We don't mean to alarm you, but the followup to Sony's WH-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling headphones seem to be in the works.
More than a year after their release, the XM3's are still generally considered to be the best wireless noise cancelling cans on the market. We certainly love them.
In addition to superb sound and noise cancelling capabilities, the XM3's were the first in the series to add USB-C as well as quick charge - you can 5 hours of playback from 10 minutes charge. They're also extremely comfortable.
No matter how many headphones come across my desk, I always return to these bad boys. They're also my first choice for international travel.
Suffice to say, having a potential successor in the pipeline is a big deal, and that certainly seems to be the case.
While this isn't definitive proof that a new pair are on the way, it's highly likely. After all, all previous versions of the headset have included this naming convention - M1, M2 and M3. Furthermore, it looks damn similar to the original filing for the XM3s.
Sadly, the filings don't reveal the the release date of the potential new cans. FCC filings can happen well in advance of an actual release, although sometimes they are only made public after a period of confidentiality with the Commission.
However, we have all of our appendages crossed that Sony will make a power move and drop them at CES in January. We'll be there and I'll personally tackle anyone I need to in order to get ears on with the XM4s if they make an appearance.
I was really excited when Sony's 1000XM3 headphones showed up on my desk last year. I was a big fan of the M2s and was curious about what improvements could be made to such high quality cans, especially when the price on the previous gen were still consistently high. Some shops were even still selling them at the same price. After living with these for the past few months, I have some opinions.