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Sony WF-1000X (2017)
Adidas FWD-01
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Sony WF-1000X (2017) vs Adidas FWD-01

Analysis:

The Sony WF-1000X (2017) is an example of a great Canal Earphone at its $100 budget.

In the case of the Adidas FWD-01, however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

The Sony WF-1000X (2017) was loved by reviewers at SoundGuys, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "Best audio products at IFA 2017: our top five" roundup where it was named its "Best wireless earbuds", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

As for our analysis of the Adidas FWD-01 - it's considered to be a great product by two reliable sources that do their own hands-on testing - it earned the "Best near-wireless headphones for the gym" award from Good Housekeeping and "Ranked 2 out of 10" from The Independent, which is no small feat.

When we thoroughly analyzed their review scores, we learned that all of the sources that tested both Canal Earphones, including TrustedReviews and PCmag, preferred the Sony WF-1000X (2017) over the Adidas FWD-01.

We also took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most. The Sony WF-1000X (2017) was liked best by What Hi-Fi?, which gave it a score of 10, while the Adidas FWD-01 got its highest, 8, score from TrustedReviews.

Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Sony WF-1000X (2017), with its 7.7 average, performed considerably better than most Canal Earphones - the mean score for the product category being 7.4 out of 10 - while the Adidas FWD-01 managed an average of 7.0.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Sony WF-1000X (2017) vs. Adidas FWD-01 review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
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SoundGuys
Tom's Guide
Rtings
CNET
PCmag
reviewgeek.com
Technically Well
What Hi-Fi?
TrustedReviews
Macworld
Tech. Specs Comparison
Sony WF-1000X (2017)
$79
Adidas FWD-01
Has average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.4
Overall Avg. for Canal Earphones
7.0
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best wireless earbuds
in “Best audio products at IFA 2017: our top five” 
Last updated: 7 Sep 2017
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.5 out of 10
in “The best Sony headphones in 2021” 
Last updated: 26 May 2021

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