Last week, Sony released the most anticipated noise-canceling headphone, the WH-1000XM5. And recently, Sony released another noise-canceling headphone. But this time it’s a true wireless noise-canceling earbud – meet the Sony LinkBuds S. I would describe this one as a complete opposite of the “open-back” LinkBuds released earlier this year. Unlike its predecessor, the LinkBuds S features active noise canceling, but I don’t believe it is on the same level as the WF-1000XM4 when it comes to audio quality. Check out the rest of its features, pricing, and where to buy from the official news release below.
Sony Electronics Introduces Additional Model to LinkBuds Series, a New Frontier for Headphones – LinkBuds S
Sony Electronics Inc. today announced their newest addition to the LinkBuds series: LinkBuds S. The latest model empowers a new sound experience through Sony’s sensing technology and partner collaboration while retaining a “Never Off” wearing experience perfect for staying connected to online and offline worlds due to their ultra-small and lightweight design with natural ambient sound.
By leveraging sensor and spatial sound technology, they deliver new and immersive sound for AR games such as Niantic’s game Ingress, for consumers looking for new options for entertainment beyond music and calls. The model also makes music listening easier than ever with a new and unique “Auto Play” feature. By detecting the listener’s environment, such as wearing LinkBuds S, the feature enables their music to play automatically, delivered accordingly to their activity.
LinkBuds S is perfect for streaming content all day long. Consumers can enjoy music, video, or social media content just as the creator intended with Sony’s highly acclaimed noise-canceling technology and high-resolution capability.
The world‘s smallest and lightest, noise-canceling, Hi-Res Truly wireless headphones
Sony Electronics has engineered these remarkably small and lightweight truly wireless headphones with comfort in mind. LinkBuds S combines a shape that matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit to avoid discomfort in the ear that gets in the way of entertainment.
Adaptive Sound Control and Auto Play for seamless music listening
LinkBuds S provides music listeners with the best of both worlds. These headphones combine the LinkBuds’ innovative ambient sound concept that lets the listener interact with the world around them, with high-quality noise-canceling technology allowing them to focus on the content they love and nothing else. Consumers can step into a coffee shop and quickly order with ease, then just as quickly sit back and enjoy their favorite entertainment distraction-free.
Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that senses the user’s activity, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal experience. With Auto Play, LinkBuds S can automatically play music as soon as the headphones are put on or end a call, auto-triggering music to play based on behavior, such as going on a mood-boosting walk.
Auto Play automatically delivers music and audio notifications right when a listener needs them. Headphone sensors work with a unique algorithm that analyzes activity. For instance, when the listener was wearing headphones earlier or is on the move after finishing a call, the headphones will resume music from Spotify or soundscapes from Endel based on pre-sets configured by the user Additionally, audio notifications can be read aloud without pausing music.
A new sound experience for AR gaming
Sony is collaborating with its partner company Niantic in the area of audio AR by developing an AR game that can be enjoyed both visually and audibly. When playing the game “Ingress” using LinkBuds S, the sensor and spatial sound technology enable players to enjoy a new experience with sound delivered according to the direction they are facing.
Crystal clear calls
Making a call on a noisy street or on a windy day has never been easier with LinkBuds S, thanks to Sony’s Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls the microphones on both earbuds and with the use of a mesh structure around the microphones. Consumers can enjoy crystal clear conversations, letting them catch up with colleagues and friends no matter where they are.
Immersive sound, authentic music
LinkBuds S create immersive sound and authentic reproduction, so users can enjoy their music, video, or social media content just as the creator intended.
With the help of a new 5mm driver unit, these small earbuds pack a punch, producing powerful bass and stunningly clear vocals despite their size, bringing out the best in whatever genre of entertainment you choose. Sony’s Integrated Processor V1 improves noise canceling, enhances sound quality, and reduces distortion with less power for distraction-free listening perfect for busy commutes.
These new headphones also allow the listener to experience High-Resolution Audio Wireless, thanks to Sony’s industry-adopted audio coding technology, LDAC. All music will be restored back to high range sound with the use of DSEE Extreme™ that upscales digital music files in real-time, allowing the listener to appreciate all the fine details the artist recorded into their most-loved tracks.
Effortless hands-free control
Life should be full of interactions, so with the help of Speak-to-Chat, based on precise Voice Pickup technology, music will automatically pause when the user needs to speak to someone, making it easier than ever to have a conversation when their hands are full.
These new headphones are also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, helping with everyday tasks for hands-free help on the go. Users can connect with friends and family, get information, listen to music, set reminders, and more, just say “Ok Google” or “Alexa” to activate their preferred voice assistant.
Full control with just a few taps
Thanks to the intuitive touch sensor control panel, consumers can change their sound settings, activate Quick Attention, and even resume Spotify music playback or Endel with just a few taps on the earbuds. Endel creates personalized soundscapes that give the body and mind what they each need to achieve better focus, relaxation, or sleep while enjoying total sonic immersion.
Easy Bluetooth Pairing with Fast & Swift Pair
LinkBuds S support Google’s new Fast Pair feature where users can pair the headphones with their Android device quickly and easily. Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair headphones to Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptops, desktop PCs, or tablets via Bluetooth®. If there are multiple devices to connect, it is simple to automatically switch to a new device with just a tap of the play button.
Next generation Bluetooth audio
These earbuds are ready for LE Audio next generation Bluetooth audio that enables ultra-low latency that is ideal for gaming.
Made with the environment in mind
LinkBuds S aren’t only designed to be slick and stylish, but also with the environment in mind. Like the rest of the LinkBuds series, all packaging on the headphones is plastic-free and the headphones use recycled materials from automobile parts reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their products.
Stay connected with others with long battery life
Sony understands how important it is for audiences to enjoy their favorite content on their smartphone without anything getting in the way of their listening experience. Therefore, Sony has packed LinkBuds S with a full working day of charge, up to 6 hours with noise canceling from the headphones, and storing another 14 hours in the stylish, compact charging case. Even when in a rush, just a 5-minute quick charge offers up to 60 minutes of playtime.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony LinkBuds S has a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available for purchase starting May 20, 2022, or for pre-order today in color options White or Black at Amazon.com here.