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Back in June, Sony’s newishand even newer , which feature active noise canceling, were both $22 off their list prices of $180 and $200 respectively. Now the discounts are even sweeter and you can , dropping the price down to just $148.
As I said in my, they are really appealing in a lot of ways. They’re lightweight and compact yet don’t skimp on the features and performance. They’re kind of a cross between Sony’s entry-level earbuds ($100) and flagship earbuds — and basically the Sony equivalent of Apple’s AirPods Pro.
I was impressed with the sound quality for their size and my one gripe with them was that the voice-calling performance could have been a bit better. However, in last couple of weeks Sony upgraded the firmware for the LinkBuds S and it does seem to have improved the voice-calling performance, with better voice pickup — callers said my voice sounded clearer after the firmware upgrade while the background noise was muffled pretty well.