Sony WF-1000XM4 review: silence to my ears

Sony’s new WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds have powerful noise cancellation that rivals over-ear headphones. They offer fantastic sound quality with support for the LDAC codec and beat competitors like the AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds in battery life. Are these the new noise-canceling buds to get?

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  1. The Verge

    The Verge

    3 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    How important to you is codec support in a pair of earbuds?

    • Nacho Turrubiartes

      Nacho Turrubiartes

      2 दिवसांपूर्वी

      It is a big factor. I mean, AAC in 2021 is just meh. Apt-X is the bare minimum for me.

    • Jason Schindler

      Jason Schindler


      Given that I play a lot of games, and listen to a lot of lossless music, it is VERY important to me. It boggles my mind just how few truly wireless earphones don't support aptX Low Latency. LDAC I can understand, I'm sure Sony has some sort of lucrative licensing thing going on there

    • Utsav Mukherjee

      Utsav Mukherjee


      The lady did a excellent job in the mic test 👍👍

    • David Gritt

      David Gritt


      I think everything I have should have LDAC I'm actually disappointed that I can't connect LDAC in modern cars yet. I just got a pair of these mark twos in silver and I'm really happy with them.

    • Gunnar


      2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

      If they sound good, they don't need audiophile quality. You put emphasis on the right thing: while sound is stellar, how is mic quality still so embarrassingly bad for all kinds of Bluetooth devices?

  2. soulwanco


    2 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Best in-depth review I've seen. Good job man

  3. Micah Roberts

    Micah Roberts

    2 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Huawei Freebuds Pro sound amazing and can connect to 2 sources with Bluetooth. Can't get em in the states, but they are top notch. And call quality is better than anything out there

  4. lamalordddd


    5 दिवसांपूर्वी

    can u wear these in the gym and in the rain

  5. Nicolas Kowalski

    Nicolas Kowalski

    6 दिवसांपूर्वी

    They should be named WTF

  6. K


    7 दिवसांपूर्वी

    I didn't know Dunkey made CNET videos

  7. Stefan Magu

    Stefan Magu

    8 दिवसांपूर्वी

    7:00 Jabra *and Huawei have figured it out how to support multipoints Bluetooth on earpods. (Freebuds pro can connect to 2 device a time). You forgot about them.

  8. iSincerity


    11 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Is it just me or do other people's ear canals also hurt by those memory foam tips?

  9. Heavenlyashell


    11 दिवसांपूर्वी

    I'm scared it won't be comfortable for my ears

  10. Six O'Clock

    Six O'Clock

    14 दिवसांपूर्वी

    I just got these and they are by far the best pair of earbuds/earphones I've ever used. I've been having a blast just playing with them, learning the inn's and outs, and just finding the perfect settings. Big W to Sony for these!

  11. Rajneesh Friend

    Rajneesh Friend

    15 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Does this ANC work in standalone mode?

  12. Akshay Chaturvedi

    Akshay Chaturvedi

    16 दिवसांपूर्वी

    How is call quality with this earbuds have nice video

  13. jdSmoky


    16 दिवसांपूर्वी

    " or when going on a run" ... ok brother I believe ya but not that much 😋

  14. Brexter Marmol

    Brexter Marmol

    17 दिवसांपूर्वी

    If you are not Blessed with a very good skin like me who have oily skin take the BOSE you will not go wrong,.. because no matter how good is your earbuds or airPods sounds or how good its noise cancelling if its always fall off from your ears for me its useless.

  15. beyondtheclouds95


    21 दिवसापूर्वी

    the airpods pro crushed it in the mic tests in a world where virtual calls are the norm, my choice is to stick w/ my air pods pros

  16. Mait Rebane

    Mait Rebane

    22 दिवसांपूर्वी

    O well i bought Bose Comfort airdpods for 236€ for gym mostly and running+ cycling 😁

  17. Xathir75


    22 दिवसांपूर्वी

    You don’t go on hikes, you don’t run. Stop lying.

  18. IndirectThought


    25 दिवसांपूर्वी

    I'm just watching it while mines are being shipped to confirm my decision

  19. H W

    H W

    27 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Really missing multipoint bluetooth

  20. Matthew Slack

    Matthew Slack

    27 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Time to upgrade

  21. Ismail Korkmaz

    Ismail Korkmaz

    28 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Best earbuds on the market! Surpasses every single one.

