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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Apr 12, 2022 at 04:36 pm
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless Picture
6.9
Neutral Sound
7.2
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
5.2
Wired Gaming
6.1
Phone Calls
Type Earbuds
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless are unusually-designed noise cancelling truly wireless earbuds. They have a distinctive look, feel surprisingly stable and comfortable, and have a slightly warm and well-balanced sound profile that will suit a broad range of audio content. Despite having noise cancelling (ANC), they're not the best choice of earbuds for overall noise isolation, though they're surprisingly effective in filtering out low-frequency ambient noise, like bus or plane engines. Their slightly open fit generates a more spacious but also less consistent listening experience than most in-ears.

Our Verdict

6.9 Neutral Sound

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are okay for neutral sound. They don't have an in-ear fit, making them prone to inconsistent sound delivery. Ηowever, this design also helps them create a more spacious-seeming passive soundstage than most closed-back earbuds. Their default sound profile is well-balanced, but unfortunately, their treble response is a little uneven, which can cause some notes to sound a little piercing. Their companion app also lacks an EQ for sound customization, but it does offer a couple of different audio presets to adjust your listening experience.

Pros
  • Soundstage seems wide and spacious.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
7.2 Commute/Travel

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are decent for commuting and traveling. They're extremely portable, decently comfortable, and have remarkably low latency on mobile devices, which is handy if you like to watch movies on your way into the office. While their ANC system does a good job filtering out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, it's less effective when it comes to blocking out the chatter of fellow commuters. Their seven-hour-plus continuous battery life should be sufficient for longer trips, though they don't have any power-saving features like a standby mode to help conserve their charge when not in use.

Pros
  • Soundstage seems wide and spacious.
  • Low wireless latency on mobile devices.
  • Exceptionally portable, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Mediocre overall noise isolation capability.
  • Control scheme has limited functionality.
  • Middling microphone recording quality and noise handling capability.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are a great option for sports and fitness. Their unusual bean-like design helps keep them stable in your ears, even during intense workout sessions. Unfortunately, while their control scheme is fairly easy to use, it's missing some essential functions out-of-the-box, like volume adjustment. Also, they're only rated IPX2 for basic water resistance.

Pros
  • Soundstage seems wide and spacious.
  • Very stable fit.
  • Good build quality.
  • Exceptionally portable, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Control scheme has limited functionality.
  • Relatively low IPX2 rating for water resistance.
6.5 Office

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are okay for office use. They don't do a good job of blocking out sounds like background conversations or humming A/C units. They also don't support multi-device pairing, which is a little annoying if you need to switch between your phone and computer. They're decently comfortable, and their battery will easily last through a workday if you pop them back in the case every once in a while.

Pros
  • Soundstage seems wide and spacious.
  • Low wireless latency on mobile devices.
Cons
  • Mediocre overall noise isolation capability.
  • Leak quite a bit of audio.
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live aren't suitable for wireless gaming due to their high latency on PC and incompatibility with consoles. They have a gaming mode that you can turn on with the Android app, but it doesn't lower their latency very much.

5.2 Wired Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are Bluetooth-only earbuds that aren't compatible with a wired connection.

6.1 Phone Calls

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are mediocre for phone calls. Their mic has a sub-par recording quality, making your voice sound understandable but muffled and distorted. It also struggles to separate it from loud background noise. Also, while they do a good job of blocking out noise like a rumbling engine, they struggle with voices, so you may have a hard time hearing a call you take in a busy office setting.

Pros
  • Soundstage seems wide and spacious.
Cons
  • Mediocre overall noise isolation capability.
  • Middling microphone recording quality and noise handling capability.
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.2 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Sep 07, 2021: Retested App Support to assess the 'Relieve Pressure With Ambient Sound' feature.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  3. Updated Sep 24, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Sep 18, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are distinctive-looking earbuds. Their bean-like shape and shiny finish on their outer casing make them stand out in most environments, though thankfully, they don't protrude very far from your ears. They're available in the fairly conventional white and black color schemes as well as 'Mystic Bronze'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are decently comfortable. They have an earbud design that lacks silicone tips, so they don't go into your inner ears. Instead, speakers on the bottom part of the buds sit outside your ear canals, avoiding any plunger-like feeling or pain inside your ear. Ηowever, they can put a bit of pressure where they sit inside your outer ear, especially if you have small ears. Using the controls shouldn't hurt, though.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Samsung Buds Live have a disappointing control scheme. Like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, their touch-sensitive surfaces are decently easy to use but have limited functionality. By default, you don't have controls for activating voice assistant or adjusting the volume. You can add one or the other by remapping the long-press command, but you lose the ANC control function. While they don't provide any voice prompts, you hear a get audio feedback every time a command is registered. It makes them a bit easier to use, but all the beeping can be annoying, especially since you hear one for every increment of volume adjustment.

