Sony's best noise cancelling headphones are massively reduced right now — starting from $228

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones
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If you're still looking for one of the best Christmas deals on a great pair of noise-canceling headphones, then it's not too late. Sony's wireless headphones are some of the best I've tested over the last couple of years, and luckily there are some big price drops on two of their top models at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. 

Right now, the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are just $228 at Amazon, which is $120 off. While the Sony WH-1000XM5 flagship headphones are $324 at Walmart with $75 off. 

Both are amazing deals on the very best noise-canceling headphones I've tested, and are among the best discounts I've spotted on Sony's wireless headphones in 2023.

Editor's note: These deals are still running as of December 14.

Best U.S. deals

Sony WH-1000XM4:was $348 now $228 @ AmazonSAVE $120!Price check: $229 @ Best Buy | $228 @ Walmart

Sony WH-1000XM4: was $348 now $228 @ Amazon
SAVE $120! Our Sony WH-1000XM4 review found these headphones offered great performance, superior comfort, and had impressive battery life of up to 38 hours playback. Despite being superseded by the XM5 (below), they continue to rank as one of the most popular over-ear ANC designs on the market. Save big right now.
Price check: $229 @ Best Buy | $228 @ Walmart

Sony WH-1000XM5: was $399 now $324 @ WalmartSAVE $75! Price check: $328 @ Amazon | $329 @ Best Buy

Sony WH-1000XM5: was $399 now $324 @ Walmart
SAVE $75! The WH-1000XM5 are Sony's flagship noise-canceling headphones. They feature large, over-ear cushions, excellent active noise cancelation, and up to 40 hours of battery life, or up to 30 hours with ANC enabled. This $75 discount isn't the lowest we've seen these drop to (they dropped to $309 for Cyber Monday) but it's the lowest price right now.
Price check: $328 @ Amazon | $329 @ Best Buy

Best U.K. deals

Sony WH-1000XM4: was £349 now £197 @ Amazon
SAVE £152!

Sony WH-1000XM4: was £349 now £197 @ Amazon
SAVE £152!
Our Sony WH-1000XM4 review found these headphones offered great performance, superior comfort, and had impressive battery life of up to 38 hours playback. Despite being superseded by the XM5 (below), they continue to rank as one of the most popular over-ear ANC designs on the market. This is the lowest ever U.K. price I've found them at. Save big right now.

Sony WH-1000XM5: was £379 now £279 @ AmazonSAVE £100!

Sony WH-1000XM5: was £379 now £279 @ Amazon
SAVE £100! The WH-1000XM5 are Sony's flagship noise-canceling headphones. They feature large, over-ear cushions, excellent active noise cancelation, and up to 40 hours of battery life, or up to 30 hours with ANC enabled. This £100 off deal is the lowest price right now.

Both are awesome discounts that shave up to $128 off the list price, making these sales the best Christmas deals I've found on two of Sony's greatest noise-canceling models so far. 

Sony WH-1000XM4: While the WH-1000XM5 are Sony's flagship headphones that launched in May 2022, the previous-gen WH-1000XM4 continue to be a top pick. The XM4 were our No. 1 buy for best headphones on the market for over a year, and continue to perform strongly among price rivals and are my favorite for travel.

In our Sony WH-1000XM4 review, we found that they produced a detailed and dynamic soundstage. High and middle-ranged frequencies were well-balanced and there was plenty of bass energy to carry beats. You can also use the app to adjust the output to your liking and get even better sound. Support for 360 Reality Audio, LDAC and DSEE Extreme are all included.

Sony WH-1000XM5: These have even better performance along with some compelling upgrades over the WH-1000XM4. Improvements to sound and active noise cancelation add a more premium touch to Sony's flagship headphones than before, while a modernized design and case might appeal to some shoppers.

Both models offer good battery life. We got 30 hours of playtime with ANC on, or 38 hours with ANC off. A 10-minute quick charge netted us 5 hours of listening time on the WH-1000XM4, while new faster charging on the XM5 sees a 3-minute charge deliver 3 hours of playback time.

Check out our Sony WH-1000XM5 vs. WH-1000XM4 face-off to see how both these headphones stack up. In short, the XM5s offer slightly better sound quality and ANC in a revamped design, but the XM4 headphones are still seriously good value. Both have full control support via the awesome Sony Headphones Connect app.  

If you're still hunting for last minute holiday deals, don't forget to bookmark our best Christmas deals coverage on the latest sales with the biggest price drops.

Lee Dunkley
Audio Editor

As a former editor of the U.K.'s Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring.