Sony WH-1000XM4 Review

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review

For a few years, Sony has released the WH-1000XM3, along with the ANC features at the forefront of the wireless headphone industry. That’s conducting the WH-1000 series the most widely recognized wireless headphones, very close to the Bose QC35 ii. Sony has also released the WH-1000XM4 to continue the legacy of the flagship full-sized wireless headphones packed with a variety of everyday features. The most asked question, what is new and different from the old model. With audiophile-level sound, today will discuss how the best noise-canceling headphones from Sony are good with the Sony WH-1000XM4 review.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – The Design

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review

The Sony WH-1000XM4 comes with the same familiar design as the WH-1000XM3, the material is still used as plastic. The light plastic and soft-touch allow the WH-1000XM3 lightweight and comfortable for wearing. For long periods of wearing in some area which is hot weather, it can become so hot that you sweating in your ears. However; if you use int cool area or air-conditioned room, it will help warm your ears quite easily.

When it comes to assembly, Sony has done just fine, all part of the headphones that movable are rugged and durable. There was no crack sound at all. it can be fold-flat (twisted horizontally 90 degrees) to keep in the box. Also, foldable up vertically about 40 degrees, and WH-1000XM4 can be adjusted to a variety of levels to accommodate a variety of head sizes too.

The earcups and headphones are contained artificial leather components that are very soft and comfortable (super soft). That’s help for wearing and feel light and soft and not press over at all, why?. Because the all-new design of earcups of WH-1000XM4, allowing the headphones to distribute the pressure evenly around the head and bring to comfortable.

But for people who wear earrings, you might have to be careful as the earcups cover almost the ear. So, wearing big earrings maybe scrape the ear cushions or the earcups can’t completely be covered, causing the ANC system may not work completely as well. For people who wear glasses, don’t worry because the earcups don’t compress your ears much. ( I have been tried).

Key Features’ Sony WH-1000XM4

The WH-1000XM4 is headphones designed for users who want extra comfort. With the industry’s forefront active noise canceling (ANC) technology and it does an impressive job. It comes with a host of smart features that will totally change your headphone experience.

Sony Leading Active Noise Cancellation Technology

WH-1000XM4 - best noise cancelling headphones

The Sony WH-1000XM4 still uses chip HD Noise Cancellation Processor QN1 that processes over 700 times per second in real-time.

Using noise-canceling features such as air conditioning or a computer fan, the Sony WH-1000XM4 can achieve an excellent noise reduction of almost 90%. In the subway environment, the Sony wireless noise-canceling headphones are amazing to reduce the noise. I feel that the noise almost completely disappeared. As for the sound of talking on the train, I can hear very faintly.

Another place where we tried is a coffee shop, The WH-1000XM3 performed really well. I could hardly hear the coffee machines or music from speakers in the shop. All in all, in the noise-canceling, the Sony WH-1000XM4 is excellent that confirms that Sony is the true leader in noise-canceling in noise-canceling technology.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is very great in the active noise-canceling feature, but another feature that makes the WH-1000XM3 better than other noise-canceling headphones is the “Adaptive Sound control”. It automatically adjusts the noise-canceling level (staying, walking, running, and transport) according to your location and behavior. Just turn on adaptive sound control mode in the application, the headphones will capture your gestures and change the ANC mode according to your activity. Moreover; you can adjust the profile you want in the application as well.

Furthermore, the application will automatically choose the best profile for you via GPS location. At first, it may be a little annoying. But for a while, the application will understand your behavior listening to music. It will gradually adapt to your music listening lifestyle and change the ANC profile to you in a way that you don’t even realize it ( warning sound every time when it changing).

Ambient sound mode – Fusing music with ambient sound

Sony wireless noise cancelling over-ear headphones

The ambient sound feature will allow you to hear the outside sound while wearing the headphones. You can adjust up to 20 levels. Also, you can focus on speaking voice, which can hear the voice of people around you.

Sony WH-1000XM4 with Speak to Chat

Easy to stop the music just you speak, very convenient when you busy hand and can’t press the stop button.

But something that I feel not ok, the first, you have to manual press play again if want to listen to music. Second, if a little noise from your mouth, it will work immediately. So, if you unguarded sing, the music will stop. That might not be what you want.

Quick Attention – Cover Ears To Listen

Quick attention is one of the most outstanding features in the WH-1000 series, and the XM4 model as well. We can turn on ambient mode and reduce the music for a while by cover the right earpiece with the palm of our hand. This feature is very comfortable and natural.

Wearing Detection – More Comfortable

30 hours battery life - WH-1000XM3

Automatically pauses music when taking off headphones and will resume when wearing again. Very easy and comfortable like all TWS on the market now.

Better than 1000-XM3 with Multipoint Connection

This is one feature that not in the WH-1000XM3. This feature allows you to connect to multiple devices at the same time. For example, you connect to listen to music through a laptop and can get calls via earphones’ mic. Once finished talking, you can go back and listen to music on your laptop without manual reconnect (connect auto). It’s very convenient.

