Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jul 08, 2021 at 10:30 am
Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless Picture
6.5
Neutral Sound
7.9
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless. With this update, Sony has improved their active noise cancelling (ANC) system, and they can now block out even more bass-range noise like the rumble of bus engines. Although we don't test for this, they also support Google Fast Pair and Windows 10 Swift Pair, but lack NFC pairing. Sony has tweaked the sound profile too, resulting in a smooth, warm sound that keeps vocals and instruments clear. However, some users may find they sound dark and veiled. Luckily, they're compatible with the Sony | Headphones Connect app with a graphic EQ and presets to adjust their sound.

Our Verdict

6.5 Neutral Sound

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are fair for neutral sound. Out-of-the-box, these headphones have a warm, smooth sound profile, which ensures that vocals and lead instruments sound clear but dark. Luckily, if you prefer a more neutral sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to tweak them to your liking. They also have very consistent audio delivery, so you shouldn't experience deviations based on fit or seal.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage performance.
7.9 Commute/Travel

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are very good for commute and travel. These comfortable and lightweight in-ears have an ANC system that does a decent job of reducing the low rumbles of bus or plane engines. Thanks to their small size, you can easily fit them into most pockets or bags without a problem. They also have over 10 hours of continuous playback time, and there are two additional charges in their carrying case if you need it.

Pros
  • ANC has great noise isolation performance.
  • Comfortable, stable, and breathable fit.
Cons
  • Touch controls can be very sensitive.
8.2 Sports/Fitness

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are great for sports and fitness. Their small, wireless design makes it easy to take them with you to the gym or park. Although they don't have stability fins, they do a good job of staying in your ear, and they have a comfortable, breathable fit. Unlike their predecessor, they're also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

Pros
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
  • Comfortable, stable, and breathable fit.
Cons
  • Touch controls can be very sensitive.
7.1 Office

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are decent for office use. They have a comfortable fit and over 10 hours of continuous battery life, which should last through long days at the office. Their ANC can also block out office chatter around you, and even if you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, others around you shouldn't hear it.

Pros
  • ANC has great noise isolation performance.
  • Comfortable, stable, and breathable fit.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Touch controls can be very sensitive.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Sony WF-1000XM4 aren't suitable for wireless gaming due to their incompatibility with PlayStation and Xbox consoles. They also have high audio latency on PC.

5.3 Wired Gaming

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are truly wireless headphones that can't be used with a wired connection.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are acceptable for phone calls. Their integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds thin and muffled. The mic does a better job of separating it from ambient noise around you though. Unfortunately, while these headphones have ANC, it turns off when you're on a call, and the buds enter 'Talk-Through' or ambient noise mode. Unfortunately, you won't be able to turn on ANC until your phone call ends.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable, and breathable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing recording quality.
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.9 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Sep 14, 2021: We've updated the 'Phone Call' verdict and 'Noise Isolation' text to reflect ANC turning off during calls.
  2. Updated Jul 30, 2021: We've retested 'Noise Isolation' and 'Raw Frequency Response' using firmware update 1.2.6.
  3. Updated Jul 08, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Jul 01, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a more rounded and less bulky look than their predecessor, the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless. There's a circular copper accent on each earbud, which has a microphone in the center. These headphones come in two color variants: Silver and Black.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are comfortable headphones. They're lightweight and don't go too deep into your ear. Since they come with foam ear tips, they help form a better seal, and you don't need to replace them consistently. Unfortunately, they only come with three differently-sized pairs of ear tips.

6.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have acceptable controls. They have the same touch-sensitive controls as the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless and are really easy to use. On the left earbud, you can cycle between ANC, talk-though, and voice assistant modes. Conversely, the right earbud offers all music-related controls. You can do all call-related controls on either earbud. You can map either bud with voice assistant, ANC/talk-through, or volume. There are a few beeps and voice prompts to let you know which setting you've changed. However, the touch controls can be too sensitive, and you may accidentally register a command by accident. If you're on a call, the ANC also turns off and you won't be able to turn it back on until the phone call ends.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

These headphones have a very breathable design. Since they don't trap heat in your ear, you shouldn't notice a temperature difference when you're wearing them. You shouldn't sweat more than usual when wearing them.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.4" (3.6 cm)
W 1.1" (2.8 cm)
H 1.1" (2.7 cm)
Volume 1.65 in³ (27.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are very portable. They're small, and you can easily put them inside of most pockets or bags without an issue. They also come with a solid hard carrying case.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.6" (6.7 cm)
W 1.1" (2.9 cm)
H 1.5" (3.9 cm)
Volume 4.64 in³ (76.00 cm³)

