Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is an updated version of the WH-1000XM3, which had been our top pick in its category since it launched in 2018. The new over-ear model is simply one of the best (if not the best) pair of headphones your money can buy right now. In fact, we gave it a rating of 94 in our review, and it easily dethroned all the other headphones in our best-of list. It has better noise-blocking capabilities than the M3, thanks to a new Bluetooth Audio SoC that can detect outside noise over 700 times per second and a new algorithm for its dedicated QN1 noise canceling processor.
The headphones feature a technology called Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, which upscales compressed music files and brings them closer to their high-res version. They also come with a Speak-to-Chat tool that automatically pauses whatever you’re listening to when you start talking. And, Sony has upgraded the headphones’ looks by giving the M4 a tactile matte coating (the M3 had smoother plastic) for a more premium feel. The device’s headband cushion is slimmer, as well, and its shape fits heads better than its predecessor does. Amazon’s discounted pricing for the bundle applies to both the black and the Silver versions of the model — just take note that the deal is only around for two days or while Prime Day is still ongoing.