Sony's noise-canceling headphones, the WH-1000XM4, are already a tempting proposition if you're put off by the price of Apple's AirPods Max — even when full price, Sony's offering are $200 cheaper. Today on Prime Day they've got the best discount in their illustrious history, with $120 off. They're now at the lowest price they've ever been, making them easily the premium noise-canceling headphone deal of the day. You'll find them at Amazon for $228, but make sure you pick them up soon — Prime Day is almost over!
You'll find all the colors of the WH-1000XM4 reduced, but we can imagine that stock won't last long at all at this price. While this Prime Day deal isn't time-sensitive, it's worth getting in there quickly so that you don't miss out on this price.
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With premium noise-canceling and some excellent sound quality, the WH-1000XM4 are an incredible pair of cans. While they're made of plastic, you get an excellent hard case in the box, along with all the other accessories you could ever want. This is their lowest price, so don't expect stock to last long!
The Sony WH-1000XM4 might not be the newest in Sony's noise-canceling lineup, but they're still some of the best noise-canceling headphones around. The noise-canceling alone is some of the best out there, even two years after their release — I use them on a daily basis and they've blocked out busy trains, loud bus engines, and noisy offices. At the time they were released, they were the gold standard of noise-canceling and while competitors have caught up, they're still a good option.
Sound-wise they're good, but not excellent. For many, their bass-forward sound will be pleasing, especially to those who appreciate the lower registers. While that bass has a habit of drowning out other parts of the sound signature, they're precise and tight in the rest of the range, if not slightly subdued. They're not audiophile-grade, but most audiophiles already know that — for everyone else, they are going to be a clear-sounding pair of headphones.
The most value comes from what else you get in the box. With Apple's AirPods Max, you get a flimsy slipcase and a charging cable, but Sony has packed a whole lot more into the WH-1000XM4's box. There's an excellent hard case, with room for the charging cable and even an airplane adapter included.
If you're looking for more headphones this Prime Day, then make sure you take a look at the best AirPods Prime Day deals, and while you're browsing around, be sure to check out the best Apple Prime Day deals as well!
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.