Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Xiaomi FlipBuds ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.7 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sony LinkBuds S||Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro|
|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||11mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||21hours|
|has wireless charging||✗||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|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|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the rating of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the Sony LinkBuds S's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second number of 4 means 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 Sony LinkBuds S, Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro 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
Sony LinkBuds S have a weight of 9.6g . We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to carry.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro, at 12.2g are heavier than the Sony LinkBuds S by of 2.6g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Sony LinkBuds S are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a major difference since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds together.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also is true wireless because it has no wires connecting the pair of earbuds together.
Sony LinkBuds S are resistant to sweat
Sony LinkBuds S have stereo speakers, what this means is that Sony LinkBuds S's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 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 have to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background noise.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have Active Noise Cancellation making either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. Each work with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that enhances your chill time.
Sony LinkBuds S stay tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces background sounds and also prevents the device music from leaking out .
Both Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro, and Sony LinkBuds S have passive noise reduction which means that they reduce ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
The Sony LinkBuds S have a unit size of 5mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the earbuds, its size corellates with the sound produced by the device.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Sony LinkBuds S 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 yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they produce better quality sound.
The Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component produces low audible frequencies and if it alters 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 device produces high audible frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
The Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, with the use of high magnetic flux.
Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is 6 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 more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro's battery life is more than that of Sony LinkBuds S 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.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Sony LinkBuds S's case is said to have a charge of 14 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro's charging case has a battery life of 21 hours, more than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 7 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the Sony LinkBuds S's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro takes 0.52 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Sony LinkBuds S by 1.48 hours
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
The Sony LinkBuds S have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging state of your device and case.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Sony LinkBuds S use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Sony LinkBuds S have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the Sony LinkBuds S . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Sony LinkBuds S have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro 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 provides 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 iPhone. If you are planning 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.
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 Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro 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 Sony LinkBuds S have 6 microphones.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro microphones are 6, equal to that of the Sony LinkBuds S . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but would still want to hear traffic.
The Sony LinkBuds S support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears .
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro 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 support the find earbuds feature.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your earbuds to help you find them.
The Sony LinkBuds S support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to fully charge a device.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
Sony LinkBuds S have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have this function. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
The Sony LinkBuds S, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also have a control panel on them.
The Sony LinkBuds S support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you when the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge them.
The Sony LinkBuds S come with a special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or placing them inside your bag without a casing may easily damage them.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.