Upon hitting the market earlier this year, Sony’s LinkBuds garnered quite a reaction from the public as a result of the earphones’ unique, open-ring design. Now, a week removed from unveiling its high-end XM5 over-ears, the tech giant has unveiled its new LinkBuds S, standing up to the modern-day expectations of most top-tier earbuds.
A pair of 5mm drivers are packed into these bewilderingly tiny buds, guaranteeing a bassy punch and ultra-crisp vocals that would even make an audiophile happy. One significant difference between this release and the initial pair of LinkBuds is its lack of an open driver, which Sony has made up for by implementing a Transparency listening mode for letting in the world around you. The earphones also provide exceptional call quality thanks to their Advanced Voice Signal Processing, allowing you to get the most out of all listening experiences, not just your favorite music.
The buds offer adaptive sound control to balance whatever you’re listening to with the world around you, in addition to immaculate noise cancellation and distortion-reduction thanks to Sony’s proprietary Processor V1. Lastly, the IPX4-rated buds are sure to last you quite some time, boasting up to 20 hours of battery life when you account for their convenient charging case.
If you’re in the market for a comfortable pair of quality earbuds, then Sony’s latest release might be the best choice. The LinkBuds S are set to release on May 20, but you can pre-order a pair today on Amazon for $198.