Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Powerbeats ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Powerbeats Pro|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||6mm||12mm|
|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||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 refer to the level of protection given by a casing, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Powerbeats Pro'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.
In comparison to the Powerbeats Pro, 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
Powerbeats Pro have a weight of 20.3g . We take in account a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
The Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g weigh less than the Powerbeats Pro by -13.2g
True wireless devices have no wires linking any part of the device together, Powerbeats Pro are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is an important distinction since wireless earbuds have wires linking the 2 earbuds together.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
Powerbeats Pro have wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Powerbeats Pro 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
Powerbeats Pro are both dustproof and water-resistant.
An 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 to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Powerbeats Pro have stereo speakers, what this means is that Powerbeats Pro's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero hence "diluting" the noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have ANC allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
Powerbeats Pro sit tightly in place, this creates a sound seal that tones down your environment sounds and also prevents the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which implies that both limit ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
Powerbeats Pro driver unit is 12mm 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 earbuds, its size determines the loudness of the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Powerbeats Pro by 6mm , 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 are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
Powerbeats Pro's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, 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 while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that Powerbeats Pro can make sound with a juicier bass than the Sony WF 1000XM4
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio component makes high audible frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
The sound pressure level, is the pressure level 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.
The Powerbeats Pro's battery life is 9 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 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 less than that of Powerbeats Pro by 1 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 no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the vendor, and Powerbeats Pro's case is said to have a charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several 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 Powerbeats Pro by 8 hours
It requires 0.7 hours to fully charge the Powerbeats Pro's battery. It is highly adivsable 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 Powerbeats Pro by 0.8 hours
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The Sony WF 1000XM4, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
Powerbeats Pro have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging status of your device and case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
The Powerbeats Pro have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony WF 1000XM4 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Powerbeats Pro . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Powerbeats Pro have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro support AAC, a codec that is 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 Powerbeats Pro 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 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.
Powerbeats Pro have 2 microphones.
Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, more than that of Powerbeats Pro by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to reduce background sounds from the desired sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing them
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Sony WF 1000XM4 have a find earbuds feature.
The Powerbeats Pro support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint 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 manually disconnect and reconnect.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
With the Powerbeats Pro, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a control panel on them.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
Powerbeats Pro come with a special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or placing them inside your bag without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.