  22. Tizian Vogelhuber

    Tizian Vogelhuber

    28 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Buds Pro seemed to have the best mic quality.

  23. Sigurd



    I just got the earbuds today, and I love them! But… I plug them in to charge, and everything seems fine in terms of getting them powered. But, even when they’re fully charged (as is the case), the LED stays on yellow. They’re still plugged in, but shouldn’t the indicator LED turn green or off when they’re fully charged? At a glance, I find it very confusing that the LED stays on yellow even though everything’s fully charged. Is my case faulty? EDIT: It actually seems to turn off after about 5-6 minutes. But, if I plug them in again, it starts over. According to the support documents, it should turn off immediately after being charged fully. Thanks for reading :)

  24. Naveen Sharma

    Naveen Sharma


    Is it me or Soundcore liberty has better mics?

  25. quitegenius



    A better test for Mic would be just going outside and talking from a semi-noisy environment. Wind is usually the biggest factor affecting mics.

  26. Critical Hit!!

    Critical Hit!!


    sony fans unite

  27. Harry



    Anyone use these for gym use that can give their experience?

  28. Dale Campbell

    Dale Campbell


    Why didn’t Becca review these?

  29. SHAH Zam

    SHAH Zam


    Jabra elite active 75t hits more though

  30. Silverstone78



    Did they fix the bluetooth problem? Not connecting to certain devices and the lag ? did they finally fix the multi connection? it is a deal breaker if no seamless connection between multible devices..

  31. Harry T

    Harry T


    Mic sounds the worst for its price range

  32. Selim GÖKDÖL

    Selim GÖKDÖL


    I love Bose and I think I'll go to by someone. Do you think XM4 better than QC EarBuds? Which one I must choose? I want to try Bose cz I never try them before. Are they good for their cost?

  33. Blaz Novak

    Blaz Novak


    I dont know why but I used those buds 4 hours yesterday with ANC and it took around 55% battery. Today did the same and it took around 80% ...what is taking so much battery? Maybe because of LDAC?

  34. Gianfranco P

    Gianfranco P


    "if you talk to yourself [you should disable this feature] even semi regularly" LOL

  35. Dogboy73



    Good to hear. The ANC on my XM3’s sucked. I ended up returning them due to audio drop outs. But the sound quality was amazing. Just not with the ANC. Useless in the wind, with passing cars etc. Was wholly unimpressed with this aspect of them.

  36. Andrew Tennant

    Andrew Tennant


    Is there automatic pairing/switching with either Apple or Android devices, or do you need to manually activate them when listening?

  37. Roninthebest



    Can you go for a run with them without them falling out?

  38. Bronson Victor

    Bronson Victor


    I dont like the design. Doesn't look "cool" in my opinion.

  39. Harry Franz

    Harry Franz


    Are the XM3 still worth it? they are now at half the price

  40. Muscular Chicken

    Muscular Chicken


    I guess Sony's Marketing department is made up of engineers instead of MBA graduates.

  41. Shad GotEm

    Shad GotEm


    Worth every penny

  42. Sam



    How is Sony’s customer service and warranty? I’ve never had a problem with Bose and that’s honestly what’s keeping me on the Bose wagon.

  43. David Gritt

    David Gritt


    LDAC is about 990kbps but it's in 32 bit which is a little smoother sounding than CDs at 16 bit

  44. Kassh Money

    Kassh Money


    I have the Sony Wf-1000xm4 and I have them paired to my Galaxy S10+ and my Tab S7+. If the headphones are not in the case and they are within range of either device, I can go into the bluetooth settings of either device, tap "WF-1000XM4" a d they connect right away. That's multipoint right? Being able to connect to one device without having to disconnect from another. I do that all the time with these.

  45. peace-it-is



    5 to 8 in a decade is progress for shityyyyy aapple

  46. Stewart walker

    Stewart walker


    LOL none of those MICs are good or even ok they are I would say usable and thats it

  47. Nic



    Lol the fact that my soundpeats for $70 never have connection issues and have amazing ANC for the price point. Just not worth the extra $200 for me.

  48. Mohanned Alamri

    Mohanned Alamri


    Mic test is what I'm here for

  49. 銀河ちゃん大好き




    • 銀河ちゃん大好き




  50. Shaan Khilnani

    Shaan Khilnani

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    sound terrible

  51. 1chi TheKilr

    1chi TheKilr

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    The coolest thing about these headphones is that I just ordered the Xperia 1 Mark III phone the other day and it comes with these headphones FOR FREE when I get the phone. Decided to check out some reviews on them to see how good they are and from what I've seen, they're supposed to be exceptional. Thanks Sony. That's actually really cool of you.

