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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 143 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony almost created something too good!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    So if you were a fan of the xm4s and loved the sonund but wished they could have been a little less thick or less fat...this is the answered prayer to that request. The Linkbuds S gives you the lightest and smallest High Res audio earphone in the world. They sit in your ears very well and even flat enough to lay down in them. The sound quality with EQ abilities gives you the same options you have wirh the Xm4s. Some say a little better balance is heard in these vs the xm4 but I dont hear enough difference to truly believe I. would look back and miss either one and that's big for this model as it is cheaper. In fact, the only thing I would say might bother some is the lack of wireless charging and maybe a few hours less on total battery life. Personally anything over 5+6 hours is good and anything over that is just icing on the cake. Other than that you got the hear through options and touch controls like tje xm4s as well. But the biggest plus and shock is how much better these are vs any other earphone on the market at taking phone calls. The voice quality is at the top of the market for earphone. Sony truly worked its magic with the microphone array on this earphone. These things are even better than brands like Jabra which is sayjng a lot. So buy with the confidence that you truly have a true All arounder.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Methos, Thank you for the awesome review! We're thrilled you like the light and compact design, comfortable fit, excellent sound quality, built-in EQ using the Sony Headphones Connect app, and crystal clear voice quality of your new Sony Linkbuds S. We also appreciate your feedback about the lack of wireless charging. And to ensure optimal battery performance, please refer to the link below:
      https://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/linkbudss/v1/en/contents/TP1000541590.html
      The LinkBuds S provide crystal clear calls with our Precise Voice Pickup technology. Sony’s V1 Processor provides a well-balanced and high-quality sound for an authentic listening experience. The LinkBuds feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Volume Control adjusting the volume to the environment around you and a battery life is 5.5 hours and up to 17.5 hours with the charging case. Thank you for choosing Sony! -Sam Sony_US

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    You should get more for the price point.

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Great set of earbuds. I have really small ears so it's hard for me to find buds that actually fit, these do. These are extremely light buds and have great sound. Noise cancellation is top-notch once again from Sony. Accompanying software UI could be a little bit better. For the price point though, I think you should have a wireless charging case; these don't. I also think that you should be able to connect to multiple devices. Connectivity can sometimes be lacking especially if you're in a high populated area I've noticed the connection isn't as stable. Other than that, sound quality and comfort are a+.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Ez5118,

      Thank you so much for your review!

      We are thrilled that you are satisfied with the exceptional sound quality, very comfortable fit, lightweight design, and superb noise canceling feature of the LinkBuds S. We truly appreciate your feedback with the interface of our Sony Headphones Connect app. We are sorry if the charging case of these headphones doesn't support wireless chargers. We are also sorry if you are having a connectivity issue when using them in a highly populated area.

      For connection with multiple devices, unfortunately, the LinkBuds S do not support Multipoint Connection, but it can be paired with multiple devices (up to 8)—though it can play audio from only 1 paired device at a time.

      And for your connection issue, some of these problems can be fixed by following the troubleshooting steps on these articles:
      https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/wireless-headphones-bluetooth-headphones/linkbuds-s/articles/00232102
      https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/wireless-headphones-bluetooth-headphones/linkbuds-s/articles/00278106

      With LinkBuds S, you’re always connected to your everyday worlds. Ultra-small and light, they can be worn comfortably around the clock, keeping you in touch with people and places. LinkBuds S switches automatically to optimized ambient sound or high-quality noise canceling for listening without distractions.

      Should you need more information/technical assistance with our product, you can always contact us and we'll be more than happy to assist you. You may send us an email at socialsupport@am.sony.com with the following:

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      Thank you so much for your purchase and for choosing Sony!

      - Romeo Sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great IEMs, would recommend

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Great headphones, comparing to the xm4s, very similar sound quality but that's where the similarities end, these are VERY comfortable and fit super well, along with being super light whenever I go for a run or go to the gym, these stay in and I never have to push them to make sure they sit right, noise cancelling is amazing as well. Another pro is the price difference from something like the xm4s. I also really like the case and has an above average battery life. They're also fairly small and don't go too far out of my ear so they aren't super uncomfortable if I'm laying down on my side listening to music. Only cons I can think of is that the case doesn't have wireless charging, which is fine since I only need to charge it maybe once a week. Although I don't prefer spending $200 on headphones, getting these on sale would be amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Benjamin, Thanks for the outstanding feedback! We're extremely pleased to hear you are enjoying the superb audio quality and you like the overall fit of your LinkBuds S. Glad to know these are very comfortable and perfect for your lifestyle. Stay connected with Sony's LinkBuds S wireless earbuds. With optimized ambient sound and noise cancellation, the LinkBuds S are small and light for all-day wear. Thank you so much for the recommendation and for choosing Sony! -Jess Sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A home run for Sony

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    I am a big fan and this says alot from an audiophile with ober 900 completed audiobooks on audible. I have purchased true wireless since they first cam out (the early Eating brand) and have stayed current on the technology owning over twenty pairs of all brands. Currently the two Sony buds as soon in the photo are my exclusives. Just all around a perfect bud. Before the 500s came out (also a great bud) I never purchased songs industry leading ANC buds because they looked ugly as heck. They have changed thay an created a beautiful bud.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi ClarksvilleTNBlev,

      You made the right choice with the Sony LinkBuds S! We're thrilled that you like the design of the headphones. With LinkBuds S, you're always connected to your everyday worlds. Ultra-small and light, they can be worn comfortably around the clock, keeping you in touch with people and places. LinkBuds S switches automatically to optimized ambient sound or high-quality noise canceling for listening without distractions. Thanks for choosing Sony!

