Sony WF-1000XM4 noise-cancelling earphones were a formidable AirPods Pro rival when I initially evaluated them in June 2021, but I highlighted that they were pricy at $280 (£250, AU$500), making them worth considering if you were ready to pay more.

My high opinion of the WF-1000XM4 earbuds hasn’t changed despite the release of some impressive competing products that are less expensive, such as the Beats Fit Pro, Sennheiser CX Plus, and price reductions on the AirPods Pro.

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This is especially true after Sony released several software updates in the last few months that continue improving the product, with some minor improvements in the voice-calling department and the adaptive noise cancelling. Here are the pros and Cons 👇

PROS

+Exceptional active noise cancellation

+Powerful bass depth and crisp, defined highs

+Adjustable EQ

+Good battery life

CONS

-Expensive

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They are not flawless, to be clear: In terms of voice calling, the WF-1000XM4 still falls short of the AirPods Pro, and some people could find their size and fit uncomfortable. But even at their high price, they are difficult to beat because of their terrific sound, excellent noise-cancelling capabilities, and robust feature set. Although they are still pricey, there have been some recent reductions to about $250. In light of this, we recognized them as one of the top products in their category for 2021 by giving them the CNET Editors’ Choice Award.

SONY WF-1000XM4 SPECS

TypeIn-Canal
WirelessYes
True WirelessYes
Connection TypeBluetooth
Water/Sweat-ResistantYes
Active Noise CancellationYes

New look

They look entirely different from the XM3 earbuds, and the package is no exception. I liked that Sony, like many other businesses, has shifted to straightforward, environmentally friendly packaging.

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Excellent noise Cancelling

The noise cancellation is excellent, at the top of its class. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, which cost the same as these and were formerly the best in class for true-wireless noise cancelling, are right there with it and have improved from the XM3. According to Sony, the WF-1000XM4 reportedly contains a new unique processor called the V1 that processes sound and noise cancelling. This chipset seems to have significantly improved noise cancelling in particular.

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Top Notch sound      

Unsurprisingly, the sound quality is excellent: nice detail, a rich, well-defined bass that dives deep, natural-sounding mids (where the vocals reside), and just a huge, open sound — for truly wireless earbuds, that is. Sony has changed the 6mm drivers in addition to the new V1 chip for digital processing, and these definitely sound richer than the WF-1000XM3’s already great 6mm speakers.

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Regarding active noise cancellation (ANC), Bose has long set the bar, even in the field’s relative youth, genuinely wireless. However, Sony’s $279.99 WF-1000XM4 earbuds finally provide some serious competition for the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.

Sony’s wire-free headphones sound bass-forward and bright straight out of the box, and they can be customized to your preferences with EQ—something you can’t do with the Bose model. And in terms of active noise cancellation, these are the first truly wireless earbuds we’ve tested that consistently outperform the QuietComfort Earbuds. As a result, Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds are our new Editors’ Choice winner and the best noise-cancelling set you can buy.

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