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Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro vs Sony WF 1000XM4 (2022): Which TWS Earbuds Should You Buy?

The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro are Anker’s top of the line earbuds that pack in every feature that you’ll want, but at a price that undermines the competition. Naturally, we’ll want to compare them to other brands’ more expensive top of the line offerings, and we’ll do so by comparing them to the current king of ANC earbuds—the Sony WF-1000XM4. In this Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro review, we’ll be taking a look at how they stack up against the Sony WF-1000XM4s in terms of build quality, features, battery life and more importantly, sound.

Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro vs Sony WF 1000XM4 Comparison Chart

ModelSoundcore by Anker Liberty 3 Pro Sony WF 1000XM4
 
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Case Dimensions2.8 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches2.4 x 1.5 x 1.1 inches
IP RatingIPX4IPX4
ANCYesYes
Ambient ModeYesYes
Single Earbud UseBothBoth
Bluetooth Version5.25.2
Bluetooth CodecsSBC, AAC, LDACSBC, AAC, LDAC
Battery Life8 hours
32 hours (with case)
8 hours
24 hours (with case)
Charging Time2 hours
15 minutes quick charge – 3 hours playback
Supports Qi wireless
1.5 hours
5 minutes quick charge – 1 hour playback
Supports Qi wireless
Accessories Included4x ear tips
4x stability fins
USB-C to USB-A charging cable
3x ear tips
USB-C to USB-A charging cable
Color OptionsMidnight Black, Frost White, Fog Gray, Dusk PurpleBlack, Silver

Build Quality and Design

Both are well built, but the Soundcore by Anker Liberty 3 Pro come with more accessories than the Sony WF-1000XM4.

soundcore liberty 3 pro vs sony wf 1000xm4 build quality and design
The cases of the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro (left) and Sony WF-1000XM4 (right) are thin enough to be pocketable.

The Soundcore Liberty Pro 3 and the Sony WF-1000XM4 are both well built. Even though they are made with plastic, they are sturdy enough that they can be dropped from a considerable distance and survive without any damage. The cases are solidly built as well, with the Sony WF-1000XM4 having a more premium feel to it. Both are pocketable since they are thin enough, with the Soundcore Liberty Pro 3 case measuring 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches and the Sony WF-1000XM4 at 2.4 x 1.5 x 1.1 inches.

These earbuds can be used outdoors or in the gym since they have an IPX4 rating. IPX4 means that they are water resistant, so you can use them outside even when it’s raining and inside the gym, where they are guaranteed to have sweat on them. In terms of build quality, these two are quite good.

Comfort-wise, both earbuds are on the bulky side, so they will stick out from your ear. That said, they are still comfortable to wear and both manufacturers provide enough tips to ensure that you’ll get a good fit. The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a bit of an advantage here since they are designed with stability fins.

You can get the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro in four colors—Midnight Black, Frost White, Fog Gray, Dusk Purple, while the Sony WF-1000XM4 can be purchased in either black or silver.

Features

The Soundcore by Anker Liberty 3 Pro have more features, but Sony’s implementation of ANC is better.

soundcore liberty 3 pro vs sony wf 1000xm4 features
Both the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro (left) and Sony WF-1000XM4 (right) have ANC, but the latter have a much better implementation and performance.

The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM4 are feature-rich, with both of them having ANC, ambient modes and touch controls. Their companion apps also provide customizations and settings adjustment such as remapping controls, EQ adjustments and 3D audio. Both earbuds support 3D audio for a more immersive listening experience, however, it’s important to note that you’ll need to subscribe to Sony’s service to get access to this feature while the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro’s is free.

As for ANC performance, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro’s HearID noise cancelling is a personalized ANC that detects your ear pressure and environment to adjust itself accordingly. This is excellent in theory, but in actual performance, the Sony WF-1000XM4’s implementation of ANC is still miles better. The XM4s are more effective in cancelling noise, especially in the low frequencies.

