Sony WF 1000XM4See price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM4||Ultimate Ears Drops|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||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||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||105dB/mW||110dB/mW|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||9hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|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||✓||✓|
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IP ratings is the rating of protection offered by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value means protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Sony WF 1000XM4's rating is read as, the first number 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.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a weight of 7.1g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a key distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds together.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables connecting the two earbuds .
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops are resistant to sweat
Sony WF 1000XM4's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
The Ultimate Ears Drops 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 for some people it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, what this means is that Ultimate Ears Drops's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 also have stereo speakers
ANC uses advanced kind of tech to actively counter noise. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then producing -1 (inverted noise) giving 0 which results in a reduced level of noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background sounds.
Ultimate Ears Drops stay well in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces background noise while preventing the device sound 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.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a unit size of 9.2mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size determines the sound made by the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 3.2mm , 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.
The Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device generates low audible frequencies and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony WF 1000XM4's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this implies that Sony WF 1000XM4 produce a clearer and crispier treble than the Ultimate Ears Drops
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/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 the means to get an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have neodymium magnets, when used in earbuds 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 Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 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 requires fewer chargings.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery life is more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the manufacturer, and Ultimate Ears Drops's case is said to have a full charge of 9 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF 1000XM4's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 7 hours
It takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF 1000XM4's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for long periods.
Sony WF 1000XM4's battery capacity is 40mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just place down on a supported charging pad.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also support wireless charging, take note of the charging standard of the earbuds.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows 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 tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Ultimate Ears Drops have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows 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 Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony WF 1000XM4 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec 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 Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine 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 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, providing high-resolution audio.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
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 Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 microphones are 4, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops 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 but also be aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears .
When lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Ultimate Ears Drops support the find earbuds feature.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have the find earbuds feature. Use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to find them.
Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the Sony WF 1000XM4 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 is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 support multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops . Bluetooth multipoint comes in handy when you can be on one call without missing notifications coming from another connected device.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have this function. It means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Sony WF 1000XM4 too have a control panel on them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
The Sony WF 1000XM4 too have voice prompts .i.e the device will notify you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them in your bag without a casing may easily damage them.
Sony WF 1000XM4 also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.