Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with smaller form factor, improved ANC and 24-bit Hi-Fi audio...

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: Samsung as part of its late summer Galaxy Unpacked event unveiled an updated version of its high-end Buds Pro earbuds. The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro feature a compact, ergonomic design that is 15 percent smaller compared to the original Buds Pro, measuring 19.9mm x 21.6mm x 18.7mm and tipping the scales at just 5.5g.

The buds pack a custom two-way (tweeter and woofer) speaker setup that is capable of delivering 24bit Hi-Fi audio, but only with compatible Samsung Galaxy devices and apps that support it. 360 Audio with direct multi-channel, meanwhile, is said to create audio that "follows" your head movements for a more personalized surround-sound experience.

Samsung's wireless buds additionally afford active noise cancellation that's said to be 40 percent better than before thanks in part to three high SNR (signal to noise ratio) microphones. The mics also allow the buds to be used for voice calls.

The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro carry an IPX7 rating, meaning they can withstand submersion in up to one meter of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. This doesn't mean you should go swimming with them or intentionally expose them to liquids, but they ought to be able to survive an unexpected rain shower or sweat generated during a workout.

Battery life is rated at up to five hours of music playback with active noise cancellation enabled or up to eight hours with it disabled. With the included charging case, battery life is pushed up to 18 hours with ANC on and 29 hours with it off. Talk time is rated at up to 3.5 hours with ANC on or four hours with it off, or up to 14 hours / 15 hours when factoring in extra juice from the battery case. A quick five-minute charge can provide up to one hour of playback time.

Samsung also mentioned that more than 90 percent of the plastic components in its new buds are made of recycled materials.

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available to pre-order priced at $229.99 in your choice of black, white or purple color schemes ahead of an August 26 launch.

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redhat

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$229 ??? I saw one guy lost his apple buds into the drain while going down the stairs.
will stick with cables in the meantime
 

Uncle Al

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ROFLMAO .... good one! Yeah, I can't say that I understand that kind of money but there are plenty of fools that will lay it down so all power to them!
 

Nobina

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$229 ??? I saw one guy lost his apple buds into the drain while going down the stairs.
will stick with cables in the meantime
Well if you're using the latest phones you're kinda forced to buy wireless since scum decided to remove headphone jacks. Don't worry, they did it for "bigger battery" and "saving the planet", not greed or anything. You can still use an adapter but the one I had lasted for whole two weeks before it went out.
 

mbk34

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I wish these manufacturers would invent something that would keep the buds in your ears. I bought a pair of buds (not Samsung) but could only keep them in my ears for about 5 minutes if I didn't move my head at all and didn't eat, drink or talk - it was a bit like self inflicted musical Yoga.
 

RaXelliX

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I wish these manufacturers would invent something that would keep the buds in your ears. I bought a pair of buds (not Samsung) but could only keep them in my ears for about 5 minutes if I didn't move my head at all and didn't eat, drink or talk - it was a bit like self inflicted musical Yoga.
It has been invented. They're called fins or earfins. Usually soft silicone tips that are either fixed or removable depending on design. They fit inside earlobe and prevent earbuds from falling out during exercise. So these are mostly found on sports earbuds.
 

mbk34

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It has been invented. They're called fins or earfins. Usually soft silicone tips that are either fixed or removable depending on design. They fit inside earlobe and prevent earbuds from falling out during exercise. So these are mostly found on sports earbuds.
Interesting, I'll look into them. I'll admit I find all kinds of headphones quite uncomfortable to wear. I did have a great set of neck speakers that I really liked - they were light enough that I forgot I was wearing them and I could listen to music all day long without annoying others - they did leak sound but I don't commute, or work in an office environment, so that didn't matter. Sadly I haven't found a suitable replacement after they broke :(