We've currently tested 10 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.
The best Samsung earbuds that we've tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These sleek, premium-looking in-ears are an upgraded version of the 2019 Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. They're well-built and comfortable, and they even come with a portable charging case to help get you through long days on the go. Their sound profile is very well-balanced and neutral, so they're suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. If you prefer a different sound, there are a few EQ presets available in the Galaxy Wearable companion app to help you customize them. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without bothering the people around you.
Unfortunately, they don't come with an active noise cancellation feature, and they only do an okay job blocking out background noises. You may still be able to hear bus and plane engines or background voices, so they may not be the best choice to wear during your commute or while working in a noisy office. Also, their control scheme can be a bit difficult to use, especially if you're wearing gloves. However, they offer decently versatile performance and a very balanced sound profile that can please many different listeners.
The best Samsung headphones for noise cancellation that we've tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. These truly wireless in-ears come with an ANC feature that offers good noise isolation, so you aren't distracted by the sounds of people talking around you or the hum of nearby AC units. Using the Samsung Wearable app, you can set the ANC level to either 'High' or 'Low' depending on your preferences. These comfortable, well-built headphones have a slightly excited, V-shaped sound profile that delivers a thumpy bass while making vocals bright and sparkling. There are even a few EQ presets in the app to help you customize the sound.
Unfortunately, they still struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines, even with their ANC feature set to 'High'. They also don't support multi-device pairing, which can be inconvenient for listeners who like to switch their audio source frequently. Also, they only last for a little over four hours off of a single charge, which may not last through long days on the go. Fortunately, their portable charging case offers around 2.5 extra charges to help you power up again.
The best Samsung earbuds in the budget range that we've tested are the Samsung AKG Type-C. These wired-only headphones have a non-detachable, braided USB-C cable that you can use to plug them into newer smartphones with USB-C ports. They're comfortable and well-built, and they even come with different sizes of earbud tips so you can find the best possible fit. Their sound profile is balanced and neutral, and the extra kick in the bass can even please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. They have very low latency when connected to mobile devices, so they're suitable for watching videos and movies, too.
Unfortunately, like many products in this price range, they don't offer a lot of extra features like sound customization options. They're stable enough to stay in your ears during casual listening sessions, but they'll likely fall out if you wear them during your workouts. Also, they don't have an ANC feature, and they struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines typically found during your commute. That said, if you have a device with a USB-C port, they're a solid choice that won't break the bank.
Samsung makes sleek-looking headphones that tend to sound quite well-balanced. For the price, their headphones have lots of active features for added versatility. However, since acquiring Harman in 2017, most of their audio products are now branded by AKG. While they still make truly wireless earbuds under the Samsung name, there are fewer models to choose from.
Apr 08, 2021: Added the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless as 'Best Noise Cancelling'.
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.
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