‘A new frontier for headphones’: Sony introduces LinkBuds

Sony has unveiled a new way to enjoy your favourite music with the brand-new truly wireless LinkBuds.

These new headphones have been created with an open ring design and allow you to tune into the outside world whenever you want, without compromising your listening experience. The newly-developed ring driver unit has the centre of the diaphragm open for audio transparency, allowing you to clearly hear the sounds around.

Their new design makes LinkBuds a great companion for a range of uses, including working from home, gaming, listening to music, and more.

You’ll never have to switch off, thanks to LinkBuds’ new, super small, ergonomic design at approximately four grams in weight. The protective surface covering the speaker diaphragm is integrated within the housing, saving space. The overall shape has been crafted with the use of extensive ear shape data, collated by Sony since 1982.

You can make calls without noise, for crystal clear conversations. The LinkBuds include precise voice pickup technology that performs advanced voice signal processing.

And enjoy high quality sound thanks to DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) and Sony’s Integrated Processor V1, which reproduces all the detail in your music with minimal distortion. A specially designed 12mm ring driver provides rich, well-balanced sound.

Sony said it is making it easier than ever to integrate your personal soundtrack into the world around you, all while staying connected with a variety of smart features.

With Wide Area Tap, all control is at your fingertips. By double or triple tapping in front of either of your ears, you can adjust playback to your liking – there’s no need to touch the LinkBuds themselves.

And with Speak-to-Chat you can automatically pause your music as soon as you speak to someone. Once your conversation is over, your music starts playing automatically, so there’s no need to touch any controls. LinkBuds also come with hands-free help so you can get information, connect with friends, set reminders, and more by activating your preferred voice assistant.  Just say “OK Google” or “Alexa”.

In addition, Sony has designed LinkBuds with the environment in mind. The earbuds and their charging case are made using recycled plastic materials and plastic-free packaging. Also, thanks to IPX4 water resistance, splashes and sweat won’t get in the way and you can also enjoy a full working day of charge – 5.5 hours – from the earbuds and store an additional 12 hours in the case.

Sony reported that LinkBuds, which link online and offline worlds, will continue to provide various services for better and new sound experiences.

Sten Garmark, VP of Consumer Experience at Spotify, commented: “We are always working to create the best and most seamless listening experience for every moment. Together with Sony, we’re excited by the arrival of Spotify Tap on the new LinkBuds, allowing listeners to instantly jump into the music or get served something new – all with simple taps.”