The Sony LinkBuds S are a cost-effective alternative to the WF-1000XM4 but don’t hit the same levels of ANC and audio performance.
Small in size and available at a more accessible price than the WF-1000XM4, if you’re after a more affordable pair of true wireless buds with good sound, extensive smarts and impressive noise cancellation, the LinkBuds S tick those boxes.
The Sony LinkBuds S are a great set of headphones offering a many of the features of the 1000X, but in a more affordable package. Comfortable and compact, they offer good sound quality but could be a little louder. There are a wide range of features offered through the Sony Headphones app to expand the experience. At this price, they are a competitive set of headphones worthy of consideration.
Almost all the news regarding the Sony LinkBuds S is good. They’re small, light and comfortable, with respectable battery life and a stack of well-implemented control options. And they’re an agreeable listen, but their shortage of sonic animation and vigor leaves them a little short for the price.
The Sony LinksBuds S are capable wireless earbuds that are comfortable enough to wear all day and have a great transparency mode and intuitive controls.
Sony's true wireless LinkBuds S earphones deliver good sound quality and noise cancellation in a much more effective design than previous pair, but they don't quite outshine the rest of the competition.
The LinkBuds S are perhaps the most comfortable earbuds that Sony has ever made, but they don’t come cheap. There’s no shortage of competition in their $200 price range. Some alternatives will get you superior noise cancellation or bigger, bassier sound. Others might outlast the LinkBuds S in battery life or offer more features like wireless charging. When so many people already swear by the comfort of AirPods or Galaxy Buds, Sony’s latest earbuds face an uphill battle to prove their worth.