Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Mpow Flame SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.1 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony LinkBuds S||Mpow Flame S|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX7|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||5mm||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|has aptx low latency||✗||✓|
|has aptx hd||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||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|
Ingress protection ratings is the rank of protection offered by a casing, against solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX4, the Sony LinkBuds S's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes 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 Sony LinkBuds S, Mpow Flame S have a rating of IPX7 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, Sony LinkBuds S has a lower liquid rating than Mpow Flame S
The Sony LinkBuds S have a weight of 9.6g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to move with.
For a device to be true wireless it should have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Sony LinkBuds S are true wireless for this case since they have no wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
Mpow Flame S have wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Sony LinkBuds S are resistant to sweat
Mpow Flame 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
Sony LinkBuds S 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 Mpow Flame S also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises advanced technology to actively cancel noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) then adding -1 (inverted noise) giving 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
Sony LinkBuds S have ANC enabling 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 noise.
Mpow Flame S too have ANC which makes both earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning travels. The Sony LinkBuds S and Mpow Flame S work with different noise cancellation settings, pick the mode that you prefer for commute or that enhances your chill time.
The Sony LinkBuds S sit well in place, creating a sound seal that tones down your environment noise and also prevents the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which implies that both tone down ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
Sony LinkBuds S have a unit size of 5mm 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 device, its size determines the loudness of the device.
The Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio component generates low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
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 generate music at quite a high SPL, using high magnetic flux.
The Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is 6 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.
Mpow Flame S's battery life is more than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 6 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 have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the Sony LinkBuds S's case is said to have a full charge of 14 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the Sony LinkBuds S's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Sony LinkBuds S have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging status of your device and case.
Mpow Flame S too have a battery level indicator, these allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Sony LinkBuds S use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Mpow Flame S has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of Sony LinkBuds S . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Sony LinkBuds S have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Mpow Flame S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Sony LinkBuds S
Sony LinkBuds S support AAC, a codec that is 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 a similar bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony LinkBuds S will work fine with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Mpow Flame 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.
Mpow Flame S support it as well, LDAC, can automatically change to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps for stability.
Mpow Flame S support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Mpow Flame S support APTX Low Latency, a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag for example when playing games.
The Mpow Flame S support APTX HD, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It supports high-quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
Sony LinkBuds S have 6 microphones.
The Mpow Flame S have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Mpow Flame 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 still want to hear traffic.
Sony LinkBuds S support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Mpow Flame S too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
When misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sony LinkBuds S have a find earbuds feature.
Mpow Flame S also have the find earbuds feature. Use the device app on your smartphone to play a sound from your device to help you find them.
The Sony LinkBuds S support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge a device.
The Mpow Flame S support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
Sony LinkBuds S have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Mpow Flame S also support this function. The mute function means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
With the Sony LinkBuds S, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
The Mpow Flame S also have a control panel on them.
The Sony LinkBuds S have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
Mpow Flame S too support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds will notify you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
Sony LinkBuds S come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your bag without a casing may easily damage them.
Mpow Flame S also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.