[Test] Samsung Galaxy Buds 2: a solid mid-range with ANC, but not sound crazy

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 engage in the battle ofintra true wireless with the ANC as its master asset (active noise reduction), a function that we are starting to see gradually land on the mid-range. A priori, everything is there: design intras in an ultra compact case, ANC and increased autonomy, and we can assume a sound rendering that holds up in the face of competition that is racing in this segment of the range. Our test confirms that Buds 2 globally keep their promises, the question being what is meant by “globally”.

Glossy, cute … and slippery

Galaxy Buds 2 are pretty intras true wireless all round and well enclosed in a tiny shell glossy… And really very slippery (really we tell you). This small detail aside, these intras can easily be paired with an Android or iOS smartphone, but let’s be completely clear, it is above all for owners of Android mobiles that this accessory is aimed at: the companion app Galaxy wearable, which provides access to important functions of Buds 2, is simply not available in theApp Store (which is undoubtedly linked to Apple’s constraints in iOS).

Galaxy buds 2

To make matters worse, we had all the trouble in the world to have the Buds 2 recognized by our iPhone 12 Pro (via Bluetooth) while the operation posed no problem with the iPhone X.

Galaxy Buds 2 Photo 5

Without a companion app, it is no longer possible to reassign the controls on the sensitive surface of the headphones, access an equalizer, update the firmware (just that) or take advantage of the accessibility options, among others . On the other hand, owners of a Galaxy smartphone benefit from additional functions (automatic pairing with all devices linked to the same Samsung account, Bixby, etc.).

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Effective ANC and Hands Free Kit

The headphones are comfortable (3 sizes of tips are available), but have an annoying tendency to slip from the ear when the movements are a little abrupt. This is the case with many intras, but this one seems even more sensitive to movement. No “suction” effect, however, on the entrance to the ear, which is frankly pleasant. The ANC is really effective: you can hear absolutely nothing in a relatively noisy place (a street in the city center of my village for example), but loud sounds still make their way (and if we shout in your ear, you will hear it). You will have to be careful not to accidentally activate or deactivate the ANC when you want to put one of the headphones back in place: the sensitive surfaces of the Buds 2 are quite… sensitive. When used with videos, we didn’t see any really noticeable latency; it does exist, however, and makes use with games much less pleasant. On this point, the Galaxy Buds do no worse or better than most of the intras we have tested so far. Finally, concerning the hands-free kit function, it is quite correct, even if the voices lack a little clarity and are sometimes as muffled.

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A slightly dull sound rendering

Let’s move on to the sound rendering, undoubtedly the element that really disappointed us. Not that the Galaxy Buds 2 are bad on this point with regard to their price positioning, but they really never shine in this category. The sound is precise but lacks dynamics and especially presence. This lack of sound relief is felt particularly with vocals and even with music recorded in Dolby Atmos! The 3D sound effect is there, but less pronounced than with other intras of substantially the same range. The bass undergoes the same clean rendering effect and really lacks oomph. We are not asking for Beats, however, but just a little more heat, roundness and pep. And unfortunately, the equalizer (only for Android) resolves absolutely nothing in this regard. However, the Buds 2 are not prohibitive (once again, the sound is precise and detailed), but if it is a question of using them above all to listen to music with your smartphone, it may be a bit short…

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 1

A true sound marathoner

Autonomy is in the nails of what the competition offers, or about 7 hours without ANC (or 5 hours with), to which we must add 3 full charges via the box or 20 to 28 hours of listening overall .

Conclusion: solid for its price, but … too many “buts”

Galaxy Buds 2 are intras true wireless well positioned on the mid-range… but who do not really do more despite an effective ANC. It’s a bit of a waltz of the “buts”: glossy shell corn slippery, comfortable corn lack of grip on the ear, practical on Android corn disappointing on iOS, precise sound reproduction corn lacking in musicality, it still lacks a little something to make the TWS of the moment …

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