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  • - So when I told a few buds that I was reviewing the beans,

  • they were really excited for me because if you know me,

  • you know that I love the word bean

  • and I love the word buds and well buds,

  • these are beans.

  • - Roll that beautiful bean footage.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Nice pot of pinto beans in the crock pot.

  • (upbeat music continues)

  • - Could everybody please leave so I can eat my beans?

  • (upbeat music continues)

  • - It's rare in tech

  • to get such a fresh form factor these days.

  • Most phones are skinny rectangles,

  • earbuds are stemmed or they're circles

  • and laptops are well laptops.

  • So when I opened up the poorly named Galaxy Buds Live,

  • it was a total breath of fresh air.

  • And with any first gen form factor,

  • I was excited for the new experience,

  • but I was definitely expecting some compromises.

  • Like maybe the audio quality was going to be a bit off or

  • the build quality would be weird

  • or the mic would be scratchy.

  • But these beat, buds, these buds,

  • they managed to be something completely new

  • without compromises.

  • Let's get into it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Buds come in mystic bronze, mystic white, or mystic black,

  • but Samsung gave me the bronze to test out.

  • And to be honest, I don't think this bronze

  • is doing these buds any favors

  • in that these are not beans, these are buds department.

  • This is almost the exact color of a kidney bean.

  • Oka, besides my love of this hardware,

  • there was one feature I was shocked to hear

  • these $169 buds had,

  • and that was active noise cancellation or ANC.

  • So I knew one place I was definitely going to test them out.

  • So we're on our way to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

  • because it is a beautiful location to film,

  • especially at sunset. Oh, here she is.

  • But it also has one fatal flaw that makes it perfect

  • for testing this active noise cancellation.

  • The promenade is located directly above

  • a double-decker highway.

  • So although beautiful, it is not quiet.

  • (highway noise)

  • The Buds Live have what Samsung is calling

  • open type active noise cancellation

  • and open it definitely is.

  • The Buds Live were able to cancel the lowest level hum

  • out of the city but I'm sad to report

  • that they did very little in canceling

  • pretty much any other background noise,

  • especially the saxophone that was being played

  • a few benches down.

  • The Galaxy Buds Plus do more in canceling out

  • background noise simply by their in-ear design.

  • And then the AirPod Pros take that a step further

  • with their in-ear design and true active noise cancellation.

  • So if you're looking to really block out

  • the world around you in a bud, well,

  • don't look to the Buds Live.

  • (upbeat music)

  • The Buds themselves are glossy on the outside

  • and matte on the part that sits inside your ear.

  • They sit in a clamshell case

  • and when I saw the renderings of the case,

  • I thought for sure it would be huge

  • much like the clamshell case of the Powerbeats Pro.

  • But now this is surprisingly small

  • and it's easily pocket-able.

  • It's about one and a half times wider than the AirPods case

  • and it's a little bit lighter than the Pixel Buds case.

  • Now the hinge on the case is stiff

  • and that's probably a good thing because the buds,

  • while they do have a bit of a cradle, it's not very deep.

  • And yes, there are magnets that hold them in,

  • but they're not the strongest magnets in the world.

  • (Becca gasps)

  • Dropping buds is a very scary experience.

  • Case charges wirelessly or via USB-C port round back

  • and it holds 21 hours of music playback

  • while each bud can last for around six hours

  • with ANC audio turned on.

  • For context, the AirPod Pros with ANC turned on

  • last about 4.5 hours.

  • A five minute quick charge in the case,

  • will get you an hour of listening time back though.

  • In case you missed the Samsung Unpacked event last week,

  • which was so beautiful in its own way,

  • there was this moment.

  • (dramatic sound)

  • - Wow. There it is. The Galaxy Note 20.

  • - Okay, that has nothing to do with this video,

  • but I just love that so much.

  • But then there was also this moment.

  • - We compared Buds Live with the pair of wireless earphones

  • from another company.

  • - Can you hear me?

  • Can you hear me?

  • - Wait, did Samsung just do a mic test?

  • You love to see it.

  • But also you hate to see that

  • they don't tell you who the competitors were.

  • So let's get to the kitchen.

  • So going head to head today are the AirPods, the Pixel Buds,

  • the Galaxy Buds Plus, and the Galaxy Buds Live.

  • So the Pixel Buds, I love having the Google assistant

  • always listening and ready because in my home

  • I use it all the time.

