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Beats Solo Pro vs Sony WH-1000XM4 (2021): Wireless ANC Headphones Comparison

If you are currently in the market for a pair of wireless ANC headphones, you’ll notice that there are a lot of options to choose from and this can be frustrating. To help you with your search, we’ve compared two of the more popular options available right now—the Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the Sony WH-1000XM4. One is an on-ear pair of headphones while the other has an over-ear style. Which one is better and which one should you buy? Read on to find out.

Beats Solo Pro vs Sony WH-1000XM4 Comparison Chart

ModelBeats Solo Pro Sony WH-1000XM4
 Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones - Apple H1 Headphone Chip, Class 1...Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Industry Leading Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones with Mic for...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
StyleOn-earOver-ear
Weight267g254g
ConnectivityWired (needs Lightning to audio adapter)
Bluetooth 5.0
Wired
Bluetooth 5.0
– Multipoint
– NFC
Battery Life40 hours (BT)
22 hours (ANC)
38 hours (BT)
30 hours (ANC)
Charging TimeFull charge: 1 hour 45 minutes
Quick charge: 10 minutes for 3 hours runtime
Full charge: 3 hours
Quick charge: 10 minutes for 5 hours runtime
ANCYesYes
Transparency ModeYesYes
ControlsButtons
Earcup
Buttons
Gestures/touch
PortabilityCollapsibleCollapsible
Earcup swivel
What’s IncludedCarrying case
Lightning to USB-A charging cable
Carrying case
Analog cable
Airplane adapter
USB-C charging cable

Design

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless has a Lightning port for charging while the Sony WH-1000XM4 has a USB-C port.

beats solo pro vs sony wh-1000xm4 design
The Beats Solo Pro Wireless (left) is an on-ear headphones while the Sony WH-1000XM4 (right) has an over-ear design.

Both headphones can be considered fashion cans with their modern, stylish, yet minimalist design. The Beat Solo Pro Wireless is a pair of on-ear headphones that are quite big when compared to other on-ear style headphones. On the other hand, the Sony WH-1000XM4 has an over-ear style that may be more comfortable for people with larger ears due to its larger earcups.

Since these headphones are lightweight, they can be worn for extended periods without experiencing discomfort. The Beats Solo Pro Wireless weighs 267g, while the Sony WH-1000XM4 weighs 254g, so there’s not much difference there. Both headphones are well-padded, with the Beats Solo Pro Wireless having a thicker earcup padding due to its on-ear design.

Both headphones can be folded inwards, but only the Sony WH-1000XM4 has earcups that can swivel. You can wear the Sony WH-1000XM4 around your neck comfortably with the earcups folded, which you can’t do with the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The two headphones come with carrying cases, though, so they are great when it comes to portability.

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless is available in black, gray, light blue, red, dark blue and ivory. It comes with a carrying case and a Lightning cable for charging. The Sony WH-1000XM4, on the other hand, is available in black, blue and silver, and it comes with a few more extra accessories. Included with the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the following: carrying case, audio cable, airplane adapter and a USB-C charging cable.

Features

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is still the king when it comes to active noise cancelling.

beats solo pro vs sony wh-1000xm4 features
The Beats Solo Pro Wireless (left) and the Sony WH-1000XM4 (right) can be folded for portability.

While both are great when it comes to active noise cancelling, we still give the edge to the Sony WH-1000XM4 since it is able to cancel low frequency sound better. For instance, A/C hum, computer noises and the likes are completely eliminated with the Sony WH-1000XM4, while you can still hear some with the Beats Solo Pro Wireless.

The two headphones also have transparency modes that will let you hear ambient noise clearly. On the Beats Solo Pro Wireless, there’s a dedicated button for its ANC and transparency mode on the left earcup. The controls for volume, music playback and calls are on the right earcup. To turn the headphones off, you’ll need to fold it. Unfolding it turns it on.

On the Sony WH-1000XM4, there’s also a button that controls its ANC by default. You can customize it via the Sony companion app if you want it to have a different function. The rest of its functions are controlled with gestures since its earcups are touch sensitive.

As for how they sound, the Beats Solo Pro Wireless puts more emphasis on the low and high frequencies with recessed mids. The Sony WH-1000XM4 also has an emphasized bass, but it is not as exaggerated. The mids are not as recessed and the highs are detailed. While sound is subjective, we think that the Sony WH-1000XM4 offers a more pleasant listening experience than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless.

Connectivity

The Beats Solo Pro and the Sony WH-1000XM4 both use Bluetooth 5.0, but only the Sony headphones have Bluetooth multipoint and NFC pairing.

beats solo pro vs sony wh-1000xm4 connectivity
Only the Sony WH-1000XM4 (right) has ear cups that swivel or fold flat.

While both headphones are designed for wireless use, they can still be connected with a cable. The Sony WH-1000XM4 has a more straightforward approach that only needs an analog 3.5mm cable, so you can use pretty much any 3.5mm audio cable that you have. On the other hand, the Beats Solo Pro only has a Lightning port, so you’ll need to buy a costly Lightning to audio adapter/cable to connect it to a wired device.

Wirelessly, the two headphones use Bluetooth 5.0. That said, the Sony WH-1000XM4 does have a couple of features that you won’t get with the Beat Solo Pro—multipoint and NFC pairing. The Sony WH-1000XM4 can be connected to two devices at the same time and it is also capable of NFC pairing. Both are convenient features that gives the Sony headphones an advantage when it comes to user friendliness.

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Battery Life

They have more or less the same battery life when ANC is turned off, however, with ANC on, the Sony WH-1000XM4 has a longer runtime than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless.

beats solo pro vs sony wh-1000xm4 battery life
Both the Beats Solo Pro Wireless (left) and Sony WH-1000XM4 (right) are great fashion cans with their modern and minimalist aesthetic.

When it comes to battery life, the Beats Solo Pro Wireless has the edge when ANC is turned off. It has a battery life of up to 40 hours, while the Sony WH-1000XM4 can last up to 38 hours. However, it’s a different story when ANC is turned on. With ANC on, the Sony WH-1000XM4 can last up to 30 hours, while the Beats Solo Pro Wireless only has a runtime of up to 22 hours.

To fully charge the Beats Solo Pro Wireless, you only need 1 hour and 45 minutes. You can also quick charge it for 10 minutes for 3 hours of playback. The Sony WH-1000XM4, in contrast, needs 3 hours to get it fully charged. Its quick charge feature gives you 5 hours of playback when charged for 10 minutes.

Verdict

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is the overall better wireless ANC headphones.

If you want the better wireless ANC headphones, you should get the Sony WH-1000XM4. Its ANC is still the best in the business, it has Bluetooth multipoint and NFC and it has a longer battery life. That said, the Beats Solo Pro Wireless is still a great pair of headphones if you prefer an on-ear style. While it is not as good as the Sony WH-1000XM4 when it comes to ANC, it still performs very well.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Sony WH-1000XM4 better than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless?

Yes, it is the better pair of headphones when it comes to active noise cancellation, features and connectivity. It also has a longer battery life when ANC is turned on.

๐Ÿ“Œ When was the Sony WH-1000XM4 released?

On August 2020.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Sony WH-1000XM4 good for gaming?

While it will work on a PC and consoles, there are better options since you won’t be able to use its mic when connected to these gaming devices.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Beats Solo Pro noise cancelling?

Yes, one of its features is active noise cancelling.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Carlo Salvador

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