Sung Yeonjin, editor-in-chief of “High-Fi Magazine,” weighs in on his favorite features of the Galaxy Buds Pro.
With so much content available at our fingertips, wireless earphones have a unique ability to improve users’ daily lives. Packed with cutting edge software and hardware, wireless earbuds have become an “all-in-one” audio solution that deliver a rich sound experience no matter where you are.
The well-loved Galaxy Buds series has returned with the powerful Galaxy Buds Pro, offering a new standard for wireless earphones. With cleaner call quality, active noise canceling, and a comfortable ergonomic design, Galaxy Buds Pro bring listeners closer to their audio than ever before. We were curious to find out what would happen when an audio expert tried out Galaxy Buds Pro, so Samsung Mobile Press sat down with Sung Yonjin, editor-in-chief of "High-Fi Magazine," to find out his thoughts on Samsung’s newest earphones.
Capturing the Texture of Sound for Clearer Audio Quality
The most important feature for earphones will always be their sound quality. With dynamic vocal range, and an organic, smooth balance for natural sounding audio across genres, Galaxy Buds Pro’s biggest advantage is clean, clear sound.
These earphones really delivered on the low pitches, with drum kicks hitting clear and punchy. Their ability to deliver on the deep sounds makes them perfect for tracks with heavy bass. Sounds in the middle range were warm and rich, while the high-pitched sounds carried surprising detail and openness. Where Galaxy Buds Pro really shined was in capturing things like sharp but fine vocals and the texture of violins without missing any of their warmth.
Galaxy Buds Pro also have an excellent ability to recreate the spatiality of sound. In the case of classical music, they reenacted the sound of deep brass instruments and the voice of a choir all while capturing the feeling of hearing the music in a concert hall. At the same time, they proved able to deliver on the minute details of a performance with clarity.
Dual concentric drivers also play a major role in delivering a sense of space with Galaxy Buds Pro. The earbuds are equipped with a two-way driver consisting of a 6.5mm tweeter and 11mm woofer. Samsung has developed an all-in-one two-way driver that places the tweeter at the center of the woofer, improving sound efficiency and raising sound quality to a new level. Galaxy Buds Pro prove that wireless earbuds can deliver clean and clear studio-like sound.
Active Noise Canceling: Hear the Sounds You Want, Not the Ones You Don’t
Galaxy Buds Pro are loaded with functions that help deliver an immersive sound experience, but perhaps the most notable is Active Noise Canceling.
A must-have feature for high-performance wireless earphones, Galaxy Buds Pro do Active Noise Canceling especially well by allowing users to focus on the audio they want without feeling like they’re simply having their ears plugged.
The beauty of Galaxy Buds Pro's natural noise canceling comes through in the low-pitch range. Active Noise Canceling works to cancel out unwanted sounds by generating sound waves that have the same wavelength as the external noise but move in the opposite direction. While other earphones tend to focus on eliminating noise in the mid- to low-band frequency, Galaxy Buds Pro cover a wider spectrum, eliminating unwanted sounds in the high-pitch range as well. At 118Hz, 99 percent of noise was removed, leaving only a clean sound no matter what your taste in music calls for.
Smart Conversation Detection and Better Call Quality
We’ve all struggled through that awkward moment of removing our headphones and interrupting our music to talk with someone. Galaxy Buds Pro take a unique approach to solving this problem. Equipped with a conversation detecting function, they automatically turn on Ambient Sound by recognizing your voice when you start speaking. This makes it possible to communicate with people around you even when your music is playing. If Galaxy Buds Pro then detect that you haven’t spoken in a while, they’ll assume your conversation has ended and go back to Active Noise Canceling. They can even adjust external volume levels, so small sounds can be amplified to a maximum of 20 dB if necessary, much like how a hearing aid works.
There is also a noticeable improvement in call quality. Galaxy Buds Pro use three microphones to get the job done, including a high-sensitivity microphone and voice pickup unit. When used indoors, they matched the quality of a speaker and microphone on a smartphone, and when used in noisier environments like subways and buses, it was still possible to have clean and clear calls without a drop in quality. Meanwhile, Galaxy Buds Pro’s windshield chamber and mesh coverings also stop wind from cutting through your calls, allowing you to talk worry free, even if you find yourself in some harsh weather.
Game Mode & 360 Audio: Immersive Viewing & Gaming Experience
The job of earbuds has grown more complicated in recent years. Users demand more than just crisp call quality and rich music experiences as they also seek better audio for games and movies. Galaxy Buds Pro are uniquely equipped to meet those demands with a Game Mode that reduces the delay time often felt when using Bluetooth devices, so that your game screen and sound remain perfectly in sync. Features like Sound Play set the Buds Pro apart when it comes to live gaming situations where accurate real-time audio is crucial to the experience.
The 360 Audio feature also adds a sense of immersion while watching movies and other videos. The technology tracks the movement of the user’s head, so it can accurately arrange sound on a virtual landscape. This ensures that sound remains centered and accurate, and that the user stays immersed in the experience even when moving around.
With their comfortable fit, best-in-class sound quality, unique design, and a long list of functions, Galaxy Buds Pro are the perfect companion for users that want to immerse themselves deep into their audio experiences —anytime, anywhere.
*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policy of Samsung Electronics.