      -Ralph Sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Ayo, Sony Dubs

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    Real deal. These are way better than the flex tip beats. Which I bought initially but exchanged for these. ANC insane, super light, and color way is great. Workout no issues sweat proof and doesn't fall off.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi GildelPNW, We're delighted to hear you are enjoying the all-new Sony LinkBuds S and you like the incredible audio quality, especially the bass sound and distinct separation in the mids and highs on these earbuds. With optimized ambient sound and noise cancellation, the LinkBuds S are small and light for all-day wear. Sony’s Integrated Processor V1 improves noise cancellation, enhances sound quality, and reduces distortion. Plus, you can get 6 hour long battery with noise canceling, IPX4 water resistance, and with Quick Access, you can configure these wireless earbuds to resume Spotify music playback or Endel personalized soundscapes with two or three taps – no need to touch your smartphone. Thank you so much for choosing Sony! -Craig Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Sound quality, Use with apps

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Mid-Range Buds! Too expensive @ $200 though

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    Sony LinkBuds S are a step in the right direction for Sony. They are a solid mid-range set of buds, light in the hand but feel well made (I wouldn't say feel premium, just ok) but regardless of this and the lack of wireless charging or multipoint connection (neither of which I care about) the SOUND is great. Subjective? of course... but even the novice mainstream music listener can appreciate these set of buds. They are not for everyone, but the small form factor, good Sony Headphones Connect App and very good sound are an easy recommendation at say... $150-$175 max. They are not $200 worthy, but as a Sony fan and Sony supporter... I'll let it slide. I would suggest looking out for discounts though. These would be an easy 5 stars if the price would reflect their worth. But... my opinion and these are certainly good enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi HulkMann18,

      We're delighted to know that you are enjoying the excellent audio quality and you appreciate the compact design of these earbuds. Unfortunately, the LinkBuds S does not currently support Multipoint Connection and the case does not support wireless charging. You can charge the unit using the supplied USB Type-C cable. Stay connected with Sony’s LinkBuds S wireless earbuds. With optimized ambient sound and noise cancellation, the LinkBuds S are small and light for all-day wear. Sony’s Integrated Processor V1 improves noise cancellation, enhances sound quality, and reduces distortion. Plus, you can get 6 hour long battery with noise canceling, IPX4 water resistance, and with Quick Access, you can configure these wireless earbuds to resume Spotify music playback or Endel personalized soundscapes with two or three taps – no need to touch your smartphone. Thank you for trusting Sony! Your loyalty means everything to us.

      Thank you for your purchase and for sharing this awesome feedback!
      -Jess Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Features, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Size

