LinkBuds

Never off

With LinkBuds, you are always connected with your everyday life. Comfortably wear them around the clock as you hear sounds around you transparently, feeling nothing on your ear, while you remain in touch with people and places, without ever having to pause your personal soundtrack. LinkBuds bridge your daily life and the entertainment you love, wherever you go, whatever you do.

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Keep every world on

LinkBuds are comfortable enough to wear all the time and smart so they adapt to your life – keeping you connected to the people and entertainment you love.

All your worlds, always connected

See how LinkBuds keep you connected and in control of your everyday music by combining super fit, open-ear styling with high call and sound quality.

Keep every world on

Small and light with an open ring design, LinkBuds connect all your worlds, all day long.

Hear calls and music clearly

Conversations are exceptionally clear for an authentic listening experience and all your music is enhanced.

Everyday ease

Our smart features make using LinkBuds really easy for effortless control.

Made with the environment in mind

LinkBuds use recycled plastic materials for aesthetic parts and plastic-free packaging.

Be ready for splashes and the day ahead

With IPX4 water resistance and long battery life, LinkBuds keep you going, anytime, anywhere.

Keep every world on

LinkBuds connect all your worlds perfectly with an open ring design that allows you to hear calls, music and other online content anytime, as well as the ambient sounds around you transparently, feeling nothing on your ear. Small and light with super fit styling for hours of comfortable wearing, they ensure you're always connected to your life, so you'll never miss a thing.

Connected and aware

A newly developed ring-type driver unit, with the centre of the diaphragm open for audio transparency, allows you to clearly hear the sounds around you. You'll hear when someone calls your name during a call and can chat with friends while listening to music.

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Comfortable and secure fit

LinkBuds combine a shape that perfectly matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit. We’ve designed LinkBuds utilising extensive ear shape data collated since introducing the world’s first in-ear headphones in 1982.

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Super small and light

Approximately four grams in weight and extremely small, LinkBuds are a marvel of miniaturisation. Unlike conventional earbuds, the protective surface covering the speaker diaphragm is integrated within the housing, saving space.

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Hear calls and music clearly

Make calls without noise for crystal clear conversations. Listen to music in high sound quality with compressed tracks restored by our Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) so your favourite bands and artists always sound great.

Ultra clear, noise-free calls

With precise voice pickup technology with advanced audio signal processing, the person on the other end of the call will hear your voice clearly, even when you are in noisy situations. Our noise reduction algorithm was developed using AI machine learning using more than 500 million voice samples to suppress ambient noise and extract your voice clearly in a wide range of environments.

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Authentic, natural sound

Enjoy well balanced, high quality sound with a clear mid-high range. Our Integrated Processor V1 reproduces all the detail in your music with minimal distortion for an authentic listening experience. A specially designed 12mm ring driver with a high compliance (low recoil) diaphragm provides rich, well-balanced sound.

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Give your favourite music a boost

When an original music source is compressed, it loses the high-frequency elements that add detail and richness to a track. Our Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) faithfully restores these to produce high-quality sound that’s closer to the original recording.

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Everyday ease

Our smart features make it easier than ever to enjoy your entertainment and stay in touch.

Simply tap near the ear

LinkBuds may be small but that doesn't mean they're difficult to use. With Wide Area Tap, you can use double or triple taps in front of either of your ears to control your music playback – so there’s no need to touch the LinkBuds themselves to operate.

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Automatically adjusts sound volume to your environment

Adaptive Volume Control is a smart function that automatically optimises volume based on where you are. Enjoy lower volume in quiet places and higher volume in noisier environments.

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Talk and hear only ambient sound

You can set Speak-to-Chat to automatically pause the music as soon as you speak to someone, so you can hear just ambient sound and conduct a conversation – handy if you want to keep your headphones on or your hands are full. And once your chat is over, your music starts playing again automatically.

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Control with your voice

Get hands-free help. Just say “OK Google” or “Alexa” to activate your preferred voice assistant. Enjoy entertainment, connect with friends, get information, listen to music and notifications, set reminders, and more. You can even control your headphones’ features like checking out the remaining battery level with your voice. You can also listen to and interact with your emails in Microsoft Outlook and join Microsoft Teams using Google Assistant or Siri.

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Find your headphones with Fast Pair

LinkBuds support Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature. In one tap of pop-up guidance, LinkBuds enable quick, effortless Bluetooth pairing with your Android devices. You can easily locate where you left your headphones by ringing them or checking their last known location on your smartphone. You’ll even receive a notification when your headphones battery is running low, so you know when to charge them.

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Easy pairing with your computer

Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair your LinkBuds with your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC or tablet. Pop-up pairing guidance appears on nearby Windows 11 or Windows 10 devices when pairing mode is selected.

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Quick access to your favourite music

With Quick access, you can configure LinkBuds to resume Spotify playback with just a couple of taps – no need to touch your smartphone.

Better mobility through technology

Sony and Microsoft have come together to develop technology that helps people better navigate through the world. LinkBuds support the Microsoft Soundscape app. The unique integration enables innovative experiences for richer 3D audio-based navigation, thanks to the uniquely transparent, open ear audio design, while sensors embedded in LinkBuds allow for a true heads-up and hands-free experience.

