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LinkBuds S: Sony launches new True Wireless Earbuds

Kevin Hofer
18.05.2022

Sony expands the headphone family of the same name with the LinkBuds S. They come with active noise cancelling as an inexpensive alternative to the high-end model WF-1000XM4.

The LinkBuds S are a new product from Sony. They belong to the family of the same name, which was introduced this year with the LinkBuds. Unlike them - which are open so you're aware of your surroundings - the LinkBuds S have active noise canceling. The "S" stands for silent.

Sony Linkbuds S (ANC, 9 h, Wireless, True Wireless)
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Sony Linkbuds S

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Sony Linkbuds S (ANC, 6 h, Wireless, True Wireless)
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Sony Linkbuds S

ANC, 6 h, Wireless, True Wireless

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Sony Linkbuds S (ANC, 6 h, Wireless, True Wireless)
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Sony Linkbuds S

ANC, 6 h, Wireless, True Wireless

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The LinkBuds S are currently the world's smallest and lightest true-wireless headphones, according to Sony, with support for active noise canceling and High Resolution Audio Wireless. They are priced and feature-wise below the high-end WF-1000XM4 model. According to Sony, they are comparable to its predecessor, the WF-1000XM3 - simply smaller and lighter. This will no longer be produced in the future.

Here are the most important specs of Sony's new in-ear:

  • Battery life: 6h with ANC, 9h without.
  • Additional runtime with case: 14h (+ quick charge function with which the earpieces should run for an hour with five minutes * charging)
  • Weight per earpiece: 4.8 grams
  • Driver: 5 millimeters
  • Protection class: IPX4 (splash-proof)
  • Headphone type: Closed in-ear headphones
  • Attachments: 4 sizes
  • Controls: Touch
  • Modes: Active Noise Canceling and Ambient Sound Mode.
  • Functions: Speak-to-Chat (wear recognition)
  • Bluetooth: Version 5.2, Codec AAC, SBC and LDAC
  • Bluetooth sharing: Fast Pair Android
  • Voice assistants: Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

    I describe my first impressions of the LinkBuds S in the video above. The detailed review will follow in two weeks.

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