Touch Control – Easy For Using

Sony WH-1000XM4 active noise cancelling headphones

Double-tap to play and pause. Next song by dragging it to the right. Drag left to listen to the previous song. You can also increase or decrease the sound by dragging up and dragging down.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Other Features

Also, the Sony WH-1000XM4 comes with great features such as fast paring, DSEE EXTREME converts MP3 files to near high-res quality and Alexa built-in.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones – The Sound

To sum up, the audio quality of the WH-1000XM4 is a fun headphone; warm, and sweet sound. Because the mids are outstanding and the bass is strong and impact. The Sony WH-1000XM4 is ideal for listening to music in all genres, even from POP to EDM with a lot of synth sounds or classic songs with a lot of details.

Compare Sony WH-1000XM4 to Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4 Vs Sony WH-1000XM3 VS Bose QC35 ii Vs Bose 700 Noise Cancelling

sony WH-1000XM4 specs

Sony WH-1000XM4

Specs: over-ear, closed-dynamic, dimension: 7.27″ x 3.03″ x 9.94″, weight: 9 ounces, driver: 40mm driver reproduce full-range of frequency, microphone: 5 built-in with advanced audio signal processing, frequency response active operation: 4 – 40kHz, frequency response Bluetooth: 20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz Sampling)/20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz Sampling, 990 kbps), sensitive: 105 dB / mW (1 kHz)
Features: wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, digital noise-cancellation,  battery life 30 hours, fast-charge: 10-minutes get 5-hours), full-charge: 3-hours, touch sensor control, automatically reduce volume while conversation (speak-to-chat technology), voice assistant (Google/Siri/Alexa), wearing detection: auto-pause when taking off headphones, design to reduce pressure for a long-listening session, adaptive sound control, ambient sound mode, support 2 devices paring at the same time, quick attention mode, smart listening: automatic balance noise-canceling level by detecting your activity, application: customizable sound, foldable design


Sony WH1000XM3 - Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3

Spec: over-ear, closed, dynamic, dimension: 7.31″ x 2.94″ x 10.44″, weight: 8.96 oz, driver: 40mm dome type (CCAW Voice coil), frequency response: 4-40 kHz, impedance (ohms): 47 ohm (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on)/16 ohm (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off), sensitivity: 104.5dB / mW (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on) , 101dB / mW (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, magnet: neodymium
Features: wireless, battery life 30 hours, full-charge time: 3-hours, fast charge (10 minutes for 5 hours), active noise-canceling, voice assistant – Google assistance/Amazon Alexa/Siri, smart play/pause, foldable and swivel design, touch control, quick attention mode, audio file formats: SBC/AAC/aptX/aptX HD/LDAC, Bluetooth 4.2 (support profile: A2DP/ AVRCP/HFP/HSP)


bose qc35 ii

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Specs: over-ear, dimension: 3.2″ x 6.7″ x 7.1″, weight 8.3 oz, over-ear, Bluetooth 4.1, Bluetooth profiles ( Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Hands-Free Profile (HFP))
Features: battery life 20 hours, fast charge (15 minutes for 2.5 hours, full-charge for 2.25 hours), active noise-canceling, voice assistant – Google assistance/Amazon Alexa/Siri, foldable and swivel design


Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Noise Canceling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700

Specs: over-ear dimension: 2″ x 6.5″ x 8″, weight: 8.8 ounces, charging time: around 2.5-hours, USB-C charging cable, headband: stainless steel available in 3 premium finishes, headband cushion: ultra-soft gel-like foam covered, ear cushions: soft foam covered in protein leather, Bluetooth 5.0 (range 33-feet), support codec: SBC/AAC
Features: wireless, noise-canceling: 11-levels, voice assistant: google assistant, Alexa built-in (speak English and Spanish), fast charge: 15-minutes get 3.5-hours, 20-hours wireless playtime, charging time: 2.5-hours, intuitive touch control, Bose SimpleSync technology, adaptive mic system, Bose AR, Bose music App, water-resistant, microphones: 6 microphones for ANC/ 2 microphones for voice pickup


Sony WH-1000XM4 Review – Pros & Cons


  • Great noise-canceling.
  • DSEE Extreme audio upscaling.
  • Soft and comfortable with features for convenience (quick attention, wearing detection, touch control, ambient sound, speak-to-chat).
  • Long-life battery (up to 30 hours).
  • Supreme quick charge (10-minutes get 5-hours).
  • lightweight and easily portable (foldable design).


  • Speak-to-chat is so sensitive (just a little speak will leading to pauses music).
  • A little hot if wearing in a not cold environment.
  • Not water-resistant.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless ANC Headphones – Final Verdicts

If you’ve read to the end of the Sony WH-1000XM4 review, will you agree with me? The Sony WH-1000XM4 is ideal for those looking for wireless headphones with excellent noise cancellation with hi-res sound quality. Definitely not disappointed.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 Review
Sony WH-1000XM4:
Excellent Noise Canceling Headphones, Excellent sound quality, and Supreme comfortable
30 hours playtime, Ambient sound, Wearing detection, Touch control


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