Sony Announces LinkBuds – New TWS Earphones With A Unique Design
By now, we all know how TWS earphones generally look and feel and most of them tend to look pretty similar from one to the other. Enter Sony and their brand new LinkBuds earphones to shake things up design-wise. Sony’s new earbuds sport a design so unique that it looks more like a pair of quirky earrings rather than a pair of true wireless earphones.
Sony LinkBuds announced
The LinkBuds feature an unusual open ring design that Sony says “allow you to tune into the outside world whenever you want, without compromising your listening experience”. It also features a unique ring driver unit specially developed for the new TWS earbuds. The newly developed ring driver unit has an open diaphragm in the centre for audio transparency, allowing users to clearly hear the sounds around them. Sony says that the LinkBuds can be used for work purposes, listening to music and even gaming.
The new earbuds are also very small and ergonomic in size (weighing just 4 grams) that users won’t have to turn the earbuds off when you go about your day. Unlike traditional earbuds, the protective surface that covers the speaker diaphragm is integrated into the housing, saving space. The overall shape was created using extensive ear shape data gathered since Sony launched the world’s first in-ear headphones in 1982.
LinkBuds feature precise voice pickup technology as well as advanced voice signal processing. Sony’s noise reduction algorithm was created using AI machine learning and over 500 million voice samples to suppress ambient noise and clearly extract the user’s voice.
Sony’s new earbuds also feature DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) and Sony’s Integrated Processor V1 to produce high-quality audio with minimal distortion. The new earbuds also come with Adaptive Volume Control that automatically optimises volume based on the user’s environment.
Other features include Wide Area Tap where users can tap their ears instead of the earbuds themselves to pause or skip music, Speak-to-Chat automatically pauses the user’s music when they speak to someone, Google Fast Pair as well as IPX4 water resistance. The LinkBuds also has a battery life of 5.5 hours and an additional 12 hours with the case.
The new LinkBuds also features Spotify Tap that allows users to access their music with a single tap of the earbuds through a partnership between Sony and Spotify. “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,” said Sten Garmark, VP of Consumer Experience at Spotify.
The LinkBuds are expected to arrive in Malaysia on 17th February however the retail price of the new earbuds has yet to be revealed.
Pokdepinion: These new earbuds are definitely something else! Not really a huge fan of the design TBH but they’re unique enough to make me curious. I wonder if other people can easily hear what you’re listening to with these things on?