Just in case: this introduction isn’t about the WF-1000xm4, so you can safely skip it if you want.
Sometimes a company tries to make a good product, but they produce a monster instead. This is exactly the case of the Noble Falcon Pro (my review): these are disgustingly poorly functioning headphones with a rather pleasant sound delivery. After 2 months of use, I had to say goodbye to them, since it turned out that I like to remain sane more than I like good sound: even after the Falcon Pro firmware update, these sometimes weren’t able to connect to my smartphone, the equalizer kept saving the presets it liked (and not what I tried to save), the control gestures were unstable, and the quality of speech transmission was just awful. I’m a very patient man, but one thing made me take the final decision. It’s pretty easy to reproduce: the headphones (being ON) should just lie next to each other – just for a minute. Believe me, it’s a common thing: for example, when buying your triple espresso and holding the headphones in your hand. Or when chatting with your buddy you accidentally met when heading home. Or even when you just fail to put the headphones right against the contacts in their case. And then there may be a squeaky seasoning to your daily musical indulgence, and the loudness of such an effect depends on the physical position of one earpiece relative to the other and the distance between them. Which makes me think it has something to do with the magnetic fields. At the maximum volume, the squeak can be heard from 10 meters away! I even recorded this, watch with sound (no NSFW, promise):
Theoretizer, hold your horses! There’s no ANC in this model, the acoustic transparency mode is turned off (and can only be enabled via the app).
How on earth could they possibly miss this crap during testing! You may want to know why nobody among the reviewers or just users has ever dropped a word about this. I suppose, nobody was able to take it for 2 months like I did.
So, here’s a bitter truth: the Noble Falcon Pro headphones are complete and downright shit. Don’t buy them and don’t even think their sound quality would compensate for all those glitches. PTSD is extremely expensive to treat, you know.
The Sony WF-1000xm4
Well, why Sony WF-1000xm4? Believe it or not, it’s insanely hard to find anything decent, that’s why. All of the TWS headphones models I’ve tried (about 30 of them) didn’t fascinate me in any way, and it just so happened that the WF-1000xm3 I once owned were cool. I really enjoyed them, but then the battery capacity decided it’s time to go.
Therefore, I thought, at least some decent active noise reduction is guaranteed, and ordered the WF-1000xm4 (hereinafter: 1000xm4).Continue reading “Audiophiles should not suffer! Sony WF-1000xm4: the review”