Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones review: the best headphones of 2022

Editor’s Note

• Original review date: August 2020
• Newer Sony WH-1000XM5 now out
• Launch price: $349 / £349 / AU$549
• Target price now: $249 / £199 / AU$399

Update: February 2024. The Sony WH-1000XM4 might be getting on these days, but because you can regularly find them for so much cheaper than their launch, we think these still rule the roost in terms of bang for your buck. The ‘target’ price above is what you should aim to pay for these headphones, and we’ve seen them for cheaper than those prices, so they’re not unrealistic at all. The Sony WH-1000XM5 have now been launched, but with a much higher price than the XM4 and without feeling like a huge leap in terms of sound or noise cancellation. So the WH-1000XM4 really hit the sweet spot if you can get them for our recommended prices, which isn’t hard. We still rate them as the best headphones for most people – they’ve been bettered in many ways, don’t get us wrong… but not for this kind of price. Plus the new version doesn’t have the handy folding design for traveling! The rest of this review remains as previously published.

Matt Bolton

Matt Bolton

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