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Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4
alaScore 100

310 reviews

Apr, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 reviews of Sony WH-1000XM4. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Comments about the price and usability are on the whole positive. The comfort and noise isolation also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the portability, and there are some less positive reviews about the soundstage and reliability.

sound, noise isolation, comfort, usability, price

reliability, soundstage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony WH-1000XM4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best just got better


Sony has made the best even better. With a bunch of seemingly small changes, the company has further improved its already stellar headphones. The WH-1000XM4 sounds great and the custom ANC automatically adjusts if you choose to let it. You won't find a...

Powerful custom ANC ; Immersive sound with punchy bass ; Automatic pausing when you speak ; Multi-device connectivity

Pricey ; 360 Reality Audio is still limited ; Adaptive Sound Control requires location sharing

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Simon Cohen (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best headphones get even better


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.

Very comfortable ; Excellent sound quality ; Excellent noise canceling ; Very good call quality ; Very good battery life ; Bluetooth multi-device pairing ; Handy, customizable features

No aptX or aptX HD

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the best noise-canceling headphones get better


Same looks, better mics, and pairing with two devices at once.

Sony’s best noise-canceling capabilities yet ; Improved voice quality ; Support for two simultaneous Bluetooth connections

USB-C port cannot be used for audio ; No significant design changes after two years ; Cold-weather improvements are unproven

Sony’s long-awaited 1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones are here, and while the design is unchanged, they have important new features like better voice mics and the ability to pair with two devices at the same time.

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review


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

Expensive ; Cable lacks inline remote

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

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Sherri L. Smith (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review


Sony is coming for Bose's crown

Excellent audio quality ; Powerful active noise cancelling ; Light, comfortable frame ; 30 hours of battery life ; Plethora of sound customization options

Finicky touch controls

The Sony WH-1000xM4 headphones offer excellent audio, powerful ANC and tons of audio customization options in a comfortable frame.

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Jake Thauvette (

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Review


The Sony WH-1000XM4 are the upgraded version of the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless that come with longer continuous battery life, additional touch-sensitive control fe...

Incredible ANC performance. Graphic EQ and presets. Comfortable fit. Over 37-hour continuous battery life.

Middling microphone recording quality. Not stable enough for exercise. Bulky design. Bass-heavy default sound profile. Audio-only wired connection.

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...

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Adam Patrick Murray (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: Our favorite noise-cancelling headphones get minimal but welcome upgrades


This successor to what most people consider the best active noise-cancelling headphones on the market features minimal, but welcome upgrades.

Fantastic noise cancelling ; Very accurate sound for ANC headphones ; Proximity based auto play/pause ; LDAC codec support ; Terrific app experience

Edge-AI upscaling doesn't add much ; Touch controls still have a learning curve ; You can't use LDAC with multipoint Bluetooth

As I’ve already mentioned, Sony holds the active noise-cancellation crown with its WH-1000XM3. The WH-1000XM4 feature the same HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 as the previous generation, but with a new algorithm.This chip processes ambient noise...

Expert review by : Preslav Kateliev (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review


Sony's flagship headset is back. Doesn't look like a major overhaul, but then again — why fix something that's already great?

Very comfortable; Outstanding sound; Dual device connectivity; Satisfactory battery life; Fantastic noise canceling

Expensive; Auto ambient sound control is less impressive than implied; 360 Reality Audio is not ready to be a selling point

Oct, 2020

Expert review by : Alex Bracetti (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best noise-cancelling headphones


The Sony WH-1000XM4 delivers big improvements to challenge the Bose 700 for best in category.

Excellent audio quality ; Remarkable noise cancellation ; Smart controls ; Strong battery life ; Lots of useful features

Call quality still needs work

The WH-1000XM4 are Sony's best attempt yet at dethroning the Bose 700, though Bose's headphones are still superior in certain areas — including call quality. But Sony's new cans improve on near perfection, and are among the best headphones you can buy...

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Lee Neikirk (

Yamaha YH-E700A Noise-Canceling Headphones Review


Yamaha's YH-E700A are surprisingly great headphones backed by lush, inviting sound.

Lush, detailed sound ; Long battery life ; Comfortable

Minimal customization options

Whether these are worth $350 depends on what you’re looking for. You won’t be able to program the noise canceling around whether you’re stationary, walking, or commuting like with the WH-1000XM4. You can’t shift the sound mode to “Relaxed” when you...

Mar, 2021

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