Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JLab Go AirSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony LinkBuds S||JLab Go Air|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IP44|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||5mm||8mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||103dB/mW|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✓|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||15hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||2only|
|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 is the rank of protection offered by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating means protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IP44, the JLab Go Air's rating is read as, the first value of 4 denotes that they are protected against objects greater than 1.0mm such as wire, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the JLab Go Air, Sony LinkBuds S have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
JLab Go Air have a weight of 10g . We take in account a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g weigh less than the JLab Go Air by -0.4g
True wireless devices have no wires linking any part of the device together, JLab Go Air are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is a major difference as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds together.
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
JLab Go Air are resistant to sweat
Sony LinkBuds S's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
JLab Go Air have stereo speakers, devices with stereo 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
Active noise cancellation utilises more advanced kind of tech to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (noise) and adding -1 (inverted noise) to make zero thus "diluting" the noise.
Sony LinkBuds S have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
JLab Go Air stay well in place, creating a sound seal that reduces background sounds while preventing the earbuds music from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that they limit ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
The JLab Go Air have a unit size of 8mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, its size dictates the loudness of the device.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of JLab Go Air by 3mm , a common assumption 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 mean that they produce better quality sound.
JLab Go Air's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device produces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices can produce equal bass
The JLab Go Air's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio component produces high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes 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 JLab Go Air
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, in decibels, dB, JLab Go Air's measurement is 103dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
JLab Go Air have neodymium magnets, if used in earbuds produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux.
Sony LinkBuds S have it too, devices with these magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. It is also known that they produce more bass and clearer high notes.
The JLab Go Air's battery life is 5 hours, these last less than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. 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 more than that of JLab Go Air by 1 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the JLab Go Air's case has a charge of 15 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before recharging the case itself.
Sony LinkBuds S's charging case has a battery life of 14 hours, less than that of JLab Go Air by 1 hours
It takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the JLab Go Air's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for extended periods.
Sony LinkBuds S takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of JLab Go Air by 0.5 hours
JLab Go Air's battery capacity is 43mAh, battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
The JLab Go Air have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your earbuds and case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
The Sony LinkBuds S use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
JLab Go Air have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony LinkBuds S has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of JLab Go Air . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The JLab Go Air have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JLab Go Air
Sony LinkBuds S support AAC, a codec 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 the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony LinkBuds S will work well with your MacBook. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
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.
The JLab Go Air have 2 microphones.
The Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, more than that of JLab Go Air by 4 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out background sounds.
The JLab Go Air microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. The extent of the analog or digital output signal from the microphone with its input stimulus is a measure of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the voice that the earbud microphone can pick up.
Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing them
The Sony LinkBuds S support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Sony LinkBuds S have a find earbuds feature.
The Sony LinkBuds S support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JLab Go Air, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Sony LinkBuds S also have a control panel on them.
JLab Go Air 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.
JLab Go Air support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
Sony LinkBuds S also support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you when the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the device.
The Sony LinkBuds S come with their own special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.