Samsung Galaxy Buds Live – Review

We are excited about this one. Samsung has announced its newest true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung’s current Galaxy Buds Plus are still very solid wireless earbuds. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live add a different design.

Now, they also add Active Noise-Cancellation and we really like ANC feature on the over-ear headphones and wireless earbuds as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also has wireless charging built into the case along with an IPX2 water resistance rating.  

                        PROS

  • Comfortable and Unique design

  • Great bass weight

  • 20-hour total battery life

  • Powerful Sound

                      CONS

  • Poor noise cancellation

  • Connection issues on non-Samsung devices

  • Very low IP rating

Inside the Box - Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are available in different colours i.e Mystic Bronze, Mystic White and Mystic Black.

Opening the box, you see the earbuds in the front with their unique design. The case itself is themed based on the colour that you get.

Hiding up at the top of the box is the quick start guide, a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging. Also, keep in mind that the case itself can wirelessly charge.

Finally, you have an extra set of wingtips which are a different size than the ones already installed on the Buds Live.

Design of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Taking the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live out reveals the Mystic colour case and we noticed a groove on around the case.

We believe Samsung has that there so you can actually customize the case if you would like to. So, it’s kinda nice that they added that.

On the back is where the USB-C slot is for charging the case and then a LED indicator light on the front.

Now, opening the case up you will get the look of the very fresh Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. The Mystic colour is very flashy with that unique style and design.

There is a magnet in the case so you can put them upside down and not have to worry about them falling out.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has a triple microphone setup for clear calls. On the back, you have one mic, the second microphone is above that and then the third one on the inside.

There is also a 12-millimetre speaker inside of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earbuds.

Also, the wingtips installed on the earbuds themselves is the smaller one and you can install the one comes with them if you have slightly bigger ears for that snug fit.

Setting up Samsung Galaxy Buds Live with the App

If you have a Samsung device, then you just need to open the case of the earbuds and it will automatically detect the earbuds. Just click on connect and it’s ready to go.

However, they are also compatible with other devices as well. So, no issues there.

Now, in the Samsung Wearable App, there is a lot of features which is actually really well done by Samsung.

The App lets you know how to wear them as these are definitely a little bit different. So, the speaker is actually down at the bottom so you want to make sure that is in your ear canal.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 can wirelessly charge the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Just go to wireless power share and turn that on, then just set the Buds Live on the back of your phone.

And you will see that the indicator light will turn on because your phone is now charging the case of your Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.

In the App, it also shows the battery percentage. Red under 30%, yellow between 30% – 60% and green anywhere over 60%.

A couple of noteworthy things in the app, you can turn active noise-cancellation on and off within the app. 

There is also an EQ setting for Normal, Bass Boost, Clear, Dynamic and Treble Boost. Mess around with them and see what you personally like.

You can also customise the touch controls on the Buds Live within the app as well.

Within labs, there is a gaming mode to lower the latency for the less audio delay. You can also relieve the pressure with Ambient Sound if you are not using ANC.

We also noticed something really nice that the Buds Live supports swift pair on Windows. So, you will get the pop-up to pair quickly on Windows laptop or desktop which is pretty awesome.

Fitting and Comfort of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Basically the main point of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is that the speaker is down towards the bottom so that’s going to go towards the hole of your ear.

And then the tip goes towards the upper part of your ear.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are very easy to wear and are very comfortable in the ears and we had no discomfort there.

The touch controls are also very easy to use on these earbuds and you don’t need to stress for getting your command done and wherever you set them to, they work fantastic.

After having the Buds Live in the ears for an extended period of time, it seems like they are very secure and it’s not going to fall out if you do a workout or go running or anything like that.

Also, these true wireless earbuds seem pretty flush with the ear and it doesn’t protrude out very much.

Controls on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The controls on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have touch controls and they work very fine.

A single tap will pause your music, a double tap will skip the song and a triple tap will restart the current song.

Also, you can press and hold for the customizations like if you want to turn Active Noise-Cancellation on or off, activating Spotify if you have a Samsung device, controlling the volume, or accessing your smartphone’s native voice assistant.

The controls on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live can be customised using the Samsung Wearable App only if you are aware and comfortable using the app.

Battery Life on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

When it comes to battery, the Galaxy Buds Live’s case has a 472mAh battery. While each of the earbuds has a 60mAh battery.

Samsung says that you are going to get 6 hours of continuous listening if you have active noise-cancelling or other features turned on.

And then if you turn active noise-cancelling off, you will get 8 hours of consistent listening and then when you put them in the case, 5 minutes of charging will get you 1 hour of listening. 

Call Quality on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The call quality on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is amazing as it uses three microphones, two outer beam-forming mics on each side and one inner mic.

Along with those three microphones, the Beans has the Voice Pickup Unit that senses the movement of your jaw using the accelerometer that converts kinetic energy into voice signals via bone conduction. 

This helps the other person on the end to hear you much better and clearly even in crowded places.

We asked people on the call and were told that the voice was clear on the end. So, no issues there whatsoever.

Noise Cancelling on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The other big feature of these earbuds is the active noise-cancelling. According to Samsung, the ANC does not completely tune you out of the surroundings.

Instead, it can cut down some noise while making sure you hear important announcements or when somebody talks to you. But not everybody like that.

In our opinion, the active noise-cancellation of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live just does not make a big enough impact.

We know it’s not supposed to totally tune out of the environment surroundings but in our usage, there wasn’t any big difference.

On rough, we could hear the surroundings.

Sound Quality of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has 12-millimetre drivers and a bass duct on each earbud and they are AKG tuned.

And well, to be honest, they sound powerful. We have also used the Galaxy Buds Plus as well and the Beans definitely have better audio quality. 

These wireless earbuds are louder and the bass is very good and we like the sound quality here.

Even if you are not an audiophile, you will enjoy the sound quality on these true wireless earbuds for sure.

Also, you get different sound modes as well to listen and different equaliser modes which you can find in the Samsung Wearable App.

Performance of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

When it comes to latency and performance of the true wireless Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, while gaming the Buds Live work fine for us.

And we did not come across any latency issues and in the Samsung Wearable App, there is a gaming mode that is supposed to make things even better.

However, this feature is only present with Samsung Smartphones. 

Now, even without the gaming mode, we did not come across any latency issues.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has Bluetooth 5.0 and there were no connection drops whatsoever.

Overall, performance-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live does a good job and we hope that you also don’t face any issues on these truly wireless earbuds.

Our Verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

In our opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are very compelling and that is mainly because of this new Bean like design.

The Bean like design of the Galaxy Buds Live has paid off. It’s super comfortable, very easy on the eyes and it fits snugly in your ears.

Plus, we like the sound quality on these wireless earbuds. The microphones are pretty good too and the battery life is not extraordinary but it’s decent enough.

Now things aren’t perfect, active noise-cancellation just does not have a big enough impact and we noticed some connectivity issues with non-Samsung phones.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are good but not great and if you want excellent ANC, then we suggest you should look for other options.

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