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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize noise cancellation and comfort, the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds have excellent features in these areas, along with stability bands for a secure fit during activities. However, their battery life is shorter than the Sony WF1000XM4, which also offers exceptional sound quality and features Sony's 360 Reality Audio for an immersive experience, though this requires compatible apps. Sony's slightly better battery life may be a deciding factor if you're frequently on the go, whereas Bose might be your top pick for active use and quiet listening environments. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Very good for exercise
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM4
  • Excellent for music
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

8.8
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
5.6
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is very good for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is poor.

Phone Calls

5.1
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
6.7
The Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair for phone calls, while the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.0
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
10.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is only fair.

TV and Video

8.1
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
6.0
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is very good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

8.9
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
8.3
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds and Sony WF1000XM4 are both very good for noise reduction, though the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is somewhat better.

Battery

6.5 Hours
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
9.0 Hours
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds has 6.5 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM4 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$299
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
$278
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The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds has a price of $299 and the Sony WF1000XM4 costs $278.
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Key similarities

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Music

8.6
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
9.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sony WF1000XM4 to be excellent for music, while the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds is very good.

Build Quality

9.0
QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
WF1000XM4
8.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds to have excellent build quality, while the Sony WF1000XM4 has very good build quality.

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How the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds and the Sony WF1000XM4 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose QuietComfort Ultra EarbudsSony WF1000XM4
Bose QuietComfort Ultra EarbudsSony WF1000XM4

GENERAL

Price
$299
$278
Brand
BoseSony
Release Date
September 1, 2023July 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
8.7/109.1/10
Phone Calls Score
5.1/106.7/10
Gaming Score
8.8/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.2/106/10
Exercise Score
8.4/106.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6.5 Hours9 Hours
Wireless charging
NoNo
Charging time
2 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.2
Case Battery Life
2124

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
8.9/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
6.2/105.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.9/10
Size
MediumLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7.7 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | October 2023
"Bose put the time in to fix the major issues with the previous earbuds, and the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are very befitting of its price point. While you might be tempted to save a few bucks and go with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II on sale, fight the urge. There are enough upgrades here to justify the newer model."

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 Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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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