Sony LinkBuds S review

Sony has recently launched the LinkBuds S, an all-new version of their innovatively designed LinkBuds open earbuds, but with an absolutely different look and plenty more functionality.

These buds have active noise cancellation (ANC) and several of Sony’s proprietary technologies, including 360 Reality Audio, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) Extreme, LDAC, and Headphones Connect app support. Some experimental features, like, stronger mics, and more third-party app support also come part of the package.

Price: $199

Colors: Black, White

Battery life (rated): 6 hours (ANC on); 9 hours (ANC off); 20 hours (with charging case)

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2

Water resistance: Yes (IPX5 rated)

Size: 1.69 x 2.36 x 1.09 inches (charging case)

Weight: 0.17 ounces (per bud); 1.23 ounces (charging case)

The Sony LinkBuds S can be purchased for $199 at major online retailers (e.g., Amazon(opens in new tab), Best Buy(opens in new tab)) or directly from Sony. Two colors are sold: Black and White. In the box there are a charging case, USB-C charging cable, four sets of different sized tips, an instruction manual, a warranty, and a free trial to Sony’s 360 Reality Audio platform.

These buds are more affordable than other models like the AirPods Pro ($249), Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 ($249), and Sony’s flagship entry, the WF-1000XM4 ($279). They come in at a higher price point also than the original LinkBuds ($179) and other mid-range gems like the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro ($99).