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Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Sep 29, 2021 at 11:04 am
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless Picture
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 next generation of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. The manufacturer has added an active noise cancelling (ANC) system to the mix, and it does a great overall job of blocking out ambient noise. They also have a low-latency 'Game Mode' via their companion app, which is nice if you like to stream video or game on your mobile device. However, this feature is limited to Samsung devices. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of under five hours is a bit underwhelming, even though the carrying case supplies roughly three additional charges if you need it. 

Note: These headphones have in-ear sensors which need to be activated to turn on their ANC system. However, they don't activate when placed in our dummy head's ears. As a result, we connected copper cables with copper tape to the sensor to trick them to activate.

Our Verdict

7.4 Neutral Sound

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a fairly neutral sound profile suitable for a variety of audio content. Their treble is a bit recessed, and their passive soundstage is perceived as closed-off and as if coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. On the upside, their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help you get the best sound for your needs.

Pros
  • Very consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.9 Commute/Travel

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are very good for commute and travel. They're small and lightweight, making it easy to put them in your pocket or bag when you're on the go. They also have a comfortable, stable in-ear fit and have an ANC system that can block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines as well as ambient chatter around you. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of under five hours may not be enough to get you through your trip without pausing to recharge them.

Pros
  • Great noise isolation performance.
  • Stable, comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Samsung Buds 2 are great for sports and fitness. They have a stable, breathable, and comfortable fit, making them well-suited for a jog in the park or workout at the gym. They're also well-built and are rated IPX2 for water resistance against dripping water at an angle like light rain.

Pros
  • Stable, comfortable fit.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
7.2 Office

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are decent for office use. These lightweight and comfortable headphones have a great ANC system that can block out office chatter around you. They also don't leak a lot of audio at high volumes. However, their continuous battery life of under five hours means that you may need to recharge them up throughout your workday. They also don't support multi-device pairing, so you can't connect them to your phone and computer at the same time.

Pros
  • Great noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Sub-par battery performance.
5.7 Wireless Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles. However, they have a 'Game Mode', which helps lower their latency on Samsung devices, which is nice if you're into mobile gaming. This feature is available via their companion app, but it only works on Samsung devices.

5.6 Wired Gaming

The Samsung Buds 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.6 Phone Calls

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are fair for phone calls. Their integrated mic can record your voice clearly, but it has a really hard time separating speech from ambient noise. As a result, if you're taking a call in a moderately noisy environment like a busy street, whoever's on the other end of the line may not be able to hear you well. On the upside, the headphones are equipped with ANC and can block out a great amount of ambient noise around you.

Pros
  • Great noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Mic has poor noise handling.
  • 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
  1. Updated Oct 01, 2021: We've retested 'Game Mode' for device support.
  2. Updated Sep 29, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Sep 27, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 look somewhat similar to other models in this manufacturer's lineup, like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. They have small egg-shaped buds with a glossy finish. They come in four color variations: 'Graphite', 'Olive', 'Lavender', and 'White'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Samsung Buds 2 are comfortable. They're lightweight and don't go too deeply in your ear. They have a somewhat similar fit to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless but feel better since they don't apply pressure on your ear. However, some users may find that they create a plugging sensation inside your ear.

6.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls No

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have mediocre controls. There's a touch surface on both buds, which is responsive. However, it can also be overly sensitive, and you may accidentally register commands when adjusting them in your ear. On the upside, there are beeps to let you know when you've registered a command, and there are different chimes for ANC on, off, and ambient sound mode. However, there aren't any voice prompts.

On either bud:

  • One tap: Plays and pauses audio.
  • Two taps: Skips the track forward.
  • Three taps: Skips the track backward.
  • Touch and hold for two seconds: Cycles through ANC on, off, and ambient sound, which allows you to hear your environment without pausing your audio.

While there aren't volume or voice assistant controls by default, you can activate these commands in the app. You can also add Spotify, so it launches on your command.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have outstanding breathability. Thanks to their in-ear design, they don't trap in much heat. You shouldn't notice a difference in temperature or sweat more than normal, even if you're wearing them during a jog in the park.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.4" (3.6 cm)
W 1.0" (2.5 cm)
H 1.0" (2.5 cm)
Volume 1.37 in³ (22.50 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Samsung Buds 2 are outstandingly portable. They're very small, lightweight, and you can easily toss them into most bags or pockets without a problem. Their charging case is also small, and you shouldn't have an issue taking it with you on the go.