    • Harry Jones

      Harry Jones

      2 दिवसांपूर्वी

      That’s a crazy deal, like 300 USD for free.

  52. Ratchetti


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Sony just can't make the mic properly....

  53. Eduardo Enriquez

    Eduardo Enriquez

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    what case are you using?

  54. Cristian Chelaru

    Cristian Chelaru

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    xm4 are great except the mic ,the mic is $hit.

  55. Terry H

    Terry H

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Are you going to benefit/hear the difference between standard vs high-def/fi streaming services with the WF-1000XM4? Thanks

  56. Jordan Thomas

    Jordan Thomas

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Lowkey these surprised me as my now go to workout earbuds along with being the ones I reach for when I have to take work calls and want a more refined look.

  57. Beavis


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    I am getting these after my bose qc earbuds which broke down. Single life does that to me. I mean spending money constantly.

  58. Kasidit Pimsakul

    Kasidit Pimsakul

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Can it works independently, both left and right bud?

  59. Daniel Green

    Daniel Green

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    You didn't mention comfort, which to me, is the number one thing I'm considering with headphones and earbuds

  60. SAY JACK


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Wtf is on his face

  61. AD RIAN


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    would you like to compare vlog using iphone & android and using airpods vs wf 1000xm4 as mic distance 10 meters

  62. John


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Galaxy buds pro, which are IPX 7 btw, were still better than these with an audiophile memory foam tip. They beat the Sony in sound and noise cancelation. On calling in a noisy area Sony wins. Returned the Sony day 1. That downsized case is also using a plastic hinge that breaks and opens on its own easier than any case I've ever used.

  63. Mav V

    Mav V

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    My friend has an airpods pro and when I have a phone call with her the mic quality is so bad, don't know if it's broken or what. If it isn't broken, then I can't believe it's the gold standard of mic quality in truly wireless earbuds...

  64. Pavanp643


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Hi. wanted to know a little more about how speak to chat works in a audio/video call. does it also unmute the microphone allowing you to speak and then mute it once you are done talking?

  65. Megan Fox

    Megan Fox

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Omg the quality of this video is mint as

  66. Duke Nukem

    Duke Nukem

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    is this channel trustworthy on reviews? i feel like the bigger the channel, the more corporate tie ins they have. can't decide if these are wroth the 280 bucks plus tax so 310 basicallynel, the more corpora

    • Emmanuel Umukoro

      Emmanuel Umukoro

      2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

      Not really, but in this case you get what you pay for. I went into way too much detail. Long story short, It rules the roost regarding ANC in wireless iem's. SQ is good but not the best. The price is worth it if you value ANC highly, if you care more about SQ there are better options, and they will cost less.

  67. James Baggott

    James Baggott

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    I bought the Sony WF-1000XM4 and they absolutely don't hold a candle to my old LG Tones in sound quality or volume.

  68. Mehmet BAS

    Mehmet BAS

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Jabra elite active is better

  69. Batdroid


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    i was getting excited until the mic test but they lost me at this single-point connection. Absolutely shocking

  70. john Paul

    john Paul

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    The problem with pairing 2 devices is it drains the battery, at least that is what happens to my xm4 headphones, so much so I have the feature turned off, maybe sony dropped it in favour of battery life, BUT I suppose they could have given us the choice to turn it on or off. Anyway off to amazon to buy these. Thanks, great review.

  71. KodiaksTV


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    did you make your address public with that subscription tag on your magazine @7:53?

  72. missiemovic


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    The charging case, while downsized, is still huge.

  73. Tom Liu

    Tom Liu

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Gee, almost $400 for a pair of these… This is what you pay for the best of the best I guess

    • Tom Liu

      Tom Liu

      2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

      @SEAReviver plus HST… and I live in Canada

    • SEAReviver


      2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

      *300 dollars

  74. Ryan Christofalo

    Ryan Christofalo

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    The wretched chick hooghly arrange because paper periodically rain towards a fluttering octave. cautious, subdued bengal

  75. Ser Arthur

    Ser Arthur

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    sony naming their earbuds like passwords.

