The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are one of the company’s better-performing true wireless earbuds, but they’re “basic” in the sense that they don’t stand out in any meaningful way. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are sort of a polar opposite. After all, they’re the South Korean brand’s first pair with active noise cancellation (ANC), and in comparison, they look drastically different with their kidney bean design.
On that note, we put the two side by side in this Galaxy Buds Live vs Buds Plus comparison to clear up which one is better—and, of course, which one will give you a better bang for your buck.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs Galaxy Buds Plus Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Speakers||12mm||Two-way dual dynamic|
|Microphones||2 x outer, 1 x inner, voice pick-up unit||2 x outer, 1 x inner|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||No|
|Ambient Aware Mode||No||Yes|
|Battery||Up to 7.5 hours (up to 28 hours with case)||Up to 11 hours (up to 22 hours with case)|
|Charging||10 minutes for 1 hour and 30 minutes of playtime, wireless charging supported||10 minutes for 2 hours of playtime, wireless charging supported|
|Colors||Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White||Black, White, Blue, Red|
One of the first things you’ll notice is the
Along a similar vein, the Galaxy Buds Live have a bean-shaped form factor, as mentioned earlier. They also have a semi-open fit, and all that makes for a comfortable wear since there’s little to no pressure build-up. However, the trade-off is passive noise isolation is practically nonexistent and sound will definitely leak if you crank up the volume.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds Plus are relatively more typical in appearance, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Owing to their in-ear design, they have better passive noise isolation since they form a pretty tight seal in your ears.
Both only have IPX2 water resistance, so they can’t be submerged in water at all. They can be worn while working out, though, but you’ll have to be careful not to get them too wet. As for options, Galaxy Buds Live colors include Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White. The Galaxy Buds Plus are available in more flavors: Black, White, Blue, and Red.
Under the hood, the
Both do have six EQ presets to choose from: Normal, Bass boost, Treble boost, Clear, Soft, and Dynamic. The last of which is more or less a necessity for the Galaxy Buds Plus since they sound way too quiet on Normal but deliver a decent performance on Dynamic. In contrast, the Galaxy Buds Live are loud enough right out of the box, and fine-tuning their EQ based on your preferences can only make them better.
In addition, the Galaxy Buds Live beat the Galaxy Buds Plus in call quality. That’s because they have better microphones that make your voice sound more natural. On the other hand, the latter makes you sound a bit tinny and robotic.
One of the eye-catching
The Galaxy Buds Live don’t have ambient aware mode, but that’s because they don’t need it. In other words, you’ll have no problem hearing people talking while wearing them. In comparison, the Galaxy Buds Plus have ambient aware mode, and they work about as well as you’d expect.
Including their cases, the
When it comes to battery life, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. First off, the
As for quick top-ups, you can get an hour and 30 minutes of playback with the Galaxy Buds Live in 10 minutes, while you can get two hours of juice with the Galaxy Buds Plus in the same charging time.
For the record, both of their charging cases have USB Type-C ports and support QI wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live win by a sizable margin. They have superior sound quality, ANC (even though it doesn’t work that well), a more comfortable fit, clearer microphones, and a longer total battery life with their case.
But in the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus’ defense, they have better passive noise isolation and are better at keeping noise out even though they don’t have ANC, and the earbuds themselves last longer on a single charge. However, they can’t quite hold a candle to the Galaxy Buds Live’s features and better specs.
Assuming you use the proper wingtip size, you shouldn’t have to worry about the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live falling out of your ears.
Among the main differences are that the
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have active noise cancellation, but because of their semi-open fit, it isn’t that effective.
Last update on 2021-06-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API