All new equipment is an evolution of the previous equipment, improving existing technology and adding new features at a lower cost. With the Galaxy Buds 2’s active noise reduction, stable voice and audio quality, and a $150 price tag, Samsung is setting a new standard for our expectations of affordable wireless headphones. This means a loss of 200-300 USD or more. But with the Galaxy Buds 2 equipped with ANC and other affordable new products, such as Nothing’s $99 Ear (1), ANC does not feel like a luxury, but more like a standard function that all headphones should have. Not the cheapest. By using Galaxy Buds Pro as a template, Samsung has created affordable earbuds that provide almost the same experience as Samsung’s premium earbuds, but at a lower price of $50. , The only distinctive feature in appearance is the USB-C port for cable charging. The main difference of this model is that the case has a glossy finish, instead of the more matte texture that Samsung previously liked, and the inside of the case is in the same color as the flower buds (olive, white, lavender, and black). There is nothing to match. For the design of the headset itself, Samsung seems to lean towards function rather than form, and Buds 2 has almost no unique features or markings. All you get is two plastic shells with some microphone holes and silicone pads at the ends.
The whole setup is very simple, almost like the kind of universal headphones you see in science fiction movies. You won’t see any marks, but Galaxy Buds 2 still has built-in touch controls, so you can pause. Tap your current track once, tap twice to skip forward, or tap the side of the button three times to return to the previous track. By default, if you want to turn ANC on or off, you just need to press and hold it. The only downside is that although you can customize some touch controls if you want to retain tap and hold commands for functions such as volume, you cannot set the ANC switch to a different gesture. More detailed ANC settings are found on Galaxy Buds Pro, so there is no setting to adjust the ANC power; whether it is on or off. The Galaxy Buds 2 case has several small indicators that let you know the amount of juice remaining (from green to yellow to red depending on the charge level). Samsung added a total of three sets of silicone pads (small, medium, and large) and a replacement USB-C cable (but no power brick). Setting up Galaxy Buds 2 couldn’t be easier.
Users with Samsung phones should receive a pop-up notification when they open the phone case for the first time, which will quickly guide them through the pairing process. For users with other Android or even iOS phones, you only need to download the Galaxy Wearable app. It should be noted that some of Samsung’s more experimental features, such as the reduced latency game mode in Samsung Labs, are only available on Samsung devices. After pairing, Samsung created a new headset fit test to help you determine the size of earbuds you should have. To use, this for me allowed me to upgrade to the big cue, even though the medium and big cue felt equally comfortable.
If you need to pair the button with another device, all you have to do is to open the case, and before removing the button, tap and hold the button for about three seconds until the light on the case starts to flash. Everything is very simple and works as expected. This is the affordable headset I really want. In terms of sound quality, Galaxy Buds 2 is very close to the audio you get with more advanced headphones. From Samsung, this may be more indicative of Buds Pro than Galaxy Buds 2. In some cases, such as “Modjo’s Lady”, the Galaxy Buds Pro makes the treble look brighter and clearer than the Galaxy Buds 2, while maintaining a slightly rounded tone in the bass line. The lossy music you get from major streaming services unless you directly compile it side-by-side, the difference sounds trivial. What’s really eye-opening is that when you compare the Galaxy Buds 2 with the standard Apple AirPods, it’s also $150. Not only does it not have the same acoustic range as the Galaxy Buds 2, but it also lacks actual ears that help seal it. Mat in the noise. Being outside means you are more easily distracted. Galaxy Buds 2 just makes Apple’s AirPods look and sound a bit outdated. Although there are rumors that Apple has followed up in the near future, Galaxy Buds 2 makes me feel that the new AirPods can’t do it. to get. The ANC on Galaxy Buds 2 is not bad, although Galaxy Buds Pro has obvious advantages.
You won’t see any marks, but Galaxy Buds 2 still has built-in touch controls, so you can pause the current track by clicking, double-click to fast forward, or triple-click to return to the previous track. Tap on both sides of the egg yolk. By default, if you want to turn ANC on or off, you just need to press and hold it. The only downside is that although you can customize some touch controls if you want to retain tap and hold commands for functions such as volume, you cannot set the ANC switch to a different gesture. When you compare the Galaxy Buds 2 with the standard Apple AirPods, it is also $150, which is not only different from the Galaxy Buds 2’s acoustic range, but the lack of actual ear cushions that help isolate external noise means you’re more easily distracted. Galaxy Buds 2 just makes Apple’s AirPods look and sound a bit outdated. Although there are rumors that Apple has followed up in the near future, Galaxy Buds 2 makes me feel that the new AirPods can’t do it. to get. Early.
On Galaxy Buds 2, you can hear more high-pitched sounds like subway brakes or police sirens, as well as low-pitched rumbling sounds like 18-wheeler tires. At $150, I don’t think this is a deal-breaker, but for those looking for ANC that provides a silent cocoon, they may want to upgrade to more expensive headphones, such as Sony’s Buds Pro or WF-1000XM4. Buds 2 has three built-in microphones that use beamforming and new machine learning-based algorithms to filter out distracting sounds. Although no one will mistake the Buds 2 microphone for a desktop microphone, the sound quality is still very helpful. If you need extra help while listening (or you just don’t want to take off your headphones or something while ordering coffee), Galaxy Buds 2 also supports Samsung’s ambient sound function, which can be set to three different amplification levels.
The total runtime of the Galaxy Buds 2 may be the weakest part of your kit, not because it is bad, but because previous Samsung headsets (such as Galaxy Buds+) can provide up to 11 hours of battery life on a single charge. The battery life of Galaxy Buds 2 is almost the same as that of Galaxy Buds Pro. Buds 2 can last about 5 hours when ANC is turned on (7.5 hours when ANC is turned off), and if you turn it on, the talk time is about 3 hours. call. This is not enough to maintain a full day of work, but as usual, you can quickly charge the earbuds in the charging case, which can also be fully charged three to four times. Galaxy Buds 2 we have never seen before. They have almost the same wireless charging boxes that Samsung has used for many years, and their design is more like a minimalist exercise than something designed to attract people’s attention (although this is not necessarily a piece of a bad thing). Over the years, whether it is high-end headphones or more expensive headphones, the number of ANCs has been widely known.