The Galaxy Buds 2 Professional sounds spectacular. Very spectacular.
In comparison with high-end earbuds like Google’s Pixel Buds Professional and OnePlus’s Buds Professional, Samsung’s earbuds are enticing, however nonetheless possible not the only option for many.
Samsung’s high-end wi-fi headphone providing this 12 months is rock stable, however the firm could also be doing an injustice by attempting to duplicate AirPods-like options inside the Samsung ecosystem. The corporate must step again and notice that its ecosystem is not as locked down as Apple’s, and small options like this are sometimes as a lot of a deterrent as a promoting function.
That mentioned, when the music is taking part in, there aren’t many conditions the place the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional disappoint, and that is what we’re all right here for.
A step ahead in Samsung sound
Samsung has been producing above-average-sounding earphones because it purchased AKG and launched the Galaxy Buds+ in 2020. Unsurprisingly, the brand new Galaxy Buds 2 Professional proceed the legacy of great-sounding earphones and are the very best but. .
In comparison with the prevailing Galaxy Buds 2, the readability is a step above and I used to be stunned after I first tried them. The brand new two-way speaker and improved woofer do an excellent job of bringing steadiness to such a small unit. Bass punch is satisfying and vocals are all the time clear.
The soundscape of the buttons additionally gives nice stereo separation. I simply obtained misplaced within the music, partly due to the life like sound replica, but in addition as a result of the ANC (lively noise cancellation) blocks out all of the distracting sounds in my workplace. You possibly can nonetheless hear some noise when you do not have something taking part in, however as soon as the music begins it gives a really remoted listening expertise.
These exceptional audio enhancements are in-built together with a pure sound profile that audiophiles will love to listen to. If you wish to dive deeper into wi-fi headphone audio graphics, you may be taught extra on this Crinicle+ video.
Samsung’s advertising for the headphones highlights the truth that they will stream 24-bit audio, however that solely works with Samsung telephones and most streaming music companies cost additional for that, so it is not one thing to most individuals actually need to fret. I examined these headphones on a Pixel 6, OnePlus 10 Professional, and MacBook Professional, they usually sounded nice on these gadgets that play common music on Spotify at the very best streaming high quality.
The benefits and downsides
The Galaxy Buds 2 Professional include Samsung’s wonderful wi-fi earbuds case that matches properly in most pockets, however this 12 months the case and earbuds have a grippier texture that feels superb, however is a bit of tougher to slide out and in of tight pockets.
One of the best software program function these headphones supply is Samsung’s ‘Speak Mode’, which turns ANC off whenever you begin speaking and intelligently turns it again on afterwards. This is identical function that was supplied within the newest Galaxy Buds Professional. It is nice and works nicely for brief chats. Longer conversations introduce lifeless air and moments for the ANC to re-enable itself. Nonetheless, talking once more will deliver them again into transparency mode, and I discovered this function extraordinarily helpful. It sounds inconsequential, however not having to take off your headphones and pause the music to ask a fast query is extraordinarily handy.
A reasonably restricted equalizer allows you to select from just a few preset sound profiles like ‘Bass Increase’, ‘Dynamic’ and extra. I used to be so impressed with the default tuning that I caught with it for many of my listening, nevertheless it’s good to have some choices. It will be nice to see Samsung begin permitting customers to regulate the equalizer with extra granularity, as that appears to be the subsequent step for this function.
In case you’re utilizing a Samsung telephone, pill, smartwatch or laptop, the Galaxy Buds 2 Execs will seamlessly connect with your gadgets as nicely, which is a significant plus for these earbuds as connecting and utilizing them with a couple of non-Samsung system. Samsung is a nuisance. . Samsung says you may faucet and maintain each buttons on the similar time once they’re in your ears to pair them, however this does not work when the buttons are already paired to one thing, so it is fairly ineffective. That is additionally a difficulty I discover with the usual Galaxy Buds 2, and I am in awe, contemplating it is outlasted so many generations of earbuds.
Which means to place the buds into pairing mode, you merely have to open the case. The identical motion additionally connects them to the final system they had been paired with.
Because of this if you wish to pair together with your telephone, for instance, and the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional are already related to your laptop, it’s good to flip off Bluetooth in your PC so they do not pair robotically whenever you open them. . In distinction, most wi-fi headphones have a button on the buttons or on the case that may activate Bluetooth pairing. Samsung has one, however for some purpose, it does not work.
Ultimately, it is a enormous flaw and made utilizing buds each day to work at my desk, after which utilizing my telephone on a motorcycle experience after work, is an extremely irritating expertise. If I lived within the Samsung ecosystem I might be fantastic, however as somebody with a Mac and an Android telephone, this makes them too annoying to advocate, even when they sound nice.
The opposite downside with these buds is the worth. Certain, they sound a bit higher and supply extra highly effective ANC than the common Galaxy Buds 2, however they value much more. At $120, the usual Galaxy Buds 2 are an ideal deal, however at $289, the Galaxy Buds 2 Execs are a troublesome promote. Additionally, the excessive value makes it extra annoying once they do not work.
In comparison with the Buds 2, the brand new Buds 2 Execs function some notable enhancements, together with elevated IPX7 water resistance in comparison with IPX2 on the non-pro fashions. Samsung says you may submerge the brand new buds for as much as half-hour in shallow recent water, however swimming in them is not really helpful. That mentioned, additional safety from sweat, rain, and the odd spill is all the time welcome.
On prime of that, the buttons do not have an excellent inner microphone both. It is acceptable, however in comparison with AirPods, Google Pixel Buds Execs, and even Beats Match Execs, the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional’s microphone is the worst of all. You possibly can hearken to a full mic check right here.