When it comes to connectivity, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM4 both have Bluetooth 5.2. They also support the same Bluetooth codecs—LDAC, SBC and AAC. However, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have Bluetooth Multipoint, while the Sony WF-1000XM4 do not. You can still connect the XM4s to multiple devices, but not simultaneously.

Sound

The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a V-shaped sound while the Sony WF-1000XM4 have a warm sound profile.

soundcore liberty 3 pro vs sony wf 1000xm4 sound
Both the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4 support Sony’s proprietary LDAC codec.

These earbuds offer a vastly different listening experience because of their sound profiles. The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have a V-shaped sound where the bass and treble are elevated while the mids are recessed. This basically means that the bass and trebles are emphasized in the mix for a fun sound, but vocals and other instruments are pushed back in the mix and seem slightly distant. The problem here is that the bass can be a bit too much and it can bleed into the mids, resulting in a slightly muddy sound.

Meanwhile, the Sony WF-1000XM4 have a warmer sound profile that may be lacking in details in the higher frequency. The bass is boosted on the Sony WF-1000XM4 as well, but not as much as the Liberty 3 Pros. The mids are slightly more forward but the highs are quite recessed. Recessed highs means that the overall sound of the Sony WF-1000XM4 is not as airy and sparkly as the Liberty 3 Pros.

Which pair sounds better will depend on your preference. Out of the box, we like the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro’s sound better. Fortunately, you can EQ both of them to adjust their sound to your liking.

Battery and Charging

You get better battery life with the Sony WF-1000XM4 than the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro despite their advertised battery performance.

soundcore liberty 3 pro vs sony wf 1000xm4 battery and charging
Both the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro (left) and Sony WF-1000XM4 (right) support wired and Qi wireless charging.

The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro have an advertised battery life of up to eight hours, and the charging case holds three additional charges for a total of up to 32 hours. Unfortunately, this advertised battery life is a bit misleading as they can last between five and seven hours depending on how you use them (ANC on vs ANC off).

On the other hand, the Sony WF-1000XM4 have a battery life of up to eight hours, and the case provides two more charges. The Sony WF-1000XM4’s advertised battery life is a bit on the conservative side since we found them to last well over eight hours even when used with ANC. In terms of battery life, the Sony WF-1000XM4 definitely have the advantage over the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro.

It takes roughly the same amount of time to fully charge both the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4, at one and a half hours. They have USB-C ports for charging and they can be charged wirelessly with a Qi wireless charging mat.

Verdict

The Sony WF-1000XM4 have better ANC performance, but out of the box, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro sound better.

Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro

Better sound and more features

Sony WF-1000XM4

Better ANC and battery performance

The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro are excellent value oriented TWS earbuds. They sound good enough and they are quite feature-packed for the price. If you are looking to get a pair of noise cancelling earbuds but you don’t want to spend too much money, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro are an excellent choice.

However, if you want better ANC performance, the Sony WF-1000XM4 are still the top performers. They are more expensive than the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, but they are worth it if you are looking for superior ANC and battery performance. The sound quality out of the box is not the best, but fortunately, you can EQ them using the companion Sony Headphones Connect app.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Do the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro support Dolby Atmos?

They have 3D audio that you can enable, but they don’t support Dolby Atmos.

๐Ÿ“Œ What is the difference between Sony WF-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM4?

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are true wireless earbuds while the Sony WH-1000XM4 are wireless over-ear headphones. You can read more about the WH-1000XM4 here, and see how they compare to Sony’s latest WH-1000XM5.

๐Ÿ“Œ Are the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro water resistant?

Yes, they have an IPX4 rating, meaning that they are splashproof.

๐Ÿ“Œ Do the Sony WF-1000XM4 stay in your ear?

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are quite bulky and they will stick out from your ear, but they will stay there if you can get a proper fit with the included ear tips.

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Carlo Salvador

Senior Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about fitness, gaming and music.