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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Sony WF1000XM4 offers better overall sound quality, superior noise isolation, and longer battery life, ideal if you're on the move or in noisy environments. It also provides active noise cancelling, which the Grado GT220 lacks, enhancing your experience in loud settings and during air travel. However, the Grado GT220 is more compact and sweatproof, making it suitable for exercise and users who need a more secure fit during physical activity. Both are wireless, but only the Sony supports LDAC for high-resolution audio streaming. Sound quality for calls is comparable in both, but for immersive audio experiences, the Sony is the better choice.. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Grado GT220
  • The Grado GT220 has no clear advantages over the Sony WF1000XM4.
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM4
  • Excellent for music
  • Very good for air travel
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

6.3
GT220
WF1000XM4
9.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is excellent for music, while the Grado GT220 is only fair.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
GT220
WF1000XM4
10.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Grado GT220 is very good.

Noise Reduction

5.3
GT220
WF1000XM4
8.3
The Sony WF1000XM4 is very good for noise reduction, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Battery

5.5 Hours
GT220
WF1000XM4
9.0 Hours
The Grado GT220 has 5.5 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM4 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$259
GT220
WF1000XM4
$278
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The Grado GT220 has a price of $259 and the Sony WF1000XM4 costs $278.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

5.1
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WF1000XM4
5.6
The Sony WF1000XM4 and Grado GT220 are both poor for gaming.

Phone Calls

6.9
GT220
WF1000XM4
6.7
The Grado GT220 and Sony WF1000XM4 are both only fair for phone calls.

TV and Video

5.5
GT220
WF1000XM4
6.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sony WF1000XM4 to be only fair for TV and video, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Build Quality

8.8
GT220
WF1000XM4
8.9
The Sony WF1000XM4 and Grado GT220 both have very good build quality.

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How the Grado GT220 and the Sony WF1000XM4 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Grado GT220Sony WF1000XM4
Grado GT220Sony WF1000XM4

GENERAL

Price
$259
$278
Brand
GradoSony
Release Date
September 1, 2020July 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
6.4/109.1/10
Phone Calls Score
7/106.7/10
Gaming Score
5.2/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
5.5/106/10
Exercise Score
6.2/106.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5.5 Hours9 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
2 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
55.2
Case Battery Life
3624

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
5.3/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
NoYes
Mic Quality
6/105.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.8/108.9/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.9/10
Size
SmallLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Major HiFi

Alex Schiffer | October 2020
"With its superb and functional interface and its highly satisfying imaging, Grado has shown a new talent for delivering a solid true wireless system, and with future improvements, has the potential to really be one of the best."

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 Grado

Grado Labs is a small, family-owned, business based in Brooklyn New York that specializes in high-end, boutique, dynamic headphones and turntable cartridges. They boast a particular house sound, that is to say their products have a particular sound signature unique to Grado, that some audiophiles seem to really like and are unable to find anywhere else. Their high-end headphones are all hand made, completely in house, from a variety of exotic woods and materials going so far as to making one of their most popular products out of hemp.

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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