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great everyday earbuds

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    The packaging was small, minimal, compact, and recyclable. The packaging included information papers, different size replaceable ear pieces, and a super short usb-c charge cable, the headphones charge case and the earbuds. Charging It’s nice that they included a charge cable but it is one of the smallest cables I have ever seen, and it is not convenient or worth using. The cable would have to be connected to another device's usb port, or a brick if you already have one. Charging the headphone case by brick would require that the wall outlet would have to be pretty low to the ground or it would leave the headphone case hanging in the air. The best solution is to use an existing cable that you have with a longer length. The headphones are not capable of wireless charging. That is the biggest let down to me. I prefer and would like earbuds to have a wireless charging case, for ease of use with cell phones. I tried on a few charges hoping it would lol but nope. This feature would make them the perfect headphones. I charged the earbuds overnight, the specifications state that zero to full would be three hours. However, I have never had to charge them during the day, my use case lasts for the day and I put them on my monitor overnight. Case The charging case that holds the buds themselves is extremely light. The shape of the case is narrow and a bit long but just big enough to house the buds does not have any extra size to it. It does not take up excessive space in the pocket. The case is not smooth; it has a texture to it which helps keep it from being slippery and sliding out of your hands. I’ve not dropped the case yet. The texture also helps keep the case from looking all scratched up from items in your pocket. Or getting the greasy oily spots from the oil from your hands. I actually love the texture and think its a nice touch. Buds The buds are light and not heavy. I normally get ear fatigue pretty quickly from buds due to weight but have not experienced that as of yet. They fit pretty snuggly in the ear. The shape is great. When putting them in I notice that they suction in a bit more on their own to seal off. They have stayed put once in, they haven't fallen out or come loose. They can be worn left or right ear or both. I tend to do one at a time to extend the use time and switch out one and charge the other. The touch controls are super responsive, both on a call and while listening to music or watching a video. The pause and play regular tap did not require an extra touch it recognized the tap right away and also paused the video when taking the earbud out of the ear. Syncing the buds with the headphones required for me to use the sony app on my iphone prior to getting them to show up The button on the back of the case had to be held for about 7 seconds to put them in pairing mode. Once doing that synch process was fairly simple. Noise canceling worked as expected. I am not always the biggest fan of the feature since I always like to be aware of my surroundings plus at work i need to hear people without having to ask them to start over. Aslo why I tend to only have one bud in at a time. However for those that need it does the job. My main thing is call quality for meetings. This tends to be a pet peeve of mine with headphones. On the listening side the voices come through loud and clear, crsp. As for on the other end, call quality for the listener it came out pretty good. It's not the best but I am happy with it and gives me another option for headphones to use for meetings. It did not sound muffled and I felt comfortable to use them without worrying about the listener not being able to understand me. Video audio quality was good, just the same as watching movies. For Music, these are not for audiophiles. Now for the everyday, multipurpose user. Yes the music sounded clear and crisp with the right amount of bass. Definitely not base heavy. You can hear the highs, mids and lows all evenly distributed. Which works great for me. I like listening to the music and lyrics and not having the base roaring and distorting the song. Skipping the next track was quick and responsive with the double tap. Holding the left heat let’s you quickly lower the volume to hear someone talk to you with the music still playing very quietly in the background. Headphone app The sony headphone app is basic. The app is used for syncing and shows your ear buds individual battery level and marks if its the left or right bud. For the case you have to i orally hit show to display the case battery level. Here you can control the track playing as well and shows weather adaptive sound control is active , it also allows for you to turn off or on the actions detection, and has an option to switch based on locations you register in the app. There is a tab that has sound, ambient sound , noise canceling and changing levels of the ambient sound or turning the feature off. The ambient opinion has a check box to focus on voice and suppress noice. Speak to chat and the option to tune the equalizer. I don't really mess with this. I use the out of the box setting. Siri worked with the headphones and responded quickly. Quick abscess controls are able to be set up for double/triple tap. There several other things you can tinker with in the app. Everyday headphones to me are ones that can be grab and go. I can use them out of the box without having to fiddle with them, they shouldn't be complicated. But also have options for people who want to tinker with them. I like simple ease of use, all around headphones that can be thrown in my sling bag or pocket. For me I am really happy with the out of the box setting of the linkbuds. And they don't scream look at me. The black is really slick and blends in.I’m really loving them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi RinTinTin, Great! We are glad that you are enjoying our all-new LinkBuds S. The Linkbuds S are the world’s smallest and lightest, noise cancelling, Hi-Res truly wireless headphones. This combines a shape that perfectly matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit. With Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls microphones on the outside and inside of the earbud, and advanced audio signal processing, conversations are ultra-clear, even in noisy environments. The LinkBuds S feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Sound Control, a a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Your LinkBuds S are designed for both style and environmental consciousness. Thanks for choosing Sony. Erin Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Features, Noise cancellation

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound, great features, audiophile quality!

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    A pair of earbuds need to meet certain criteria to be considered a worthy product. They need to sound amazing where you can close your eyes and imagine every instrument in an orchestra. They need to fit your ears and stay comfortable for extended wear. Beyond that, it's just bonus. The Sony Linkbuds S bring all that to the table and throw in a few extra features like 360 degree sound and intuitive sound cancelling. The best part is the incredible bass reflex that's so deep, it's hard to believe they're not over the ear phones. Most earbuds have tinny bass and overly crisp treble. The Sony Connect app allows you to setup the earbuds and customize the sound with many preset equalizer settings. You can toggle the active noise cancelling and use 360 sound. There's a procedure which takes a picture of the contour of each ear to better customize the listening experience. I'm not sure if it does anything or not since the earbuds rest inside the canal and bypass the external part of the ear entirely. I suppose it gives you a sense of personalization that makes you think they're going above and beyond other brands. I think the case works well at securing and charging the buds, though I noticed after one full charge, the case had an orange light blinking suggesting it was at half power which means you might get 2 charges out of the case before it needs plugging in. I'm impressed with the style and sound of these earbuds so much, that I wouldn't even mind spending the higher price for them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi joecaffe, Thank you for the detailed and amazing review of your new Sony Linkbuds S! We're very pleased to hear you like excellent sound quality and noise canceling, comfortable fit, deep bass, long-lasting battery life, and cool new features of these earbuds. The LinkBuds provide crystal clear calls with our Precise Voice Pickup technology. Sony’s V1 Processor provides a well-balanced and high-quality sound for an authentic listening experience. The LinkBuds S feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Volume Control adjusting the volume to the environment around you and a battery life is 5.5 hours and up to 17.5 hours with the charging case. Thank you for choosing Sony! -Sam Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Features, Noise cancellation

