Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony WF C500See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.3 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Sony WF C500|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||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||5.8mm|
|sound pressure level||105dB/mW||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✓|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||10hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||9meters|
|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|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the level of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Sony WF C500's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second number of 4 means 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 WF C500, 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 WF C500 have a weight of 10.8g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry.
Sony WF 1000XM4, at 7.1g weigh less than the Sony WF C500 with a difference -3.7g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Sony WF C500 are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is a key distinction since wireless earbuds have cables linking the pair of earbuds together.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it has no wires linking the two earbuds .
Sony WF C500 have sweat resistance
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
The 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 for some people it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Sony WF C500 have stereo speakers, what this means is that Sony WF C500's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony WF 1000XM4 and Sony WF C500 have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses advanced kind of tech to actively counter noise. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (inverted noise) giving zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the device volume to outcompete background noise.
The Sony WF C500 sit tightly in place, creating an acoustic covering that tones down your environment sounds while preventing the device music from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this means that both reduce ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
The Sony WF C500 have a unit size of 5.8mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, its size dictates the loudness of the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Sony WF C500 by 0.2mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they produce better quality sound.
Sony WF C500's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces low recognizable frequencies and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can make sound with equal bass
Sony WF C500's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio component generates high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this implies that Sony WF 1000XM4 can produce a clearer and crispier treble than the Sony WF C500
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.
The Sony WF C500 have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices 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.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have it too, devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful . It is also known that they produce more bass and clearer high notes.
Sony WF C500's battery life is 10 hours, these last longer 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 more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is less than that of Sony WF C500 by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and Sony WF C500's case has a charge of 10 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM4's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, more than that of Sony WF C500 by 6 hours
It takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF C500's battery. It is highly adivsable 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, less than that of Sony WF C500 by 1 hours
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery power is 40mAh, battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Sony WF 1000XM4, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
The Sony WF C500 have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging state of your device and charging case.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you determine the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Sony WF C500 support USB TYPE-C, a 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 laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Sony WF C500 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 Sony WF C500 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Sony WF C500 have a 9meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, longer than that of Sony WF C500 by 1meters
Sony WF C500 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since 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 C500 will work well with your MacBook. 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 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 can reach a high bitrate of 990kbps, providing 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 C500 have 2 microphones.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, more than that of Sony WF C500 by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out noise.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out 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 they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sony WF 1000XM4 support the find earbuds feature.
Sony WF C500 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.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 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 is charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint of 2 connections, this 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.
The Sony WF C500 have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have this function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Sony WF C500, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a control panel on them.
Sony WF C500 have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
The Sony WF C500 have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support voice prompts meaning the device will notify you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Sony WF C500 come with their own special case. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your bag without a cover may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.