Sony is recently introduced its latest mid-range tag truly wireless earbuds the Sony LinkBuds S. They come with a light weight design with Auto Play, can automatically play music as soon as you put the headphones on or finish a call. Additionally, it is included 5mm dynamic drivers, Active noise cancellation, High-Resolution Audio and intuitive touch controls. The headset also features IPX4 water and sweat resistance with 20hours of listening time. For better audio quality, it come with a Dolby Atmos® and 360degree reality audio.
Price and availability
The Sony LinkBuds S wireless headset come with a Black and white two-color variant. It is price $199.99 at company’s official website electronics.sony.com.
Who should have to buy this headset?
- This headset is beat choice for Music lovers, who want high volume with panchy bass for longer hours.
- It is also best option for sports person with IPX4 water and sweat resistance ratings.
- Also, this headset is great option for gaming enthusiastic.
- USB Type-C charging cable
- Charginge case
- 4 sizes of silicone earbud tips
- User Guide
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What is the design of the Sony LinkBuds S?
In terms of design, the headset come with a quite similar charging case as the Sony WF-1000XM4. The premium design charging case is also similar in size to Apple’s third-generation AirPods. They’re very pocketable with much comfort. Moreover, the case that is made of plastic is shiny, attracts fingerprints and is prone to scratches. The white version gets dirty easily, so I would prefer the Black color. The charging case measures 1.69 x 2.36 x 1.09″ and weighs just 34.86grams. The USB Type-C port is on the back.
The LinkBuds S are designed for both style and environmental consciousness. The earbuds use recycled plastic materials from automobile parts, and the packaging uses no plastic. These feature an in-ear design and also come with medium-sized ear tips pre-installed. However, you can change to bundled Large or Small sized ear tips if you wish. There is a Swift Pair mode makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones with your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC or tablet.
Furthermore, there is microphone for noise cancellation on the back. On the back, there is a touch-sensitive area on the outer surface, to control play/pause, open Google Assistant, attend or disconnect calls and volume control. Additionally, the earphones also have IPX4 water dust and resistance rating to prevent splash, rain, and sweat in everyday use scenarios.
However, approximately 4.8 grams in weight with a compact design, LinkBuds S are smaller and lighter than other noise cancelling earbuds. Despite being the smaller, it fit your ears perfectly so that they don’t fall off your ears easily, even when running or cycling.
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How touch control works of the Sony LinkBuds S?
The touch controls are very simple and reliable. For example, tap on the left earbud to change from Noise Canceling to Ambient Sound and long tap for Quick Attention, or double tap on the right to skip to the next track. Explore default settings customize your functions using the Headphones Connect app.
However, just say “OK Google” or “Alexa” to activate your favorite voice assistant 10 Enjoy the fun, connect with friends, get information, listen to music and instructions, set reminders and more. You can also control the features of your headphones, such as listen to and interact with emails in Microsoft Outlook with your voice 11 to mute, and join Microsoft team meetings using Google Assistant or Siri.9.
|Function||Left earbud||Right earbud|
|One Tap||Switch noise cancelling function and ambient sound mode||Play or Pause music track|
|Two Tap||Quick Access(Require settings with the “Sony headphone connect app”)||To skip the beginning of next track|
|Three Tap||Quick Access(Require settings with the “Sony headphone connect app”)||To skip the beginning of previous track|
|Tap and Hold||Quick Attention mode||Voice assist function(Google/Siri)|
What you can do with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app
When you connect the smartphone with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app installed and the headset via Bluetooth connection, you can do the following.
- Update the headset software
- Change the function of the touch sensor
- Set the Quick Access function
- Set the Bluetooth connection mode (sound quality mode)
- Turn off the headset
- Set the wearing detection automatic music playback pause/resume and power off function
- Assist to determine the optimal earbud tips
- Display the Bluetooth connection status between left or right units of the headset and the smartphone
- Display the DSEE Extreme (completion for high-range sound) function setting status
- Select the Equalizer/CLEAR BASS setting
- Customize the Equalizer setting
- Adjust the noise cancelling function and Ambient Sound Mode (ambient sound control)
- Select the switching pattern when changing the noise cancelling function/Ambient Sound Mode on the headset
- Use auto adjustment of the noise cancelling function by behavior recognition (Adaptive Sound Control)
- Enable/disable the automatic audio detection for Speak-to-Chat and set it up
- Adjust the volume during music playback/phone call
- Set the 360 Reality Audio function
What is the sound quality of the Sony LinkBuds S?
The Sony LinkBuds S wireless headset come with a newly developed 5mm driver unit. Which featuring a high-compliance diaphragm, helps keep the LinkBuds S small. While driving your music with rich low frequency deeper bass and an overall balanced sound. Moreover, Sony’s Integrated Processor V1 improves noise cancellation, enhances sound quality, and reduces distortion.
