Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Jabra Elite 5See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.7 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Jabra Elite 5||Sony LinkBuds S|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP55||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||6mm||5mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||27hours||14hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||6only|
|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|
IP ratings is the level of protection offered by a casing, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Having a value of IP55, the Jabra Elite 5's rating for solids indicates that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety, and the second number of 5 means that they can withstand medium pressure jet that's 6.3mm diameter, similar to garden hose from any angle for 3 minutes at a distance of 2.5 to 3 metres.
Compared to the Jabra Elite 5, Sony LinkBuds S have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, Jabra Elite 5 has a higher liquid rating than Sony LinkBuds S
The Jabra Elite 5 have a weight of 10g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
The Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g are lighter than the Jabra Elite 5 by -0.4g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Jabra Elite 5 are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the 2 earbuds .
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires connecting the 2 earbuds together.
Jabra Elite 5 are resistant to sweat
Sony LinkBuds S's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Jabra Elite 5 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony LinkBuds S and Jabra Elite 5 have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
The Jabra Elite 5 have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
Sony LinkBuds S too have Active Noise Cancellation making both devices ideal for flights and morning travels. Each operate with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that suites your chill time.
The Jabra Elite 5 sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that reduces your environment noise and also prevents the device music from leaking out .
Both Sony LinkBuds S, and Jabra Elite 5 have passive noise reduction which implies that they limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The Jabra Elite 5 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, its size determines the sound produced by the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Jabra Elite 5 by 1mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they produce better quality sound.
Jabra Elite 5's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component generates low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
Jabra Elite 5's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio device makes high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this means that Sony LinkBuds S can generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Jabra Elite 5
The Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, with the use of high magnetic flux.
The Jabra Elite 5's battery life is 9 hours, a device's battery life is usually 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 less than that of Jabra Elite 5 by 3 hours . Each 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 no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the vendor, and the Jabra Elite 5's case has a full charge of 27 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several 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 Jabra Elite 5 by 13 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Jabra Elite 5's battery. It is recommended 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 Jabra Elite 5
Jabra Elite 5, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
The Jabra Elite 5 have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging state of your device and charging case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Jabra Elite 5 use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
Jabra Elite 5 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony LinkBuds S has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 5 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Jabra Elite 5 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 5
Jabra Elite 5 support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Jabra Elite 5 will work well with your iPad. If you intend 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.
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.
Jabra Elite 5 have 6 microphones.
While the Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 5 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The Jabra Elite 5 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
Sony LinkBuds S have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Sony LinkBuds S support the find earbuds feature.
Jabra Elite 5 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
Jabra Elite 5 have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have the mute function. It means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
The Jabra Elite 5, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have a control panel on them.
The Jabra Elite 5 have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
Jabra Elite 5 support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 5 come with their own special case. Carrying earphones openly, or placing them inside your pockets without a casing may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony LinkBuds S also have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.