I have always wondered why, given the great reputation the brand has in the world of smartphones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Buds have never really managed to break into the world of wireless earphones. Of course, a bit like Apple's AirPods, the South Korean TWS earphones have always represented a more than right choice for anyone with a Galaxy smartphone, but actually it is not a factor that justifies this strange phenomenon, also because of mobile devices of the there are many brands around.
And, I'll tell you right away: with a more compact design, 24-bit and 360-degree audio, improved quality thanks to much more performing speakers, with Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro the moment has come when brands have always been included in the list of best wireless earphones like Bose, Sony, Sennheiser and Apple itself would do well to worry about Samsung's new TWS, because we are talking about a very high quality product.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review: they enter the best wireless earbuds with a straight leg
Design and materials
With a much more minimalist design than the previous generation, the i Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro they are much more compact and lighter than the vast majority of competing models. And this was possible thanks to a profound reinterpretation of the design, which made the earphones 15% smaller than the previous generation and also improved their ergonomics: they are so light that when you wear them you almost forget you have them. two small "beans" in the ear and in my tests I never had the perception that they could fall even if they are totally devoid of those inserts that, in some models, fix the earphones in the pavilion.
The whole surface is rounded and integrates touch controls which, even if they could make the interaction with the earphones seem rather uncomfortable, in reality they are always reactive and precise: they return a sound feedback to each interaction and are very easy to use, to the point to make the need to use the smartphone very rare.
The charging cover is also much more compact, which integrates a USB-C port for charging and the typical magnetic system with which it holds the earphones firmly to the charging pins. And despite its very compact size, the Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro they are IPX7 certified earphones that are not only resistant to water and dust, but that can be immersed up to one meter deep for 30 minutes: but be very careful, because the case is not water resistant.
Convenience and coupling
If you use a smartphone with Android 6 and later, you can take advantage of the fast pair that makes the coupling of the Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro practically immediate. From an ergonomic point of view, despite my doubts due to the lack of the fins, i Google Pixel Buds Pro they are comfortable and stay well in place.
Their rather "fat" size and their weight reduced by almost 1 gram compared to the previous generation make them not only comfortable, but above all firmly fixed in the ear and absolutely not annoying after long sessions of use: I have used them recently for my (very long) plane trips and I must admit that at some point I almost forgot to wear them. Good job.
Sound quality and noise cancellation
Each of the Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro it is equipped with two drivers that include a 10 mm woofer and a 5.4 mm tweeter and thanks to the support of Bluetooth 5.3 and 24-bit audio, listening to the songs in high definition on Tidal is really a pleasure. The only real limitation lies in the fact that to get the 24 bits, those of Samsung had to use a proprietary codec (it is called Samsung Seamless) and that it is only available in some of the Galaxy smartphones: it is called Samsung Seamless and is able to generate a 24-bit / 96 KHz audio stream with bitrates up to 512 kbps.
If i Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro with other Android or iOS devices, you could not take advantage of the 24 bits but the audio quality would still be very high: the high frequencies are clear, the mids consistent and the low ones impacting.
In short, regardless of the use of Samsung's new codec, the quality of the new TWS earphones is at the level, if not more, of the best models we have tested in recent days and has significantly improved compared to the previous generation.
And it's the same when it comes to noise reduction. Thanks to 3 SNR microphones and an excellent software system capable of eliminating background noise, in my opinion the noise reduction of Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro it is certainly on a par with the Sony WF-1000MX4 and the Bose QuietConfort Earbuds, two of the best models in terms of ANC.
What didn't make me crazy is the transparency effect which, yes, works well and can be activated automatically every time you start talking, but which is not yet able to return that natural and crystal clear sound typical of the AirPods. Apple pros: in Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro, when you activate the transparency mode, you will actually hear a slightly metallic sound, with very pronounced mid frequencies, which I did not like very much.
And the battery life is not exactly the best either. With active noise reduction i Samsung Galaxy Burd 2 Pro they guarantee about 5 hours with a single charge, a value that - let's face it - is not exactly the best. Fortunately, however, the earphones can be recharged very quickly using the cover in order to reach - in our tests - about 26 hours of autonomy.
Price and considerations
I Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro they are already available in Graphite, White, and Bora Purple colors at a price starting from € 229 but, through the box below, you can already buy them at a discount on Amazon at € 179,29. And yes, it's a pretty high price, but it continues to be cheaper than Apple's new AirPods 2 Pro. The sound quality is exceptional and the ANC also does its duty very well. Then they are comfortable, light, and yes, even if they are better if you have a Galaxy smartphone, they are among the best TWS on the market right now.
I would have tried to do something more to increase the autonomy and I would have liked that the ANC level could be adjusted in the headset management application. But there is no doubt that i Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro they are the first model of the South Korean brand able to play on equal terms with the best exponents of the category.
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