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Sony LinkBuds

Sony LinkBuds
alaScore 93

42 reviews

Nov, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Sony LinkBuds. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the size and design are generally positive. The portability and comfort also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the soundstage. There are some negative opinions about the price and bass quality.

sound, comfort, portability, design, size

usability, bass quality, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony LinkBuds is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : B. Steele (

Sony LinkBuds review | Engadget


Sony gives its open ring design another shot with the LinkBuds.

Unique design

Sound quality varies with fit

Even with all of the handy tech Sony packs in, earbuds need to be comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, and the area around the unique ring-shaped drivers is simply too hard to be accommodating. Consistent audio performance would make a...

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : Simon Cohen (

Sony LinkBuds review: Radical transparency


Sony's LinkBuds are an ambitious attempt to create earbuds that don't block out the outside world. It works, but they're definitely not for everyone.

Unique, sound-permeable design Very good "open" sound quality Excellent for voice and video calls Wide Area Tap feature Wear sensors EQ and control customization IPX4 water resistance

Poor battery life Not good for noisy environments Not very secure and may not fit some ears No wireless charging No Bluetooth Multipoint

“With the LinkBuds, tuning in your music doesn't mean tuning out everything else.”

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony LinkBuds Review: Open Earbuds With an Innovative Design


When I first got my hands on Sony's new LinkBuds, I was a bit surprised. For starters, they had an actual name you can easily remember and not some funky model number. But the bigger shock was the design: Each earbud literally has a hole punched...

Fit comfortably and securely with a lightweight, innovative design Good sound for open earbuds Open design allows you to hear outside world Excellent voice calling performance IPX4 splashproof Some notable extra features, including Speak to Chat and...

May not play loud enough for some people, particularly in noisier environments Open design allows ambient sound to leak in No multipoint Bluetooth pairing

The LinkBuds are an excellent alternative to AirPods, particularly for those who have trouble keeping Apple's earbuds in their ears and Android users who can't use Apple-only features such as spatial audio. The LinkBuds are a little expensive at $180...

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

The LinkBuds are Sony’s strangest earbuds in years — and surprisingly good


Sony took a chance on bold design for its new open buds.

Unique style that’s very comfortable ; Fantastic voice call performance ; Keeps you aware of your surroundings

So-so battery life ; Not practical in loud environments ; No Bluetooth multipoint

Sony’s new LinkBuds have a very unique look and an open design that lets in outside noise so you can stay aware of what’s happening while listening to your music. They’re also among the best earbuds for voice calls.

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : Jason England (

Sony LinkBuds review: A rough revolution


Weird Sony's weirdbuds bring some revolutionary ideas to the table

One-of-a-kind design ; Wide Area Tap is revolutionary ; IPX4 water resistance ; Decent sound quality (most of the time)

Weird fit is not for everyone ; Limited bass ; Middling battery life ; Call quality could be better

The Sony LinkBuds are an amazingly unique idea: the next logical step in audio transparency and a huge step forward for how we control earbuds. But they need more time in the oven before they can reach perfection.

Mar, 2022

Expert review by : Jake Thauvette (

Sony LinkBuds Truly Wireless Review


The Sony LinkBuds Truly Wireless are unusual earbuds designed to let you hear ambient sound. The plastic ring sits around your ear and has a hole to allow you to...

EQ and presets in-app. IPX4 rating for water resistance. Small, portable design. Adequate overall mic performance. Good build quality.

Sound profile lacks bass. Designed to let you hear ambient sound. Recorded speech sounds a bit distorted. Poor passive soundstage. Mediocre stability. No multi-device pairing. Control scheme lacks call-related functions. Relatively short battery life.

The Sony LinkBuds Truly Wireless are poor for neutral sound. Like most open headphones, their sound hardly has any bass, so your audio lacks thump, punch, and boom. The treble response is underemphasized, hurting the detail of instruments and vocals...

Mar, 2022

Expert review by : Scott Schaen (

Sony LinkBuds Review: Open-ear earbuds that sound great


Shoutout to Sony for creating the most innovative true wireless buds of 2022! The new Sony LinkBuds are not designed for everyone or every purpose, but they fill an important gap in the headphone market. Sony Linkbuds review: These earphones offer a...

Design allows you to naturally hear your surroundings ; IPX-4 Water Resistant ; No earwax buildup and gunk ; Premium sound quality with good bass ; Lots of app features ; Custom equalizer ; Autoplay/pause

Not the most secure fit ; No wireless charging ; No magnetic lock, buds need to be snapped into the chunky case ; Touch controls aren’t very reliable, not completely customizable ; You may want another pair of headphones for loud environments

Sony LinkBuds offer a unique open-ear design that lets you stay connected to your surroundings while still delivering high-quality audio. Notable catches are that you may not always want to hear your surroundings, and the unusual fit is comfortable but...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Preslav Kateliev (

Sony LinkBuds review: the best pass-through is when you have a hole in the earbuds


Sony's pass-through earbuds are great for everyday activities. With a tiny case and non-intrusive fit, you will probably never leave the house without them.

Innovative open design lets outside sounds in ; Balanced sound, great EQ in-app ; Great for voice calls ; Enhanced area tap controls ; Tiny case

Sound is OK, but not meant for deeply immersive experiences ; No wireless charging on the case ; No Bluetooth multipoint ; Battery life is so-so

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : Matthew Miller (

Sony LinkBuds review: Unique open ring facilitates online and offline listening | ZDNet


Sony is known for creating outstanding audio experiences with advanced noise-canceling technology. Its latest earbuds explore another element of audio with a design that lets you enjoy online audio while also hearing and interacting with the world...

Very comfortable and secure fit ; Open ring lets you hear environmental sounds ; No buttons needed, tap your face ; Quick charge support ; Full-featured smartphone software ; Made with recycled plastic

5.5 hour battery life ; No wireless charging support ; Can only use right earbud alone

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : Aabhas Sharma (gadgetsnow_com)

Sony: Sony LinkBuds review: A very different beat


We have been using the Sony LinkBuds for a while and read our review to find out what makes the earbuds different and whether you should consider buying them or not: If you are one of those buyers who doesn't want the run-of-the-mill — available by the...

Aug, 2022

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