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 4.41 in³ (72.30 cm³)

The charging case is great. It's similar in shape and size to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless' case. It has a glossy white exterior with a matte finish inside to match the color scheme of your earbuds. There's a single indicator light on the outside of the case to let you know if it's charging. There's also another light on the inside to indicate that the buds are charging.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a good build quality. They feel similarly well-built to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless, thanks to their hard, glossy plastic design. They feel like they should survive a couple of accidental drops or bumps without taking too much damage. They're also certified IPX2 for water resistance, so they have protection against dripping water at an angle like light rain.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a stable fit. They come with three differently-sized ear tips so that you can find the best fit for your ears. While they form a good seal, they may pop out of your ears if you move around your jaw, like when talking.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 3x tip options
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.04 dB
Treble Amount
-0.98 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a fairly neutral sound profile. While it's not as well-balanced as the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, it delivers adequate body and boom. Vocals and lead instruments are also clear, though a dip in the treble range can weaken their brightness. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.15 dB

These headphones have fantastic frequency response consistency. Once you achieve a proper fit using the included tips, you should experience consistent audio delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.97 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
21.5 Hz
Low-Bass
-1.87 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.43 dB
High-Bass
-0.53 dB

The Samsung Buds 2 have outstanding bass accuracy. Although the entire range is slightly underemphasized, it shouldn't be too noticeable. Mixes lack a touch of extra thump and rumble but have adequate body and boom.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.08 dB
Low-Mid
-0.5 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.16 dB
High-Mid
-0.1 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's mid accuracy is great. Most of the range is pretty flat, although a dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mixes. That said, these sounds still seem clear and detailed.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.85 dB
Mid-Treble
0.49 dB
Low-Treble
-3.31 dB
High-Treble
-6.62 dB

The treble accuracy is decent. The low-treble is underemphasized, so vocals and lead instruments are veiled. However, the mid-treble is slightly overemphasized, so sibilants like S and T sounds are bright.

7.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.92 dB
Dips
1.05 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's peaks and dips performance is decent. A dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mixes while a peak in the high-mid harshens them. A couple of small dips in the low-treble veils the upper harmonics of these sounds. A large peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.

9.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.22
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.99
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.74
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.57

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have an outstanding imaging performance. The entire group delay falls below the audibility threshold, which results in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our unit's L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, ensuring that objects and instruments, like voices and footsteps, are accurately localized in the stereo image. However, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.0

The Samsung Buds 2 have a bad passive soundstage, but that's expected from in-ears. Their design bypasses your outer ear, which needs to be activated by sound resonances to create an out-of-head listening experience. Their soundstage seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from all around you. Their soundstage also seems more closed-off than that of open-back headphones.

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
0.175
WHD @ 100
0.163

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of these headphones is good. There's a peak in the mid-treble at high volumes, but this can be hard to hear with real-life content. However, most frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
R177XXU0AUI2
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Samsung Buds 2. Our results are only valid when using the headphones in this configuration.

Isolation
8.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.96 dB
Bass
-17.88 dB
Mid
-15.87 dB
Treble
-28.69 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have great active noise cancelling. They have an ANC system that can cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines well and block out ambient chatter. It also does an impressive job of reducing high-pitched sounds like the hum of an AC unit.

8.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
31.89 dB

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a great leakage performance. Leakage is mostly concentrated in the treble range, and escaping audio sounds thin. That said, even if you're listening to audio at high volumes in a moderately loud environment, you shouldn't bother those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.54 dB
HFE
4,763.35 Hz
Weighted THD
0.428
Gain
10.49 dB

The microphone has a good recording quality. Your voice sounds clear and understandable, although a bit lacking in detail.

4.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
9.9 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
4.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The noise handling performance of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's mic is poor. It has a hard time separating your voice from ambient noise. As a result, whoever's on the other end of the line may not hear you clearly if you're calling from a busy street.

Active Features
5.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.7 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
18.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Samsung Buds 2 have a sub-par battery performance. They're advertised to last five hours continuously with their ANC on, and we measured a similar amount. However, this is a lot less than the over 13 hours provided by the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. That said, their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges, and you can even use one bud while the other one charges. Like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless, they're also advertised to deliver one hour of playback time after five minutes of charging. However, battery performance can vary depending on usage, so your experience may vary.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Galaxy Wearable
iOS No
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 headphones have a good app, but it's only compatible with Android devices. You can access EQ presets to help change their sound to your liking, toggle the ANC on, off, or activate ambient sound, remap some controls like volume or launch Spotify, and activate or deactivate sound controls. You can also perform an earbud fit test, which tells you whether you have a good fit or not, and turn on or off ambient sound during calls. You can activate 'Game Mode' for low latency too, but this feature is only available for Samsung devices.

Connectivity
7.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
245.41 ft (74.80 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
261 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
19 ms
Android Latency
80 ms

Update 10/01/2021: We originally reported that the 'Game Mode' only works on Android devices and isn't transferrable to PC or iPhones. However, thanks to user feedback, we can confirm that this feature only works on Samsung phones or tablets. In Samsung's 'Differences Between Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2', it details that this feature is only available when connected to Samsung phone or tablet through the Galaxy Wearable app. We tested this feature using a non-Samsung Android device and this setting wasn't available in the app. We've updated our text to reflect this, but the scoring of this box hasn't changed.