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a good case. It doesn't feel as solid as that of the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless as the lid is a bit flimsy. However, there's a magnet to hold the buds in the case to help protect them from damage. It should also fit into most bags or pockets.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a great build quality. They feel well-made, sturdy, and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. Unfortunately, the carrying case's lid can be a bit loose, which is a little disappointing.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have a stable fit. Thanks to their foam ear tips, they shouldn't fall out of your ears, even if you're wearing them during moderate physical activity.

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Design
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In The Box

  • Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds
  • 3x foam tip sizes
  • Charging case
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.05 dB
Treble Amount
-5.13 dB

Update 07/30/2021: Users have requested that we test these headphones on firmware update 1.2.6, which is advertised to improve Bluetooth connection stability as well as fix an issue regarding interruptions when using noise cancelling or Ambient Sound Mode. While you can read more about this update in the 'Noise Isolation' test, we also ran a frequency response pass to see if there were any changes to their sound. You can see a graph that compares the original firmware used to the new firmware update here. We weren't able to spot a noticeable difference, and as a result, we have not changed the sound portion of our review.

Update 07/12/2021: We have run some passes using the same seating to compare how the EQ presets and our own custom EQ stack up against the default setting. You can see the graph of our results here. You can check out a comparison of just our custom EQ setting and the default setting here. All the presets seem to have a dip at 7.5K in the treble range, and we were unable to find a way around this, even when using a custom EQ. As a result, it appears that the default 'EQ OFF' setting results in the best treble response. Also, we did some subjective listening using a Samsung phone with an AAC codec, and you can clearly hear the underemphasized treble in songs.

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a smooth and warm sound profile. While they lack a thumpy low-bass, their mid-range is fairly well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are present and clear. However, their treble range is very underemphasized, so sibilants are especially dull and lispy. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Note: There's a slight discrepancy between the left and right driver in the raw frequency response graphs due to how the files were processed. However, all other graphs are correct, and this difference shouldn't be audible to most users.

9.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.16 dB

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have outstanding frequency response consistency. Once you achieve a proper fit and seal using one of the foam ear tips, then you should receive consistent bass and treble delivery each time you use these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.12 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
56.57 Hz
Low-Bass
-3.97 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.65 dB
High-Bass
0.08 dB

The Sony WF1000XM4 have great bass accuracy. Their low bass is very underemphasized, so your mixes lack thump and rumble. Their mid-bass is also a bit underemphasized, resulting in less punch. However, the high bass is very neutral, ensuring that your mixes have adequate boom and warmth.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.43 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.69 dB
High-Mid
-3.03 dB

These headphones have great mid accuracy. The range is fairly flat, ensuring vocals and lead instruments are clear in your mixes. However, the mid and high-mid are underemphasized, weakening the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments and nudging them to the back of the mix.

2.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
9.62 dB
Mid-Treble
-12.42 dB
Low-Treble
-5.84 dB
High-Treble
-10.23 dB

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have bad treble accuracy. It's very underemphasized across the range, so vocals and lead instruments are veiled while sibilants like cymbals are dull and lispy.

8.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.91 dB
Dips
1.7 dB

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have great peaks and dips performance. There's a slight peak through the high-bass to low-mid, which adds boom to your mixes, although some users may find this sounds a bit muddy. A dip in the mid-mid can nudge vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, while peaks in the high-mid to low-treble can make the upper harmonics of these sounds seem honky and harsh. A dip in the mid-treble dulls sibilants like cymbals.

9.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.09
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.92
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.89

These headphones have an outstanding imaging performance. The weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, which results in a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Phase response mismatch also falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in an even and stable stereo image. The left and right drivers are well-matched in amplitude and frequency response too, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects in the stereo image. Our results are only valid for our unit, though, and yours may perform differently.

1.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.3

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have an awful passive soundstage. Since they have a closed-back, in-ear design, they fully bypass your outer ear, which needs to be activated by sound resonances to create a more immersive sound. As a result, sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than in front of you. Their soundstage also doesn't feel as open as that of open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

Unlike the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, these headphones don't support Sony's Virtualphones Technology (VPT) virtual surround feature. While they do support 360 Reality Audio, advertised to create better audio quality, you need to subscribe to services that support this technology and that offer compatible files. However, we don't currently test this feature and don't consider it as virtual surround.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.309
WHD @ 100
0.133

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. There are some small peaks in the treble range at normal listening volumes, but it can be very hard to hear with real-life content. That said, most of the frequencies fall under good levels, resulting in fairly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.5
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Foam (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Sony WF-1000XM4, and our results are only valid when using this configuration.

