Sony WF 1000XM3See 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.
|Sony WF 1000XM3
|Sony LinkBuds S
|ingress protection (ip) rating
|has no wires or cables
|has an earbud foam
|has stereo speakers
|has active noise cancellation (noise control)
|has passive noise reduction
|driver unit size
|has a neodymium magnet
|battery life of charging case
|has a battery level indicator
|has usb type-c
|maximum bluetooth range
|supports bluetooth pairing using nfc
|number of microphones
|has a noise-canceling microphone
|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
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IP ratings is the rating of protection given by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
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.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a weight of 17g . We consider a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to transport.
The Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g are lighter than the Sony WF 1000XM3 with a difference -7.4g
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Sony WF 1000XM3 are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is an important distinction since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless because it has no cables linking the two earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM3 have wingtips, these are commonly used for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Sony LinkBuds S have sweat resistance
An earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The Sony WF 1000XM3 have an earbud foam for some people it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony LinkBuds S and Sony WF 1000XM3 have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses advanced technology to actively cancel noise. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and after inverts the soundwaves to counter it. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) and producing -1 (inverted noise) to make zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have ANC making either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning travels. The Sony WF 1000XM3 and Sony LinkBuds S work with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that suites your relaxation time.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 stay tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces your environment noise and also prevents the earbuds sound from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that they tone down ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a unit size of 6mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, the unit size determines the sound made by the device.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 1mm , a common assumption 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.
Sony WF 1000XM3's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device generates low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices can produce equal bass
The Sony WF 1000XM3's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component generates high human frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this implies that Sony LinkBuds S can generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Sony WF 1000XM3
Sony WF 1000XM3 have neodymium magnets, when used in earbuds 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 too have it, devices with these magnets are lighter and more powerful . It is also known that they have more bass and clearer high notes.
The Sony WF 1000XM3'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 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 Sony WF 1000XM3 by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and the Sony WF 1000XM3's case has a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before recharging the case itself.
Sony LinkBuds S's charging case has a battery life of 14 hours, less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 10 hours
It takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF 1000XM3's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for extended periods.
Sony LinkBuds S takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 1.5 hours
The Sony WF 1000XM3 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 device and case.
Sony LinkBuds S 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.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have Bluetooth version of 5, 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, newer than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Sony WF 1000XM3
Sony WF 1000XM3 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because 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 WF 1000XM3 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.
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.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have 4 microphones.
While the Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, more than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the device to filter out noise.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to filter out background sounds from the desired sound.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of your surrounding, say you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Sony LinkBuds S too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Sony WF 1000XM3 have a find earbuds feature.
Sony LinkBuds S also have the find earbuds feature. You can use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your earbuds to find them.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Also the Sony LinkBuds S too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Sony WF 1000XM3 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. It means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Sony WF 1000XM3, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have a control panel on them.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 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 following instruction manuals.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Sony LinkBuds S also have voice prompts meaning the device notifies you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 come with a special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them inside your bag without a casing can easily damage them.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.