Update 09/29/2021: We've added our latency measurements for 'Game Mode' on Android, iOS, and PC in the text below. However, the scoring of this box hasn't changed.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have decent Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don't support NFC or multi-device pairing. They also have high latency on PCs, which can be disappointing if you like to stream video. Luckily, their latency on iOS and Android devices is much lower, so your audio and visuals stay in sync. These headphones are advertised to support Scalable, which is Samsung's proprietary codec for high-quality audio. They have a 'Game Mode' that's advertised to lower audio latency too. You can access this feature in the 'Lab' settings in their companion app, which is only available on Samsung devices. We noticed an improvement when using this setting with our Samsung S10e and measured -16ms of latency on Android. However, even if this setting is turned on and the buds are then connected to an iPhone or PC, the latency measurements didn't change much at 25ms and 263ms, respectively. This seems to indicate that the mode isn't transferrable on platforms where the app isn't available.

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

You can't use the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 wired. However, they come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge their carrying case.

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

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. However, you won't be able to connect them to your PC in 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 2 come with a carrying case that holds roughly three additional charges. It doesn't have any inputs other than a USB-C port to charge the case. The case supports Qi wireless charging, though.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung Buds 2 come in four color variants: 'Graphite', 'Olive', 'Lavender', and 'White'. We tested the 'Graphite' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. They retain their sleek, minimalist design and feel comfortable, stylish, and well-built. Unlike their predecessor, they also have a great ANC system and can isolate even more noise than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. However, their 4.7-hour battery life is sub-par compared to the Buds+'s over 13 hours of continuous playback time.

Check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear headphones, and the best Samsung headphones.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Buds2 have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, their noise isolation performance is better, and their mic has a better recording quality.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are somewhat better in-ears than the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless. While both in-ears are comfortable and well built, the Plus have an even more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a more stable in-ear fit, and their battery performance is significantly better. However, the Buds2 have active noise cancelling and can block out a lot more ambient noise around you. They also have a 'Game Mode', which is advertised to lower audio latency on Samsung devices.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Apple are better-built, have a more stable fit, and their ANC can block out more ambient noise around you. They also have a significantly better battery performance and their H1 chip allows you to seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. However, the Samsung have EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are similarly performing headphones. While both headphones feel comfortable, the Jabra are better built, have a better overall battery performance, and support multi-device pairing. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets. However, the Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, they're able to block out more background noise around you, and they have a low latency 'Game Mode' that's only available for Samsung devices.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are similarly performing headphones. The Samsung are more comfortable, can block out more ambient noise, and their mic offers a better recording quality. However, the Sony are better built, their companion app offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound, and their battery performance is better.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are similarly performing headphones, and you may prefer either one. While both are comfortable and have similar noise isolation performances, the Sony are better built and have a significantly better battery performance. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound. The Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their mic's recording quality is superior.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live 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.

Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are similarly performing headphones. While both headphones are comfortable, the Jabra are better built, have a better battery performance, and support multi-device pairing. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound. However, the Samsung have a significantly better noise isolation performance, their mic offers a better recording quality, and they have a low-latency 'Game Mode' on Samsung devices.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. While both are comfortable and well-built, the Buds2 have an active noise cancelling system, which does a great job of blocking out background noise around you. Their mic also has a better recording quality, and the app offers a low latency 'Game Mode' for Samsung devices. However, the first-gen Buds have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and a longer continuous battery life.

Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have similar performances. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their mic has a better recording quality. They also have a low-latency 'Game Mode', but it's only available on supported Samsung devices. The Anker have a better noise isolation performance, a better battery performance, and a more customizable sound profile, thanks to their companion app's graphic EQ.

Beats Studio Buds True Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Beats Studio Buds True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and you can even customize it to your liking using their companion app's EQ presets. They also have a better noise isolation performance.

Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. While both in-ears are comfortable, the Jabra are better built, have a better battery performance, and support multi-device pairing. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ to help you customize their sound. However, the Samsung have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have a low-latency 'Game Mode' on Samsung devices.

Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. The Samsung have more consistent audio delivery, a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they have a significantly better noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC system. You can also customize their sound using their companion app's EQ presets. However, the Apple are more comfortable and better-built. They also have a better battery performance.

OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have different strengths, and depending on your device, you may get more out of one pair of headphones than the other. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Samsung have a better noise isolation performance. Their companion app also offers EQ presets. If you have a supported Samsung device, you can also use their low latency 'Game Mode'. However, the OnePlus have a higher total battery life, and you can adjust their ANC level if you have a OnePlus device.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have a slight edge over the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out a superior amount of ambient noise. However, the Sennheiser are better built, have a significantly better battery performance, and their companion app has a graphic EQ, meaning you can fine-tune their sound to your liking. They also support aptX Adaptive codec.

JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable and stable, are equipped with an ANC system so they can block out a great amount of ambient noise, and their companion app offers EQ presets to help you adjust their sound. However, the JBL have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer.

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