On either earbud:

  • Single tap: Plays or pauses audio.
  • Double tap: Skips the track forward. It also answers or ends a call.
  • Triple tap: Skips the track backward.
  • Touch and hold: Turns ANC on or off. It also rejects a call. You can also swap the ANC controls to volume or voice assistant control in the app.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

The Samsung Buds Live are very breathable, typical for earbuds. They don't trap heat against your ears and shouldn't make you sweat more during workouts.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.0" (2.5 cm)
W 1.0" (2.5 cm)
H 1.1" (2.8 cm)
Volume 1.10 in³ (18.03 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

They're very portable, like most truly wireless earbuds. The earbuds are very small and easy to fit into most pants pockets and bags, even inside their case.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.0" (5.1 cm)
W 2.0" (5.1 cm)
H 1.1" (2.8 cm)
Volume 4.40 in³ (72.10 cm³)

The Samsung Buds Live have a great carrying case that supports Qi wireless charging and Samsung's 'PowerShare' feature, allowing you to recharge it by placing it on top of a compatible Samsung phone. It looks quite premium, thanks to its satiny finish, and has a solid but lightweight design. Indicator lights on the inside and outside of the case show the case and buds' respective charge statuses.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are well-built. The buds and case are made of dense plastic with a glossy exterior and matte-finish interior. They feel like they could survive a couple of accidental drops or bumps without much of an issue. Unfortunately, the buds are only rated IPX2 for resistance against very light rain or minor splashes, which is a little disappointing since many earbuds are rated at least IPX4, including the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless.

8.0
Design
Stability

The Samsung Buds Live have a very stable fit. They're compact, lightweight, and fitted with silicone wing tips that help keep them in place. You shouldn't need to worry about having them fall out of your ears even during intense workouts.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Live earbuds
  • Charging case
  • 2x silicone wing tip stabilizers
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.67 dB
Treble Amount
-2.16 dB

The Samsung Buds Live have a well-balanced, though somewhat warm default sound profile. Their well-balanced bass and mid ranges result in good amounts of punch and warmth as well as full-bodied, present, and detailed vocals and lead instruments. That said, fans of EDM or hip-hop may find the low-bass a little lacking, which is due in part to their slightly open fit. Their uneven treble range can also dull the brightness of upper harmonics in some mixes. If this isn't to your liking, their companion app offers a couple of EQ presets to adjust their audio reproduction. Since they don't have an in-ear fit, they're more prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery between the left and right driver, so it's important that you take the time to ensure a good fit.

5.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.34 dB

The Samsung Buds Live have disappointing frequency response consistency. There are significant deviations across the entire frequency range, and this may be in part to their relatively open fit. Also, some mismatch is present between the L/R drivers in terms of audio delivery, which may affect people with differently-sized ears or be unique to our unit.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.53 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
21.81 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.12 dB
Mid-Bass
2.29 dB
High-Bass
1.48 dB

The Samsung Buds Live have great bass accuracy. Their slightly over-emphasized mid and high-bass response adds warmth. Instruments like the bass and drums in The Βeatles' song, Come Together, have a bit of extra punch and body without sounding muddy. Ηowever, the slightly underemphasized low-bass range results in a minor lack of thump and rumble. Since these earbuds' sound delivery is very sensitive to fit and seal, your experience may vary.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.19 dB
Low-Mid
-0.16 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.44 dB
High-Mid
-2.77 dB

The Samsung Buds Live's mid accuracy is great. Vocals and lead instruments sound clear and detailed. A slight dip in the mid-mid can make some elements, like some voices and instruments like violins, sound a bit weak.

6.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.82 dB
Low-Treble
-1.39 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.07 dB
High-Treble
-10.16 dB

The Samsung Buds Live have alright treble accuracy. Their uneven mid-treble range can cause some sibilants to sound alternatively dull and piercing. Due to their poor frequency response consistency, your real-world experience may vary.

6.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.36 dB
Dips
1.34 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have reasonable peaks and dips performance. There's some mismatch between the L/R drivers across the frequency range, which contributes especially heavily to a deviation in the low-bass range, with the left bud exhibiting an extended bump that generates some boominess. The uneven underemphasis in the mid and high-mids nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix. There's also a slight peak in the low-treble range that results in some minor harshness. The sharp dip and the adjacent spike in the mid-treble range make some sibilants alternatively dull and piercing. It's worth noting that the buds are prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery due to fit, seal, and positioning, which can explain the mismatch between the left and right driver.

