The WF-LS900N, also known as the Sony LinkBuds S, is the latest addition to Sony’s line of truly wireless earbuds. These earbuds are notable for their compact and lightweight design, which makes them 40% smaller than the flagship WF-1000XM4. The LinkBuds S offer advanced noise-cancelling capabilities in a convenient and discreet package, making them a solid choice for on-the-go listening.
Despite its smaller size and lower price point of $200, the Sony LinkBuds S offer a range of features similar to the more expensive WF-1000XM4, including active noise cancellation, ambient mode, LDAC and High-Resolution Audio Wireless, multipoint connection, 360 Reality Audio, and DSEE Extreme AI upscaling. These earbuds also claim to offer the best call quality of any truly wireless headphones from Sony, potentially making them an even better choice for making calls than the flagship model.
We happened to get a unit in the office, and after performing all due tests, this is what we felt about the Sony Linkbuds S –
In comparison to Sony’s other fully wireless devices, the LinkBuds S are a refreshing change in terms of design. Most of them tend to have a bulkier, less comfortable fit, but the LinkBuds S are compact and lightweight, which makes them a much-needed improvement over the WF-1000XM4. They fit easily in your ears and can be worn all day without causing discomfort.
The charging case for the LinkBuds S is also smaller and thinner than the 1000XM4 case, making it more convenient to carry in your pocket. However, the case is not water resistant like the earbuds, which have an IPX4 rating.
There are three colour options available for the LinkBuds S: black, white, and beige, with an additional Earth Blue option available in select locations. The first three colours are fairly monotone and uninteresting, but the Earth Blue option, which is made from repurposed water bottles, has a unique hazy design.