Arguably, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are the best true wireless earbuds of the South Korean brand yet. After all, they have active noise cancellation (ANC), 360 Audio, and IPX7 water resistance, as well as a decent price point. That begs the question of whether older models such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are still worth getting or not.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs Galaxy Buds Pro Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Fit||Semi-open||Tight in-ear seal|
|Audio||12mm speakers||Two-way 11mm speakers, 6.5mm tweeter|
|Microphones||2 x outer, 1 x inner, voice pick-up unit||2 x outer, 1 x inner, voice pick-up unit|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient Aware Mode||No||Yes|
|Battery||Up to 7.5 hours (up to 28 hours with case)||Up to 8 hours (up to 28 hours with case)|
|Charging||10 minutes for 1 hour and 30 minutes of playtime, wireless charging supported||10 minutes for 1 hour and 45 minutes of playtime, wireless charging supported|
|Colors||Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White||Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet|
Design and Fit
Right off the bat, the
Beyond aesthetics, the Galaxy Buds Live in-ear headphones are different in that they have a semi-open fit. That means they aren’t as secure and have little to no passive isolation, so it’s no surprise that sound will leak. Its ANC isn’t as effective because of that too, but its form factor makes for a comfortable wear. For one thing, they don’t form a tight seal in your ear, so you won’t feel like they’re “clogging” your ears. In fact, it’s noticeably comfier than the Galaxy Buds Pro.
Where the Galaxy Buds Pro have a clear advantage is water resistance. Sporting an IPX7 rating, they can be worn while exercising or in the rain. Needless to say, there’s no need to worry about liquid spilling on them, and they can even be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one meter. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Buds Live only have IPX2, so you have to be extra careful with them since they can only survive dripping water from a certain angle.
As for color options, the Galaxy Buds Live come in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White, while the Galaxy Buds Pro are available in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet.
On paper, the
Both have Bluetooth 5.0 and support the same codecs: AAC, SBC, and SSC. The last of which stands for Samsung Scalable Codec, the company’s proprietary tech that lets the bit-rate change depending on connection strength to keep audio nice and steady, even with a weak signal.
Owing to their in-ear fit, the
Along a similar vein, the Galaxy Buds Pro’s ambient mode has four levels to choose from: Low, Medium, High, and Extra High. They don’t really stand out in this regard, but they work as advertised. They do have a Detect Conversations feature that allows them to automatically go into ambient mode when they pick up your voice so you can have a conversation and return to ANC mode afterward.
It goes without saying that the Galaxy Buds Live don’t have an ambient mode, but that’s because there’s no need for it since you’ll be able to hear external sounds with them on.
Battery and Other Features
On a single charge, the
Both earbuds have a Game Mode, which basically reduces audio latency when you’re gaming. However, only the Galaxy Buds Pro have 360 Audio. It’s a feature that aims to provide a more immersive listening experience by firing sound from all directions so you’d “feel like you’re right in the scene,” according to Samsung. But take note that it’s exclusive to Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Moreover, the Galaxy Buds Pro have Automatic Switching, and as its name suggests, it lets you seamlessly switch from one Galaxy device to another. For example, if you’re watching Netflix on your, say, Galaxy S6 Lite and then you receive a call on your Galaxy S21, you can pick up the call without using your smartphone. After the call, the earbuds will connect back to the tablet to boot.
Considering all the new features and improvements the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have, there’s arguably no reason to get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, unless their comfortable bean-shaped design appeals more to you. Still, that isn’t really enough to tilt the scales to their favor since it doesn’t outweigh the Galaxy Buds Pro’s better audio, stronger water resistance, superior ANC, Automatic Switching, 360 Audio, and slightly longer battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have more features and outperform the Galaxy Buds Live in many ways. They have better audio quality and active noise cancellation, an IPX7 water resistance compared to IPX2, and 8 hours of battery life instead of 7.5 hours on a single charge.
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are better than their predecessors by a mile. They have decent audio quality, an IPX7 water resistance, and 8 hours of battery life, as well as a slew of features like active noise cancellation, Automatic Switching, and 360 Audio, among other things.
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