Sony's best true wireless earbuds just got a brilliant Bluetooth upgrade

One of the very few flaws in Sony's best noise cancelling earbuds has been fixed

Sony WF-1000XM4
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The Sony WF-1000XM4 are not just Sony's best true wireless earbuds. They're arguably the best noise cancelling earbuds for most people too. That's why we gave them the full five stars in our in-depth review: they're almost perfect in every way.

That doesn't mean they couldn't be improved, however. And Sony's done just that. There's a new, free firmware update that brings multi-point Bluetooth to your buds, a feature that many Sony users have been hoping for.

What's so great about multi-point Bluetooth?

Multi-point Bluetooth enables you to connect to multiple devices at the same time, for example your PC or Mac and your phone. If you're listening to music on your computer and your phone rings, your Sony earbuds will now switch automatically from computer to phone while you take the call, and then back to your music when you're finished. It's really useful.

In order to use the feature you'll need to have the latest version of the Sony Headphones Connect app on your Android or iOS device. If you don't already have the app you can get it here.

When these earbuds launched at £250, they were a great buy. This update makes them even more attractive, and the widespread discounting that's going on means they're much cheaper too. As you'll see on our Sony WH-1000XM4 review page, lots of retailers are selling them for much less than the RRP – and for much, much less than Apple's closest equivalent, the AirPods Pro 2. If you're in the market for high quality noise cancelling buds, these should be at the top of your list.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series; her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards. When she’s not scribbling, Carrie is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind (unquietmindmusic).