Sony WF 1000XM3See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
FiiO FW5See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM3||FiiO FW5|
|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||6mm||10mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||108db/mw|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✓|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||14hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|supports bluetooth pairing using nfc||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||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 is the level of protection given by a casing, against dust and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating means protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the FiiO FW5'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.
FiiO FW5 have a weight of 12.8g . We take in account a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
Sony WF 1000XM3, at 17g are heavier than the FiiO FW5 with a difference of 4.2g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, FiiO FW5 are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a key difference since wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM3 also is true wireless because it has no wires linking the 2 earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM3 have 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.
The earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The FiiO FW5 have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Sony WF 1000XM3 also have an earbud foam, which implies that by design they rest on the outer concha ridge of your ear, located in the center of your outer ear.
FiiO FW5 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.
Both Sony WF 1000XM3 and FiiO FW5 have stereo speakers
ANC uses advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) then producing -1 (inverted noise) to make zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
FiiO FW5 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 earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 too have Active Noise Cancellation making either of the earbuds ideal for flights and rush hour commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation types, pick the setting that you prefer for travel or that enhances your chill time.
FiiO FW5 stay well in place, this creates an acoustic covering that reduces background sounds and also prevents the device sound from leaking out .
Both Sony WF 1000XM3, and FiiO FW5 have passive noise reduction which implies that they limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The FiiO FW5 driver unit is 10mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the device, the unit size dictates the sound produced by the device.
Sony WF 1000XM3 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of FiiO FW5 by 4mm , 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 yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
The FiiO FW5's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM3's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices make sound with equal bass
The FiiO FW5's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well an audio device makes high human frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM3's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices can generate equal treble
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, FiiO FW5's measurement is 108dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The FiiO FW5 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 produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, with the use of high magnetic flux.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have it too, devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful . It is also known that they have more bass and clearer high notes.
The FiiO FW5's battery life is 7 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 1000XM3's battery life is more than that of FiiO FW5 by 1 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and FiiO FW5's case has a charge of 14 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM3's charging case has a battery life of 24 hours, more than that of FiiO FW5 by 10 hours
It takes 1.6 hours to fully charge the FiiO FW5's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Sony WF 1000XM3 takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of FiiO FW5 by 1.9 hours
FiiO FW5's battery capacity is 65mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The FiiO FW5 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Sony WF 1000XM3 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
FiiO FW5 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 1000XM3 has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of FiiO FW5 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
FiiO FW5 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the FiiO FW5
Sony WF 1000XM3 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 a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony WF 1000XM3 will work well with your iPhone. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
FiiO FW5 support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
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.
FiiO FW5 have 4 microphones.
While the Sony WF 1000XM3 microphones are 4, equal to that of the FiiO FW5 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background sounds.
FiiO FW5 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy areas.
The FiiO FW5 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a jog but still want to be able to hear traffic.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the FiiO FW5 have a find earbuds feature.
Sony WF 1000XM3 also have the find earbuds feature. You can use the earbuds app on your phone to play a sound from your earbuds to locate them.
The FiiO FW5 support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge a device.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
FiiO FW5 support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you to link 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 FiiO FW5 have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 also support this function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The FiiO FW5, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 too have a control panel on them.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a warranty period of 2 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 FiiO FW5 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 too support voice prompts meaning the device notifies you if the battery is low, and it's time to recharge the device.
The FiiO FW5 come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them in your bag without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony WF 1000XM3 also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.