Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||6mm||10.6mm|
|sound pressure level||105dB/mW||92dB/mW|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||24hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx hd||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
IP ratings refer to the rank of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
In comparison to the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, Sony WF 1000XM4 have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a weight of 12g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry.
Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g weigh less than the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro with a difference -4.9g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro are true wireless for this matter since they have no wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the 2 earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it has no wires connecting the pair of earbuds together.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro come with wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro are resistant to sweat
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
An earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The Sony WF 1000XM4 have an earbud foam for some people it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have stereo speakers
ANC utilises advanced kind of tech to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 therefore "diluting" the noise.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes either of the devices ideal for flights and morning travels. The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro and Sony WF 1000XM4 operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that enhances your relaxation time.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro stay well in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down your environment noise and also prevents the earbuds sound from leaking out at the same.
Both Sony WF 1000XM4, and Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have passive noise reduction which means that both tone down ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro driver unit is 10.6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the loudness of the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro by 4.6mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yes, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal bass
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces high recognizable frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this means that both devices generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's measurement is 92dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Sony WF 1000XM4's sound pressure level measurement is 105dB/mW. The sound pressure level, a device is can be considered differently by different persons, so we need to have a way of getting an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have neodymium magnets, when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high sound pressure level, with the use of high magnetic flux.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is equal to that of the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's case has a charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM4's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, less than that of Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro by 8 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for long periods.
Sony WF 1000XM4 takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro by 0.5 hours
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery capacity is 40mAh, battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a supported charging pad.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also support wireless charging, always look out for the charging standard of a device.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights show the charging state of your device and case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony WF 1000XM4 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro will work fine with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony
which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz.
It can reach a high bitrate of 990kbps, providing high-resolution audio.
Sony WF 1000XM4 support it as well, LDAC, can automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps for stability.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support APTX HD, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It supports high-quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your earbuds. Sony WF 1000XM4 have a latency of 40ms, a lower latency reduces audio lag and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have 6 microphones.
While the Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, less than that of Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of your surrounding, say you’re having a run but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Sony WF 1000XM4 support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
When misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support the find earbuds feature.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to help you find them.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro . Bluetooth multipoint is useful because you can be on one call and not miss notifications from another connected device.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also support the mute function. The mute function means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a control panel on them.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro come with their own special case. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your bag without a casing may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.