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Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4
alaScore 96

638 reviews

Jul, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 638 reviews of Sony WH-1000XM4. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Views about the price and usability are generally positive. The comfort and noise isolation are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the soundstage. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

sound, noise isolation, comfort, usability, price


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 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Kob Monney (

Sony WH-1000XM4


The WH-1000XM4 have been replaced by the WH-1000XM5, but they remain a fantastic pair of headphones at a more affordable price

Superb audio ; Impressive noise cancellation ; Lightweight and comfortable ; Useful smarts

No IP resistance

An improvement on their predecessors, the WH-1000XM4 have been replaced by the WH-1000XM5 as the best performing noise cancellers. However, the cheaper, more affordable price ensures these headphones are a great pair for those who can’t afford the...

Jun, 2022

Expert review by : Gerald Lynch Nick Pino (

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones review


Are the Sony WH-1000XM4 the best headphones ever made?

Improved noise-cancellation ; DSEE Extreme audio upscaling ; Multipoint pairing ; Auto-play/pause and conversation awareness

Imperceptible design changes ; Not water-resistant ; Call quality still isn’t perfect ; Singing can pause the music

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review


What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021 winner. Sony's premium wireless headphones deliver a sonic masterclass

Dynamic, detail-rich sound ; Sensational sense of timing ; Lightweight, comfy and clever

No IP rating ; No aptX support

Sony continues to serve up some of the finest noise-cancelling headphones on the market – the WH-1000XM4 will be tough to beat

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Simon Lucas (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the T3 Awards 2021 winner for best noise-cancelling headphones


Sony WH-1000XM4 remain at the peak of noise-cancelling over-ear headphones even now

Lively, balanced and detailed sound ; Insane noise-cancelling ; A full suite of cutting-edge extra features

Can get trebly under the wrong circumstances ; No aptX or aptX HD support – seriously Sony?

Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best noise cancelling headphones you can buy. By keeping the sound as good as it always was to satisfy music lovers and adding some extra features tech heads wanted, Sony manages to keep its nose just in front of Bose, Bowers &...

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Rik Henderson (

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


Sony's over-ear wireless headphones for 2020 sport improved noise-cancellation and audio performance. Does that result in the very best headphones?

Superb music playback with noise-cancelling on or off ; Great battery life and fast-charge capabilities ; Packed full of useful features ; Very comfortable to wear

Not worth upgrading if you already have the XM3 ; No aptX or aptX HD support

The 1000X series of headphones win awards year-on-year and that trend is likely to continue. The WH-1000XM4 wireless ANC over-ear headphones bring one word to mind - superb. With an enhanced feature set that makes many rivals look stone age, these...

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Peter Phelps (

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review


Are Sony's noise-cancelling headphones a class above of the rest of the competition?

— Superb sound, comfortable fit, and handy smart features

— No aptX audio

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are simply brilliant, possibly the best premium headphones on the market right now. Offering excellent sound quality, a host of useful and well-implemented smart features, and being very comfortable to wear as well, frankly you’ll...

Jun, 2021

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by : Steve May (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review


Sony adds AI smart functionality and even better noise cancelling to its flagship WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth headphones

Class leading noise cancellation ; Transparent musical performance ; Inventive AI features ; Light and comfortable

Sonically same as XM3 ; No Bluetooth aptX

Supremely comfortable, with a transparent musicality that suits any genre of music, Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise cancellers are the wireless headphones to beat in 2021.

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Andy White (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: BIG savings on these brilliant ANC headphones


Improved audio, more effective noise cancellation and smart new features make the Sony WH-1000XM4 the over-ear headphones to beat

Class-leading noise cancellation ; Supremely comfortable ; Excellent audio quality

Lack water resistance ; Microphone quality could be better

Believe the hype: the Sony WH-1000XM4 are better than their predecessors in almost every way and are the new undisputed kings of noise-cancelling headphones. Lack of water resistance aside, they’re near flawless, combining supreme comfort, beautifully...

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Matt Tate (

Sony WH-1000XM4 review


Still the king?

Speak-to-Chat works well (and stops you singing) ; Noise cancellation even better than before ; Wear detection a much-needed addition ; They sound fantastic with any genre

Expensive ; Samey design might put people off upgrading

Simply the best all-round noise-cancelling headphones you can buy

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Alfred Siew (

Goondu review: Sony WH-1000XM4 are the noise cancelling headphones to beat September 4th, 2020 | by Alfred Siew Audio-visual 0 The Sony WH-1000XM4 off


With great noise cancelling capabilities and impressive audio quality, the souped-up Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best in its class of headphones.

Sep, 2020

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