7.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.23
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.65
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.52

The Samsung Buds Live deliver good stereo imaging performance. Their weighted group delay falls beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers have minor amplitude and frequency mismatch, but it can be hard to hear with real-life content. There's also a small peak in the phase response's mid-range, which is particularly noticeable with vocals. As a result, objects like voices and footsteps are mostly accurately placed in the stereo image. That said, imaging can vary between units and can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

2.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.1

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have a poor passive soundstage, which is normal for closed-back earbuds. because of their design, sound doesn't interact with your outer ear, so audio seems to come from inside your head rather than speakers in the room around you. However, due to their non-invasive fit, they produce a more open, spacious listening experience than closed-back in-ear headphones like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.171
WHD @ 100
0.175

The Samsung Buds Live's weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. There's some distortion in the right earbud around the high-bass to low-mid at normal listening volumes. There's a peak in the low to mid-treble present in both ears at both moderate and high listening volumes. Still, most frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
R180XXU0ATH2
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
Off
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Except for the noise isolation test, their ANC system was turned off for our testing procedures, as the system relies on the feedback from pressure sensors on the inside of each bud. This made testing with our dummy head quite hard and required several test passes. We observed no difference in frequency response measurements with ANC turned on or off. Our results are only valid when these earbuds are used in this configuration.

Isolation
6.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.28 dB
Bass
-15.65 dB
Mid
-8.46 dB
Treble
-17.76 dB

These earbuds have a mediocre noise isolation performance. They have an ANC system, and it does a good job of blocking out bass-range noise like rumbling bus and plane engines. Ηowever, it doesn't offer much improvement over their passive noise isolation capabilities when it comes to higher-pitched sounds like ambient chatter or humming computer fans. There are sensors in each earbud that prevent the ANC from turning on unless you have them both in your ears.

Note: Testing the noise isolation capability of these earbuds was hard due to the pressure sensors for the ANC system, which required several passes to obtain the measured result. It shouldn't be an issue with real-life use, though.

6.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.71 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have mediocre leakage performance. Due to their more open fit, they leak more audio than other in-ear headphones. The escaping audio occurs mostly in the low to mid-treble range, resulting in a fairly thin and sharp sound that may be heard by people around you, even in a moderately busy environment, like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
343.96 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
7.06 dB
HFE
13,279.64 Hz
Weighted THD
248.164
Gain
3.99 dB

The integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality. Your voice is bright and easy to understand but sounds thin, muffled, and distorted.

6.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
10.25 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

Its noise handling performance is okay. It does a decent job separating your voice from moderate ambient sound, but your voice can get drowned out in very noisy environments like a subway station or busy street.

Active Features
6.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
7.3 hrs
Additional Charges
2.5
Total Battery Life
25.6 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Samsung Buds Live deliver an unremarkable battery performance. They provide roughly seven hours of continuous use and come with a case that holds about 2.5 extra charges. You can also use one earbud while the other charges in the case. Unfortunately, they don't have any power-saving features like an auto-off timer. It's also worth noting that battery performance varies with real-life use.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Samsung Wearable
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

These earbuds have decent app support. You can use it to change EQ presets, switch ANC on and off, and remap some onboard controls. The app is only available on mobile devices and is called 'Samsung Galaxy Wearable' on Android and 'Samsung Galaxy Buds' in the iOS app store. The Android version has a few features you can't access on iOS, including a gaming mode for lower latency and features related to Samsung's virtual assistant Βixby. If you're using an Android phone, you can also switch on 'Relieve Pressure With Ambient Sound', which is supposed to help reduce any pressure or compression that you feel in your ears when the ANC feature is off. Ηowever, the earbuds already feel open and don't create a plunger-like feeling. Unlike the Beats Studio Buds True Wireless or the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, they don't have a mode that lets in ambient sound when you want to stay aware of your surroundings.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
171.00 ft (52.12 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
362 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
26 ms
Android Latency
10 ms

The Samsung Buds Live have okay Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support quick NFC or multi-device pairing, so you can't stream music from your phone while remaining connected to your computer. They also have high latency with PCs, meaning if you're watching a movie on your computer, you may have audio syncing issues. They have low latency with iOS and Android devices, so you shouldn't notice audio lag when you're watching a video on your phone. They also have a gaming mode, which is designed to lower latency. However, this feature is only available on Android devices. We measured 23 ms with this mode on. Although the results are higher than Android latency when not using this mode, it's still very low, so your audio and visuals stay in sync if you're streaming a video or mobile gaming.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These earbuds are wireless only. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging their case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These truly wireless earbuds are compatible with Βluetooth-enabled PCs but can't connect any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's charging case should provide roughly two and a half extra charges. You can recharge it wirelessly via Qi-enabled chargers, PowerShare-compatible Samsung smartphones, or via the included USB cable. Aside from a USB-C port for charging, it doesn't have any inputs.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live come in three color schemes. We tested the SM-R180NZNAXAR model, which comes in 'Mystic Bronze', and you can see their label here. We expect the other variants to perform similarly.

