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Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones review

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Quick verdict: Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones are the best noise-cancelling over-ear wireless headphones money can buy.

  • Excellent noise-cancellation
  • Can be paired with two devices at the same time
  • Speak-to-chat feature is surprisingly useful
  • No battery life improvements
  • Not cheap
  • 360 Reality Audio is only compatible with a few streaming services

Sony's highly anticipated 4th generation noise-cancelling wireless WH-1000XM4 headphones are now available. While they have the same look as Sony's previous on-ear headphones, they're packed full of new features.


Design

Design

  • Comfortable and secure
  • On-ear controls are intuitive to use
  • Looks virtually indistinguishable from previous Sony headphones
Sony WH-1000MX4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Performance

Performance

  • Connects to two devices at the same time
  • Offers top of market noise-cancellation
  • You can let in ambient noise with Adaptive Sound Control and Speak-to-Chat features
  • 360 Reality Audio is impressive but has limited application
Sony WH-1000MX4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Battery life

Battery life

  • Up to 30 hours of listening with noise-cancellation
  • Offers 10-minute quick charge
Sony WH-1000MX4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Should you buy the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones?

  • Buy it if you want one of the best pairs of headphones money can buy.
  • Don't buy it if you don't want to spend $549.95. There are plenty of high-quality headphones on the market with a much cheaper price tag.
Finder score: 4.5
How we score our reviews

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones have quickly become my favourite pair of over-ear headphones, and my daily go-to headphones for working from home. However, they're not cheap.

If you're looking for a pair of comfortable, high-quality noise-cancelling headphones, and don't want to pay the high asking price of $549.95, Sony's 3rd generation noise-cancelling headphones are still excellent. You can get the WH-1000XM3 headphones for $399.


Pricing and availability

Price

$549.95

Where to buy


Specifications

Sony WH-1000MX4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Finder score: 4.5

Build

Category
Noise cancelling
Colours
Black and silver
Driver Diameter
40mm
Frequency Response
4Hz-40,000Hz

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5

Features

Noise Cancelling
Yes
Detachable Cable
Yes
Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Water Resistant
No
Battery Life
Up to 30 hours
Battery Charging Time
3 hours

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