Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JBL LIVE 300See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||JBL LIVE 300|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX5|
|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||5.8mm|
|sound pressure level||105dB/mW||95dB/mW|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||14hours|
|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||2only|
|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 rank of protection given by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX5, the JBL LIVE 300's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand medium pressure jet that's 6.3mm diameter, similar to garden hose from any angle for 3 minutes at a distance of 2.5 to 3 metres.
Compared to the JBL LIVE 300, 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, JBL LIVE 300 has a higher liquid rating than Sony WF 1000XM4
JBL LIVE 300 have a weight of 65.7g . We take in account a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g are lighter than the JBL LIVE 300 with a difference -58.6g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, JBL LIVE 300 are true wireless for this case since they have no cables. This is a major difference since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the pair of earbuds together.
JBL LIVE 300 are resistant to sweat
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
The earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with almost no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The JBL LIVE 300 have an earbud foam for some people it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Sony WF 1000XM4 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.
JBL LIVE 300 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have stereo speakers
ANC utilises advanced kind of tech to actively counter noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (inverted noise) to make 0 therefore "diluting" the noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background sounds.
JBL LIVE 300 sit well in place, this creates a sound seal that reduces background noise and also prevents the device voice audio from leaking out .
Both Sony WF 1000XM4, and JBL LIVE 300 have passive noise reduction this means that both reduce ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
JBL LIVE 300 have a unit size of 5.8mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the earbuds, its size dictates the loudness of the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 0.2mm , 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 yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The JBL LIVE 300's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices make sound with equal bass
The JBL LIVE 300's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this implies that Sony WF 1000XM4 generate a clearer and crispier treble than the JBL LIVE 300
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, JBL LIVE 300's measurement is 95dB/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 taken differently by different people, so we need to have a way of getting an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have neodymium magnets, if used in earbuds 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.
JBL LIVE 300's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is 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 more than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely 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 JBL LIVE 300's case is said to have a full charge of 14 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life 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, more than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 2 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL LIVE 300'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 JBL LIVE 300 by 0.5 hours
JBL LIVE 300's battery power is 60mAh, battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh. less than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 20mAh
The Sony WF 1000XM4, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
The JBL LIVE 300 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
The JBL LIVE 300 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 comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
JBL LIVE 300 have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony WF 1000XM4 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of JBL LIVE 300 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The JBL LIVE 300 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL LIVE 300
JBL LIVE 300 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 a similar bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL LIVE 300 will work fine 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 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 can reach a high bitrate of 990kbps, providing 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 JBL LIVE 300 have 2 microphones.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, more than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The JBL LIVE 300 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can 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 but also be aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a jog but still want to be able to hear traffic.
The JBL LIVE 300 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears .
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 be found in your bag, Sony WF 1000XM4 have a find earbuds feature.
JBL LIVE 300 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL LIVE 300 have a mute function, they support the feature 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 earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the JBL LIVE 300, so you can 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.
JBL LIVE 300 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 have voice prompts .i.e the earbuds will notify you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
The JBL LIVE 300 come with their own special case. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.