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another One

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    This will be the easiest review I write all year. Sony headphones are awesome. These Sony headphones are awesome. If you want wireless earbuds with great sound and noise cancelling then I can think of no reason not to get these if they suit your budget. They are super comfortable, they are water resistant, they are easy to pair and set up, and they have great battery life. Plus, they look cool. I have other Sony headphones, including my favorites the 1000M4. Those things rule. They're my go to for listening in the house, especially when watching shows or videos. Most comfortable pair of over-the-ear headphones I've ever used and they just keep going strong with no issues whatsoever over the life that I've had them. That said, they're big and take up more space in a bag than I want for a quick day trip or in certain use cases. Enter the LinkBuds S. It's like they made them for my specific needs. I looked at other non-Sony earbuds and almost pulled the trigger on a pair, until I read a review that said the noise-cancelling wasn't great. At the end of the day, I just didn't really want to pay for a step down in that area. I'm so glad I waited. Here's my test for noise cancelling: I wear headphones while I wash dishes and turn the disposal on. I'm telling you - I can't hear it with Sony's noise cancelling on the LinkBuds. Like, at all. We've been running an air purifier on full blast this week inside our house. Again, I can't even tell it's on when I've got these earbuds in and the noise cancelling on. Mowed the grass the other day with the LinkBuds S and it cut the mower's sound down to a bare minimum to make for easy podcast listening at a normal volume. The water resistance is nice, too, because I didn't have to worry about sweat being an issue. I haven't tried to work out with these earbuds, but I don't think that would be a problem at all. Fit is different from ear to ear and your mileage can vary, but all I can say is that they are a perfect fit for my ears. The package includes other sets of silicone tips, but I haven't tried them at all. Not unlike the big boys, these are the most comfortable earbuds I have ever used and that includes a long list of others, including some with Comply foam tips. I'm so, so happy in this department. I can wear them for hours without fatigue and I've never been able to do that with earbuds before. Also, I just like the look of them. Understated and clean. Simple. If there's one thing I can knock about the LinkBuds S at all it's that the plastic is fairly slippery. It won't be hard to drop these things. Getting them in the ear is pretty easy, but they're so small that the little bit of slipperiness means you may need to have a firmer grip than you might with some others. The same is true for the case. It looks great, it charges the earbuds, and it's absolutely fine. But it is the same slippery plastic. Also, some may lament the fact that the case itself cannot charge wirelessly. I imagine the sequel to these will have that feature, but it's just not a big deal to me. You're not going to need to charge it even every other day unless you are a heavier user than I am. Lastly, while the app isn't the greatest looking bit of software design in the world it works just fine. Pairing the earbuds initially is simple and quick through the app and then you never have to worry about it again. You can set up things like 360 audio and the ambient noise automation in the app very simply. There's also an EQ you can use and customize, as well as features you can activate like having it so that when you speak the headphones automatically turn off noise cancelling and pump in the environment so you can hear who you are talking and don't accidentally shout. It's a useful feature, though I've had it come on when I've coughed - so not perfect just yet. You can also set up the touch controls on the earbuds themselves. I don't use these a ton - they're not always perfect at registering a touch - but I also don't know a better way of implementing things like what Sony is trying to do. It's nice for a quick need to pause/play or turn on/off noise cancelling. You can also set it up to use Amazon and Google's voice assistants if you're into that. Sound is so subjective and I'm not an audiophile. All I can say is that to my ears they sound fantastic and very close to the over-the-ear 1000M4's. If you're at all familiar with Sony's sound profiles I can't imagine you'd be disappointed with these. If you're new to Sony, then welcome. You can tweak things to your liking and I imagine get a very bass-heavy profile if that's your cup of tea. But right out of the package I would say they just have a really nice, clear sound that doesn't overdo any sonic end of the spectrum. I know there's a ton of other options in this space, but I think if you're looking for a really great all-around earbud that will make most things sound the way they're supposed to, then these are a wonderful choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Shwanny, Thank you for the 5-star rating and for taking the time to write a detailed review of your new Sony Linkbuds S! We're thrilled you like the great sound quality and noise canceling feature, comfortable fit, IPX4 water resistance rating, clean,compact, and simple design, and cool new features of your new Sony Linkbuds S. The LinkBuds provide crystal clear calls with our Precise Voice Pickup technology. Sony’s V1 Processor provides a well-balanced and high-quality sound for an authentic listening experience. The LinkBuds feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Volume Control adjusting the volume to the environment around you and a battery life is 5.5 hours and up to 17.5 hours with the charging case. Thank you for choosing Sony! -Sam Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice fit

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    The earbuds fitted comfortably in my ears, snugged but are not too much..music audio has very good range, bass, treble and vocal is good. But where I ran into issue is mostly during phone calls. You can hear a bit of crackling. I tried unpairing and re-pairing with my phone but to no avail. Pairing with your phone is easy. You can download a digital instruction by scanning a QR code. And design is very elegant. Packaging is very eco conscious which is a big plus for me. You can tell each tiny detail design is very deliberate. I would use these for listening to movies or music on my flights but not for conference calls. The box comes with 3 extra ear cushions for different sizes for better personalization. Battery life is very good. It certainly outlasts my phone battery! The Sony connect app gives you a better control for ambient control, noise cancelling. What I appreciate is that they do not force you to sign in or create a login to use the app. You can create shortcuts using the app which is super useful when you're on the go. Now, if I only I can remember what they are...

