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.
|Category||Features||Sony WF 1000XM3||Sony LinkBuds S|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||✗||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||6mm||5mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✓|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||14hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|supports bluetooth pairing using nfc||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||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|
IP ratings refer to the level of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating means protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX4, the Sony LinkBuds S's rating for solids indicates 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.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a weight of 17g . We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to carry.
The Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g weigh less than the Sony WF 1000XM3 with a difference -7.4g
True wireless devices have no wires linking any part of the device together, Sony WF 1000XM3 are true wireless for this case since they have no cables. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds together.
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
Sony WF 1000XM3 have wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and are usually an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Sony LinkBuds S are resistant to sweat
The earbud foam is made to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The Sony WF 1000XM3 have an earbud foam to some 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, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) and producing -1 (inverted noise) giving zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have ANC which makes both earbuds ideal for flights and morning commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the setting that suits your commute or that enhances your relaxation time.
Sony WF 1000XM3 stay tightly in place, this creates an acoustic covering that tones down your environment sounds and also prevents the device sound from leaking out at the same.
Both Sony LinkBuds S, and Sony WF 1000XM3 have passive noise reduction which means that they limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the earbuds, its size determines the sound produced by the earbuds.
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 find it difficult to produce high frequencies so yes, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
Sony WF 1000XM3's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, 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 both devices produce equal bass
Sony WF 1000XM3's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces high audible frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, this implies that Sony LinkBuds S generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Sony WF 1000XM3
Sony WF 1000XM3 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, using high magnetic flux.
Sony LinkBuds S too have it, devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful . It is also known that they have more bass and clearer high notes.
Sony WF 1000XM3's battery life is 8 hours, a device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chanrgings.
Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your device, 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 WF 1000XM3's case has a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several 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 Sony WF 1000XM3 by 10 hours
It takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF 1000XM3's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage 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 alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have Bluetooth version of 5, 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, 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. 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 WF 1000XM3 will work well 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 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 is capable of a very 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.
The Sony LinkBuds S microphones are 6, more than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
Sony WF 1000XM3 use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being 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 device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
The Sony LinkBuds S support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Sony WF 1000XM3 have a find earbuds feature.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your earbuds to find them.
The 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 a device.
Sony LinkBuds 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 can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Sony LinkBuds S too support this function. The mute function means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Sony WF 1000XM3, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features 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.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony LinkBuds S also support voice prompts meaning the device will notify you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
Sony WF 1000XM3 come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.