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Sony WF-1000XM4 Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 10 Jun 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Headphones w/ ANC
Neoscore* 81%
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent ANC
  • Excellent call quality
  • Good battery life
  • Not as effective at canceling wind sound as AirPods Pro

Summary

The WF-1000XM4 are Sony's first true wireless earbuds that support the company's LDAC Bluetooth codec. When fully charged, Sony claims eight hours of play time with ANC turned on and an impressive 12 hours when it's turned off. They are markedly smaller and lighter than ever before and now there is a wireless charging option.
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

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Sony's WF-1000XM4 are 10% smaller than the XM3, which is good but not earth-shattering. The charging case, on the other hand, is 40% smaller, and it now has wireless charging as an option. The touch-sensitive control surface now occupies almost 100% of the exposed portion of the earbud.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Wireless charging
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-1000XM4 are noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds aimed at those with plenty of disposable income. The buds now operate over Bluetooth 5.2 and there's support for Sony's Hi-Res LDAC codec. The charging case can now be topped up wirelessly, Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) has been upgraded and the buds have had an IPX4 rating for water resistance slapped on them.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent touch controls
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-1000XM4 are the latest entrants to our Best wireless earbuds page. Sony improved the microphones and developed a more powerful chip that makes for better sound. The right earbud takes care of music and phone duties, while the left bud handles ANC commands. The one feature that continues to elude Sony is a locator feature.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Powerful Adaptive Sound Control
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good call quality
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a “Find my earbuds” feature

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Sony's WF-1000XM4 earphones are available in black or silver models. Despite their rather large size, the earpieces feel light and secure. They ship with only three pairs of eartips, and the design doesn't feature any additional fit security features. Sony estimates earpiece battery life to be roughly eight hours.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bass-forward, bright audio with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Adjustable EQ
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-1000XM4 are smaller, lighter and greener than ever. Sound even more articulate and immediate than the model they replace at the top of the range. Includes Speak-To-Chat, DSEE Extreme audio upscaling, and adaptive noise cancellation. App makes it simple to adjust controls and your EQ settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent noise cancellation
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Sony first released its WF-1000XM3 earbuds nearly two years ago. The audio quality has been further refined, and Sony added key features it frustratingly omitted last time. The 1000XM4s also raise the bar for wireless audio and battery life in noise-canceling earbud.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
  • IPX4 water and sweat resistance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-1000XM4 is the latest addition to the in-ear Mark series. It features an all-new audio processor (the Sony V1) that promises clearer sound and better active noise cancellation. The buds also take on a completely different and more ergonomic design than its predecessor.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Comfortable, ergonomic design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • ANC isn't as good as the WH-1000XM3

whathifi[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-1000XM4 are one of the most feature-packed, user-friendly and sonically gifted pair of wireless earbuds we've tested. Based on a combination of customer feedback about the XM3 and research about the human ear, Sony has settled on a rounder body that sits more inside the ear opening. The matte finish on each earbud gives the headphones a premium feel, while the small accents around the microphone and sensor holes add a tiny splash of colour.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • New eartip material
  • Wireless charging
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 review: Almost perfect wireless earbuds. Digitaltrends. 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  2. 2. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 review: All-round audio excellence. Expertreviews. 2021-07-02. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  3. 3. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds review. Laptopmag. 2021-07-03. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  4. 4. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 Review. Pcmag. 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  5. 5. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds review. Techradar. 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  6. 6. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 review: a sonic triumph. Theverge. 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  7. 7. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 review. Tomsguide. 2021-06-23. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  8. 8. ^ Sony WF-1000XM4 review. Whathifi. 2021-06-08. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  9. *. 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.
  10. **. 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.
  11. ***. 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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