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Updated January 10, 2024·

If sound quality is a top priority for you, the Sony WF1000XM4 offers superior overall listening experience. However, for iPhone users, the Apple Airpods Pro 2's seamless integration with Apple devices may be more appealing, making device pairing and switching between Apple devices easier. The Sony earbuds have a longer battery life per charge, but they lack wireless charging and take longer to fully charge compared to the Airpods. While both models offer noise cancelling, the Airpods Pro 2's is more effective, especially for frequent travelers or those needing to block ambient noise. The Sony earbuds are larger and offer more customizable sound through their app, which could be a deciding factor if you like to fine-tune your audio settings. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods Pro 2
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM4
  • Excellent for music
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.0
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
9.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is excellent for music, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Gaming

8.4
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
5.6
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is poor.

Phone Calls

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
6.7
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for phone calls, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
10.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good.

TV and Video

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
6.0
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
8.3
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is very good.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
9.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM4 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$189
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
$278
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The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has a price of $189 and the Sony WF1000XM4 costs $278.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM4
8.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple Airpods Pro 2 to have excellent build quality, while the Sony WF1000XM4 has very good build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods Pro 2 and the Sony WF1000XM4 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods Pro 2Sony WF1000XM4
Apple Airpods Pro 2Sony WF1000XM4

GENERAL

Price
$189
$278
Brand
AppleSony
Release Date
September 1, 2022July 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/109.1/10
Phone Calls Score
7.8/106.7/10
Gaming Score
8.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/106/10
Exercise Score
6.3/106.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 Hours9 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
0.5 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.2
Case Battery Life
2424

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/105.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.9/10
Comfort score
8/108.9/10
Size
MediumLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.3 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Apple Airpods Pro 2

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"Apple's upgraded H2 chip begets better active noise canceling (ANC) and battery life, while the case's U1 chip and integrated speaker lets you precisely locate it from the Find My app. If you own an iPhone, the new AirPods Pro is an obvious choice."

Sony WF1000XM4

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | March 2023
"The headphones deliver a satisfying user experience, class-leading battery life, some of the best noise-cancelling we’ve heard in this category, and absolutely stunning sound quality."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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