Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
OnePlus Buds Z2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony LinkBuds S||OnePlus Buds Z2|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IP55|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||5mm||11mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||31hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||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|
IP ratings refer to the rating of protection given by a casing, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IP55, the OnePlus Buds Z2's rating is read as, the first number of 5 denotes 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 value 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.
In comparison to the OnePlus Buds Z2, Sony LinkBuds S have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, Sony LinkBuds S has a lower liquid rating than OnePlus Buds Z2
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a weight of 9g . We consider a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g are heavier than the OnePlus Buds Z2 with a difference of 0.6g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no wires linking any part of the device together, OnePlus Buds Z2 are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a major distinction since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the two earbuds .
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables linking the pair of earbuds together.
OnePlus Buds Z2 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
OnePlus Buds Z2 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.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have stereo speakers
ANC uses more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero thus "diluting" the noise.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background noise.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have ANC which makes either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning travels. The OnePlus Buds Z2 and Sony LinkBuds S operate with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that enhances your chill time.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 sit well in place, creating a sound seal that reduces background noise while preventing the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both Sony LinkBuds S, and OnePlus Buds Z2 have passive noise reduction this implies that they limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
OnePlus Buds Z2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size dictates the loudness of the device.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of OnePlus Buds Z2 by 6mm , 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 yeah, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not imply that they produce better quality sound.
The OnePlus Buds Z2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio device generates low recognizable frequencies and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices produce equal bass
OnePlus Buds Z2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component makes high human 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 produce a clearer and crispier treble than the OnePlus Buds Z2
Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices 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.
The OnePlus Buds Z2's battery life is 7 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 less than that of OnePlus Buds Z2 by 1 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the manufacturer, and the OnePlus Buds Z2's case has a charge of 31 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Sony LinkBuds S's charging case has a battery life of 14 hours, less than that of OnePlus Buds Z2 by 17 hours
It requires 1.5 hours to fully charge the OnePlus Buds Z2's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Sony LinkBuds S takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of OnePlus Buds Z2 by 0.5 hours
OnePlus Buds Z2's battery power is 40mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
OnePlus Buds Z2 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your earbuds and case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
OnePlus Buds Z2 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
OnePlus Buds Z2 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony LinkBuds S has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
OnePlus Buds Z2 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2
OnePlus Buds Z2 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the OnePlus Buds Z2 will work well with your iPhone. 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.
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, providing high-resolution audio.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have 6 microphones.
The Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background sounds.
OnePlus Buds Z2 use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to reduce background sounds from the desired sound.
Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing them
OnePlus Buds Z2 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Sony LinkBuds S support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
When misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the OnePlus Buds Z2 have a find earbuds feature.
Sony LinkBuds S too have the find earbuds feature. You can use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to help you locate them.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have this function. The mute function means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
With the OnePlus Buds Z2, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a control panel on them.
OnePlus Buds Z2 have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
Sony LinkBuds S too support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds will notify you when the battery is low, and it's time to recharge the device.
OnePlus Buds Z2 come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your bag 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.