM3 was frequently on sale for well below $300, so bargain hunters might want to wait before pulling the trigger on a purchase. It’s being released on August 21st, in black and flat silver.