Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise-Canceling Headphones
When we reviewed the Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones upon their release in 2018, we wrote, “it's actually hard to imagine this technology getting any better.” “Challenge accepted,” said Sony. The next generation of their industry-leading headphones, the WH-1000XM4s, take everything that made their predecessors so incredible, and added a handful of very useful bells and whistles. Unchanged are the whopping 30 hours of battery life, comfort that lends itself well to long-haul listening sessions, and noise-canceling technology that will drown out even the loudest seat neighbor on a flight. New features include the ability to pair to two devices at once, an auto-pause capability when the headphones are removed, and a “Speak-to-Pause” feature that will pause the music when you start talking to someone. The mic array has been updated too, making for clearer phone calls. Most importantly of course, the headphones still sound incredible, rendering music the way musicians wanted you to hear it. The best did, in fact, get better. —Sebastian Modak
Battery life: 30 hours
Hits: Superlative comfort, sound quality, and noise-canceling technology; USB-C charging; customizable ambient sound control and noise-canceling settings; multi-device Bluetooth pairing; intuitive touch controls
Misses: Expensive, especially if you’re just upgrading from the previous generation
These headphones and earbuds will improve plane rides and long days at home alike.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler