Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Skullcandy Indy FuelSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Skullcandy Indy Fuel|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IP55|
|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||6mm|
|sound pressure level||105dB/mW||105dB/mW|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||27hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||✗|
|has aptx hd||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||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|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the level of protection given by a casing, against dust and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IP55, the Skullcandy Indy Fuel'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 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.
In comparison to the Skullcandy Indy Fuel, Sony WF 1000XM4 have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, Skullcandy Indy Fuel has a higher liquid rating than Sony WF 1000XM4
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel have a weight of 57g . We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
The Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g weigh less than the Skullcandy Indy Fuel by -49.9g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables linking any part of the device together, Skullcandy Indy Fuel are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a major distinction since wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the 2 earbuds together.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel come with wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel are resistant to sweat
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Skullcandy Indy Fuel are both dustproof and water-resistant.
The earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with almost no 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.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel have stereo speakers, devices with stereo 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 utilises more advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and then inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 hence "diluting" the noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have Active Noise Cancellation allowing 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 noise.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel stay well in place, creating a sound seal that tones down background noise and also prevents the device music from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which implies that they reduce ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel have a unit size of 6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the sound produced by the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, making both devices similar in how loud their sound gets , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they deliver better quality sound.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal bass
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well a particular audio component makes high human frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this means that Sony WF 1000XM4 produce a clearer and crispier treble than the Skullcandy Indy Fuel
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, Skullcandy Indy Fuel'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's sound pressure level measurement is 105dB/mW. How loud a device is can be taken differently by separate persons, 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 generate music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel's battery life is 3 hours, these last less than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is more than that of Skullcandy Indy Fuel by 5 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and Skullcandy Indy Fuel's case is said to have a full charge of 27 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows 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 Skullcandy Indy Fuel by 11 hours
It takes 0.3 hours to fully charge the Skullcandy Indy Fuel's battery. It is recommended to fully charge 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, more than that of Skullcandy Indy Fuel by 1.2 hours
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also support wireless charging, always look out for the charging standard of a device.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your earbuds and case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel 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 Skullcandy Indy Fuel . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 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.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony WF 1000XM4 will work well with your iPad. If you are planning on using these with Android , 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.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have 4 microphones.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to filter out noise from the earbuds' sound.
Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
When lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sony WF 1000XM4 have a find earbuds feature.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint of 2 connections, this 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.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have the mute function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
With the Skullcandy Indy Fuel, 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.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or placing them in your pockets without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.