Isolation
8.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.4 dB
Bass
-16.71 dB
Mid
-15.9 dB
Treble
-34.19 dB

Update 09/14/2021: Users have reported that these headphones enter 'Talk-Through' or ambient noise mode when you're in a call. This feature turns off the ANC and doesn't let you turn it back on until your phone call ends. We have updated our results, but the scoring of this box hasn't changed.

Update 07/30/2021: Due to user feedback, we've retested 'Noise Isolation' using firmware update 1.2.6, which is advertised to improve Bluetooth connection stability and reduce interruption issues when using noise cancelling or Ambient Sound Mode. During our retest, we were able to obtain a slightly better seal in the bass range. However, there wasn't much of a change in performance when it came to the mid-range and you can see a comparison between FW 1.1.5 (which is the firmware we originally tested) and FW 1.2.6 here. As a result, there has been no change in the scoring of this test.

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a great noise isolation performance. Like their predecessor, the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, they have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system, but it does an even better job of cutting down ambient noise around you. It does a decent job of blocking out the low rumbles of bus or plane engines, and it can help reduce office chatter. It also cuts down high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit. However, the ANC turns off if you're on a call and they enter 'Talk-Through' mode so that you can hear your surroundings. The ANC turns back on once you've ended the call.

Note: Some users have experienced a whooshing or wind-like sound when using the ANC, which can be very annoying. While we didn't experience this with our model, if you have this issue, please let us know in the discussion section below.

8.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
33.67 dB

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a great leakage performance. Leakage is concentrated in the treble range, which sounds thin. That said, if you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, you shouldn't disturb others around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
153.22 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.65 dB
HFE
1,566.79 Hz
Weighted THD
57.51
Gain
10.21 dB

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a disappointing recording quality. While your voice sounds natural, it also seems very thin and a bit distorted.

7.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
20.4 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The Sony WF-1000XM4's mic has decent noise handling. It's can somewhat separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. However, if you want to make sure you're heard clearly, you may want to still take calls from a quiet environment.

Active Features
8.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
10.3 hrs
Additional Charges
2.0
Total Battery Life
30.9 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

These headphones have a great battery performance. They're advertised to have eight hours of continuous playback time with the ANC, but we tested over 10 hours. They also have roughly two additional charges in their carrying case, and you can use one earbud while the other one charge, which is handy in a pinch. However, battery life can vary depending on usage, and your real-life experience may vary.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sony| Headphones Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
Yes

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have a great companion app. Like the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, you can customize their sound using their app's graphic EQ and presets as well as remap the ANC/talk-through, voice assistant, or volume controls to either earbud. You can also use their fit feature to test whether you're using the right ear tips for your ears or turn on or off the auto-off timer, smart-pause feature, or speak-to-chat feature. However, while you can access 360 Reality Audio for a more immersive audio experience, you have to subscribe to this service.

Connectivity
7.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
291.99 ft (89.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
225 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
182 ms
Android Latency
33 ms

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have decent Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, they don't have NFC pairing. However, they have Google Fast Pair and Windows 10 Swift Pair, making it easier to connect to supported devices. On the downside, they have high latency on PC and iOS. Their latency on Android devices is much lower, though, which is great if you like to stream video. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may differ.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Sony 1000XM4 can't be used wired. They come with a USB-C to USB-A cable to charge their carrying case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sony WF-1000XM4 can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, they don't support any other connection.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Sony WF-1000XM4 come with a hard carrying case that holds roughly two extra charges. It doesn't have any additional inputs other than its USB-C charging port.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony WF-1000XM4 come in two color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the Black variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussion section below, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are the next generation of the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless. Their ANC does an even better job than their predecessor of blocking out background noise. They now support Google Fast Pair and Windows 10 Swift Pair but lack NFC pairing. While some users may find their warm, smooth sound profile sounds a bit too dark, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Check out our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more stable fit, a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out a lot more ambient noise. However, the Sony have a more customizable sound profile thanks to their companion app's graphic EQ and presets and longer continuous battery life.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless. The XM4 are more comfortable, their ANC can block out more ambient noise, and their battery performance is significantly better. However, the XM3 support NFC pairing, are compatible with Sony's Virtualphones Technology, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Bose have a more stable in-ear fit, a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out more ambient noise around you. However, the Sony are more comfortable, have a better battery performance, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ.

Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. While both in-ears are comfortable and well-built, the Sony have a significantly better noise isolation and battery performance. However, the Jabra have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and support multi-device pairing.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones for most uses than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Sony are better-built, have a better noise isolation performance, and a longer continuous battery life. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ to help adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Samsung have a more bass-heavy sound profile.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a more stable fit, and their integrated mic delivers a much better overall performance. However, the Sony are better built and have a significantly better noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Sony are more comfortable and have significantly better noise isolation and battery performances. Their companion app also offers more features. However, the Sennheiser have better controls.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better for most uses than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. The WH-1000XM4 are over-ear headphones that are more comfortable, have a more bass-heavy sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can significantly block out more noise around you. They also have much longer continuous battery life and support multi-device pairing, meaning you can connect them with up to two devices at a time. However, the WF-1000XM4 are smaller, more portable, and have a stable fit.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. The WH-1000XM3 are over-ear headphones that are more comfortable, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have longer continuous battery life. They also support multi-device pairing with up to two devices at a time. However, the WF-1000XM4 are in-ears that are smaller, more lightweight, and have a stable fit.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 Wireless 2018 are better headphones for most uses than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer. Their noise isolation performance is significantly better, they have a longer continuous battery life, and they support multi-device pairing. However, the Sony are more customizable, thanks to their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They're also better built and have a more stable fit.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Jabra support multi-device pairing with up to two devices at a time, have better controls, and have a v-shaped sound profile, which some users may prefer. However, the Sony have a significantly better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. The Bose are over-ears that are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. Their microphone delivers better overall performance, and they support multi-device pairing with up to two devices at a time. However, the Sony are in-ears that are more portable and have a stable fit.

Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, have a significantly better battery performance, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to allow you to adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Bowers & Wilkins support more codecs and their carrying case can be used as a wireless transmitter. They're also able to block out more background noise, and the integrated mic also does a better job of recording your voice.

Apple AirPods Max Wireless

The Apple AirPods Max Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer one over the other. The Apple have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a significantly better noise isolation performance, and a longer continuous battery life. They also have an H1 chip, so you can seamlessly pair them with your other Apple devices. Conversely, the Sony are more comfortable, have a more stable in-ear fit, and you can customize their sound profile using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. While both headphones are well-built and have great ANCs, the Beats are on-ears with a more neutral sound profile, which some users may like, and longer continuous battery life. They also have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with your other Apple devices. However, the Sony are more comfortable, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets to help adjust their sound, and they have a better battery performance.

Sennheiser CX True Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are a little bit better than the Sennheiser CX True Wireless. The Sony are comfier, blcok out more ambient noise thanks to their ANC feature, and have a longer battery life as well as a more feature-dense companion app. Conversely, the Sennheiser leak less audio and have on-board volume controls.

Beats Studio Buds True Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Beats Studio Buds True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Sony are better-built, and they have a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have a longer continuous battery life and you can customize their sound profile using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. 

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are similarly performing in-ears, and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Sony are more comfortable, feel better built, and have longer continuous battery life. Conversely, the Anker have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC does a better job of blocking out background noise around you.

Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Sony have an ANC with a significantly better noise isolation performance, longer continuous battery life, and lower latency on Android devices. The Jaybird have a higher IP rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it, a more stable fit, and their companion app offers a parametric EQ, which some users may prefer over the Sony's graphic EQ.

Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. The Anker have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, their microphone has a better recording quality. However, the Sony are better-built with a longer continuous battery life.

Google Pixel Buds A-Series Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears for most uses than the Google Pixel Buds A-Series Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Sony are better-built, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have a better battery performance. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Google's mic has a better recording quality. 

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, feel better-built, and can block out more ambient noise around you. Their battery performance is significantly better than the Cambridge Audio. However, the Cambridge Audio leak less audio.

Beats Studio3 Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Beats Studio3 Wireless. The Sony feel better built, their ANC can block out a lot more ambient noise around you, and they have a better battery performance. You can also adjust their sound using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets to your liking. However, the Beats are more comfortable and have a more bass-heavy sound profile, which some users may prefer.

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