Sennheiser CX 500BTSee 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||Sennheiser CX 500BT||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||✗||5mm|
|sound pressure level||94db/mw||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||14hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|highest mic frequency||10,000hz||✗|
|lowest mic frequency||100hz||✗|
|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 rating of protection offered by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value means protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Sennheiser CX 500BT'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.
In comparison to the Sennheiser CX 500BT, 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
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a weight of 12g . We consider a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry.
The Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g weigh less than the Sennheiser CX 500BT by -2.4g
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Sennheiser CX 500BT are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a key difference since wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables connecting the pair of earbuds together.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have sweat resistance
Sony LinkBuds S's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Sennheiser CX 500BT have stereo speakers, what this means is that Sennheiser CX 500BT's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony LinkBuds S and Sennheiser CX 500BT have stereo speakers
ANC uses more advanced technology to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (noise) then adding -1 (inverted noise) giving 0 hence "diluting" the noise.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
Sony LinkBuds S too have ANC which makes either of the devices ideal for flights and rush hour travels. Each work with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that suites your chill time.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down your environment sounds and also prevents the earbuds voice audio from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that they limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass. A driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, its size dictates the sound made by the earbuds.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest frequency is at 5Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that Sennheiser CX 500BT can make sound with a juicier bass than the Sony LinkBuds S
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest frequency is at 21,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio component produces high recognizable frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this implies that Sony LinkBuds S generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Sennheiser CX 500BT
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, Sennheiser CX 500BT's measurement is 94dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, if used in earbuds produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help produce music at quite a high SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer 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 more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is less than that of Sennheiser CX 500BT by 2 hours . 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 no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the Sennheiser CX 500BT's case has a charge of 16 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many 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 Sennheiser CX 500BT by 2 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Sony LinkBuds S's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device 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, these allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
Sennheiser CX 500BT use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows 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, equal to that of the Sennheiser CX 500BT . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Sennheiser CX 500BT
Sennheiser CX 500BT 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 a similar bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sennheiser CX 500BT will work well with your iPhone. If you intend 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.
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, which provides high-resolution audio.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT 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 Sennheiser CX 500BT have 4 microphones.
Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, more than that of Sennheiser CX 500BT by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out background sounds.
Sennheiser CX 500BT use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest mic frequency is 10,000Hz, high frequencies are best for picking up treble. The highest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its upper limiting frequency.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest mic frequency is 100Hz, low frequencies are best for recording bass. The lowest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its lower limiting frequency.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to 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 while being aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a run but still want to hear traffic.
Sennheiser CX 500BT 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 improving your listening experience.
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Sennheiser CX 500BT support the find earbuds feature.
Sony LinkBuds S too have the find earbuds feature. Use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your earbuds to help you find them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S 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 just thirty minutes.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have this function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Sennheiser CX 500BT, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
Sony LinkBuds S also have a control panel on them.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT 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 that has followed instruction manuals.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Sony LinkBuds S also have voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the device.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT come with a special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them in your bag without a cover can easily damage them.
Sony LinkBuds S also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.