Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro review: Lightweight HiFi

Most smartphone companies now offer truly wireless headphones with varying prices and features to match their device offerings. Samsung is no exception and its Galaxy Buds have been popular for a number of years. The now-launched Galaxy Buds2 Pro takes this to a new level, aiming to work with top-of-the-line devices from Samsung and others.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro are perhaps the smallest one-size-fits-all of any truly wireless product I’ve used. Inside, the buds are really small and almost go into your ears and stay there unaided. Without the music, you’d quickly forget you were wearing headphones.

They came in a purple color, which matches that of the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 review device I have with me. The right colors are also a clear indication of the target group.

And there’s more than color that syncs. As soon as I opened the Galaxy Buds2 Pro charging case, the Flip 4 showed a pop-up asking if I would like to connect the headphones. Accepting the notification opened up the Buds Pro Manager app, where I was able to toggle active noise cancellation between transparent mode and normal mode. I was also able to turn on 360-degree audio and voice recognition. But there is no equalizer here, which was a bit disappointing.

The active noise cancellation is pretty effective, kicking in as soon as the buds hit your ears. You can toggle transparency by long-pressing the buds. Transparency mode is the kind that lets you hear more than when the headphones are off.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro As soon as I opened the Galaxy Buds2 Pro charging case, the Flip 4 showed a pop-up asking if I would like to connect the headphones. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

There are some very handy software features in the settings. Speech recognition, for example, reduces the media volume when the headphones detect that you are speaking. Then there are the next stretch alerts, which understand that you’ve been staring at the phone for too long and remind you to look up.

The audio quality of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is balanced and rich at the same time. There is no excess of bass as many headphones are used these days.

Listening to Kantara’s Singara Sire, a vocal-heavy composition that’s also complex and tests both the highs and lows, I was impressed by how well the Buds2 Pro handled the song. And when I nodded my head in agreement, the 360-degree audio made sure the music stayed where it was supposed to.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro came in a purple color matching that of the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 review device I have with me. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

The richness of the audio profile came into its own when I switched to a hi-fi version of Have You Ever Seen the Rain. The cymbals in the background almost felt like they were trying to recreate some rain in my ears, although I got a feeling the Bud2 Pro was enjoying the song as well.

The Oscar Peterson Trio’s version of Girl From Ipanema just reinforced my belief that these are some of the best headphones out there, especially if you like your music unfiltered. I checked out Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me just to be sure.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro are perhaps the smallest one-size-fits-all of any truly wireless product I’ve used. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

It helps that calls on the Buds2 Pro sound very natural as it’s difficult to use truly wireless headphones without also using them to take calls. Battery life can last up to 18 hours with regular visits to the charging case, which can also be juiced wirelessly.

In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro are the lightest wireless Hi-Fi headphones I’ve ever used. The smart features and good active noise cancellation are just additional features that add value to these excellent headphones. It helps that this one is slightly more affordable than the competition that carries the Pro tag.



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