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Accessibility for all,
whatever your needs

We believe technology should make the world more interactive, more creative, more entertaining, and more inclusive. By incorporating human-centric, inclusive design into our audio products, we deliver our Kando experience to all our users, regardless of age, ability or environment.

Vision Assist

Get visual support with these features and apps

Assisted control for your Walkman®

With the TalkBack screen reading function1, you can access on-screen functions and information without needing a clear view, or precise touch control on the display. After you turn on the TalkBack screen reader, swiping two fingers up and down will switch the screen and let you read back the titles of the usable functions and settings. It is still possible to adjust volume, replay, stop, fast-forward, and rewind using the conventional buttons on the device.

Simple headphone control with Sony | Headphones Connect

The Sony | Headphones Connect app supports the screen reader function2 available on smartphones, for accessible control. Adjust your headphone settings and sound to match your preferences and needs with the Sony | Headphones Connect app.

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Simple wireless speaker control with Sony | Music Center

The Sony | Music Center supports the screen reader function2 available on smartphones. It conveniently brings listening functions together in one place and gives you easy control of wireless speaker functions, allowing you to manage devices directly from your smartphone.

Learn more about Music Center

Hearing Assist

Control the sound and adjust it to suit your preference

Open ring design earbuds

LinkBuds have been created with a unique open ring design that lets users hear ambient sounds while enjoying all kinds of information, music, and other entertainment. The ring driver unit features an open central diaphragm for audio transparency, so chatting with friends and connecting to surroundings is easy.

Hear more of the world around you

With Ambient Sound Mode3, you’ll still hear the world around you, even as you enjoy your music. The Sony | Headphones Connect app allows you to adjust the ambient sound in 20 different levels or use the Focus on Voice setting to chat without removing your headphones.

Listen safely with the Sony | Headphones Connect app

Check how safely you’re listening to music by comparing sound-pressure data recorded by your headphones with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO). Receive OS notifications when listening levels are too high.

Action Assist

Make operating your device easier with a range of convenient features

For everyday convenience, just Speak-to-Chat

The Speak-to-Chat feature uses built-in microphones and advanced audio signal processing to recognise and react to your voice. As soon as you start a conversation, Speak-to-Chat will pause your music and let ambient sound in. Then, when you've finished your conversation, your music starts playing again automatically4, 5.

Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts to whatever you do

Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. It even recognises locations that you frequently visit, such as your workplace, the gym, or a favourite café, and switches the sound modes to suit the situation.

Auto Play

Headphones with Auto Play can automatically play music as soon as you put the headphones on or finish a call - no need to touch your device. Settings can also trigger music to match your behaviour, such as a mood-changing walk or a post-meeting focus track6, 7.

Control at your fingertips

Headphones feature intuitive touch control to make it easier than ever to manage your devices. For example, switch from Noise Cancelling to Ambient Sound, play or pause music, skip tracks and much more, with just a touch on the side of the headphone8.

Quick Attention

If you need to hear your surroundings, simply place your hand over the housing or earbud3 and your music will turn down to let you hear the ambient sounds.

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Learn more about Sony's accessibility features


  1. Requires downloading voice data for use.
  2. TalkBack on the Android smartphone, VoiceOver on the iPhone.
  3. Only available on selected models.
  4. Set the function to “ON” in the Sony | Headphones Connect app. To deactivate Speak-to-Chat and return to your music immediately, tap the right touch panel. Otherwise, music will resume playing by default 15 seconds after your conversation ends. This timeframe can be customised in the app.
  5. In rare cases, Speak-to-Chat may unintentionally start up in response to vibrations caused by devices such as electric toothbrushes, electric massagers and electric shavers, and activities such as brushing teeth, coughing or humming.
  6. Download app at Google Play and the App Store. Network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.
  7. Install the Auto Play app and set up with Sony | Headphones Connect app. Install the Spotify or Endel app and set up with Auto Play app. Auto Play, Spotify and Endel services may not be available in some countries/regions.
  8. Touch control varies by products.
  9. Features and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.