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Back in June, Sony’s newish LinkBuds and even newer LinkBuds S wireless earbuds, which feature active noise canceling, were both $22 off their list prices of $180 and $200 respectively. Now the discounts are even sweeter for Amazon Prime Day and Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale: You can pick up the LInkBuds for $148 ($32 off) or the LinkBuds S for $158 ($42 off). Those are the lowest prices to date for both models. 

As I said in my review of the LinkBuds S, 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 C500 earbuds ($100) and flagship WF-1000XM4 earbuds — and basically the Sony equivalent of Apple’s AirPods Pro

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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. 

Read our full Sony LinkBuds S review.

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