Sony has made the best even better. With a bunch of seemingly small changes, the company has further improved its already stellar headphones. The WH-1000XM4 sounds great and the custom ANC automatically adjusts if you choose to let it. You won’t find a more feature-packed set of headphones right now, and it’s unlikely you will until Sony updates these again.
- Powerful custom ANC
- Immersive sound with punchy bass
- Automatic pausing when you speak
- Multi-device connectivity
- 360 Reality Audio is still limited
- Adaptive Sound Control requires location sharing
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- 94AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTom's Guide90The noise-cancelling headphones to beatThe Sony WH-1000xM4 ups the ante in every way to challenge the Bose 700 for the title of best noise-cancelling headphones.Laptop Magazine90Sony is coming for Bose's crownThe Sony WH-1000xM4 headphones offer excellent audio, powerful ANC and tons of audio customization options in a comfortable frame.Wired90These noise-canceling headphones silence the world better than mostFrankly, I'm racking my brain to figure out how Sony will find a way to improve the 1000X line for generation 5. How much better can the best really get? It might be time to start again from scratch.PC Mag90Sony's best noise-cancelling headphones yetSony's terrific WH-1000XM4 headphones combine top-notch noise cancellation with audiophile-friendly sound quality.Pocket-Lint90Has the best got even better?Sony has year-on-year established itself at the top of the wireless headphones game and the WH-1000XM4 shows that trend continuing. Our initial thoughts are that the improved comfort and tweaks in audio tech put them amongst the top ANC over-ears out there, if not at the very top.The Verge90THE BEST NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES GET BETTERThe 1000XM4s live up to the strong reputation that Sony has built and offer more powerful noise-canceling capabilities than ever before. If the company makes good on its multipoint fix, you’re probably looking at the new top pick for noise-canceling headphones.T3100The best headphones you can buySony 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 & Wilkins and Beats by Dr. Dre. There's nothing better in the world of headphones right now.TechRadar100Are the Sony WH-1000XM4 the best headphones ever made?The Sony WH-1000XM4 deliver excellent noise-cancellation and surprising sound quality all in a lightweight, comfortable design. While they don't look significantly different from their predecessors, a number of new features including multipoint pairing, DSEE Extreme upscaling, conversational awareness and auto-play/pause using a built-in sensor all help the WH-1000XM4 claim the title of best headphones in 2020.What Hi-Fi100Sony's premium wireless headphones deliver a sonic masterclassSony continues to serve up some of the finest noise-cancelling headphones on the market – the WH-1000XM4s will be tough to beat.Digital Trends100The best headphones get even betterSame price, even better features. Sony's WH-1000XM4 are what perfect looks like.