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi bzma2 Great! We are glad that you are enjoying our all-new LinkBuds S. The Linkbuds S are the world’s smallest and lightest, noise cancelling, Hi-Res truly wireless headphones. This combines a shape that perfectly matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit. With Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls microphones on the outside and inside of the earbud, and advanced audio signal processing, conversations are ultra-clear, even in noisy environments. The LinkBuds S feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Sound Control, a a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Your LinkBuds S are designed for both style and environmental consciousness. Thanks for choosing Sony. Erin Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Listening to music, Size

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony just brought out a contender

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    I use ear buds so much! I utilize them at work, for working out and for play. That precisely is what the selling point of the new Sony Linbuds S is! The adaptive sound is AMAZING. Only thing is you need to use one of the music services that are able to provide that crazy good sound! Wow it is sick how good they sound… Initially I did not opt to try out the service (even if there is a free trial code provided). I just have a hard time moving away from my Apple Music playlists. Maybe I’ll try in the future. Out of the box the earbuds worked great. Very easy installation just take a picture and bam! It takes you to an installation website. Take the buds out of their case and my iPhone finds them right away. Sound. Much much better not even close to my apple Gen 2 AirPods, and different but also very similar to my Gen 3. What it has over the Gen 3 is comfort. Different sized earbud tips. Still shocked that apple decided to increase the size of the Gen3, I find them uncomfortable at times after long use exercising. That won’t be a problem with the Sony. So to me sound is equal to the Gen 3, but much better then the Gen 2 AirPods. Are you concerned that they will fall out while you exercise? Don’t be they fit very snug with a great design! Battery? I didn’t test but they are supposed to provide fast charge and last for 6 hours, not counting the case quick charge. Wow. Very well built and something I can see being my new favorite or at least sharing that distinction with my AirPods Gen 3. They can be used with my Nintendo OLED Switch and are really an excellent product

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Stylian, We are glad that you are enjoying our newest WFLS900N LinkBuds S True Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds. With approximately 4.8 grams in weight, Linkbuds S are the world’s smallest and lightest, noise cancelling, Hi-Res truly wireless headphones. We’ve kept the size down by developing a compact driver and integrating the Bluetooth® Audio SoC (System on Chip) and high-quality noise-cancelling processor in one single chip.

      Stay connected with Sony’s LinkBuds S wireless earbuds. With optimized ambient sound and noise cancellation, the LinkBuds S are small and light for all-day wear.

      Regards,
      Erin Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fit and sound with ANC

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    Unboxing: standard appearing charging case with short usb-c cable. Ear buds. Different sized tips with size SS, S, and LL. Setup: install app on your phone, which you can conveniently reach by scanning the included QR code. After that, follow the prompts in 3-4 steps depending on whether you want to use certain features or not. That’s it. Everything worked seamlessly and installing/connecting my ear buds took less than 2 minutes total. The standard earbud tips (size L) fit my ears perfectly with a good seal. But if they don’t fit well, you can try the other 3 sizes included. Sound quality was great, I didn’t note any tinniness. Sound was clear even on a crowded tram at Hartsfield, and the ANC helped cancel out Boeing 737 engine noise in the air. Felt comfortable after 4 hours in. I’m very happy with the sound quality, fit, and the noise cancellation. The case and buds have a matte black texture which feels nice and doesn’t pick up fingerprints. The included charging cable is short, but by this point, most people have at least a few usb-c cables lying around the house so I didn’t think that was a negative. If anything, not having a bunch of extra slack kept my desk space clean when I was charging the case.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi codeblue, Great! We are glad that you are enjoying our all-new LinkBuds S. The Linkbuds S are the world’s smallest and lightest, noise cancelling, Hi-Res truly wireless headphones. This combines a shape that perfectly matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit. With Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls microphones on the outside and inside of the earbud, and advanced audio signal processing, conversations are ultra-clear, even in noisy environments. The LinkBuds S feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Sound Control, a a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Your LinkBuds S are designed for both style and environmental consciousness. Thanks for choosing Sony. Erin Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Connections

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    So close, but needs improvements

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    I was excited to see a new earbud from Sony after the cool looking last model. However, this is not much of a upgrade. Don't give me wrong, it is a good device and does what it is supposed to do. But, it is not anything new to compete on the current market to make it stand out, Here is my praise, prayers and pass opinions. Praise: Light (like almost nothing in the ear as far as weight) Touch controls are responsive and once you get the sides figured out, you are good. Easy to adjust the sounds to your liking. Like bass, treble, ambient noise, etc) First pairing is quick and almost fool proof. Signal is strong and I have not had any drop outs while in the range they operate in. Case charges about 2x to assist with going all day with occasional removal. Case has slight texture to it, so it is easy to grip when using, Earbuds are magnetically secured into the case, so it will not come out easily when not using them. Earbuds can be use either left or right at one time. Making your listening experience last longer (although only mono, but better that nothing). ANC is epic. it blocks so much when active that I could hear my heartbeat (lol). Conversation mode works great and when I was speaking it was perfect on turning off the audio and made it easy to talk without having to remove them from my ears. Prayers: Longer charge time on the case. The 14 hours charge does give 2x charges, but still not enough for multiday use. Longer play time. The 6 hours is too short for the advertised all day wear statement. I have same size earbuds from someone else that lasts 2x-3X longer on single use than these do. Case is not wireless chargeable. So you have to use a type C cable to juice it up. This is a major strike as everyone else does this already. Limited touch controls unless you want to make accounts for additional settings on microsoft/spotify or the like. I was not able to get any other assistant to load/work except for Alexa (which is not usually on major phones like google or siri) Pass: Only 2 colors of greyish or off white No multipoint access. So I can not use on laptop and answer the phone at same time. Also once I connected to laptop and then turned it off to use the phone, I had to re-sync the Bluetooth each time. Then going back to the laptop, I had to re-sync that as well. So it seems only one connection is remembered and switching does not seem to be possible. So with all that being said, I would recommend this for someone that spends almost all audio time on the phone or laptop as it does have exceptional sound. But the lack of switching or multipoint connections is a deal breaker for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi studio421, Thank you for the detailed review of your Sony Linkbuds S. We're very happy to hear you like lightweight design, responsive touch control, easy to use Sony Headphones Connect App, easy Bluetooth pairing, excellent noise canceling feature, and cool new features of these earbuds.
      And we're sorry to hear if you're having an issue with other voice assistant function such as Goggle assistant and siri. Please make sure to check or update the software version of the headset with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app. And for more information on how to setup Google Assistant and Siri, please refer to the link below:

      https://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/linkbudss/v1/en/contents/TP1000539665.html
      https://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/linkbudss/v1/en/contents/TP1000539671.html
      https://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/linkbudss/v1/en/contents/TP1000539669.html



