The Best Samsung Headphones of 2021 Reviews

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Best Samsung Headphones

We've currently tested 11 Samsung headphones. They're a huge brand that also makes stylish and feature-packed headphones for casual everyday use. They used to have a larger lineup with more variety to choose from, but now the best Samsung headphones are their truly wireless earbuds.

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Best Samsung Headphones


  1. Best Samsung Earbuds

    7.4
    Neutral Sound
    7.9
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.6
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are the best Samsung earbuds that we've tested. These sleek in-ears are the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system. It can block out a great amount of ambient noise like the low rumble of bus and plane engines and office chatter. Like their predecessor, they have a comfortable and well-built design. They also have low latency on iOS and Android devices. Out of the box, their fairly neutral sound profile makes them suitable for lots of audio content. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a few EQ presets so that you can tweak them to your liking.

    Unfortunately, their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise, so you may not be heard clearly if you're talking in a loud environment like a busy street. The buds also have a sub-par overall battery performance. They only supply under five hours of continuous playback time, which may not be enough to get you through long days at the office. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly three extra charges if you need it.

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  2. Best Budget Samsung Headphones

    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    5.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.5
    Sports/Fitness
    6.4
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.5
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Samsung AKG Type-C are the best budget Samsung earbuds that we've tested. These wired headphones have a non-detachable USB-C connector; this lets you connect them to devices like newer smartphones with a USB-C port. Although they have a simple design, they're well-built and come with three sets of differently-sized ear tips to help you get the best fit. They also have a lightweight and comfortable fit, so you can wear them for long listening sessions without experiencing too much fatigue. Fans of EDM and hip-hop can appreciate their slightly bass-heavy sound profile, which adds a bit of extra boom to your audio. However, it shouldn't be too overwhelming, and their sound is still well-suited for lots of audio content.

    Unfortunately, like many other headphones at this price point, they lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets. Since they don't have stability fins, they can also fall out of your ears during moderate physical activity. They have a mediocre noise isolation performance and struggle to block out bass-heavy noise like the rumble of bus or plane engines. However, they do a much better job of cutting down office chatter, which can be handy if you're wearing them at the office.

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Compared to other brands


  • Lots of active features. Samsung makes headphones with lots of active features like Bluetooth support, active noise cancelling, power-saving modes, and customization options that you can access via different companion apps.
  • Decently well-balanced, customizable sound. Samsung's headphones reproduce audio fairly accurately, and you can usually customize their sound profile a bit with one of their companion apps.
  • Stylish designs. Samsung has a lot of sleek-looking headphones that are comfortable to wear. Their designs often include features like touch-sensitive control schemes to reduce the number of visible buttons. In addition to offering subdued color schemes like black or white, they can also come in eye-catching colors like cloud blue or red.
  • Plasticky build quality. Although headphones from Samsung look good, they tend to have slightly flimsy build quality. They feel less durable than similarly-designed headphones in their price range.
  • Poor variety. Samsung doesn't have a lot of variety in their models. They often release Pro or Plus versions of their original lineup with more features, but they don't offer many headphone types for different listeners.
  • Limited OS compatibility. While all their headphones should work with all Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, their companion apps aren't all universal. Some only work on Android, while others only provide benefits when used with Samsung devices.

Samsung makes sleek-looking headphones that have lots of active features for their price. Since acquiring Harman and its subsidiary AKG in 2017, their products have sound profiles that follow the Harman curve quite closely. It results in a neutral, balanced sound that's versatile enough for a variety of audio content. However, while you can find a variety of different headphones like over-ears from AKG, Samsung themselves have a fairly limited line-up made up of mostly truly wireless in-ears.

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 06, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless with the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless as the Buds+ have been discontinued. Also removed the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless as the Buds2 offer a significantly better noise isolation performance.

  2. Aug 10, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  3. Jun 11, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Apr 08, 2021: Added the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless as 'Best Noise Cancelling'.

Conclusion

Samsung is a big brand that makes stylish, versatile audio products. While there isn't much to choose from when looking for the best Samsung earbuds, their truly wireless models perform quite well overall. They're not only stylish, but they sound well-balanced and have good battery performance. Unfortunately, they're not built as sturdily as similar models from other brands, and their companion app could offer even more customization options.

Check our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for Android.

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