If you’ve been looking for the perfect pair of in-ears to silence the outside world, there’s never been a better time to pick up Sony’s fantastic WF-1000XM4. From Amazon you can get over 20% off right now – they’re now £190, down from £250. US discounts aren’t quite so generous: while they previously retailed for $280, they’re available now for $220 – a $60 saving.
The active noise cancelling WF-1000XM4s have been steadily falling in price all year, and this is the lowest we’ve ever seen them. While they’re a few years old at this point, they still have some of the best ANC you’ll find from any in-ears, while also delivering Sony’s signature sound quality.
Our original WF-1000XM4 review saw them awarded a perfect five star score, noting they were “a punchy, detailed and well-balanced listen” that were “more than capable of soothing just as easily as getting you ready for the dancefloor”.
With Sony yet to replace them, these are still as good as the firm’s noise-cancelling in-ears get, with Hi-Res Wireless support, IPX4 water resistance and up to 24 hours of playback using the charging case (which also supports wireless top-ups).
Elsewhere Sony has slashed £100 off the HT-A3000 soundbar. The Atmos-ready ‘bar is usually £599, but right now is available for £498 – a healthy 17% saving over retail. In the US you can snap one up for $500.
The 3.1-channel soundbar has a built-in subwoofer, to free up floor space compared to a separate sub, and uses virtual surround sound tech to give the impression of vertical audio. It syncs up with Bravia TVs, so their inbuilt speakers don’t go to waste, and you can also add a set of wireless rear speakers later to get Sony’s bespoke 360 Spatial Sound mapping, for an even more convincing home cinema experience.
It’s got one HDMI eARC output, although it doesn’t support 4K/120Hz passthrough so might not be top pick for anyone with a current-gen console. The fairly compact dimensions could make it the perfect addition to a second TV, though.
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