      The LinkBuds provide crystal clear calls with our Precise Voice Pickup technology. Sony’s V1 Processor provides a well-balanced and high-quality sound for an authentic listening experience. The LinkBuds feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Volume Control adjusting the volume to the environment around you and a battery life is 5.5 hours and up to 17.5 hours with the charging case. Thank you for choosing Sony! -Sam Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Yep, these are Sony buds! Great sound quality!

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    So I’m been using these for a few days now, and it’s time to give a review. Sound quality: These are from Sony, so you know they are good quality. Amazing noise canceling as well. The pass through when listening to music or calls seems solid, and I can hear my surroundings very well. Build quality: These feel really good in ear, and I wear them for long periods of time with no issues. They nice to the touch, almost like a sandstone feel for the black model (I don’t know about the other colors). They are really light weight, you’ll forget they are in your ears. Battery life is solid, and is pretty much s as advertised by Sony. I’ve gone just over three days so far on the same charge, and I’m hoping to get another several days with them in use. Bluetooth range is nice, because frequently left my phone at the front of my house and it did not drop connection. I was not planning on testing the range at this distance, but they did very well. I tested with an iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Galaxy S22 Ultra, both phone were good when used with the buds. There is an app to set them up, and take advantage of all the perks of these buds. The Sony connect app. It’s easy to understand, will guide you through the process. You do need to use the app, and you can simply pair them to your phone via Bluetooth directly. I’d recommend the app though.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi mrjlwilliams, Thank you for taking the time to share this amazing review of your new Sony Linkbuds S! We're thrilled you like the excellent sound quality, noise canceling, ambient sound mode, comfortable and lightweight fit, solid battery life, and overall features of your new earbuds. The LinkBuds provide crystal clear calls with our Precise Voice Pickup technology. Sony’s V1 Processor provides a well-balanced and high-quality sound for an authentic listening experience. The LinkBuds feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Volume Control adjusting the volume to the environment around you and a battery life is 5.5 hours and up to 17.5 hours with the charging case. Thank you for choosing Sony! -Sam Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Features, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding buds with amazing software

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    Sony does a very good job producing great sound and features. If you ever had experience using Sony Over the ear noise cancelling headphones, you would not be disappointed in these LinkBuds S earbuds. They are small, and charge inside the case. If you make sure you have a solid seal between your ears and the earbuds with a snug fitting silicone tips, you will enjoy deep base, clear highs, and pleasing mids. All of which are customizable using the included Sony app. The impressive thing is that the app unlocks three modes that the LinkBuds can function, noise canceling, ambient sound, and off. Noise canceling blocks out all the low frequency hums and does a pretty good job of producing near silence. As with any noise canceling headphones, certain high frequency sounds can make it through. All customizable through the app. With Ambient noise, the built in mics allow outside sound to come through, depending on how much you want to come through. This is wear the app is very important in unlocking the capabilities of the LinkBuds S. One option that the LinkBuds S has is to automatically pause the music when you begin talking. After a certain amount of time the music source will begin again. There are a ton of other features that I really haven't tried but if you want to mix between noise canceling and ambient sound, there is a feature to adaptively switch between the two depending on your environment. There is also a feature where the app will analyze the shape of your ears and optimize 3D spatial sounds with certain apps. Overall, if you are looking for the Sony Over the Ear Noise Cancelling performance but want them in a compact, easily to travel ear bud, you cannot go wrong with these LinkBuds S from Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Hi nautec, thank you for your 5-star rating! We are glad that you are enjoying our all-new LinkBuds S. The Linkbuds S are the world’s smallest and lightest, noise cancelling, Hi-Res truly wireless headphones. This combines a shape that perfectly matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit. With Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls microphones on the outside and inside of the earbud, and advanced audio signal processing, conversations are ultra-clear, even in noisy environments. The LinkBuds S feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Sound Control, a a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Your LinkBuds S are designed for both style and environmental consciousness. Thanks for choosing Sony. Erin Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality, Use with apps

