First Look at TWS Noise Canceling Headphones – Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Contents of delivery

  • Charging case
  • Charging cable
  • Instructions

TECH SPECS

  • Цвета — бронзовый, черный, белый
  • Earphone dimensions – 16.5 x 27.3 x 14.9 mm (wxdxh), weight – 5.6 grams
  • Case – 50 x 27.8 x 27.8 mm, weight – 42.2 grams
  • Three microphones – two external, one internal
  • Jawbone vibration sensor
  • Single-way speaker -12 mm
  • IPX2
  • Active noise reduction
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Accelerometer, Infrared Sensor, Hall Sensor, Compression Sensor, Touch Panel, Voice Pickup Unit
  • Battery – 60 mAh, operating time – up to 4.5 / 5.5 hours of talk time (with and without noise canceling), up to 5.5 / 8 hours of music playback via Bluetooth
  • Battery in case 472 mAh, at least three full charges of headphones
  • 5 minutes of charging gives up to an hour of music playback
  • Qi wireless charging
  • USB Type C, 2.0
  • Voice prompts in Russian
  • Compatible with any Android smartphone version 5 and higher, the headphones work with any device; iOS10 and newer, starting with iPhone 7
  • Additional audio codecs – Samsung Scalable Codec, SBC, AAC
  • Audio transparency, broadcasting ambient sounds when listening to music
  • Headphone search function
  • Buds Toghether function, sharing music with friends
  • Microsoft Swift Pair support
  • Game Mode (reduces audio lag when playing games)
  • Use as a wireless microphone for Note20 / Note 20 Ultra

В Samsung любят экспериментировать, и Galaxy Buds Live — результат таких опытов, когда в компании постарались создать необычные TWS-наушники, где необычность не во вред, а на пользу. У компании не было TWS-наушников с шумоподавлением, в то время как AirPods Pro предлагают такую возможность, равно как и модели от Sony, других производителей. Шумоподавление — это то, что хотят видеть потребители, живущие в городах, использующие наушники в метро, в машине, на улицах. В городских условиях TWS-наушники не могут отсечь все шумы, это просто нереально, но снизить их до комфортного уровня они способны.

Large on-ear headphones can accommodate multiple microphones, spread them apart, add sophisticated electronics and large batteries, but TWS headsets simply don’t have room for that. The small battery imposes limits on the performance of the processor, which cannot be very complex. Therefore, TWS noise canceling headphones are obviously inferior to large models, there can be no miracles. Samsung decided to design headphones for a specific task – for urban conditions, for an active lifestyle, and hence the name Buds Live.

The first thing we tried to change was the shape of the earbuds so that they provide passive noise cancellation, but at the same time skip external sounds (hello Pixel Buds, where I scolded this option, it just did not work fine). Samsung has swung into the anatomical shape of the headphones, they look like beans and follow the curves of the auricle. We are accustomed to mistrusting everything new, and I am no exception, I was afraid in absentia that the form would be uncomfortable. I was wrong. The headphones are like a glove, and in children, adults, women and men the Buds Live fit is the same, the only difference is how much you “drown” them in the auricle.

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Но это только часть истории, при такой плотной посадке вы получите звукоизоляцию, ухо начнет потеть, это неизбежно. Пот может вытолкнуть наушник при резком движении, он выскользнет. Чтобы этого не произошло, сделали отверстие для вентиляции, но оно также пропускает звуки (противоречивая задача — дать доступ воздуху, а значит, дать и внешние звуки). Но решили этот вопрос за счет системы шумоподавления, наушник спроектирован так, что при работе ANC внешний шум отсекается. Но и тут инженеры решили подойти к вопросу прагматично. Если в наушниках других производителей мы видим попытку отсечь все внешние шумы, то в Buds Live это только низкочастотный шум до 700 Гц. Тот самый шум транспорта, метро, города, работы вентиляторов и шума улицы. Зачем пытаться убрать все шумы, если можно только нивелировать действие раздражающего шума города?

And this makes Buds Live different from other headphones, noise cancellation works here delicately. On the one hand, you are in a sound cocoon, the feeling that there is a quiet room around, but at the same time you hear people’s voices (they sound unusual, a little digital, there is no low frequencies), car horns, and so on. How good and different is this headphone from other noise canceling models? This is a feature that someone will like, and someone will say that this is complete nonsense.

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But due to such a noise canceling system, the sound of music in the headphones has become more interesting, the bass is rich. Let’s talk about this separately, but they sound noticeably better than the AirPods Pro, not like the Buds +, the sound is different.

Another point is the presence of a vibration bone conduction sensor, the headphones recognize a noisy environment and switch you to this sensor during a call. The interlocutor will instantly hear the clipping of all sounds, your voice becomes a little muffler, a little digital. But the feeling is that you are talking in an empty room, and not on a noisy street or, for example, at a concert.

The headphones have voice commands (they can be accessed directly by voice, for example, ask to pause the music). I have not tried this feature, there is no corresponding setting in the software yet, apparently, it will appear later with updates.

Цвета наушников — черный, белый и бронзовый (кто-то скажет, что это золото, но нет, это бронза).

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The charger cases have changed their shape, they are now rectangular. It is convenient to carry them in your pocket, the box is small.

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Of the minuses associated with the shape of the earphone, I will note that you can try to put it in the wrong box, it will not close in this case. There are magnets that keep the ears in the box even if you turn it over.

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Яркие, глянцевые корпуса — это не минус, так как следы от рук практически не видны. Большее время работы обеспечивается тем, что в футляре большего размера аккумулятор, в самих наушниках он небольшой. Время работы типично для таких наушников — 5.5 часов с шумоподавлением, восемь без него. В режиме разговора — соответственно, 5.5/8 часов.

Wireless charging in case (Qi), full charge takes 2.5 hours. But the headphones themselves get at least an hour of work in 5 minutes of charging, which is quite good.

It’s time to tell you about the application and setting up the headphones. They can work with any smartphone with Android 5 and 1.5 GB RAM, as well as iPhones with iOS 10 and higher (starting with iPhone 7).

To work with headphones, you need to download the Galaxy Wearable application, in which you can set up headphones, control equalizers. Synchronization occurs almost instantly.

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In the “Lab” section, there is an improvement in the settings for games when the latency becomes minimal, which allows you to play comfortably.

The set of codecs is typical here (AAC, SBS, Samsung Scalable), the sound quality, as mentioned above, is good.

First Look at TWS Noise Canceling Headphones - Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Impressions

I liked the headphones, they have an unusual shape, and at the same time they are comfortable to use, nothing crushes. Good sound and good noise reduction, although you need to get used to it, if you already had this kind of headphones, everything is different here, not all sounds are cut off, but only low-frequency ones (by 97%). Reasonable cost, rich settings for yourself – the headphones turned out to be universal. Good model, I think I’ll crawl on them with Galaxy Buds +, as they are more interesting.

The cost of the new Galaxy Buds Live is 13990 rubles (in pre-order with the Note20 Ultra for free). Compared to the cost of AirPods Pro at 20990 rubles, this is not just an adequate cost, but very close to reality, in contrast to the price of Apple headphones. This is not just an alternative, but headphones that are made better and they also have an image component, you will see how often you will see bronze headphones in the ears of fashionable girls.

A detailed review will appear more or less soon, as soon as I test the headphones in all aspects. Stay in touch!

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