Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Review

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is the samsung galaxy buds live otherwise known as the beans for obvious reasons and yes i think we're the only reviewers who receive the white ones instead of the mystic bronze which are very deep shiny bronze that go with a lot of skin tones this one well pale enough for me in the winter time maybe they also come in black they're samsung's first active noise cancelling earbuds so that's kind of a big deal that's one thing that the galaxy buds and the buds plus lack how well does it work we're going to

Find out now so let's hear it pun intended for a totally new earbud design so these beans may be kind of odd looking but they make a lot of sense actually because they happen to fit inside the generalized opening of your ear not in the ear canal fairly well you get two sizes of little rubber rings the smaller ones are already pre-fit so you can kind of customize the fit a little bit not a lot of customization again with all of these earbuds it's i know it's hard to get to try them out right

But if you can in terms of fit that's always the best thing because a good seal makes for good sound and for some people some buds work way better than others these here they're a little weird to get in you know because we don't practice of getting this kind of design in there but once you get the hang of it it's not too hard you kind of put them in and you rotate them just slightly back and they're in your ear just fine they seem like they're going to fall out they don't fall out i've warned them

When i'm exercising jogging all that sort of stuff and they do stay in but the outsides the insides are fairly matte the outside and it wraps around is very glossy so if you sweat a lot like we do here in the dallas area in hot texas eventually they might start to slip a bit because of sweat speaking of sweat they're ipx 2 water resistant which means basically sweat resistant but again texas sweating versus boston sweating you know so far i haven't killed them let's put

It that way and light rain okay monsoons probably not the best idea here they have 12 millimeter drivers in them which is pretty darn big so the sound is pretty good these are akg tuned drivers with a base port and a little vent that air in and now so your ears don't feel stuffed again because these do not insert into the ear canal then you really don't need that because your ears are not stuffed or blocked which i like because i hate the feeling of my ears being absolutely plugged most buds do that

Because they were relying on passive noise cancer which means they physically are just blocking out well other noises from getting in so these have none of that and you know what with earbuds good luck with that because active noise canceling without some kind of passive ear blocking is not very effective so i you've seen other reviews no doubt probably have said the same thing but the active noise canceling when it's turned on is i won't say potato level but it's pretty minimal

Now they designed it to only be for a low frequency zero to 600 hertz for example so great for drowning out the trains these days we don't get to ride on trains so much i haven't been on a train or an airplane personally so i can't say how they do on that but i can tell you it's supposed to drown out things like air conditioning and all that sort of thing i can hear the air conditioning absolutely fine i can hear dishes being watched two rooms away in the kitchen all that

Sort of stuff and that you know you might say well don't pick on them for that so much but that is why you're paying 30 more for these than for the regular galaxy buds plus which were samsung's old high-end earbuds so these are 169 the buds plus are well 139 also sound quality is impacted by noise around you too because your brain is listening to all the different sounds that it hears and that nice little shimmer on the symbols might get

A little mixed in with the wishing of the water in the next room somebody is washing dishes so that's why it would be nice to have either the traditional buds way of either filling up the ear canals passively or more effective active noise cancelling the good news is though that active noise cancelling buds and even some of the passive ones like galaxy buds plus what they do they have an ambient of feature on them so you can still hear things so hopefully you don't get run over when you're jogging or if somebody

Wants to talk to you you're not that rude twit who's actually not hearing them and paying attention at all so those tend to have a very artificial quality when they amplify the noise around you and it can get pretty grating like i'm talking on the phone and i'm just moving some papers and it sounds like in my ears because it's over amplified and sometimes my own voice doesn't sound very natural you don't have that problem here at all this is the most

Transparent transparency that i've ever heard with noise cancelling in terms of sound quality i would say the tuning is definitely pop and rock music vocals come through clearly it has nice clear highs though which is is nice you can you can hear again the symbol shimmering and the highs on a guitar riff pretty clearly they have some bass they are ear buds you're not going to get over the ear experience with these sort of things but the bass is pretty good just on the normal eq setting and

Samsung has forever offered several different eq settings they have the dynamic which is also pretty interesting mostly it boosts the lows and the highs a lot and a couple of others i like just the straight normal it's not as neutral as airpods probe a little bit more on the bass for example but i like them pretty well if you listen to something like rap like with all earbuds you're going to miss out on the bass experience but they sound okay if you listen to classical they have a good amount of clarity that's great for

Strings and for piano and they don't have that tinny sound sometimes so they're doing a pretty good job and this is as long as you're in a quiet room like i said again because there's not much sound blocking going on here if there are noises around you that's going to degrade your sense of the quality of the music these have bluetooth 5 they are compatible with android and ios and well pcs too windows mac you name it bluetooth 5 codec no aptx which is interesting usually with the

Android manufacturers we see that but instead they're going with aac that's a very good codec so i don't have any complaints and also that allows for compatibility with apple there's also samsung's scalable codec which goes anywhere from 96 kbps kvps up to 512 depending on the connection strength and stability so you'll use the galaxywhere app be it on a samsung phone or any android phone and then there is an ios app as well

And of course you can program what the little tappy things do on each of the earbuds which i typically end up mostly turning off because i fiddle with the bugs i adjust them and i'm always hitting buttons and going volume up volume down track you know that sort of thing but you can do things like start voice assistant if you're using a samsung phone lucky you you get bixby if you're using another android phone you get google assistant if you're using ios you get

Siri and you can auto launch spotify with the tap which is kind of nice too because well that is where i spend most of my time listening to music fun little party trick is you can use these as remote microphones if you're using a galaxy note 20 ultra so that's actually kind of handy in my line of work obviously say somebody's recording me and they're using the note 20 ultra and well they want to hear me not whatever noise happens to be by them and by the phone so no you know i don't

Think you're going to buy the buds a lot just for that feature but you never know so how about call quality we have three microphones going on here it's their most sophisticated microphone system yet it's pretty good i'll tell you in the mom test so my mom i'm definitely a woman of a certain age who's hearing isn't what it used to be she hears me better on the buds plus than she does on the buds line but both of them are quite clear and i find actually that they're a little bit better than airpods pro when it comes to voice quality outgoing for

Calls now in terms of charging case and all that sort of thing nice small case does look like a ring box doesn't it though so that one will give you up to 29 hours of charging your use time and you can cheat wireless charger plug in a usbc cable you get a usbc cable but no charger in the box with it and if you need to charge the buds quick five minutes of charge time will get you an hour of playback time so the case has a 472 milliamp battery and the buds have 60 milliamp batteries

Samsung claims six hours with noise canceling turned on eight hours with it turned off in my test with noise cancelling turn on and the bixby listen for your voice feature turn on i got about 5.5 hours so that puts it middle of the pack for buds that's not so bad so that's the samsung galaxy buds live in the little engagement ring style case and the sound on these is pretty good and again i think that these are perfect for those who don't like something that goes get stuffed into your ear canal i happen

To be one of those people i don't like that sort of fit i'm really happy that samsung tried a different kind of design here they all look alike these days they all fit alike right so this is a new kind of fit as you've heard from others and you've heard from me the active noise canceling isn't all that but if you like the other characteristics of these they're worth a look me personally i think i'm going to stick with my galaxy buds plus i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe

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