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Noise be gone

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    The Sony LinkBuds are awesome solution to a discrete new way to listen to music all without sacrificing sound quality. The noise canceling technology does a phenomenal job of filtering out unwanted noise while delivering a sound quality that could rival some of the better over the ear designs out there. Out of the box you get everything you need to get you started. Usb-C cable, charging case, earbuds, and different ear tips. They give 4 different ear tip sizes which is a big plus as proper fitment is so vital on in the ear set up. If the buds do not fit proper then sound quality will bleed out and outside noise pollution will bleed in. Full charge of the case took a little under a hour while full charge on the earbuds themselves was done in about 30 mins. Once proper fitment was accomplished and the equalizer dialed in i was impressed with what i received from these buds. The noise suppression and sound quality were almost equal to my Sony over the ear WH-1000XM3. Very little noise pollution got through with noise cancellation set to max settings. Sound quality was so crisp and clean that i could hear every bit of instrument from the deep bass drums up to the high hats. Never once did i feel either one sound over powered another nor were my vocals coming in distorted or filled with cross over noise from the noise cancellation. Through Sony's free Sound app you have access to a few different options. You can set what your action buttons do i.e. single and double tap left ear bud. You also have the ability to adjust your sound quality with the apps own equalizer. But where it really shines is in its different option set ups for noise cancellation. You can turn on 'adaptive sound control' which will track your daily activities via GPS and will learn your patterns and automatically adjust ambient sound control based on whats around you and what activities you are participating in. You also have access to 'Speak-to-Chat' which will pick up when you are talking or if someone is talking directly to you and will turn off noise cancellation in order for you to carry on a conversation. After about 10 seconds or so without talking noise cancellation goes back in to effect. You also have access to 360 spata sound pending the fact that you have a active account with a provider, if not no biggie the app will direct you to a few providers where you can sign up. Prices will vary. Sony has come a long way with the technology in their earbud sets. This has to be one of the best sounding in the ear buds i have ever heard or owned hands down. At the price point these ear buds come in at i feel it is worth it given everything you get from the earbuds and app. One side note to mention about these ear buds is that i would not recommend them to sleep in. The earbuds are very uncomfortable when laying down and if you are looking for a earbud set up you can sleep in while playing white noise to help you sleep i would say you need to pass on this setup and find something else. Other then that this set up is almost guaranteed to please just about most audiophiles out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Crasher, Thanks for sharing your review and feedback. We're glad to hear that you're enjoying the headphones. With LinkBuds S, you’re always connected to your everyday worlds. Ultra-small and light, they can be worn comfortably around the clock, keeping you in touch with people and places. LinkBuds S switches automatically to optimized ambient sound or high-quality noise canceling for listening without distractions. Thanks for choosing Sony! -Craig Sony_US

  • Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality, Use with apps

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best ear buds yet!! lifestyle not just music

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    Lets get started. so where to begin. Setup - setup does utilize bluetooth and easily pairs with my Android Google Pixel 6 Pro. So that part was easy - then just download the Sony Headphone app from the play store - the app detects the buds and off you go. Sound Quality - They sound really good out of the box, albeit a bit on the flat side to me. Easy fix with the app to set the sound field to your preference. The app has many different presets and a couple of slots for custom. You can modify on a few different adjustment(5 total across the band). The biggest option for sound the the Ambient Sound control - here you have the ability to setup Noise Cancelling/Ambient Sound/Off. Noise cancelling is self explanatory and works pretty well although only while listening to music. Ambient allows some sound through such as voice frequency and is adjustable. Of course OFF turns this completely off and all audio passes beyond the volume of the music and the fit you have. Controls - Oh my goodness the amount of control you have with these headphone and the magic sauce is in the app. So many things for customization here. lets start off with touch control - each bud has the touch function and seems to recognize 4 functions per bud ( 1 touch, 2 tap touch, 3 tap, continuous touch). You have the ability to configure each of these in the app. I really like the right bud double tap - launch Spotify playlist!!! Just pop in the buds, double tap - and i'm listening!!! Voice assistant is also a option - uses both Google and Alexa. I tried the speak-to-chat feature - this feature stops playback when they detect you talking - neat little feature but i turned it off - it would pause a bit to frequently when i would hum/sing to the music or if I made any kind of sound like a sniffle or throat clear. Fit - I love these type of buds . They insert at an angle then "twist and lock" in the ear. VERY comfortable and you hardly know they are there. Very secure fit as well. great for active users and gym users.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi KaneM7, We are glad that you are enjoying our all-new LinkBuds S. The Linkbuds S are the world’s smallest and lightest, noise cancelling, Hi-Res truly wireless headphones. This combines a shape that perfectly matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit. With Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls microphones on the outside and inside of the earbud, and advanced audio signal processing, conversations are ultra-clear, even in noisy environments. The LinkBuds S feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Sound Control, a a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. Your LinkBuds S are designed for both style and environmental consciousness. Thanks for choosing Sony. Erin Sony_US

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Sony Linkbuds S Review: Very Impressive Performace