  • But I must admit the dropouts are real.

  • And moving on, we have the Galaxy Buds Plus

  • and in the second generation of these buds,

  • the microphone got so much better.

  • And here are the AirPods with that nice long stem

  • and typically very good mic quality.

  • Here are the Galaxy Bud Live and I'm going to run the water,

  • but I'm going to save the water this time

  • because I'm actually in the most Brooklyn way,

  • watching all of my friends' plants at the moment.

  • Water time!

  • Oh man, I'm going to fill up

  • so many pitchers of water I just realized.

  • I'm going to the top of this pitcher.

  • I only have so many pitchers in this house.

  • Okay, I truly underestimated how much water

  • I was going to be using.

  • Wow.

  • Okay.

  • Can you hear me? How does this sound?

  • Oh my god, the Chemex, we'll fill the Chemex.

  • There we go.

  • All right.

  • So the Galaxy Bud Live. How does these sound?

  • Is it all right?

  • Okay, that was actually super interesting

  • because although the Galaxy Buds Live sound

  • a little bit more mechanic or robotic,

  • when there wasn't background noise.

  • When there was background noise,

  • it like completely canceled it out.

  • Like that last clip, the water was running

  • and you couldn't hear it at all.

  • Whereas in the AirPod sound maybe a little bit more natural

  • and they kept a little bit of the water sound in.

  • It didn't, it didn't mean that you couldn't hear me,

  • but you could hear the water running,

  • but that might just be our closest competition yet.

  • Please sound off down below.

  • Which one do you think was the best?

  • So audio quality on these buds, it's really good dudes.

  • I most closely compared them to the AirPods

  • 'cause they have that same open ear design

  • and it was hard to tell a difference.

  • The buds themselves have 12 millimeter drivers

  • and overall it's just a really full sound.

  • Now the bass isn't bumping, but in the wearable apps,

  • I always go in there and I turn on bass boost,

  • which actually helps a lot.

  • Past Bec is going to tell you about hardware

  • while I go dance a little bit more.

  • The shape is weird

  • and it's definitely the most exciting part about them.

  • In my ears it fits really well with the small wingtip on,

  • and there's also a large size tip included in the box.

  • The lack of an AirPod-like stem

  • allows me to wear these buds without them getting caught

  • on like my bike helmet strap,

  • or while taking off a sweatshirt.

  • And you almost can't even see them sitting in my ears

  • when you look at me head on.

  • The Bluetooth connection on these buds

  • is also really strong.

  • I almost always leave my S10 up here on a wireless charger

  • and I could move freely throughout my house

  • without losing connection.

  • And within my week of testing

  • and using it mostly with my S10 and my MacBook Pro,

  • I only lost connection once while I was on a call.

  • I also tested it with an iPhone 11 Pro and a Pixel 4A

  • and it worked well with those two.

  • There's no noticeable lag when playing games

  • or watching YouTube.

  • And there's one more feature that's new to these buds,

  • which is a hand-free Bixby option.

  • It works. Yeah, it listens. It hears me. It responds.

  • How well it responds, well.

  • Bixby is Bixby.

  • So it responds as well as Bixby can respond.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So the Galaxy Buds Live.

  • They're $169 beans with great audio quality, a solid mic,

  • all packed into a surprisingly functional small form factor.

  • But I love when tech gets new and fresh

  • and like exciting again and low key weird.

  • Like I'll never forget being in Barcelona for MWC 2019

  • and filming this shot of Huawei's Mate X.

  • We were in the basement of some random hotel

  • and they brought out the Mate X and they unfolded it.

  • And, oh my gosh, the excitement in that room.

  • And sadly in tech, we just don't get

  • that experience much anymore.

  • So when this crazy bean looking earbud was released,

  • it felt like that breath of fresh air to me.

  • It felt like I was finally going to test out something new.

  • And as new as these may look,

  • what's actually exciting about them,

  • is that it didn't lose sight of the fundamentals,

  • like audio quality, a solid mic, Bluetooth connection.

  • And that, that makes them a pretty good bean.

  • You ever just like,

  • forget to roll audio?

  • Has that ever happened to you?

  • For that I would say like once a year it happens

  • and every time it does, it's incredibly disappointing.

  • Anyway, my name is Becca Farsace, thank you for watching.

  • I'm going to go re-record this whole thing.

  • (Becca laughs)

- So when I told a few buds that I was reviewing the beans,

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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