The Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless headphones come out victorious in their duel with the AirPods Pro


It was a duel between the titans that pitted Apple’s AirPods Pro against Sony’s WF-1000XM4 in the field of wireless headphones. And against everyone firstSony has even won its battle.

Everyone swears by AirPods, and that makes sense since the Apple ecosystem is extremely well established in France, just as the Californian brand’s devices are unquestionably quality. However, and despite the firstAirPods Pro aren’t the best headphones true wireless of the market. So who wins this honorary title from our lab tests? These are Sony’s WF-1000XM4s and it is hardly a surprise when you consider the quality of the audio products offered by the Japanese brand in recent years.

How did these WF-1000XM4s outperform the AirPods Pro? First, in terms of design, the two products are quite similar. That said, the quality of the plastic used is superior on the Sony model and the matte finish and small copper parts give the WF-1000XM4 a more premium look. On the other hand, you have to subscribe to the in-ear concept, which blocks the ear canal more than the Apple model. Of course it is also a matter of taste.

But the real advantage of the WF-1000XM4s is the battery life. The WF-1000XM4 completely crushes the AirPods Pro, offering 8 to 12 hours of use (with or without active noise reduction) on a single charge, while the Apple model offers “only” 4 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 30 minutes in these same conditions.

Exceptional sound quality

Same observation for sound quality, where Sony demonstrates its know-how: the WF-1000XM4s are simply unbeatable in this field. “The Sony headphones have a softer sound thanks in particular to the nice bass highlight and the slight drop in the high-midswe wrote during the duel. Dynamics are also spectacular, as are the precision of the mids and highs. Finally, the sound stage is particularly spacious and credible ”. Enough dithyrambic. Active noise reduction is also in Sony’s favor, with the WF-1000XM4 slightly more effective than the AirPods Pro when it comes to attenuating low frequencies.

Some points are still in Apple’s favor. The AirPods Pro are for example better at voice reproduction, which makes it a better tool for meetings and calls. Latency is also lower with the AirPods Pro compared to the WF-1000XM4. Note that AirPods Pro unfold their full potential when paired with an iOS terminal, so ecosystem choice is pretty important.

Yes, but here it is, the WF-1000XM4 are the winners of this duel, in particular thanks to a much greater autonomy, a more effective active noise reduction, but above all an even more complete sound performance. Find all the details of this duel in our article below.


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