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Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones Review Roundup

Although only a minor upgrade over the WH-1000XM3, the new Sony WH-1000XM4 is the best wireless noise cancelling headphone of 2020.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones in Black


Unanimous accolades across the board. Most reviewers said the WH-1000XM4 edges out a close win over the Bose Headphone 700.

4.67 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


4.67 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

If you have $350 to spend on active noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM4 get my highest recommendation. They deliver top-shelf noise cancellation, they’re comfortable to wear, they’re packed with features, and—most importantly—they sound fantastic. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.95 out of 5 stars

Audio is loud, crisp, and simply fantastic. It is the best headset I have ever had on my head and I highly recommend them. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s easy to make a case that these are the best all-around ANC headphones on the market. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars

For the same price as its previous flagship, Sony has delivered small but very useful improvements in the WH-1000XM4, which is enough to crown them as the new king of personal audio. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

The 1000XM4s live up to the strong reputation that Sony has built and offer more powerful noise-canceling capabilities than ever before. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.7 out of 5 stars

A refined design, improved audio and new features firmly plant WH-1000XM4 at the top of our best headphones list. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.55 out of 5 stars

It remains one of the top noise-canceling headphones, if not the top one out there, having the best combination of comfort, sound, performance and extra features. Read full review →
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone Control Button (Black)
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone Control Button (Black)


  • Proximity based auto play/pause
  • LDAC codec support
  • Terrific app experience
  • Quick attention mode
  • Speak-to-chat option
  • Very long battery life
  • Simple, reliable touch controls
  • Top-tier noise cancellation with in-app adjustments
  • Customizable EQ
  • Simple, responsive on-ear controls
  • Very comfortable
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent noise canceling
  • Very good call quality
  • Bluetooth multi-device pairing
  • Handy, customizable features
  • Sony’s best noise-canceling capabilities yet
  • Powerful custom ANC
  • Immersive sound with punchy bass
  • Automatic pausing when you speak
  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Good battery life
  • New Speak-to-Chat mode
  • Upgraded Bluetooth system-on-chip


  • Edge-AI upscaling doesn’t add much
  • Touch controls still have a learning curve
  • You can’t use LDAC with multipoint Bluetooth
  • 360 Reality Audio requires a compatible music service
  • Cable lacks inline remote
  • No aptX or aptX HD
  • USB-C port cannot be used for audio
  • Cold-weather improvements are unproven
  • Adaptive Sound Control requires location sharing
  • Looks virtually the same as the previous model
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones on woman
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones on woman

Our Final Conclusion

Although only a minor upgrade over the WH-1000XM3, the new Sony WH-1000XM4 is the best wireless noise cancelling headphone of 2020.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (Silver)
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (Silver)

Product Overview

August 13, 2020New Convenience Features & Improved Noise Cancellation Sony just released the new WH-1000XM4 wireless noise cancelling headphones for $349. Now in their the fourth-generation, the WH-1000XM4 succeed the highly regarded WH-1000XM3, considered by many the best noise cancelling headphones of 2019. The new WH-1000XM4 arrive with a near identical look, but with additional smart features that personalize and control music, improve industry-leading noise cancellation and adjust ambient sound automatically based on user preferences. Better Noise Cancellation With two…

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