Which Wireless ANC Headphones Should I Buy?

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Sony is no stranger to noise-canceling headphones and earphones. The company has made quite a few popular ANC headphones in the past, including the WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones. Another … Read more

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Sony is no stranger to noise-canceling headphones and earphones. The company has made quite a few popular ANC headphones in the past, including the WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones. Another new pair of wireless headphones joining this lineup is the Sony WF-1000XM4.

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Like its predecessor, the Sony WF-1000XM4 are true wireless headphones and offer active noise cancellation. Only this time, they are significantly smaller than the WF-1000XM3.

But at the end of the day, is it just the size that sets the Sony WF-1000XM4 apart from the WF-1000XM3? Or is there something more than meets the eye?

Well that's what we're going to find in this post as we pit the Sony WF-1000XM3 against the Sony WF-1000XM4 to see the differences.

Sony WF-1000XM4 - True Wireless Headphones with Noise Canceling, up to 24 hours of autonomy with the charging case, with built-in microphone for calls, precise Bluetooth connection, black color
Sony WF-1000XM4 – True Wireless Headphones with Noise Canceling, up to 24 hours of autonomy with the charging case, with built-in microphone for calls, precise Bluetooth connection, black color

  • The Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones feature our new V1 integrated processor that cancels much more noise than before, a new speaker with improved performance, redesigned noise-sensing microphones, and innovative noise-isolating ear pads with a more stable fit.
  • The Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones support good wireless resolution audio thanks to LDAC technology; With designed 6mm driver units, these headphones reproduce dynamic sound despite being so small, and their powerful diaphragm reproduces a varied range of bass; the integrated V1 processor also improves sound quality and reduces distortion; our enhanced DSEE Extreme technology scales even compressed music files
  • As soon as you talk to someone, Speak-to-Chat will automatically pause the music and let in ambient sound so you can have a conversation; very practical if you want to keep your headphones on or if your hands are full
  • Precise Voice Pickup technology uses beamforming microphones and a bone conduction sensor to enable the WF-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones with Microphone to pick up your voice clearly and accurately for hands-free calls; Noise canceling lets you hear the person on the other side clearly, even in loud situations
  • Enjoy a full day, 8 hours, with a charge from your Sony Bluetooth headphones and accumulate another 16 hours in the charging case; That translates into 24 hours of use every time you leave the house; With just 5 minutes of charging, you will have 60 minutes of playback; thanks to Qi technology, you can charge the headphones wirelessly
Sony WF1000XM3 - Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (True Wireless, Bluetooth, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, Up to 32h Battery, Optimal for Working Without Noise and Travel), Black
Sony WF1000XM3 – Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (True Wireless, Bluetooth, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, Up to 32h Battery, Optimal for Working Without Noise and Travel), Black

  • True wireless with noise canceling
  • Listen throughout the day thanks to a battery life of up to 32 hours (24h using nc)
  • Touch control on the side of each earbud
  • Closed, elegant and comfortable design
  • Qn1 processor for noise cancellation

1. Design

One of the first things that stands out about the Sony WF-1000XM4 is the design. The WF-1000XM4 is nothing like its predecessor. The headphones are small and more compact than the WF-1000XM3. Additionally, the size of the charging case has also been reduced, resulting in a case that is easier to fit in pockets.

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Here, the packing box is made from a special blend of eco-friendly paper, and that's a huge plus, especially when the earth is struggling with recycling e-waste and plastics. The charging case has a matte finish, which makes it easy to grip. More importantly, the matte surface gives it a premium look.

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The compact nature of the headphones translates into a better fit. Sony includes three sets of polyurethane foam ear cushions with these headphones. The polyurethane material ensures a better fit and according to the folks at Sound Guys these ear tips are easy to mold to the shape of your ears.

Like its predecessor, you get a similar set of customizable touch controls. You can control playback and play around with settings through the Sony Headphones companion app.

The Sony WF-1000XM4 also proves to be a good pair of gym headphones. These wireless buttons are IPX4 rated and can absorb your share of sweat and moisture.

