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Sony WH-1000XM4 review

Key features
  • Over-ear
  • Wireless
Reviewed

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are the audio giant’s flagship over-ear noise cancelling headphones, a fierce rival to top pairs from premium brand Bose – so who really is the heavyweight headphones champion? Sony oozes confidence, boldly claiming ‘industry-leading noise cancellation’ meaning you’ll hear ‘only music and nothing else.’ But do these claims really live up to reality, or bend the truth? Our independent lab experts and professional listening panel deliver the ultimate verdict – find out if these headphones really are the best you can buy.

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  • Pros and cons
  • What are they?
  • How do they sound?
  • What are they like to live with?
  • Is there anything I should watch out for?
  • Is there anything else I should know?
  • Should I buy them?
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Test results

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We have tested 215 headphones and found that there are 48 Don't Buys and 33 Best Buys.
Range of Headphone scores
  1. 18%
    Lowest score
  2. 55%
    Average score
  3. 91%
    Highest score
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