By now, we all know what TWS earphones usually look like and most of them tend to look quite similar to each other. Enter Sony and its brand new LinkBuds headphones to shake things up in terms of design. Sony’s new headphones sport a design so unique that they look more like a pair of original earrings than a pair of true wireless earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds announced
The LinkBuds feature an unusual open-ring design that, according to Sony, “allows you to connect to the outside world whenever you want, without compromising your listening experience”. It also has a unique ring driver unit specially developed for the new TWS headphones. The newly developed annular driver unit has an open diaphragm in the center for audio transparency, allowing users to hear sounds around them clearly. Sony says the LinkBuds can be used for business purposes, listening to music and even gaming.
The new headphones are also very small and ergonomically sized (weighing just 4 grams) that users won’t have to turn off the headphones when going about your day. Unlike traditional headphones, the protective surface that covers the speaker diaphragm is integrated into the housing, which saves space. The overall shape was created using extensive ear shape data collected 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 extract the user’s voice clearly.
Sony’s new headphones also feature DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) and Sony’s built-in V1 processor to deliver high-quality sound with minimal distortion. The new headphones also feature adaptive volume control that automatically optimizes volume based on the user’s environment.
Other features include Wide Area Tap where users can tap their ears instead of the headphones themselves to pause or skip music, Speak-to-Chat automatically pauses the user’s music when talking to someone, Google Fast Pair as well as IPX4 water resistance. The LinkBuds also have a battery life of 5.5 hours and an additional 12 hours with the case.
The new LinkBuds also includes Spotify Tap which allows users to access their music with a simple tap on the earphones thanks to a partnership between Sony and Spotify. “Together with Sony, we’re excited to bring Spotify Tap to the new LinkBuds, allowing listeners to instantly jump into music or get served something new – all with simple taps,” said Sten. Garmark, Vice President of Consumer Experience at Spotify. .
The LinkBuds are expected to arrive in Malaysia on February 17, but retail pricing for the new headphones has yet to be revealed.
Pokdepinion: These new headphones are definitely something else! Not really a big fan of the TBH design but they are unique enough to make me curious. I wonder if other people can easily hear what you are listening to with these devices?