SONY LinkBuds reviewed

In this review we look at the SONY LinkBuds, you can see more on their website here. Also see our recent preview of other SONY products here.

SONY LinkBuds reviewed

We received the grey LinkBuds variety to review. The box is snug, compact and works well in the hand. The exterior packaging was all cardboard too which seems like a good, positive, small win in terms of more ecologically friendly packaging. There is little to no other plastic packaging associated with the product, which our testers liked and found to be positive.

The earbuds aim to walk that line between delivering you with the sounds you want to hear from your device, while still being able to hear the immediate outside world around you when needed. There is an actual hole, donut like, in the middle of the ear piece to allow this duality to take place. As always with earbuds the big question for any tester is, will it fit, and remain in my ear while I use it?

With this one it takes some getting used to as it works in a different way to many of the other models on the market that we have tested. They are helpfully labeled left and right to speed up this process, and, while initially requiring some adjustment to be fair they do stay in, so ‘remaining in your ear’ should not be a lasting issue.

Once you have cracked that issue, the sound is good, both for music and audio interactions. This is the first SONY device our team have reviewed in a long, long time, what is that about SONY? Our team were a little tentative at first, but they found it well put together, with good quality in terms of the product and usability. It will be interesting to see how this range continues to develop, and, as SONY do have a good product reputation in general it could be the first of many positive products for our reviewers to tackle.

More about the product

Never off

With LinkBuds, you are always connected with your everyday life. Comfortably wear them around the clock as you hear sounds around you transparently, feeling nothing on your ear, while you remain in touch with people and places, without ever having to pause your personal soundtrack. LinkBuds bridge your daily life and the entertainment you love, wherever you go, whatever you do.

Keep every world on

LinkBuds series are comfortable enough to wear all the time and smart so they adapt to your life – keeping you connected to the people and entertainment you love.

Ultra clear, noise-free calls

With precise voice pickup technology with advanced audio signal processing, the person on the other end of the call will hear your voice clearly, even when you are in noisy situations. Our noise reduction algorithm was developed using AI machine learning using more than 500 million voice samples to suppress ambient noise and extract your voice clearly in a wide range of environments.

Authentic, natural sound

Enjoy well balanced, high quality sound with a clear mid-high range. Our Integrated Processor V1 reproduces all the detail in your music with minimal distortion for an authentic listening experience. A specially designed 12mm ring driver with a high compliance (low recoil) diaphragm provides rich, well-balanced sound.

Give your favourite music a boost

When an original music source is compressed, it loses the high-frequency elements that add detail and richness to a track. Our Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) faithfully restores these to produce high-quality sound that’s closer to the original recording.

Simply tap near the ear

LinkBuds may be small but that doesn’t mean they’re difficult to use. With Wide Area Tap, you can use double or triple taps in front of either of your ears to control your music playback – so there’s no need to touch the LinkBuds themselves to operate.

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