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Sony only recently launched its $200 LinkBuds S wireless headphones with active noise cancellation, and now we’re seeing the first serious discount. Amazon sells both the white and black models for $178, for a savings of $22 or 11% – a nice drop if you’ve been pondering a pair.
Sony unveiled the open wear LinkBuds earlier this year, but the LinkBuds S offer a more traditional “closed” in-ear design. They resemble Sony’s WF-1000XM4 headphones, but are smaller and therefore more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Sony actually calls them “the world’s smallest and lightest Hi-Res true wireless headphones with noise cancellation”. Plus, they’re IPX4 rated, so you can use them for workouts or in bad weather.
With 5mm drivers, they promise “powerful bass and amazingly clear vocals”, says Sony. They also use the new V1 integrated processor found on the new WH-1000XM5 headphones to ensure high sound quality, reduce distortion and increase noise cancellation. They support Hi-Res listening via Sony’s LDAC codec and DSEE Extreme upscaling.
ANC isn’t as strong as found on the WF-1000XM4, but it can still reduce background noise. It also has a transparency mode so you can hear what’s going on around you and it can adjust it based on your activity or location. Meanwhile, a new feature called Auto Play can automatically play or resume audio based on your activity when you put on the headphones or end a call – allowing you to have a playlist selected when you’re taking a walk, for example. .
In other words, they are ideal wireless headphones for everyday use and can adapt to a wide variety of activities. Considering they just launched last month, the deal might not last long.