Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony LinkBuds S||Sony WF 1000XM4|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||5mm||6mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✓|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||16hours|
|has wireless charging||✗||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||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|
IP ratings is the rating of protection offered by a casing, against solids and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the Sony LinkBuds S'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 Sony LinkBuds S, 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
Sony LinkBuds S have a weight of 9.6g . We take in account a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to transport.
Sony WF 1000XM4, at 41g weigh more than the Sony LinkBuds S by of 31.4g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no wires linking any part of the device together, Sony LinkBuds S are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a key difference since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it has no cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
Sony LinkBuds S have sweat resistance
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Sony LinkBuds S have stereo speakers, what this means is that Sony LinkBuds S'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 utilises more advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) and producing -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Sony LinkBuds S 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 device volume to outcompete background noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have ANC making either of the earbuds ideal for flights and rush hour travels. Each work with different noise cancellation types, pick the mode that you prefer for travel or that suites your chill time.
Sony LinkBuds S sit well in place, this creates an acoustic covering that tones down your environment sounds and also prevents the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both Sony WF 1000XM4, and Sony LinkBuds S have passive noise reduction this means that they tone down ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
Sony LinkBuds S have a unit size of 5mm 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, its size dictates the sound produced by the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 1mm , 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 mean that they deliver better quality sound.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device generates low recognizable frequencies and if it alters 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
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well a particular audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
The Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, when 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 SPL, using high magnetic flux.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have it, devices with these magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. It is also known that they produce more bass and clearer high notes.
The Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is 6 hours, a device's battery life is usually 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 Sony LinkBuds S by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not 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 Sony LinkBuds S'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 multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM4's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, more than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 2 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Sony LinkBuds S's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Sony WF 1000XM4 takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 0.5 hours
The Sony WF 1000XM4, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply put down on a compatible charging pad.
The Sony LinkBuds S have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging state of your device and case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
The Sony LinkBuds S have 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 is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Sony LinkBuds S have Bluetooth version of 5.2, 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, equal to that of the Sony LinkBuds S . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Sony LinkBuds S have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S 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 the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony LinkBuds S will work fine with your iPad. If you intend on using these with Android , 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 LinkBuds S 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.
Sony WF 1000XM4 support it as well, LDAC, can automatically change to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps for stability.
The Sony LinkBuds S have 6 microphones.
While the Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, less than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing them
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Sony LinkBuds S have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears .
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sony LinkBuds S have a find earbuds feature.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your phone to play a sound from your earbuds to help you find them.
The Sony LinkBuds S support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge a device.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint of 1 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
Sony LinkBuds S have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have this function. The mute function means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Sony LinkBuds S, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a control panel on them.
The Sony LinkBuds S support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support voice prompts meaning the device notifies you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or placing 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.