Sony WH-1000XM4 the headphones have surpassed their predecessors become our The best choice last summer. Eight months later, it appears Sony felt a change was due because it release a new limited edition version of the helmet in “silent white”. The new colorway will launch in Europe between May and August, or while supplies last, although we expect a global rollout in the future.
But they won’t be cheap. While the XM4s were already expensive at $ 350, a number of offers saw them reduced to $ 278. However, Sony is raising the price to £ 400 or € 459 for the new editions, which would likely translate to $ 400 in the US if they ever made it here.
In terms of design, the white headphones feature the same bronze accents as the black and silver versions. The difference here, according to Sony, is that they feature an extra coat of paint compared to their traditional counterparts. This apparently makes them “even more stain resistant”. Sony also gave the silent white treatment to the included accessories, so that the carrying case and cables match the look of the headphones.
The internal characteristics remain intact. Sony upgraded the M4 over the M3 with a new Bluetooth audio SoC (system on a chip) that detects outside noise over 700 times per second. A new algorithm for the dedicated QN1 noise cancellation processor also boosts the audio by applying its computing power in real time. The two work in tandem to block noise on the frequency curve. In addition, the headphones feature an audio conversion technology called Digital Sound Enhancement which brings compressed music files closer to their high-resolution version.
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