Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Huawei FreeBuds 5
Overall Score 6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Huawei FreeBuds 5|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||ip54|
|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||25hours|
|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||✓||✓|
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Ingress protection ratings refer to the rank of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IP54, the Huawei FreeBuds 5's rating is read as, the first value of 5 denotes that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety, 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5, Sony WF 1000XM4 have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a weight of 10.8g . We consider a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to move with.
The Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g weigh less than the Huawei FreeBuds 5 with a difference -3.7g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Huawei FreeBuds 5 are true wireless for this matter since they have no wires. This is a major distinction since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have sweat resistance
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
An earbud foam is made to be ultracompact and lightweight, with almost no 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.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have stereo speakers, what this means is that Huawei FreeBuds 5's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony WF 1000XM4 and Huawei FreeBuds 5 have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and after generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) then adding -1 (inverted noise) to make 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background sounds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your commute or that suites your chill time.
Sony WF 1000XM4 stay well in place, this creates a sound covering that reduces background noise well as preventing the earbuds voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a unit size of 11mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the earbuds, its size dictates the loudness of the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 5mm , 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 produce better quality sound.
Huawei FreeBuds 5's lowest frequency is at 16Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that Huawei FreeBuds 5 can make sound with a juicier bass than the Sony WF 1000XM4
Huawei FreeBuds 5's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio component makes high human frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this means that both devices can generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the pressure level of sound, measured 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.
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 produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
Huawei FreeBuds 5's battery life is 5 hours, these last less than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is more than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 3 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing 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 manufacturer, and the Huawei FreeBuds 5's case is said to have a full charge of 25 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM4's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, less than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 9 hours
It requires 1.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF 1000XM4's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Huawei FreeBuds 5's battery capacity is 42mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh. less than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 2mAh
Sony WF 1000XM4, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging state of your earbuds and charging case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5
Sony WF 1000XM4 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide 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 1000XM4 will work fine with your MacBook. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 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, which provides 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.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have 6 microphones.
Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, less than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Huawei FreeBuds 5 support the find earbuds feature.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your phone to play a sound from your earbuds to find them.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5 . Bluetooth multipoint is useful because you can be on one call without missing notifications coming from another connected device.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also support this function. The mute function means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a control panel on them.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 support 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 it's time to recharge them.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them inside your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.