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Sony WH-1000XM4 Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Neoscore* 88%
  • 30-hour battery life
  • Powerful active noise cancellation
  • Great audio customization features
  • New Precise Voice Pickup technology
  • Bass-heavy sound profile may not be preferred by all

Summary

Sony WH-1000XM4 is the 4th-generation over-ear wireless noise cancelling headphones in Sony's award-winning 1000X family of premium headphones. They combine features from the popular WH-1000XM3 with additional intelligent features.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 has a familiar design, but with small tweaks that make it a bit more compact. There are just two physical buttons on the left side — one for power and the other is a customisable one — and the 3.5mm socket and USB Type-C port are on left and right respectively. There's an NFC sensor on left ear cup, and the gesture-sensitive zone is on the right one. You get a useful hard carry case for the headphones, as well as a stereo cable for 35mm connectivity.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable and well-built
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones were the first noise-canceling headphones that really gave Bose's QuietComfort models a run for their money. Sony has made some incremental improvements that address many (though not all) of the little gripes users had. Like the XM3, it's still rated at 30 hours with wireless and noise canceling on.
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Pros[**]
  • Better noise canceling than the XM3
  • Adjustable noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The XM4 are arranged in the exact same semi-folded layout and accompanied by the same three accessories. Sony claims the ear cushions now have a 10% greater contact area with the sides of your head. The single-biggest improvement Sony has added for pure daily convenience is a wear sensor, located in the left earcup.
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Pros[**]
  • Better sound quality than the WH-1000XM3
  • Better battery life than the WF-SP800N
  • Improved noise cancellation
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Bluetooth multipoint pairing

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Sony's WH-1000xM4 are the latest headphones to use the company's 360 Reality Audio technology, which creates a spatial audio soundscape. The free Sony Headphones Connect app (Android, iOS) unleashes a ton of functionality. Other features include Speak-to-Chat and the Noise Cancelling Optimizer, which takes measurements of your ear to create the ideal listening environment.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Adaptive Sound Control
  • 360 Reality Audio
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre call quality

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones deliver first-rate ANC and audiophile-level sound quality. Noise cancellation is slightly improved, thanks to a specialized processor that applies ANC in real time. The mic is excellent at detecting your voice, so when audio is playing and the Speak-to-Chat feature is enabled in the app, audio automatically pauses.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Automatic conversation feature
  • Supports both ANC and Ambient modes
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

phonearena[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following[***]:
Sony didn't set out to fully remake the XM3. It just added a few improvements here and there to make an already great headset even better. With the WH-1000XM4, the extra money you pay go towards the wireless capabilities, the extreme comfort, and some smart features.
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Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Extreme comfort
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are the upgraded version of the Sony WH -1000XM3 Wireless. They have longer continuous battery life, additional touch-sensitive control features, and can be used for multi-device pairing. 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. The Sony have a graphic EQ and presets available in their companion app to help you customize the sound to your liking.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent noise isolation performance
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable, comfortable design
Cons[**]
  • Bass-heavy default sound profile
  • Limited surround support

t3[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best noise cancelling headphones you can buy. New features include ‘speak to chat’ and ‘adaptive sound control’ Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth 5.0, which is sufficient to get big hi-res files on board.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality and noise-cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Sony's WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones cost £350/US$349. Smart features include Adaptive Sound Control, Speak-to-Chat, and enhanced DSEE Extreme. Sony claims to have improved cancellation further by curtailing high and mid frequencies. Battery life clocks in at a substantial 30 hours.
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Pros[**]
  • Eerily good noise cancelling
  • Excellent battery life
  • Smart Adaptive Sound Control and Speak-to-Chat
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 maintains the signature look this line is known for. Most of the controls are still handled by taps and swipes on the right ear cup. It's a minimal and classy design that still holds up years later, but the touch controls still present a learning curve.
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Pros[**]
  • Great noise cancellation
  • Slim, comfortable design
  • Easy-to-use proximity sensor
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Touch controls still present a learning curve

techradar[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones are a wonderful pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. Thanks to their comfy feel and great noise cancellation, we completely recommend them for travelers. However they're not great for workout enthusiasts who need a secure fit and water-resistance – or business people who need the best-in-class microphone.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfy, comfy fit
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
Sony released its superb WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones in 2018. The 1000XM4s are available for preorder today and shipping later this month. They address the two main downsides of the previous product: you can now pair to two devices simultaneously, and updated mics should make for clearer calls.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent noise cancellation and ambient sound
  • Great battery life
  • Easy to pair to two devices simultaneously
Cons[**]
  • Mics are a bit buggy

tomsguide[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 is Sony's best set of cans yet. Sony's latest flagship headphones don't hit every mark, nor are they the major upgrade many of us anticipated. Nothing beats the Sony Headphones Connect app. Bluetooth 5.0 delivers strong performance, while instantly pairing to previously connected devices.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Strong battery life
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Good call quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 are latest premium, over-ear wireless headphones from the company, replacing the WH- 1000XM3. They sell for an RRP of £349/$349/€379/CAD$498/AUD$499. Sony has jumped in on the wear sensor bandwagon, placing a small black sensor inside the left earcup along with acceleration sensors that can detect when the headphones are being worn. Adaptive Smart Control adjusts the noise cancellation and Ambient Sound based on your actions.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent noise cancellation and Ambient Sound
  • Comfortable, comfortable fit
  • Excellent call quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones are priced at £350 (€380, $350, AU$550) Sony claims the headphones deliver better audio, better call quality and more useful features compared with their predecessors. The headphones use a proximity sensor and acceleration sensors in each ear cup to pause playback when you remove the headphones, and then start playing again when you put them back on.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable, comfortable design
  • Improved call quality
  • Better call quality than the XM3s
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[16]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
Sony's WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones have modest improvements over their predecessor. Built-in microphones no longer make you sound like you're underwater on phone or video calls. USB-C port is quick-charge enabled and allows you to get five hours of battery with 10 minutes plugged in.
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Pros[**]
  • Better sound quality than previous models
  • Comfortable, feather-light design
  • Built-in microphones
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

3. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best headphones get even better. digitaltrends. 2020-08-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. laptopmag. 2020-08-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Review. pcmag. 2020-08-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. phonearena. 2020-10-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones Review. rtings. 2020-09-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. techadvisor. 2020-08-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones review. techradar. 2021-02-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the best noise-canceling headphones get better. theverge. 2020-08-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
13. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The noise-cancelling headphones to beat. tomsguide. 2021-02-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
14. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Review. trustedreviews. 2020-08-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
15. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. whathifi. 2020-08-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
16. ^ Review: Sony WH-1000XM4. wired. 2020-08-06 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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