Sony’s latest headphones are, thanks to numerous recent leaks, no secret, but at least now we can stop guessing about them.
Today Sony officially unveiled its noise canceling system LinkBuds S Headphones.
The buds are equipped with Sony’s integrated V1 processor which enables this noise cancellation and reduces distortion while consuming little battery power. They also have DSEE Extreme to restore song quality that may be lost during compression.
That sound is delivered by two dynamic 5mm speakers with an IPX4 water resistance rating, allowing them to survive splashes of water.
A ton of features
Adaptive Sound Control starts with the feature suite. The headphones will automatically adjust their sound based on the surrounding environment, but the amount of adjustment depends on where you are. Sony says the AI behind Adaptive Sound Control will learn user behaviors and recognize places you visit often.
The LinkBuds S also features Precise Voice Pickup technology which works similar to Adaptive Sound Control. This feature controls the microphones present on both earbuds to ensure clear phone conversations by automatically canceling ambient noise.
Sony has also included some interesting quality of life features. You can enable Speak-to-Chat which will pause the music whenever it detects you are having a conversation with someone. Proximity sensors are present inside the buds which pause the music whenever you take them out.
If you want even more control, the LinkBuds S has sensors that let you adjust settings, control music apps, and activate Endel, an app that lets you create custom sound portfolios.
The final set of notable features relates to Sony’s recent partnerships. The LinkBuds S works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and has unique functionality with the AR Ingress mobile game. The title will take advantage of the sensors and features of the LinkBuds S to deliver spatial sound.
And if you’re curious about the battery, the LinkBuds S has a maximum battery life of 16 hours with noise cancellation turned off. The headphones will launch in late May for around $200 in black, white, or cream color.
But if you live in the UK, you can buy them now for £179.
Many recent headphones from Sony have received rave reviews. The WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones have been praised by reviewers who love its rich sound and controls. Then there are the WH-1000XM5 headphones which also sport Speak-to-Chat and similar sound control.
If this continues, our best wireless headphones list might need an update.