The $199 LinkBuds S takes the series on a more traditional true wireless route and offers up superb ANC, features, and sound for the price.

Pros +Balanced, well-defined sound +Effective ANC +Terrific call quality +Compact and comfy +Third-party app support and lots of features

Cons -Lacks the original’s innovative design -Poor battery life for the charging case -No NFC

Price: $199 Colors: Black, White Battery life (rated): 6 hours (ANC on); 9 hours (ANC off); 20 hours (with charging case) Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2

Water resistance: Yes (IPX5 rated) Size: 1.69 x 2.36 x 1.09 inches (charging case) Weight: 0.17 ounces (per bud); 1.23 ounces (charging case)

The LinkBuds S is compact and lightweight with a small oval body and in-ear fitting.

Sony gives you a full suite of media controls that can be assigned in the companion app, as well as several ways to activate them.

Audio quality on the original LinkBuds was noteworthy, but the open design didn’t allow for listeners to hear music fully and uninterrupted.