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Made with the environment in mind

Your LinkBuds are not only designed to be stylish but also with the environment in mind, using recycled plastic materials for aesthetic parts and plastic-free packaging.

Recycled plastic materials

LinkBuds use recycled plastic materials from automobile parts.

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No plastic in individual packaging

No plastic is included in the packaging material for LinkBuds, reflecting our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our products.

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Be ready for splashes and the day ahead

Listen anytime, anywhere with IPX4 water resistance and enough battery power to last a whole day.

Water resistant for everyday use

With an IPX4 water resistance rating, splashes and sweat won’t stop these headphones – so you can keep on moving to the music.

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A clearer, more stable Bluetooth signal

For low latency and high sound quality, even around other interference, the Bluetooth® signal is transmitted to both ears at the same time. Thanks to the powerful Integrated Processor V1, you'll enjoy stable, skip-free, wireless sound.

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Listen all day, charge in minutes

You can enjoy a full working day of charge – 5.5 hours – from your headphones and store another 12 hours in the case. That means a full 17.5 hours of listening time every time you leave the house. In a hurry? Just a 10 minute quick charge gives you up to 90 minutes of play time, and the Sony | Headphones Connect app will even notify you when your charging case drops below 30%.

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Small, perfectly formed case

Ultra-small with a stylish rounded design, the charging case fits comfortably in your hand or pockets for life on the go. Open with a simple button press.

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What's in the box

Open up the packaging for your LinkBuds and you'll find 5 sizes of fitting supporter to suit different ear shapes, and a USB-C charging cable.

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Specifications & Features

Stay connected and aware to people and places in everyday life, without ever having to pause your personal soundtrack. LinkBuds bridge your daily life and the entertainment you love, wherever you go, whatever you do.
  • Open ring design with audio transparency links your online and offline worlds

  • Ultra small, light weight and super fit

  • Hear calls and music clearly

  • 5.5hr battery life, total 17.5hr with charging case, quick charging

  • Splash-proof and sweat-proof with an IPX4 rating

Zero enviromental footprint
Sony is committed not only to offering products, services and content that deliver exciting experiences but also to working towards our goal of a zero environmental footprint throughout our business activities. Learn more about Sony and the Environment
So immersive. So real.

Immerse yourself in sound all around you. As real as if you are there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real. These headphones let you enjoy 360 Reality Audio.

  1. 1Xperia screen image is for illustration purposes only
  2. 2Coating and adhesive materials excluded.
  3. 3To adjust operation of your LinkBuds tap between the earlobe and the fovea, and from above the auricle to below the earlobe.
  4. 4The headset may not operate correctly due to coughing or when attaching/detaching accessories around the ears. When the headset reacts incorrectly, turn the wide area tap off using the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app.
  5. 5Set the function to “ON” from the Sony | Headphones Connect app.
  6. 6In rare cases, Speak-to-Chat may unintentionally start up in response to vibrations caused by devices such as electric toothbrushes, electric massagers and electric shavers, and activities such as brushing teeth, coughing or humming.
  7. 7Set the function to “ON” from the Sony | Headphones Connect app. To deactivate Speak-to-Chat and return to your music immediately, tap either the left or right touch panel. Otherwise, music will resume playing by default 15 seconds after your conversation ends in Speak-to-Chat mode. This timeframe can be customised using the Sony | Headphones Connect app.
  8. 8The feature to activate Google Assistant by saying “OK Google” is only available for Android devices. Google, Google Assistant and Android are trademarks of Google LLC. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. The Google Assistant and Alexa are not available in all languages and countries/regions. Install the Google Assistant app and set up with Sony | Headphones Connect app. For Amazon Alexa, install the Amazon Alexa app and set up with Sony | Headphones Connect app.
  9. 9Only available for Google Assistant. Please see details on https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/7172842#headphones
  10. 10Requires having the app installed on your Android™ device or iOS device. Microsoft, Outlook and Teams are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies
  11. 11Install the Spotify app and set up with Sony | Headphones Connect app. Spotify service may not be available in some countries/regions. Spotify and all other trademarks related to the Spotify brand are the sole property of Spotify AB
  12. 12For Sony’s approach for Soundscape, please see details on: https://www.sony.com/en/SonyInfo/accessibility/initiatives/#inclusive
  13. 13Requires having the app installed on your iOS device. Please see details on https://apps.apple.com/app/id1240320677 Microsoft and Soundscape are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
  14. 14Sony is not responsible for any damages that may occur in connection with the use of Soundscape application with this product. You understand that you use this product at your own risk.
  15. 15Protection assured against water splashing from any angle, excluding the ring driver unit. The charging case is not water resistant.
  16. 165.5hrs (earbuds) + 12hrs (charging case ), total 17.5hrs when using Bluetooth® connection.
  17. 17XS-size fitting supporters are shown in this image. Default is M-size.
  18. 18Sony | Headphones Connect App is needed. Requires subscription to a music streaming service -subscription fees apply. Some services may not be available in certain countries/regions.