Headphones usually have a certain level of customization designed to sound something, but the Olivia Rodrigo LinkBuds S take it to the next level.
Each headphone and headphone manufacturer usually follows a certain style of sound in their releases, but it can vary greatly depending on the goal.
It’s usually some form of “balanced,” with “warm” often being the Holy Grail: a warm sound close to balanced, but with a little more mids and lows to give it that loudspeaker sound that makes you feel like yourself. You’re sitting with a decent pair of speakers.
However, warm and balanced is not everything. You can also find “bright” – for example, where the sound is focused on the high frequencies and can sound like it was made for pop music – and there is also a low-heavy style that emphasizes the lower bass, unsurprisingly known as ” bass”. .
Sony has certainly created models for many of them: the WH-1000XM5 continues the company’s focus on warmth in headphones, the WF-1000XM5 delivers warm sound in headphones, and the XB series of headphones is all about that bass delivery.
But with the new LinkBuds S, Sony is going in a completely different direction: creating audio specifically for artist Olivia Rodrigo.
Anyway, something like that.
The LinkBuds S x Olivia Rodrigo are an interesting take on the technology: Sony takes a blue eco-friendly version of its LinkBuds S made from recycled water bottles and car parts, paints it purple, and then applies some engineering tweaks to the Sony Headphones app. , but focusing specifically on this pair of headphones.
Olivia Rodrigo LinkBuds S owners will have two custom equalizers (EQ) in the headphone app, customized by Rodrigo and her producer Daniel Nigro for listening to each of her albums “Guts” and “Sour”, which will customize the sound no matter what music service you’re on. listen to him.
Sony has confirmed to Picru that the equalizers will only be available to owners of Rodrigo LinkBuds S, while owners of any other pair of Sony headphones, including anything more expensive, will be missing out.
He also confirmed that the equalizer settings will also shape the sound of whatever is currently playing on the phone, so if you don’t want to hear how the equalizer settings affect any other music, you can turn it off. .
Minus the special equalizers and purple design, the LinkBuds S x Olivia Rodrigo are the same LinkBuds S we reviewed earlier this year, which more or less replicate some aspects of the WF ANC headphones but shrink them down to a smaller and smaller size. .
In terms of availability, Australians can expect to find the Sony LinkBuds S x Olivia Rodrigo in stores in November, where the price will be $299.95, which is $50 more than the current LinkBuds S sells for, at least at retail price.