Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Fit

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/1)

” I’m not some masochist who likes wearing over-ear headphones outside in the sweltering summer heat, but I’ve found the 1000XM4s to be plush and comfortable when worn for several hours around my apartment. Thanks to a new sensor inside the left ear cup, the headphones can now detect when you remove them from your ears and will pause audio until you put them back on.

Positive
Chris Welch
4 months ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/2)

I'm writing this as an Android user, so if you value the Apple ecosystem and multi device connectivity, then these aren't for you. I've also never owned any Airpods to compare. I will compare these to Bose Quiet Comfort earbuds because I own them and secondly, because they are the same price. Sony obviously has their sights set on Bose

Negative
Jamers928
1 year ago

Sound Quality

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/3)

(Sony has assured me that the 1000XM4s will perform reliably in cold weather after it was found that the M3s had significant touch sensor problems in winter.) And aside from a few tweaks Sony made to how it upscales music, the 1000XM4s sound just like their predecessors — a very good thing, trust me.

Positive
Chris Welch
4 months ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/2)

For WF-1000XM4 specifically, make sure to use the Headphone Connect app and change the Bluetooth Connection Quality to "Priority on Sound Quality".

Positive
tyteen4a03
1 year ago

Price Point

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/1)

The price is a bit higher than I would have preferred, but didn’t find better choices at a cheaper price.On the other hand I can’t see myself ever spending this much on headphones. I know there are people who can and will, but to me there’s nothing in that product to justify the price.It also feels like any product Apple releases gets bonus review points (which I think is just confirmation bias), just because Apple made it

Negative
kif
1 year ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/1)

I will compare these to Bose Quiet Comfort earbuds because I own them and secondly, because they are the same price. Sony obviously has their sights set on Bose. The short story is that the Bose are going to be returned and these will be my daily drivers. Read on if you want more details

Positive
Jamers928
1 year ago

Noise Cancellation

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/3)

This feature-packed pair significantly reduces the noise of voices around you and can sound fantastic. But these headphones are pricey and require a good deal of setup.

Positive
4 months ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/2)

But I’d argue the best thing about this redesign isn’t the actual earbud hardware: it’s the new ear tips Sony is including in the box. Last time around, Sony shipped six pairs of tips with the 1000XM3 buds — three silicone sizes and three foam-like tips. But with the 1000XM4s, Sony is going all-in on the memory foam approach with new “noise isolation ear tips.” They’re quite different from Sony’s past foam tips, now with a thicker design that’s less rounded and with a tackier feel that helps them stay planted in your ears

Positive
Chris Welch
4 months ago

Bluetooth Connectivity

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/1)

For a lot of the ones I tested, it becomes an exercise in patience and frustration. There were even some that refused to pair with more than one device at a time at all, meaning that every time you switch a device, you have to do the whole pairing process again. And that wasn't 10 years ago, i tested this less than 2 years ago.And even the whole pairing process is annoying

Negative
filoleg
2 years ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/1)

For WF-1000XM4 specifically, make sure to use the Headphone Connect app and change the Bluetooth Connection Quality to "Priority on Sound Quality".

Positive
tyteen4a03
1 year ago

Battery Life

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/1)

Turn noise canceling off, and the new earbuds can keep running for up to 12 hours. The charging case can juice the buds two times, so you’re looking at a total playing time of around 24 hours (NC on) or 36 hours if you can do without it wherever you are.

Positive
Chris Welch
4 months ago

Comfort

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/2)

Sony has made some subtle design tweaks; they’re just the kind you can’t see. The head cushion at the top has been slimmed down; the ear pads now have 10 percent greater surface area for more contact with your head; and the curve of the headband has been “fine tuned.” I’m not some masochist who likes wearing over-ear headphones outside in the sweltering summer heat, but I’ve found the 1000XM4s to be plush and comfortable when worn for several hours around my apartment. Thanks to a new sensor inside the left ear cup, the headphones can now detect when you remove them from your ears and will pause audio until you put them back on

Positive
Chris Welch
4 months ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/2)

I bought the wf-1000xm4 and they are so darn comfortable I’m using the small tips that comes with it. Anc is basically the same as The full sized one tbh I’d use the earbuds way more portable

Positive
yohanesworku
1 year ago

Durability

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/2)

I bought one pair of these headphones and they were defective out of the box. I returned them and the replacement was even WORSE than the first one. If two out of two of the same product are broken out-of-the-box, you have failed as a company. Sony doesn't even care either! My replacement order was shipped to me in a box just as slim as the box the headphones come in and only slightly longer with absolutely NO packing protection

Negative
Marco A.
5 months ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/2)

The foam tips are still usable, but will likely break into two pieces if I keep using them.

Negative
JackWillsIt
1 year ago

Warranty

Sony WH-1000XM4

(1/1)

Other than that it’s a warranty issue that you can’t fix yourself. I was offered a full refund on my 8th pair and decided to go for the Sony WH-1000XM4’s and I’ve been happy ever since.

Negative
DigbyTheDogKing
1 year ago

Sony WF-1000XM4

(1/1)

Don't use it for a workout, you will damage it, it will violate the warranty and it is not suitable for it. I do agree that the Sony WF-1000XM3 have the best sound quality on wireless earbuds but you definitely want to have something different for workouts. The stock tips are definitely not suitable for it, I had to use Spinfit CP 360 tips for these earbuds to stay in my ear but they were definitely worth the money. People also use foam tips which helps

Negative
Kirei13
1 year ago