Samsung continues to expand its line of fully wireless earbuds with the unveiling of Galaxy Buds Live on Galaxy Unpacked 2020. At the same time, they are the first TWS headphones from the company to be equipped with an active noise reduction system.
But it’s worth starting with the design of Buds Live, it turned out to be really unusual due to the shape of the case. The emitters here look like seeds from potted plants, apparently they were the inspiration for Samsung designers. But instead of evaluating the conventional beauty of such a solution, I would like to note that this shape is ergonomic and follows the cavity of the cavity.
On the inside of the Bud’s Live speakers, there are small detachable brooch clips that provide a more secure fit than the earbuds. But the latter is not as dense as in models in the duct, therefore on the one hand they immediately cut off less external noise, but on the other hand the level of comfort during use is still higher here. This can be particularly appealing to those users whose headphones create discomfort when listening to music for a long time.
When we come back to the design, it is worth noting that Buds Live comes in three colors: copper, black and white. The first two have a mirror finish that changes color slightly depending on the light, while the latter are just glossy.
The headphones are 6.5 x 27.3 x 14.9 mm and weigh 5.6 grams. They have a charging case with a built-in 472 mAh battery, which measures 50 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm and weighs 42.2 grams.
Galaxy Buds Live are IPX2 water resistant, which means that they are sweat resistant and can be used during training sessions, but you can not swim in them, much less under water.
Headphones are connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0, and for music playback they support SSC (Samsung Scalable Codec), AAC and SBC codecs. They also use an accelerometer, a Hall sensor, a separate VPU (Voice Pickup Unit) module to separate speech from ambient noise, an infrared sensor and external touch control panels.
Sound reproduction in Buds Live is handled by 12mm speakers tuned by AKG specialists. Based on a brief introduction, they sound good, with a slightly wider imaginary scene than Galaxy Buds + and a more accentuated low end.
The active noise reduction system in the headphones works on two external and one internal microphone. She tries to cut out monotonous external sounds, such as the sound of a subway car or passing cars, but at the same time Samsung notes that in this model they did not try to completely isolate the user. Consequently, external sounds will still break through and in the company’s opinion, this is good for use in the city. Therefore, Galaxy Buds Live does not have a “transparency” mode, which allows you to better hear what is happening around via external microphones, due to the shape of the body, it is simply not necessary. I will note that the noise cancellation system does not create too much antiphase and thus does not put pressure on the eardrums, so listening to music with active ANC should be comfortable.
The battery life of Galaxy Buds Live is claimed at 6 hours with active noise cancellation plus 21 hours of listening time, which adds a charge drop. And if you turn off the ANC, you can count on 8 hours of music plus 29 hours from the case. 5 minutes into the latter should give Buds Live in about an hour of playback. The case itself is charged via cable Type-C or wirelessly via induction charging.
Galaxy Buds Live should be sold in Ukraine on August 21 at a price of 4,499 UAH.