Model Name

Color
SM-R180NZKAXAR  Mystic Black
SM-R180NZNAXAR Mystic Bronze
SM-R180NZWAXAR Mystic White

If you come across a pair that's different from the above variations, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are truly wireless earbuds with an unusual bean shape. They're well-built, incredibly portable, and have a very stable fit. Their open design can result in inconsistent audio delivery, and earbuds like the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless or the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless have more effective ANC features.

For more options, take a look at our list of recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and the best earbuds and in-ear headphones.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Pro are more comfortable and have a better-balanced sound profile right out of the box. Their ANC can reduce more ambient noise around you, and their integrated mic offers better overall performance. However, the Live have longer-lasting continuous battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless are less well-rounded than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. The Buds+ are more comfortable, provide a more consistent and neutral sound, have a superior integrated mic, and last almost twice as long on a single charge. Despite lacking an ANC system, they block out more ambient noise overall, though it should be noted that the Live are more effective at filtering out low-end ambient sound. The Live also have lower wireless latency and generate a more open and spacious listening experience.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are more versatile than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Sony in-ears are better-built, deliver audio more consistently, block out more ambient noise overall, and have an integrated microphone with superior recording quality. With a case that provides three additional charges to the Samsung's 2.5, they also have a longer total battery life, though they don't last as long on a single charge. They also have a companion app with a much larger selection of features. Meanwhile, the Samsung have a more stable fit and lower wireless latency on Android devices.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are more versatile than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Jabra are more comfortable, have a more comprehensive control scheme, feel better built, and provide a more consistent listening experience. They also have a graphic EQ in their companion app, leak less audio, and support multi-device pairing. While the Jabra have a better performing active noise cancelling performance, the Samsung are more effective in filtering out low-frequency noises. The Samsung are also more stable, last longer off of a single charge, and have lower wireless latency with mobile devices.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Bose are better-built, have more consistent audio reproduction, and their sound profile is better-balanced. They also have a better ANC system, leak less sound, and their integrated mic does a better job overall. However, the Samsung have lower latency on iOS and Android devices.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Apple in-ears are more comfortable, feel sturdier, provide a more consistent and neutral listening experience, and have a superior ANC system. However, the Samsung have a far more comprehensive companion app, generate a more spacious and open listening experience, and provide much lower wireless latency. They also last longer off of a single charge, though the Apple have a longer total battery life, with twice the number of extra charges in their carrying case.

Google Pixel Buds 2020 Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless and Google Pixel Buds 2020 Truly Wireless have different strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung block out more ambient noise, provide a longer continuous runtime, have more customization options in their companion app, and have far lower wireless latency on mobile devices. Meanwhile, the Google in-ears are comfier, have a more comprehensive control scheme, provide a more consistent listening experience, and leak less noise. Their integrated mic also does a better job of isolating speech from background noise.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are somewhat better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Buds2 are more comfortable, have more consistent audio reproduction, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have a significantly better noise isolation performance. However, the Live have a more stable in-ear fit and a better battery performance.

Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless. They have a much better noise isolation performance, a longer continuous battery life, and a more stable fit. You can also customize their sound profile with a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app. Ηowever, the Apple’s case is smaller and holds more extra charges. The earbuds have a higher IPX4 rating for water resistance and an open design that some may prefer. In addition, both have some iOS-specific features, including a lower-latency Gaming Mode that works on Android for the Samsung, and virtual surround sound features on iOS devices for the Apple.

Nothing ear (1) Truly Wireless

The Nothing ear (1) Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Nothing are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and can isolate you from more ambient noise. The Samsung have a more stable in-ear fit, and their battery performance is better.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless have different advantages. The Buds have a more comfortable fit, a more neutral sound profile, deliver audio way more consistently, and leak less audio. However, the Buds Live block out more ambient noise in the bass range and offer similar single-charge battery life, but have a case that stores 2.5 additional charges to the regular Buds' one.

Sony LinkBuds Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless and the Sony LinkBuds Truly Wireless have different strengths, so you may prefer either depending on what you're looking for. The Samsung have a much more comfortable, stable fit and an ANC feature, so they isolate you from more noise. Their continuous battery life is longer and they have a much more neutral sound profile, which some may prefer. On the other hand, the Sony are designed to let you hear your surroundings. They have a better onboard control scheme and an in-app graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, while the Samsung only has presets.

Wyze Buds Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless and the Wyze Βuds Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Samsung have an ANC feature and a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have a much more stable fit, a longer continuous battery life, and a mic with a much better noise handling performance. On the other hand, the Wyze's mic has a significantly better recording quality. They also deliver sound more consistently. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ as well as presets for sound customization, while the Samsung's just has presets.

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