sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones review

Sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones review

Over the past couple of years sony has managed to become almost synonymous with noise cancelling technology a feat once held by other companies like Bose from its cozy design to excellent sound quality and most importantly the industry leading noise cancellation 2018’s wh000xm3 still stands out as one of the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy and a couple of months ago the company brought its successor the new sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones

 builds on the xm3 by bringing a couple of subtle yet necessary changes so how has sony managed to outdo itself with the xm4 allow me to discuss that in this review

A man wearning a headphone sony wh-1000xm4

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are industry-leading headphones with noise cancelling property because of their Dual Noise Sensor technology. With Artificial intelligence of Edge that has been co-developed with Sony Music Studios Tokyo, it provides next-level music and up to 30-hours battery life with quick charging. Ten minutes of charge provide five hours of audio playback.

Sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones review

Overall Score

Comfort 90%
Sound 95%
Material Quality 90%

The sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones have touch sensor controls so as to pause and play audio tracks, control the volume, activate digital voice assistant, as well as receive and answer phone calls. During conversations, the speak-to-chat technology automatically decreases the volume and when you remove the headphones, wearing detection pauses the audio playback. The call quality is great with a precise voice pickup.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Headphones

These headphones are famous for their noise cancellation potential due to which you can hear each word and tune with extreme resolution and clarity, regardless of your surroundings. These headphones have additional microphones that aim to help in sound isolation while on a phone call, hence, improving phone call quality. It also reduces high and mid frequency sounds.

Dual Noise Sensor technology helps in improving noise cancellation, This headphone has two microphones on each ear cup that capture ambient noise and send that data to the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1. The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 uses a new algorithm to apply noise cancelling processing in real time to multiple surroundings.

Top Feature of sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones

A girl listing a music and the headphone are Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphone

Comparison with previous version Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling stereo headset

Sony WH-1000XM4 vs Sony WH-1000XM3

Headphone Type

Both of them are over-ear type headphones.

Noise Cancelling

The Sony WH-1000XM4 has industry leading noise cancellation properties

whereas the Sony WH-1000XM3 has premium noise cancelling property.

Battery Life

Both have a battery life of 30 hours.

Quick Charge

Both the versions have quick charge feature that provides a five-hour audio playback with just 10 minutes of charge.

DSEE Extreme with Edge-AI

The Sony XM4 have this feature

whereas the Sony XM3 do not.

Hands-free calling

It is available in both the versions with the newer version having 5 microphones as well.

Touch control

Both headsets version have touch Controls.

Ambient Sound Mode

Available in both versions

Customize Sound with app

Both the headsets can be connected with app.

Multi Device Connection

The Sony XM4 support multiple devices connection

but the Sony XM3 do not.

Wearing Detection

The newer headset has this feature but the older one does not.

Foldable design

Both the headphones can be folded.


Q: What are the improvements from the XM3 to the XM4?

A: There have been some fantastic upscaling to the WH1000XM4 from the WH1000XM3. The XM4 utilizes DSEE Extreme or Digital Sound Enhancement Engine which upgrades compressed digital music libraries in real-time. Dynamically identifying the composition, musical genres, and discrete elements of each song, such as vocals or pauses, it restores the high-range sound lost in compression for a richer listening experience. The new XM4 reduces noise 20% better than the prior model. 

It does this by using the 5 built-in microphones to remove directional sound. XM4 has smart listening technology to enhance your listening. With this, if you start speaking, your music will be automatically paused in speak-to-chat. The proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors detect whether your headphones are being worn or not. The design of the headphones has also been upgraded with the addition of more cushioning to the headband and ear padding. The outside dimensions of the headphones have been slightly altered so they are more comfortable.

Q: Do these headphones work with PlayStation?

A: The sony wh-1000xm4 wireless noise cancelling headphones are the best headphones to use with PlayStations, be it PS4 or PS5. The Sony WH-1000XM4 has great features like its sound quality, comfort, build quality, battery life, microphones, noise cancellation, charging speed, and wireless pairing.

Q: Can the noise cancelling feature be used without playing the music?

A: Yes, this feature can be used without playing music too. They are set to automatically turn off after five minutes by default, but this setting can be changed and switched off in the power settings option available in the application of these headphones that can be installed in your smartphone. If you want the noise cancelling feature to stay active all the time, then click the relevant option.

Q: If we use the cable, then the microphone gets disabled?

A: There are 3 voice pickup microphones located on the left side of the earcup and they work only when connected through Bluetooth. These Sony headphones work great for phone calls through audio cables by using the microphone from the smartphone.

Q: Can these headphones be used without battery as well?

A: Yes, these headphones work great when used without the battery.

Q: Do the Sony WH-1000XM4 support aptx, aptx ll, or aptx hd?

A: These headphones support the following: SBC, AAC, and LDAC.

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