Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.8 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony WF 1000XM3See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)||Sony WF 1000XM3|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||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||11mm||6mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✓|
|battery life of charging case||30hours||24hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✗||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|supports bluetooth pairing using nfc||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||4only|
|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 given by a casing, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second number of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a weight of 8.56g . We consider a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
The Sony WF 1000XM3, at 17g weigh more than the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by of 8.44g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM3 also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires linking the 2 earbuds together.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 come with wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have sweat resistance
An earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The Sony WF 1000XM3 have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony WF 1000XM3 and Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have stereo speakers
ANC uses advanced technology to actively cancel noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
Sony WF 1000XM3 too have Active Noise Cancellation making both devices ideal for flights and rush hour commutes. The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) and Sony WF 1000XM3 work with different noise cancellation settings, pick the setting that you prefer for commute or that enhances your chill time.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) sit tightly in place, creating a sound seal that tones down your environment sounds while preventing the device music from leaking out .
Both Sony WF 1000XM3, and Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have passive noise reduction this means that they tone down ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) driver unit is 11mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the device, its size corellates with the loudness of the device.
Sony WF 1000XM3 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 5mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s lowest frequency is at 10Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM3's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) produce a juicier bass than the Sony WF 1000XM3
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM3's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices can generate equal treble
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have it too, devices with these magnets are lighter and more powerful . It is also known that they have more bass and clearer high notes.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony WF 1000XM3's battery life is more than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s case has a full charge of 30 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM3's charging case has a battery life of 24 hours, less than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 6 hours
It takes 0.3 hours to fully charge the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
Sony WF 1000XM3 takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 3.2 hours
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery power is 20mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging state of your device and case.
Sony WF 1000XM3 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have Bluetooth version of 5, 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 1000XM3 has a Bluetooth version of 5, equal to that of the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) will work well with your iPad. If you intend on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 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.
Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your earbuds. Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a latency of 144ms, a lower latency reduces audio lag and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have 6 microphones.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 microphones are 4, less than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce background sounds from the desired sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 too use a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a find earbuds feature.
Sony WF 1000XM3 also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the device app on your smartphone to play a sound from your earbuds to locate them.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge a device.
Sony WF 1000XM3 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 too have the mute function. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Sony WF 1000XM3 too have a control panel on them.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) 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 following instruction manuals.
If covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement a malfunction occurs. Sony WF 1000XM3 have a warranty period of 2Years, more than that of Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) by 1 Years .
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 also support voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you when the battery is low, and it's time to recharge them.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM3 too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.