Sony WH-1000XM4 Review Rundown
Sony Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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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.
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.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best over-ear wireless headphones on the market. Audio quality and noise cancellation have been upgraded, while intelligent new features improve the user experience with no compromises elsewhere. There's no support for the aptX or aptX HD Bluetooth codecs this time around, however, with Sony deciding to stick with AAC, SBC and its own codec, LDAC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: A nearly flawless noise-canceling headphone. Cnet. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best headphones get even better. Digitaltrends. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best ANC headphones just got better. Expertreviews. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. Laptopmag. 07 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Review. Pcmag. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. Phonearena. 05 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 8. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. Techadvisor. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: Our favorite noise-cancelling headphones get minimal but welcome upgrades. Techhive. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones review. Techradar. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 11. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the best noise-canceling headphones get better. Theverge. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 12. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The noise-cancelling headphones to beat. Tomsguide. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 13. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 Review. Trustedreviews. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 14. ^ Sony WH-1000XM4 review. Whathifi. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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