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Updated January 10, 2024·

The HifiMan Sundara headphones have excellent sound quality and a very good soundstage, making them ideal for music lovers who appreciate detail and an immersive listening experience. They are not wireless and lack a microphone, so they aren't suited for calls or convenience in portability. Meanwhile, the Sony WF1000XM4 earbuds are wireless, provide active noise cancelling, better for calls and meetings, and are more portable, with good battery life. They're a versatile choice if you need to use them while moving around, during travel, or in noisy environments. The Sony earbuds also have features like an app equalizer and virtual surround sound, enhancing their functionality for various multimedia applications. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the HifiMan Sundara
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM4
  • Very good for air travel
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

7.2
Sundara
WF1000XM4
5.6
The HifiMan Sundara is good for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
Sundara
WF1000XM4
6.7
The Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair for phone calls, while the HifiMan Sundara is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
Sundara
WF1000XM4
10.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the HifiMan Sundara is good.

TV and Video

8.8
Sundara
WF1000XM4
6.0
The HifiMan Sundara is very good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Sundara
WF1000XM4
8.3
The Sony WF1000XM4 is very good for noise reduction, while the HifiMan Sundara is poor.

Battery

N/A
Sundara
WF1000XM4
9.0 Hours
The HifiMan Sundara does not have a battery. The Sony WF1000XM4 has 9 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

8.2
Sundara
WF1000XM4
8.9
The Sony WF1000XM4 and HifiMan Sundara both have very good build quality, though the Sony WF1000XM4 has somewhat better build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

9.3
Sundara
WF1000XM4
9.0
The HifiMan Sundara and Sony WF1000XM4 are both excellent for music.

Cost

$279
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$278
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The HifiMan Sundara has a price of $279 and the Sony WF1000XM4 costs $278.

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How the HifiMan Sundara and the Sony WF1000XM4 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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HifiMan SundaraSony WF1000XM4
HifiMan SundaraSony WF1000XM4

GENERAL

Price
$279
$278
Brand
HifiManSony
Release Date
May 1, 2020July 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
9.3/109.1/10
Phone Calls Score
5/106.7/10
Gaming Score
7.2/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.8/106/10
Exercise Score
4.5/106.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A9 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
N/AYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A5.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.2/108.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.9/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
394.6 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | July 2023
"The HiFiMan Sundara is the set of headphones to get if you want high-end audio, but don't want to shell out a king's ransom for it. These planar magnetic headphones are comfortable, straightforward, and excellent performers."

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 HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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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