Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JBL Wave BeamSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Sony WF 1000XM4
|JBL Wave Beam
|ingress protection (ip) rating
|has no wires or cables
|has an earbud foam
|has stereo speakers
|has active noise cancellation (noise control)
|has passive noise reduction
|driver unit size
|sound pressure level
|has a neodymium magnet
|battery life of charging case
|has wireless charging
|has a battery level indicator
|has usb type-c
|maximum bluetooth range
|has aptx hd
|number of microphones
|has a noise-canceling microphone
|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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IP ratings refer to the rating of protection offered by an enclosure, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value means protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IP54, the JBL Wave Beam's rating is read as, the first number 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.
In comparison to the JBL Wave Beam, 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
JBL Wave Beam have a weight of 8.8g . We prefer a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
The Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g are lighter than the JBL Wave Beam by -1.7g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no cables connecting any part of the device together, JBL Wave Beam are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is a major difference since wireless earbuds have wires linking the 2 earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless since it has no cables linking the two earbuds .
JBL Wave Beam are resistant to sweat
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
The earbud foam is made to be ultracompact and lightweight, with almost no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The JBL Wave Beam have an earbud foam for some people it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have an earbud foam, meaning that by design they rest on the outer concha ridge of your ear, located in the center of your outer ear.
JBL Wave Beam 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.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises advanced technology to actively counter noise. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) and adding -1 (inverted noise) to make zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
The JBL Wave Beam have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background sounds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have ANC making both devices ideal for flights and morning travels. The JBL Wave Beam and Sony WF 1000XM4 work with different noise cancellation settings, pick the mode that suits your commute or that enhances your relaxation time.
The JBL Wave Beam sit well in place, this creates an acoustic seal that reduces your environment noise well as preventing the device sound from leaking out .
Both Sony WF 1000XM4, and JBL Wave Beam have passive noise reduction which means that they limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The JBL Wave Beam driver unit is 8mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, the unit size corellates with the sound made by the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of JBL Wave Beam by 2mm , 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 mean that they produce better quality sound.
The JBL Wave Beam's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component produces 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 both devices make sound with equal bass
JBL Wave Beam's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device makes high audible frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this implies that Sony WF 1000XM4 generate a clearer and crispier treble than the JBL Wave Beam
The sound pressure level, is the pressure level of sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL Wave Beam's measurement is 100dB/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. How loud something is can be considered differently by different people, so we need to have a way of getting a standard measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have neodymium magnets, if used in earbuds 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.
JBL Wave Beam's battery life is 8 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 equal to that of the JBL Wave Beam . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and the JBL Wave Beam's case has a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many 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 JBL Wave Beam by 8 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Beam's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Sony WF 1000XM4 takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of JBL Wave Beam by 0.5 hours
JBL Wave Beam's battery power is 48mAh, 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 JBL Wave Beam by 8mAh
Sony WF 1000XM4, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply place down on a supported charging pad.
The JBL Wave Beam have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your device and case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
The JBL Wave Beam have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
JBL Wave Beam have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables 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, equal to that of the JBL Wave Beam . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
JBL Wave Beam have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL Wave Beam
Sony WF 1000XM4 support AAC, a codec 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 the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony WF 1000XM4 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 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.
JBL Wave Beam have 2 microphones.
Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, more than that of JBL Wave Beam by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out background sounds.
JBL Wave Beam have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce background sounds from the desired sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. This is useful in noisy environments.
The JBL Wave Beam support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears .
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, JBL Wave Beam have a find earbuds feature.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the device app on your smartphone to play a sound from your earbuds to find them.
The JBL Wave Beam support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 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 having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
JBL Wave Beam have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have this function. It means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
The JBL Wave Beam, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a control panel on them.
The JBL Wave Beam support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also support voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you if the battery is low, and it's time to recharge the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Beam come with their own special pouch. Carrying earphones without a case, or placing them in your bag without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.