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I bought Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds during the Black Friday sales - and I’m blown away

Sony WF-1000XM4
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When the Black Friday wireless headphone deals started to come through last weekend, the one pair that caught my eye were the Sony WF-1000XM4. These slick True Wireless noise cancelling headphones are reduced from £250 to £199 on Amazon in the UK (opens in new tab), and from $279.99 to $248 in the US on Best Buy (opens in new tab).

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Sony WF-1000XM4: Were £250, now £199 (opens in new tab)
Sony’s brilliant Sony WF-1000XM4 are on sale at Amazon UK and are an awesome option if you’re looking for an alternative to the Apple AirPods. Noise cancelling is superb, while the audio is top notch. And if you're in the US, Best Buy have cut the price from $279.99 to $248 (opens in new tab).

When I saw the price drop, I pounced as I was looking for a quality set of earbuds for using both at home and when out running. Sure, I still have my Apple AirPods from a few years ago, and I’ll always love my old Oppo PM-3 over-ear cans, but I just wanted something different.

And since the Sony WF-1000XM4 arrived last weekend, I’ve hardly had them out of my ears. The noise cancelling is superb (activated with a soft press of the left earbud) and the audio clarity is out of this world. Kicking back with Rush’s Hold Your Fire, I was picking out details from an album that I’ve owned since it was first released 34 years ago – particularly from the end of Mission and the chorus of Turn The Page – and that was without tinkering with the EQ settings on Sony’s headphone app.

Jazz, too, sounds terrific and Herbie Hancock’s Thrust sounds dynamic and crystal clear, while John Coltrane’s 1958 album Blue Train was mesmerising on both Spotify and Apple Music through my iPhone.

Yes, iPhone. I guess I could have plumped for the Apple AirPods Pro which you could argue would be a better fit considering the hardware I’m using – but I also loved the look of the Sony WF-1000XM4 and so the deal was sealed.

It’s been a lot of fun over the last week rediscovering older albums and tuning into new releases with my new Sony WF-1000XM4, and I’m looking forward to exploring other sounds over the coming months. The only problem is trying to find the time. 

And if you're after something specific, take a look at out our Black Friday music deals, Black Friday speakers dealsBlack Friday record players deals and Black Friday vinyl deals.

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Scott looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.