Could Sony8217;s imminent Linkbuds S be the best wireless earbuds of 2022? They certainly look like potential AirPods beaters to me, and they could well earn the title of best noise cancelling earbuds for many people, too.
And especially if those people prize a small size and light weight. That8217;s because, according to tech news site WinFuture (via The Verge), the new earbuds are just 4.8 grams each. That8217;s over half a gram lighter than the AirPods Pro, a third of a gram less than the Beats Studio Buds and more than a gram lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.
Grams and bits of grams may not sound like much, but they make a real difference if you8217;re going to be wearing your earbuds for long periods – which is exactly what I do on many days. And the relatively small size of the Sonys means they8217;ll fit more people8217;s ears unlike my current favourites, the Astell&Kern UW100s, which are much bigger and heavier.
The light weight and small size are largely down to newly designed drivers, which are much smaller than the ones you8217;ll find in standard LinkBuds: those ones are 12mm, but the ones in the Linkbuds S are reportedly just 5mm. The report says that in addition to active noise cancellation these buds will also have support for hi-res audio, which I8217;m assuming is via Sony8217;s own LDAC codec.
According to WinFuture, these earbuds won8217;t just have Sony8217;s speak-to-chat mode, which automatically pauses your music or podcasts when you start talking. They may also have adaptive sound control, which will adjust its ambient sound mode and noise cancellation depending on where you are. Battery life is a reported six hours solo and 20 with the charging case. The site also reports that the new buds will go on sale 8220;shortly8221; for a price of €199, which is about $210/£180.
Overall, I8217;ve got to say that I8217;m impressed with what I8217;ve heard so far about the Sony Linkbuds S. Here8217;s hoping that the leaked information here about them rings true when the wireless earbuds are unveiled officially and that they live up to the hype.
Sony does seem to be on a roll right now: in our Sony WH-1000XM5 review we described their over-ears as 8220;pure headphones heaven8221;. Can Sony hit a home run with its smaller headphones too? It looks like we8217;ll find out very soon.