Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)|
|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||11mm|
|sound pressure level||105db/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 solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s rating for solids indicates 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.
Compared to the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), 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
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a weight of 10.6g . We prefer a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g are lighter than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by -3.5g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) are resistant to sweat
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
The 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.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd 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 1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and after generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (inverted noise) to make zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have Active Noise Cancellation making either of the devices ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each work with different noise cancellation modes, pick the setting that suits your travel or that suites your chill time.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic covering that reduces background noise and also prevents the earbuds voice audio from leaking out .
Both Sony WF 1000XM4, and Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have passive noise reduction which means that they limit ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) driver unit is 11mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, the unit size determines the sound made by the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by 5mm , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal bass
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this means that Sony WF 1000XM4 generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Sony WF 1000XM4's measurement is 105dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have neodymium magnets, when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, with the use of high magnetic flux.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd 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 usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is more than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the vendor, and Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s case has a full charge of 24 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 1000XM4's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, less than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by 8 hours
It takes 1 hours to fully charge the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Sony WF 1000XM4 takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by 0.5 hours
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s battery power is 49.7mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh. less than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by 9.7mAh
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a supported charging pad.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also support wireless charging, always look out for the charging standard of a device.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you to tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have Bluetooth version of 5.3, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony WF 1000XM4 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, older than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since 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 Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) will work fine with your iPhone. 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 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.
Sony WF 1000XM4 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 is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio.
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 Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have 6 microphones.
While the Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, less than that of Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out noise from the desired sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing them
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
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, Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a find earbuds feature.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play a sound from your device to locate them.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Also the Sony WF 1000XM4 support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) . Bluetooth multipoint comes in handy when you can be on one call and not miss notifications coming from another connected device.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also support the mute function. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a control panel on them.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) come with a special case. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your bag without a cover may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.