Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4

Perfect sound: Hard to beat
REVIEW: The Sony WH-1000XM4 is more than just another number in the series of over-ear headphones

Another one?

The reaction is understandable when model 3 becomes 4 and later 5 in the many pieces of electronics that are launched each year in ‘a completely new edition’.

Often the news is just polishes, where the only real news is the prices, which get another notch up. But for once, I was able to pack the bile away and rejoice when Sony launched the WH-1000XM4 the other day.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Reasoned skepticism

The predecessor Sony WH-1000XM3 was already a quite capable over-ear headphone with the best noise reduction on the market and a really nice battery life. My skepticism was therefore justified because how do you improve something that already works?

After a few weeks of testing, I have the answer ready: By not only polishing, but actually improving the product so much that it is felt and not least heard.

And it does so on the Sony WH-1000XM4.

Reasoned skepticism

The predecessor Sony WH-1000XM3 was already a quite capable over-ear headphone with the best noise reduction on the market and a really nice battery life. My skepticism was therefore justified because how do you improve something that already works?

After a few weeks of testing, I have the answer ready: By not only polishing, but actually improving the product so much that it is felt and not least heard.

And it does so on the Sony WH-1000XM4.

Sony WH-1000XM4Can connect two devices

On the other hand, it is in the technology of headphones and their ability to force even better sound experiences and not least even more solid noise reduction out of the same model that we find the marked improvements.

There is – and I use the predecessor daily – no doubt that the soundscape has improved. There is more spaciousness and better timbre in this edition.

In the same way, the noise reduction is tightened, which ensures Sony a clear first place. No one does it better and the model is in the price range hard to beat.

And then I like that it is now possible to connect two different devices so that you can easily switch between, for example, a phone and a computer. It has been a long-awaited feature in the model.

A clear winner

Should it not already appear from the above, then I love both Sony’s series of over-ear headphones and the latest news. Would I then buy?

If I did not already own the previous model, the answer would be a resounding yes. The model is at the top of my list, which I recommend to others an over-ear model based on.

And although it is now possible to buy the predecessor, the WH-1000XM3, at a very attractive price, I would for once give myself and recommend new buyers to go directly for the Sony WH-1000XM4.

The improvements are worth the extra money.

Sony WH-1000XM4