On the other hand, the Sony WF-1000XM3 is not one of the low-key looking headphones out there. The buttons, as well as the charging case, are slightly larger than some of their counterparts, such as the Galaxy Buds Pro. The latter is a problem, especially if you want to fit the case inside your pants pockets.

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Other than that, the two-tone color gives it a distinctive premium look. And thanks to the mouthpiece-like fit of the ear tip, you can be sure that the buttons stay anchored to your ears, even when exercising strenuously.

When it comes to ear tips, Sony includes a total of eight sets for a better fit. It is worth noting that the foam pads are extremely comfortable to wear.

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The touch buttons have excellent feedback and respond well to touch, even when your fingers are slippery with sweat. In our case, we could easily switch tracks or adjust the volume while playing.

Surprisingly, the WF-1000XM3 headphones are not waterproof. Although you can use them for light workouts, it is recommended not to use them if your ears are sweating a lot.

2. Battery life

Truly wireless Active Noise Canceling or ANC headphones work a bit differently when it comes to battery life. For example, the old WF-1000XM3 lasts only 5-6 hours on a single charge. Fortunately, the larger size of the charging case proves to be a bonus and brings an additional three charge cycles to the table.

In our case, the WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones lasted about a week before needing a recharge. This one also supports fast charging and a 10 minute charge will get you around 90 minutes of playback time.

Sony has worked on the battery of the new headphones, and this time, they have included the new headphones with the V1 processor. On paper, this processor is more efficient and consumes less power.

Sony WF 1000 XM4 vs WF 1000 XM3

The good news is that battery life has improved significantly. You can expect around 8 hours of playback with ANC. At the same time, you will get around 16 hours of battery life. This gives you a cumulative of around 24 hours. Great, we would say.

At the same time, the Sony WF-1000XM3 is equipped with wireless charging. So all you need to do is place it on a Qi wireless charging pad to recharge the battery. And hey, you get USB-C charging too.

3. Audio performance

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room – how good do these cocoons sound?

The Sony WF-1000XM3 has a clear sound signature with rich, deep bass. The clear sound signature means you can get the intricate details of your favorite songs.

The ANC is considered one of the best in its category, and for good reason. These buttons can block out most surrounding noises and allow you to work without distraction.

Simply put, you get a peaceful setting without the feeling of being cluttered. And whenever you want, you can switch to the ambient sound settings.

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Unsurprisingly, the Sony WF-1000XM4 offers top-notch ANC. As long as you have a good seal, these buds cancel out most of the outside noise both actively and passively. With ANC enabled, you can silence the rattle of trains and wagons.

Audio delivery is impressive for the price. This is partly due to the addition of Sony ownership. DSEE Extreme audio technology designed to improve the audio delivery of compressed tracks. At the same time, the new headphones also support 360 Reality Audio in streaming apps like Tidal and Deezer.

Sony WF-1000XM4 - True Wireless Headphones with Noise Canceling, up to 24 hours of autonomy with the charging case, with built-in microphone for calls, precise Bluetooth connection, black color

Sony WF-1000XM4 – True Wireless Headphones with Noise Canceling, up to 24 hours of autonomy with the charging case, with built-in microphone for calls, precise Bluetooth connection, black color

Sony WF1000XM3 - Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (True Wireless, Bluetooth, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, Up to 32h Battery, Optimal for Working Without Noise and Travel), Black

Sony WF1000XM3 – Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (True Wireless, Bluetooth, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, Up to 32h Battery, Optimal for Working Without Noise and Travel), Black

True wireless with noise canceling; Touch control on the side of each earbud; Closed, elegant and comfortable design

Which one should you buy?

So should you choose the Sony WF-1000XM4 over the Sony WF-1000XM3? We say why not. The new headphones are small and compact, and the shaped ear tips fit comfortably. More importantly, they offer top-notch audio and ANC.

On the other hand, the Sony WF-1000XM3 headphones are not bad either. Audio delivery is impressive and soundtracks and podcasts are a pleasure to listen to on these headphones.

However, they are a bit larger, especially the charging case, which makes it difficult to transport. At the same time, the Sony WF-1000XM4's longer battery life is a good reason.

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