Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs. Galaxy Buds Pro: Should You Upgrade?

New from Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro It is a continuation of one of our works Favorite pairs of earphonesfirst generation Galaxy Buds Pro. Like the New foldable phones And the wearable The Buds 2 Pro headphones were unveiled at the same Unpacked event, and they’re more of an improvement than a reinvention of the previous model – so much so that you might struggle to tell the two apart. Interested in new shoots, but want more information? Read on.

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Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Galaxy Buds Pro
Battery life 5 hours with ANC, 13 extra hours in case 5 hours with ANC, 13 extra hours in case
water resistant IPX7 IPX7
Dimensions (buds) 19.9 x 21.6 x 18.7 mm 19.5 x 20.5 x 20.8 mm
Weight (buds) 5.5 grams 6.3 grams
Supported Codecs SBC, AAC, Samsung Seamless Codec HiFi SBC, AAC, Samsung Scalable
drivers 10mm Driver + 5.3mm Speaker 11mm Driver + 6.5mm Speaker
Connection Bluetooth 5.3 Bluetooth 5.0
MSRP $229 $199

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro vs Galaxy Buds Pro: Hardware and Battery

Buds2 Pro and first-generation Buds Pro share remarkably similar hardware. At a glance, you can distinguish the two by the finish – the Buds 2 Pro headphones have a satin finish instead of the glossy plastic on the touch surfaces of the original Buds Pro – and the shape. The newer earbuds are smaller and sleeker than the previous generation. The first-generation Buds Pro headphones come in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet colors; The newer model is available in graphite, white, and bora purple.

the left: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. the correct: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

While the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is noticeably smaller than its predecessor, battery life hasn’t changed year after year. Both the first-generation Galaxy Buds Pro and Buds 2 Pro can spend about five hours charging with the ANC turned on, and each pair’s small, square charging case holds roughly an additional 13 hours of juice. Of course, if you’ve been using the first generation since launch, its battery life may have deteriorated by now. Earphone cases charge via USB-C or wirelessly.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs Galaxy Buds Pro: Features and Sound

Both generations of Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have pretty similar feature sets. They each have active noise cancellation, but thanks in part to the higher-quality new microphones, the Buds 2 Pro are more effective. Both also have in-ear detection, single-ear listening with either speaker, quick device switching between Samsung phones and tablets, and an option to turn down media volume and turn on transparency mode when your voice is detected, facilitating quick interactions with people around you.

bottom left: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. top right: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.

The biggest new feature in the Buds 2 Pro is support for 24-bit audio playback thanks to Samsung’s new Seamless codec, but there are plenty of asterisks here. Compared to the 16-bit audio most of us are accustomed to, 24-bit audio should have less digital noise, providing a listening experience that, in this specific way, is more true to life. But there is an ongoing debate about how well human ears can hear the difference between the two, and getting 24-bit audio from the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro requires them to be connected to a Samsung phone. You’ll also have to listen to 24-bit audio files through apps that support them (Spotify doesn’t, but streaming services Tidal and Quobuz do). It’s safe to assume that if you’re not already familiar with the inputs and bit depth of the audio architecture, 24-bit audio isn’t a reason to buy the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Technical jargon aside, the Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro both offer powerful sound with ample bass and several equalizer presets to adjust the frequency response to your liking. However, aside from the 24-bit audio on newer earbuds (which, again, is a niche feature not everyone can take advantage of), the listening experience isn’t much different between the pair. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have more extensive noise cancellation, but it’s not easy to determine which pair you’re listening to by sound quality alone.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs. Galaxy Buds Pro: Should You Upgrade?

Mostly not. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are objectively better earbuds than the first generation Galaxy Buds Pro, but like many Samsung products this year, they offer relatively small improvements. If you’re particularly excited about the ergonomic look of the new model or Samsung’s seamless codec, you might be able to justify the Buds 2 Pro’s suggested retail price of $229. Other than that, if the first generation Galaxy Buds Pro still works fine, there’s not much reason to upgrade this year.

If you’re into old or low-end earbuds, there’s a lot to like here: the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro really are excellent, good earbuds, and not just when paired with Samsung phones. It just so happened that this was true of the latter pair as well.

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