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Sony WI-1000X
Google Pixel Buds
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Sony WI-1000X vs Google Pixel Buds

Analysis:

The Sony WI-1000X is an example of a great Canal Earphone at its $210 budget.

In the case of the Google Pixel Buds, however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

The Sony WI-1000X was loved by reviewers at SoundGuys, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "Best noise cancelling earbuds" roundup where it was named its "Best features", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

As for the Google Pixel Buds, it was really well-received by reviewers at Tom's Guide, a reliable source that's known for conducting its own, high-quality, in-depth testing. It performed great in its "Best wireless earbuds for 2020" roundup and was named its "Smart buds with excellent Google integration", which, on its own, makes it a product that warrants a closer look.

When we thoroughly analyzed their review scores, we learned that all of the sources that tested both Canal Earphones, including What Hi-Fi?, hardwarezone.com.sg, Pocket-lint, PCmag, Techradar, and Rtings, preferred the Sony WI-1000X over the Google Pixel Buds.

We also took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most. The Sony WI-1000X was liked best by What Hi-Fi?, which gave it a score of 10, while the Google Pixel Buds got its highest, 9, score from Android Central.

Lastly, in order to better compare them to their competition, we averaged out their review scores and found that the Sony WI-1000X got received considerably better than the majority of other Canal Earphones - it earned an average of 8.5 out of 10 points, compared to the 7.4 overall rating of other Canal Earphones - while the Google Pixel Buds performed worse than most of its competitors, with its average review score of 6.3.

It's worth keeping in mind, however, that a direct Sony WI-1000X vs. Google Pixel Buds comparison might not be realistic since they're priced differently and some sources have a tendency to review more expensive products better than cheaper ones.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
SoundGuys
Rtings
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
PCmag
CNET
Tom's Guide
hardwarezone.com.sg
Android Authority
What Hi-Fi?
Techradar
Tech. Specs Comparison
Sony WI-1000X
$148
Google Pixel Buds
Higher than average expert review score
7.4
Overall Avg. for Canal Earphones
8.5
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best noise cancelling earbuds” 
Last updated: 9 days ago
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “What are the best noise cancelling earbuds?” 
Last updated: 3 Mar 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #9 out of 10
in “The best Sony headphones 2020: 10 models to appeal to your inner audiophile ” 
Last updated: 14 Jul 2020
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 7.6 out of 10
in “The Best Bluetooth LDAC Headphones of 2020” 
Last updated: 21 Aug 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones” 
Last updated: 20 Aug 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Smart buds with excellent Google integration
in “Best wireless earbuds for 2020” 
Last updated: 9 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Wireless Headphones for the Google Pixel 2” 
Last updated: 30 Jun 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 10
in “The 10 best Google products you can buy” 
Last updated: 10 Aug 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Accessories in 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Aug 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Accessories for Daydream” 
Last updated: 13 May 2017

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