Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony WF 1000XM3See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Sony WF 1000XM3|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||✗|
|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||6mm|
|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||✓||✗|
|supports bluetooth pairing using nfc||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||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 an enclosure, against dust and water. 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 (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Sony WF 1000XM4's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a weight of 17g . We consider a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
The Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g weigh less than the Sony WF 1000XM3 with a difference -9.9g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Sony WF 1000XM3 are true wireless for this matter since they have no wires. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the two earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it has no wires connecting the pair of earbuds .
The Sony WF 1000XM3 come with wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have sweat resistance
An earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with almost no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The Sony WF 1000XM3 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.
Sony WF 1000XM3 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
ANC makes use of advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and then generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes both devices ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the setting that suits your travel or that suites your chill time.
Sony WF 1000XM3 stay tightly in place, this creates a sound seal that tones down background noise while preventing the device music from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that they tone down ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a unit size of 6mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size determines the loudness of the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, making both devices similar in how loud their sound can get , 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 imply that they deliver better quality sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM3's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device produces low audible 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 can make sound with equal bass
Sony WF 1000XM3's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio component makes high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this means that Sony WF 1000XM4 can generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Sony WF 1000XM3
SPL, 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 1000XM3 have neodymium magnets, if 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 SPL, using high magnetic flux.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have it too, devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. It is also known that they have more bass and clearer high notes.
Sony WF 1000XM3'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 usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is equal to that of the Sony WF 1000XM3 . 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 have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and the Sony WF 1000XM3's case has a 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 Sony WF 1000XM3 by 8 hours
It takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF 1000XM3's battery. It is recommended 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, less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 2 hours
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh, battery capacity, 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 put down on a supported charging pad.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 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 Sony WF 1000XM3 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Sony WF 1000XM3
Sony WF 1000XM3 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 a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony WF 1000XM3 will work fine with your iPhone. If you are planning 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.
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.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have 4 microphones.
Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, equal to that of the Sony WF 1000XM3 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out noise.
Sony WF 1000XM3 use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to 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, for example when you’re having a jog but still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sony WF 1000XM3 support the find earbuds feature.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to locate them.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
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 manually disconnect and reconnect.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a mute function, they support 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 can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Sony WF 1000XM3, so you can easily 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 1000XM3 have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also support voice prompts meaning the device will notify you if the battery is low, and it's time to recharge the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them in your pockets without a casing can easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.