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Sony WH-1000XM4 review

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Key features
  • Over-ear
  • Wireless
  • Noise cancelling
Expert review

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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First reviewed by Which?

September 2020

Released

August 2020

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