However, LinkBuds S support Google’s Fast Pair feature. Means, you can easily find your missing headphones by sound or check their last known location in Google’s Find My Device app on your smartphone. In addition, they come with an advanced Dolby Atmos® experience and 360 Spatial Sound. When LinkBuds are paired with your BRAVIA XR TV using the WLA-NS7 wireless transmitter.
In addition, LinkBuds S supports high-resolution audio wireless by transmitting almost three times more data than traditional Bluetooth audio with LDAC audio coding technology. Also, the DSEE Extreme Upscale compressed digital music files and restore high-quality sound lost in compression.
How Good is the Active noise cancellation feature?
Regarding the Noise cancellation, LinkBuds S offer premium noise cancelling to help you focus on your favorite playlist or podcast. The headset is switch seamlessly between superlative noise cancelling and natural ambient sound. Smart features and settings learn from your behavior and automatically adjust sound settings to provide the right sound for the moment.
Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that understands where you are and what you are doing, then adjusts the surrounding sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Over time, it learns your behavior and identifies places you visit frequently, such as your workplace or favorite cafe, and adapts to the situation.
Moreover, with Auto Play, LinkBuds S can automatically play music as soon as you put the headphones on or finish a call. Settings can also trigger music to match your behavior, such as a mood-changing walk or a post-meeting focus track.
How good is the Sony LinkBuds S for calls?
You can make crystal clear calls and listen to high-quality music – even in windy or noisy environments. AI based noise reduction algorithm isolates your voice and keeps conversations crisp. Also, these earbuds give you the best of both worlds – natural ambient sound when you want to interact with your world, so you can have a conversation or be aware of your surroundings.
However, the Voice pickup technology and Speak-to-Chat automatically pause the music as soon as you speak to someone. So you can conduct a conversation – handy if you want to keep your headphones on or your hands are full. And once your chat is over, your music starts playing again automatically.8
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How good is the connectivity option?
The LinkBuds S wireless earbud come with a latest Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connection with 32.81 feet effective range. You need to download app via Play-store and connect with other devices like PCs, smartphone and TVs. Moreover, Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones with your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC or tablet. Pop-up pairing guidance appears on nearby Windows 11 or Windows 10 devices when pairing mode is selected.
The headset support SBC/AAC and most advance LDAC audio codec. However, if you have an iPhone, for example, than your device doesn’t support LDAC files. The AAC codec is included only for iOS devices. And there are only a few streaming services that support 360 Reality Audio tracks, with Amazon Music Unlimited and Tidal being the two most popular.
The headset has proximity sensor that can sense when they’re in the ear and automatically pause the music when taken out and resume when you put back. As we discuss earlier, with Google fast pair, you can easily find your missing headphones by sound or check their last known location in Google’s Find My Device app on your smartphone.
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How long does the battery last?
The LinkBuds S wireless earbud come with up to 6 hours of battery from your headphones and store another 14 hours in the case. Which means you get total 20 hours of listening time with single charge. Surprisingly, just a 5-minute quick charge gives you up to 60 minutes of play time. Also, the Sony | Headphones Connect app will notify you when your charging case drops below 30%.
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Not to complain about Sony LinkBuds S is nothing terrible. Moreover, these are excellent wireless earbuds that sound good, have solid active sound-cancelling capabilities and have many features that you can choose to take advantage of. The biggest problem with LinkBuds S is that they are not very cheap. Given the frequent discounts close to the LinkBuds S price on Sony’s best WF-1000XM4, it’s probably the best option for most people.
What is some alternative to the Sony LinkBuds S?
Samsung Buds live is a perfect alternative to the Sony LinkBuds S earbud. It come with an iconic shape and ergonomic design, a fit that lets in your natural surroundings, and a speaker optimized for a better experience. This is sound made for your ears. Additionally, it come with a 12mm speakers, Active Noise Cancellation, Bixby voice wake up, total six mic, 65 mAh battery capacity and also Bluetooth connectivity.
However, if you want to save money than consider buying Audio-Technica ATH-SQ1TW. The headset come with a lightweight design, Bluetooth 5.0, Low latency, Hear through mode, support fast pair, IPX4 water and splash proof, and much more. Additionally, it is include 5.8mm drivers, total 19.5 battery capacity and flexible touch controls.
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Comparison between Sony LinkBuds S vs Sony WF-1000XM4
|Functions||Sony LinkBuds S||Sony WF-1000XM4|
|Battery charge time||2.0 hours||1.5 hours|
|Battery life||Max. 3.5 hrs (NC On) / Max. 3.5 hrs (NC Off)||Max. 5.5 hrs (NC On) / Max. 6.0 hrs (NC Off)|
|Ambient sound mode||Yes||Yes|
|Color||Cream, White, Black||Silver, Black|