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Sony WH-1000XM4

"If you have the money and want a top-tier pair of headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the way to go. The combination of high-quality Bluetooth codecs, great sound, improved noise cancelling, good battery life, and smart features like auto pause and Bluetooth multipoint makes these the best all-around option for most people."
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Pros
  • Pairs with two devices at the same time
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent noise canceling
  • Very good call quality
  • Very good battery life
Cons
  • Not water-resistant
  • USB-C port cannot be used for audio
  • Not stable enough for exercise
  • No aptX or aptX HD

Overall Rating

92.1%
The overall rating was calculated based on 39536 customer and expert reviews from 29 review sites and 12 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Headphones:
  • 95.4%
    Comfort
  • 91.6%
    Controls
  • 99.2%
    Build Quality
  • 93.5%
    Phone Calls
  • 95.5%
    Noise Cancellation
  • 96.2%
    Battery Life
  • 92.7%
    Design
  • 94.9%
    Sound Quality

Expert Reviews Rating

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What experts are saying

The much-anticipated new version of Sony's top noise-canceling headphone has finally arrived, and it makes small improvements to an already top-notch product.

Pros
  • Excellent sound and top-notch noise canceling
  • Slightly more comfortable
  • Improved voice calling
  • Pairs with two devices at the same time
  • New Speak-to-Chat mode
  • Upgraded Bluetooth system-on-chip
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • It's expensive
  • Looks virtually the same as the previous model

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best headphones this year – here's why.

Pros
  • Improved noise-cancellation
  • DSEE Extreme audio upscaling
  • Multipoint pairing
  • Auto-play/pause and conversation awareness
Cons
  • Imperceptible design changes
  • Not water-resistant
  • Call quality still isn’t perfect
  • Singing can pause the music

The Sony WH-1000XM4 ups the ante in every way to challenge the Bose 700 for the title of best noise-cancelling headphones.

Pros
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Remarkable noise cancellation
  • Smart controls
  • Strong battery life
  • Lots of useful features
Cons
  • Call quality still needs work

Sony didn’t change much, but it made the improvements we’ve been waiting for

Pros
  • Sony’s best noise-canceling capabilities yet
  • Improved voice quality
  • Support for two simultaneous Bluetooth connections
Cons
  • USB-C port cannot be used for audio
  • No significant design changes after two years
  • Cold-weather improvements are unproven

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are decent for mixed usage. Their bass-heavy sound profile may not be ideal for listeners looking for a neutral sound, but they have lots of sound customization features via the Sony | Headphones Connect app. These comfortable over-ears have an exceptional noise isolation performance that makes them ideal to use in noisy settings, like an office or a crowded bus. They aren't stable enough to use at the gym, but their long continuous battery life is suitable for long days on the go.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Incredible ANC performance.
Cons
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Middling microphone recording quality.
  • Bulky design.

If you have the money and want a top-tier pair of headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the way to go. The combination of high-quality Bluetooth codecs, great sound, improved noise cancelling, good battery life, and smart features like auto pause and Bluetooth multipoint makes these the best all-around option for most people.

Pros
  • Great noise cancelling
  • Neutral-leaning sound quality
  • Bluetooth multipoint support
  • Bluetooth 5.0; SBC, AAC, LDAC support
  • Battery life (though less than XM3)
  • Comfortable and portable
  • Auto-pause functionality
Cons
  • Price
  • Unreliable touch controls
  • Slightly less comfortable than the WH-1000XM3
  • Limited custom button control

Sony's terrific WH-1000XM4 headphones combine top-notch noise cancellation with audiophile-friendly sound quality.

Pros
  • Excellent audio performance with rich bass and detailed highs
  • Top-tier noise cancellation with in-app adjustments
  • Customizable EQ
  • Simple, responsive on-ear controls
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Cable lacks inline remote

Sony WH-1000XM4: Improved audio, more effective noise cancellation and smart new features make the Sony WH-1000XM4 the over-ear headphones to beat

Pros
  • Class-leading noise cancellation
  • Supremely comfortable
  • Excellent audio quality
Cons
  • Lack water resistance
  • Microphone quality could be better

Sony adds AI smart functionality and even better noise cancelling to its flagship WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth headphones

Pros
  • Class leading noise cancellation
  • Transparent musical performance
  • Inventive AI features
  • Light and comfortable
Cons
  • Sonically same as XM3
  • No Bluetooth aptX

We've never tested a set of wireless noise-canceling headphones we like more than Sony's WH-1000XM3. Until now. The WH-1000XM4 are everything we've ever wanted.

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent noise canceling
  • Very good call quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Bluetooth multi-device pairing
  • Handy, customizable features
Cons
  • No aptX or aptX HD

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