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    The Sony Linkbuds S are my first pair of wireless earbuds from Sony. I've owned the Airpods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, and JLab Epic Air ANC. I bought these becuse I was concerned about the claims that some Samsung earbuds tend to cuse more ear infections than other earbuds. I also wasn't particularly inpressed with how the Samsung Buds 2 sounded. Fit was also not great. I perfer the sound quality of the Sony Linkbuds S over the Samsung Buds 2. Noise cancelling also seems to be better on the Linkbud S compared to the Samsung Buds2. Overall, fit is somewhat better on the Linkbuds S. Sony's earbud tips for the Linkbuds S seem to have higher build quality than the Samsung Buds2. The 5 mm dynamic driver in these headphones makes things sound super clear and refined. Compared to the dual drivers in the Samsung Buds2, the single 5mm dynamic driver in the Sony Linkbuds S still doesn't dissapoint. In my opinion, It sounds different than the dual driver Samsung buds, but in a good way. If you are looking for over emphasized bass, just change the EQ settings. Out of the box, the freqency response sounds flat but soundstage is expansive and sound quality in general is impressive. This makes me bieve that these dont have an "adapt eq" feature like the Bose or Airpods Pro. Its nice to think that, with the sony Linkbuds S, I have more control over how my music sounds. How Sony acomplished this while also offering great active noise cancelling and wireless performance is a mystery to me, and I'm impressed by this everytime I use the Linkbuds S.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Awesome! You've made a great choice, BestBuyNerd22! We are so happy that you are impressed with the amazing sound quality, outstanding features, industry-leading noise canceling function, comfortable fit design, and superb performance of your LinkBuds S. We also appreciate your good feedback with these headphones compared to another brand.

      With LinkBuds S, you’re always connected to your everyday worlds. Ultra-small and light, they can be worn comfortably around the clock, keeping you in touch with people and places. LinkBuds S switches automatically to optimized ambient sound or high-quality noise canceling for listening without distractions.

      Thank you so much for your positive review and for choosing Sony!

      - Romeo Sony_US

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Linkbuds S

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Excellent for the price. Does everything you need it to do + more. Assuming proper seal with assorted eartips — though I’d recommend foam tips — the SQ is great: tight bass, accurate vocals/mids, though it doesn’t have the most sparkly quality to it, sometimes sounding flat and uninspired, yet is still pleasing and never fatiguing. Speaking of that, these are the only earbuds I can use that don’t make my ears hurt after extended use. My ears never feel plugged with these on, even less than the AirPods Pro which have vents on them (these don’t). I attribute it to how light it is, which also adds to its portability. Noise cancelling is great, on par with AirPods Pro, and transparency is good enough to hear the world around you, albeit a little as if you’re hearing the world through a tin can. I’ve never had a problem with battery life, and find myself going a week without needing to charge the case. The only downside to these is connectivity, which sometimes drops withh dsee extreme on, and tap to function, which can be finicky and do things when I don’t want them to, and doesn’t pick up taps when I want it to. For the price though it’s more than forgivable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Use with apps

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight and comfortable

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    Let’s talk about my new Sony LinkBuds S. I don’t have any Sony earbuds, these are my first, but I understand that there are other versions. I have the Sony over-ear (WH-1000XM4s), so I can refer to those here. There are a lot of cool things about the LInkBuds S. They are made of recycled plastic, including the case. The packaging is completely plastic free, as shown in my picture. It’s a cute origami type box with a little drawer for three silicone ear tip sizes (size M is already on the LinkBuds in the case), and a cute USB-A to USB-C cord to charge with. These earbuds do not charge wirelessly. That is not a negative for me as I plug in to charge everything I own, I guess I’m behind the times. The use time on these is six hours. That’s a really good length of time, compared to my Apple AirPods. Sony has a really good app for controlling your earbuds and headphones. I already had it, but updated it to be able to control my new LinkBuds S. You can control the sound with an equalizer on the app. I’m not an audiophile, so I don’t know how to really fine tune the sound, but it’s there for those of you who know what you’re doing. There is a Speak-to-Chat option that I toggle between. When working out with the LinkBuds S, I turn it off, because any loud-ish sound pauses the audio. If you clank your dumbbells or grunt, that will pause the audio. I like the option when I’m just wearing them around my family. As soon as I talk, the audio pauses. If it’s a really quick “no” or something, I just tap the earbud and the audio starts again. Otherwise it will be several seconds before it recognizes that it’s quiet and it will re-start. These are pretty easy to use, and there is a lot of information on the app on how to utilize the features. Speaking of working out, these are IPX4 water resistant. I wore these when I rode my spin bike and didn’t have any problems. With four earbud tips to choose from, and a way to test which one fits you best on the app, they fit very nicely. I have small ears so I appreciate that the sizes are SS, S, presumably M, and LL. They all have a different color inner rubber-attaching post, the part that attaches to your earbud. That makes it easier to tell which ones belong together as mine are all black and don’t look all that different. There is noise canceling with the LinkBuds S, but it is nothing like the over-ear Sonys. I am pretty sensitive to annoying sounds; ice maker machine, other people’s gardeners outside, other people’s dogs barking, that sort of thing. The over-ear ones can drown out these noises if I’m listening to something. The LinkBuds S, not completely. But they are much better than the Apple AirPods. There are many other features, but I don’t utilize them (OK Google, Alexa, etc.) so check these out if you’re into all of the features. Hopefully in time I will use more of the features but for now, I’m just happy with them as I have been using them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi DeeGore, You've made a great choice! Thank you for purchasing your first Sony earbuds. Good to know you appreciate the recycled plastic materials, excellent battery life, multiple app customization options, and overall features of your new Sony Linkbuds S. The LinkBuds provide crystal clear calls with our Precise Voice Pickup technology. Sony’s V1 Processor provides a well-balanced and high-quality sound for an authentic listening experience. The LinkBuds feature an IPX4 splash-proof and sweat-proof design, Adaptive Volume Control adjusting the volume to the environment around you and a battery life is 5.5 hours and up to 17.5 hours with the charging case. Thank you for choosing Sony! -Sam Sony_US

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