Bose QuietComfort Earbuds IISee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II||Sony LinkBuds S|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||9.3mm||5mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||18hours||14hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||8only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the rating of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, Sony LinkBuds S have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a weight of 12.5g . We take in account a lower weight better because lighter devices are easier to carry.
The Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g are lighter than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by -2.9g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is an important distinction since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the 2 earbuds .
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless since it has no cables connecting the pair of earbuds together.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II come with wingtips, these are commonly used for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are resistant to sweat
Sony LinkBuds S's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have stereo speakers, what this means is that Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero thus "diluting" the noise.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have Active Noise Cancellation making both earbuds ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each work with different noise cancellation types, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that enhances your relaxation time.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II sit well in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces your environment sounds and also prevents the device music from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that they tone down ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II driver unit is 9.3mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, its size corellates with the sound made by the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 4.3mm , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they deliver better quality sound.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio component generates low recognizable frequencies and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio device makes high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this implies that Sony LinkBuds S generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
The Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help generate music at quite a high SPL, using high magnetic flux.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is equal to that of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's case has a charge of 18 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sony LinkBuds S's charging case has a battery life of 14 hours, less than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 4 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Sony LinkBuds S takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, equal to that of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your earbuds and charging case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have Bluetooth version of 5.3, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony LinkBuds S has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, older than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II will work fine with your iPhone. If you are planning on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sony LinkBuds S support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
The Sony LinkBuds S support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have 8 microphones.
The Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, less than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out noise.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a jog but still want to hear traffic.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
The Sony LinkBuds S too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
When lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a find earbuds feature.
Sony LinkBuds S too have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to find them.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to charge a device.
Also the Sony LinkBuds S support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Sony LinkBuds S too support this function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have a control panel on them.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have voice prompts meaning the device will notify you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II come with their own special case. Carrying earphones openly, or placing them inside your pockets without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.