Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Powerbeats ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony LinkBuds S||Powerbeats Pro|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||5mm||12mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||24hours|
|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 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 of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Powerbeats Pro's rating for solids indicates 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 Powerbeats Pro, 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 Powerbeats Pro have a weight of 20.3g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g weigh less than the Powerbeats Pro by -10.7g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables linking any part of the device together, Powerbeats Pro are true wireless for this matter since they don't have wires. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless because it has no wires linking the 2 earbuds together.
Powerbeats Pro have wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Powerbeats Pro have sweat resistance
Sony LinkBuds S's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
The Powerbeats Pro are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Powerbeats Pro have stereo speakers, what this means is that Powerbeats Pro's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony LinkBuds S and Powerbeats Pro have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of more advanced kind of tech to actively counter noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
The Sony LinkBuds S have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
The Powerbeats Pro stay tightly in place, creating a sound seal that reduces your environment noise and also prevents the earbuds voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that both limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The Powerbeats Pro have a unit size of 12mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the earbuds, its size determines 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 Powerbeats Pro by 7mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
The Powerbeats Pro's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device produces 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 Powerbeats Pro make sound with a juicier bass than the Sony LinkBuds S
The Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component generates high human frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal on its way through.
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 produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
The Powerbeats Pro's battery life is 9 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, 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 Powerbeats Pro by 3 hours . Each 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 have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and Powerbeats Pro's case has a charge of 24 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 Powerbeats Pro by 10 hours
It takes 0.7 hours to fully charge the Powerbeats Pro's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Sony LinkBuds S takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of Powerbeats Pro by 1.3 hours
The Powerbeats Pro have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. Its lights display the charging status of your device and charging case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, these enable you tell the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Sony LinkBuds S have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Powerbeats Pro have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows 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, newer than that of Powerbeats Pro . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Powerbeats Pro have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro 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 Powerbeats Pro will work fine with your iPad. If you are planning on using these with Android , 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 can reach a high bitrate of 990kbps, providing high-resolution audio.
Powerbeats Pro have 2 microphones.
Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, more than that of Powerbeats Pro by 4 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Sony LinkBuds S support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Sony LinkBuds S have a find earbuds feature.
Powerbeats Pro support fast charging. Usually, 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, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
Sony LinkBuds S have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Powerbeats Pro, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have a control panel on them.
The Sony LinkBuds S have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
The Powerbeats Pro come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.