  76. l337z0r


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    I own Jabra 65t's and have experienced major problems. Imbalanced audio, hissing/tinny sound on one earbud when the volume is too high. Of course, they were fine in the beginning. Only after the warranty ended did the problems occur. I ended up ditching them for some cheaper Samsung Buds+. I'm extremely sceptical about purchasing more Jabra products. I feel like the technology just isn't there yet. I want peace of mind before spending $200+ on something.

  77. Ranjith Thavamaniraj

    Ranjith Thavamaniraj

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Am i the only one who thinks xf-xm3 is looking cooler than xf-xm4 ?

  78. Suren Papanyan

    Suren Papanyan

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Am I only one who 100 % heard difference at sound test of Sony headphones, they DID NOT Sound good at all (((( I fall in love to the presentation BUT sound quality test- sounds very bad (

  79. Diego Banuelos

    Diego Banuelos

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Just got them 💪

  80. MrXyntec


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    No multi point connection... noise cancelation way overrated, I don't see the comparison to the wh-1000xm3, it doesn't even come close, wh is just total quietness, wf is just a bit noise suppression because the plugs are inside your ear, only advantage to me compared to previous model which i also own, is the smaller form factor for both earbuds and case

  81. Elfand Victor

    Elfand Victor

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    How about Huawei Freebuds Pro?

  82. Kay /O

    Kay /O

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    3:13 "Now, let's talk sound quality" I am sorry, but "Driver's License" as the chosen song for quality testing? Really?

  83. Chiahsuan Tsauo

    Chiahsuan Tsauo

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Biggest question is would you buy it for someone like your mom as a present? The fact that it can only pair to one device is already a bummer but the fact that they still have problems pairing even when fresh is a deal breaker even for their superior sound quality. What would be interesting is an AirPods Pro 2 or a Max 2 without that clunky case and support for their own high end codec would be nice…

  84. Jarosław C

    Jarosław C

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Will they cut off the noise in the large production hall?

  85. Sakaar Nayak

    Sakaar Nayak

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Such a cool review! Loved how Sony upped their truly wireless earphones game with this one.

  86. R D

    R D

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Hard to spend the $ on xm4 when the xm3 fell out so easy and broke, this happened with 2 sets. I can now almost get 3 sets of ANC Soundcores that never fall out and sound close to as good. The XM2s in ear rubber piece fit better and are more comfortable than any earbud I’ve ever owned even though they were so big (I have 12 different sets of wireless earbuds) not sure why Sony went away from that style it was great! I’m sticking with the cheaper options until I see more advancement with the the technology and ergonomics that make it worth the premium price tag.

  87. Anonymous Rider

    Anonymous Rider

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    i saw Malaysia at the bud 🥰

  88. Sera


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    I was pretty sure I wanted to go with these earbuds, but I was still feeling hesitant because there are a lot of options out there, and sometimes it's just a matter of personal preference. This video made me absolutely certain, though, which is exactly the feeling I was waiting on before going ahead and purchasing it. Thanks for the help! Really well done!

  89. Jeremy DeBose

    Jeremy DeBose

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Of course these came out a couple months after I got my AirPods Pro. Likely would have bought these.

  90. Robert Kelly

    Robert Kelly

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Sony can add multi device connection Bluetooth to WF 1000xm4

  91. Josh Derak

    Josh Derak

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    The XM3 hurt my years and had to return them.

  92. Furkan Çelik

    Furkan Çelik

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    6:59 look for Huawei freebuds pro and freebuds 4 man they got

  93. ElChapOHNO


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Are these good for gyms and sweating hard ?

  94. [Pz] chiu

    [Pz] chiu

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Will buy them if they make a commercial with Lisa. Yes I am a weeb

  95. Jamarr Purnell

    Jamarr Purnell

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Nope, the bose quietcomfort earbuds have better anc

  96. Mr.Q


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Hi, whats your equaliser setting for sony wf 1000xm4?

  97. MP


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Quite a geek 😅

  98. Zack's Stuff

    Zack's Stuff

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Soundcore somehow had the best mic, Sony definitely needs to work on it

  99. 초코냥


    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    Comparing [Bose QC earbuds] and [WH-1000MX4] and [this product], which one do you think has the best noise cancellation?

  100. Prashant Verma

    Prashant Verma

    2 महिन्यांपूर्वी

    The reason i am still sticking with my Jabra Active's. No multi point Bluetooth!!!!