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Sony claims that the “LinkBuds S are smaller and lighter than other noise canceling headphones”.
Seemingly in line with the open-design LinkBuds released earlier this year, the LinkBuds S feature a more traditional design of truly wireless noise-canceling headphones. Odd branding aside, if Sony’s claims are true, these might be the most comfortable headphones around.
The outstanding feature of the LinkBuds S is its ultra-compact and lightweight design. Weighing just 4.8 grams, Sony claims the headphones are smaller and lighter than other noise canceling headphones. The buds and case are available in black and white, and the buds are IPX4 water resistant against splashes and sweat.
Pairing with Android devices and Windows computers is quick and easy using the Google Fast Pair or Swift Pair pop-up window on Windows 11 or Windows 10. Google’s Find My Device app can help you find headphones misplaced, by emitting a sound or by displaying the last known. location.
A newly developed 5mm driver and high-conformance diaphragm deliver rich, premium low-frequency sound from a small device. Sony’s built-in processor V1 powers noise cancellation, improving sound quality and reducing distortion. Microphones are also included, with AI-based noise reduction algorithms, isolating your voice and ensuring crystal clear calls even in windy or noisy environments.
The LinkBuds S also support High-Resolution Wireless Audio, which sends three times more data than conventional Bluetooth audio using LDAC audio coding technology. Like Sony’s flagship over-ear headphones, DSEE Extreme converts compressed digital music files to restore the high-end sound lost during compression. 360 Reality Audio, as well as Dolby Atmos and 360 Spatial Sound when paired with a BRAVIA XR TV using the WLA-NS7 Wireless Transmitter, are available for immersive sound.
LinkBuds S come with premium noise cancellation to eliminate noise around you, as well as a natural ambient sound mode, allowing you to have conversations or be aware of your surroundings. Whether you’re in the office or the coffee shop, Adaptive Sound Control learns from your behavior, detecting where you are and what you’re doing to automatically adjust sound settings and deliver the right sound for the moment. Speak-to-Chat uses voice pickup technology to automatically pause music while you speak. Once you’re done, the music will start again automatically.
Using proximity sensors, the LinkBuds S support autoplay to automatically start music playback when the earbuds are placed in the ears or when you end a call, then stop when removed . The headphones trigger music based on your behavior, like a mood-changing walk or a tune-up track after a meeting. Resume Spotify music playback (via Spotify Tap) or Endel custom soundscapes with Quick Access.
Reading, noise/ambient sound cancellation and quick attention can also be controlled via touch. Touch controls are customizable in the Headphones Connect app. Voice control is also available through Google Assistant and Alexa on supported devices, allowing you to listen to music and notifications, get information, set reminders, control noise cancellation, and more.
Battery life is decent, with 6 hours of playback on a single charge with ANC on, plus an additional 14 hours in the case. A 5-minute quick charge equals 60 minutes of music. The USB-C charging cable is included in the box, along with 4 sizes of silicone tips.
- Audio always on and automated no matter what world you’re in
- High quality noise cancellation and natural ambient sound
- Immersive sound quality with built-in processor V1
- Ultra-clear call quality allows the sound to be clear
- Listen all day, charge in minutes2
- IPX4 water resistant for everyday use1
- LinkBuds S feature intuitive touch control settings
- Speak and hear only ambient sound
- Instant break. Instant play.
Find the LinkBuds S on Amazon for $198 or the original LinkBuds for $178.