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Why I'd buy this £69 alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4
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Sony makes some of the best premium wireless noise-cancelling headphones around in the £249 WH-1000XM4, but with high quality comes a high price tag – and that'll understandably rule them out for some buyers. But don't fret, because Sony also makes a cheaper, midrange version of its wireless noise-cancellers – and in even better news, they're currently hugely discounted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The 2020-released Sony WH-CH710N wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones are now just £69 at Amazon (opens in new tab), as well as other retailers including John Lewis (opens in new tab) and Hughes (opens in new tab)

That's a huge discount over their typical £130 price (nearly half price, in fact) and applies to all their colours (blue, white and black). Note that stock has, unsurprisingly, been diminishing – they're now sold out at Very – so if you want them, grab them.

If your budget falls somewhere between the two, might we tempt you towards the Sony WH-1000XM3, which are now £160 at Argos (opens in new tab) thanks to a half-price Black Friday deal. They're older versions of the new XM4 but still truly excellent buys.

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Sony WH-CH710N £130 £69 at Amazon (save £61) (opens in new tab)
An excellent price for a pair of Sony wireless noise-cancelling headphones that have a great reputation and, looking at Amazon's user reviews, are very well rated. We haven't tested this exact pair, but we thought very highly of their predecessors.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 £330 £160 Argos (save £170) (opens in new tab)
Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones are all-round brilliant performers offering natural sound quality, excellent noise-cancelling and supreme comfort.

We haven't reviewed this particular model, but we have reviewed their predecessors, the very similar Sony WH-CH700N. And we liked them very much, awarding them four out of five stars.

They are lower-end than Sony's top-of-the-range WH-1000XM4 (£249), but they still put in a detailed, musical performance. And the 710N promise to be an upgrade on the 700N. Considering Sony's track record, it's hard to feel skeptical about this promise. 

They boast Sony's new noise-cancelling technology that automatically adjusts itself based on how noisy your surroundings are. There's also a new Ambient Sound pass-through mode that lets in the noise of your surroundings in so you can handily hear, say, traffic noise or train announcements.

Battery life is a very impressive 35 hours, an hour of which can be replenished with a 10-minute charge. There's also NFC for at-a-tap wireless pairing with a device, and the familiar button for launching your phone's voice assistant. 

Sony seems to have largely stuck with a winning formula here, so we'd put our trust in these WH-CH710N to satisfy our musical needs – especially at this super-low Black Friday price. While there are many Black Friday headphones deals to scour, this pair is our pick of the best wireless noise-cancelling over-ears under £100.


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Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.