Great news, Sony headphone owners! Sony has promised to update three of its best true wireless headphones with a free audio feature.
Multipoint audio support – which allows the headphones to stay connected to two different Bluetooth devices simultaneously – is coming to Sony LinkBuds, LinkBuds S and WF-1000XM4 headphones in the coming months (H/T Engadget (opens in new tab)).
Sony says the feature will be available through a new firmware update for its LinkBuds models in November, while the WF-1000XM4 will receive the same update sometime between December and January.
This is a big deal for Sony’s wireless headphones, because it lines them up – or rather makes them even more useful – than Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro models. The latest devices have easily switched audio support since their respective releases, but the feature only works for Apple-branded products.
In contrast, Sony’s LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 headphones will soon be able to work simultaneously with any Bluetooth-enabled device, regardless of manufacturer. If you’re watching Netflix on your Dell laptop, for example, you can remain aware of the notifications being displayed on your Samsung phone.
In order for multipoint audio support to work, the headphones must necessarily support A2DP and HFP/HSP connections for audio streaming and conversation, respectively. Some devices can only support two simultaneous phone connections (which is pretty impractical anyway), while others can handle simultaneous phone and computer connections.
Sony’s LinkBuds, LinkBuds S and WF-1000XM4 headphones will soon be capable of the latter, though the brand’s budget wireless models – like the Sony WF-C500 – miss out on the free upgrade.
Three great headphones are getting even better
The Sony LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 are three great wireless headphones in their own right, so it’s a welcome surprise to see Sony handing out a pretty significant upgrade – for free, no less – to each of them.
The WF-1000XM4 in particular is our current pick for the best true wireless headphones money can buy, so the imminent addition of multipoint audio support will only strengthen its claim to that title in the face of competition from rival manufacturers. .
Plus, we recently proclaimed the LinkBuds S to be one of the best-suited headphones for small ears we’ve ever tested – the multipoint audio support, unsurprisingly, will make them even better from a practical standpoint (for those with small ears or not). ).
If you haven’t purchased either pair and are considering investing in Sony’s wireless audio lineup, check out our Sony LinkBuds vs Sony WF-1000XM4 feature, as well as our report on why Sennheiser’s new true wireless headphones put pressure on Sony’s flagship model.