These Sony Headphones Make a Great Gift for Music Lovers (and Readers)

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There are more headphone choices out there than ever, but the best ones I’ve ever used are the Sony WH-1000XM4. I bought them when they were CNET’s favorite full-sized, wireless noise canceling headphones in the middle of the pandemic, and they’ve helped keep me sane pretty much every day in the two-and-a-half years since.

Why it’s a great gift: These headphones are lightweight and comfortable enough to wear for hours, unlike most earbud-style headphones I’ve used. They also sound amazing no matter what I’m listening to. But for me, the best part is the way their noise-cancelling effect lets me completely shut out the outside world. I use them when I need to concentrate on work, while taking Zoom calls or playing video games when I don’t want to disturb others. I even use them while reading a book since the combination of noise cancellation and a playlist of wave or rain sounds helps me get deep into the story without distractions. Check out CNET’s full review of the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones.

What you’ll pay: The list price for Sony’s headphones is $350. Sure, they’re expensive, but with a new version available, you can now find them for a little less.