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  • - What does it mean to be a Pro earbud?

  • You want that decent sound quality.

  • You want a solid Bluetooth connection.

  • You want good battery life.

  • You want all of the fundamentals

  • that Samsung has truly nailed in their previous Buds,

  • but you want a little bit more.

  • Well, with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro,

  • it seems like Samsung's saying,

  • "Get you a bud that can do it all."

  • (chic electronic music)

  • So what does Pro mean to Samsung?

  • Well, for starters, it means active noise cancellation,

  • and Samsung claims that these buds

  • can block out 99% of external background noise

  • at 118.43 hertz,

  • which honestly that means almost nothing to me,

  • but in practice, it means that it blocks out

  • a decent amount of outside noise, just not all of it.

  • I sat under some subway tracks to really put it to the test,

  • and I brought along the AirPod Pros

  • and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds as well.

  • And out of these three earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro,

  • well, they definitely let through the most outside noise.

  • And the only difference between ANC being turned on

  • versus ANC being turned off

  • is really that the low-level hums,

  • they disappear when you turn it on.

  • And although I could still slightly hear the trains

  • passing over me, once I had some music playing,

  • the outside world, it did disappear,

  • just not as much as it does

  • with the Bose QuietComforts or the AirPods.

  • What I found more impressive though

  • was the Ambient sound mode, and that's the mode

  • where it's like letting outside noise in.

  • Now on the Galaxy Buds+,

  • the Ambient mode sounded real tinny and really robotic.

  • And they have taken a huge leap forward

  • with the Pros on this.

  • The Pros, they're just much clearer

  • and they can even amplify sounds around you.

  • Super helpful for when you're on the train

  • and you need to hear some announcements

  • or when you're totally listening in

  • on someone else's conversation.

  • I said it. You know you do it too.

  • We're all guilty.

  • Within the Galaxy Wearable app, you can adjust ANC levels

  • along with those ambient sound levels.

  • And the app also has these EQ settings,

  • touch control settings, the ability to block touch controls,

  • a find your bud feature, and voice detection settings,

  • which that voice detection,

  • that is where you start to feel some more Pro features

  • in these earbuds.

  • When the earbuds detect your voice,

  • they automatically go into Ambient sound mode

  • and turn down your music.

  • Samsung claims that it uses all of the mics

  • and a Voice Pickup Unit, which is basically an accelerometer

  • that detects jaw movement to detect when you start speaking.

  • And once your voice isn't detected for several seconds,

  • and you can choose 5, 10, or 15 seconds,

  • the earbuds go back into the previous state

  • of noise cancellation.

  • And the good news is this feature works real well.

  • Once I start speaking,

  • the outside world is immediately let in,

  • and I'm no longer screaming

  • over the music that only I can hear.

  • And although I fundamentally believe

  • that it is incredibly rude to have a conversation

  • when you have earbuds in with someone else,

  • this feature is actually super helpful

  • for running into the bodega

  • and just needing to talk quickly to someone at the counter

  • or when a neighbor is passing by and I wanna say hello.

  • I loved it, and I always had it on.

  • The Sony 1000XM4 headphones,

  • they also have this auto speech detection feature,

  • but Samsung is among the first for earbuds.

  • And now that I'm using this feature all the time,

  • I just really wish that all of my other buds had it too.

  • But these are earbuds,

  • so let's talk about what Pro audio quality means.

  • The Buds Pro utilize a dual-driver design

  • with 11-millimeter woofers

  • and 6.5-millimeter tweeters in each earbud.

  • Those are bigger than what we saw in the Galaxy Buds+

  • and the results are a full sound

  • that will be clear and crisp in most listening situations.

  • The bass isn't overpowering, and the highs and lows

  • are separated enough as to not be mushy.

  • And the sound quality was comparable to the AirPod Pros,

  • but not as crisp as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

  • that have quickly become my go-to buds

  • for great audio quality.

  • The Buds Pro sit in the ear with a twist.

  • The silicone tip pressed firmly in the ear canal

  • by pushing against the back of my ear.

  • Now the Buds Live, for example, when they're in your ears,

  • they kind of, like, rest against the top

  • of the back of my ears, and the Buds Pro,

  • well, they kind of rest against the bottom

  • of the back of my ears,

  • which was a really big problem for me

  • and this conch piercing.

  • Now I get DMs often from people with ear piercings

  • that are like, "Hey, I'm interested in these earbuds,

  • but I don't know if they're gonna work with this piercing."

  • And typically, it's never a problem.

  • I think with the Surface buds,

  • I had a slight problem with my conch piercing,

  • and also with the Jabra Elite 85ts.

  • Those, I had a small problem with.

  • I do understand this is a personal problem though.

  • And the right earbud fit perfectly,

  • really snug, and was really secure.

  • And then because these earbuds are real thin,

  • they don't stick out very far from your ear,

  • so they don't get caught on things,

  • which also helps with them staying in my ears.

  • There are three different sized silicone tips in the box

  • for finding that perfect seal.

  • The buds are also IPX7 water resistant,

  • which means that even if these accidentally took a swim,

  • they'd be totally fine.

  • But if you know me, you know there is one feature

  • of great importance to your buds, and that's the mic.

  • Samsung claims the Buds Pro

  • have a new Wind Shield technology,

  • that when coupled with the less protrusive shape

  • and especially designed chamber with mesh

  • over one of the outside mics,

  • well, it makes for a real clear audio,

  • even in windy situations.

  • All right, first up, we have the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.

  • They are not sleek in any way, shape, or form,

  • but they have really good audio quality.

  • All right, these are the Jabra Elite 85ts.

  • They absolutely don't stay in my ears very well,

  • but they have solid connection

  • and they also have some pretty good sound quality.

  • And then we have the AirPod Pros.

  • And just so you know, I connect all of these headphones

  • via Bluetooth to my MacBook Pro.

  • And then I record using Audio Hijack,

  • which is a free program that I would highly recommend.

  • And these are the Galaxy Buds Pro.

  • Now Samsung really improved the audio quality last year

  • in the Pluses, and it was really decent on the Live as well.

  • But how is it here?

  • Turn on the fans.

  • Now we got some wind going.

  • How do they sound with just a little bit of wind?

  • Like, if you're biking or, I don't know,

  • using Limited Convertible.

  • So I'm really interested to hear how these sound

  • because they also stick very far out of my ears,

  • so they're catching lots of wind right now, lots of wind.

  • Okay, the AirPod Pros, they got these long stems,

  • they're naturally catching the breeze,

  • I'm catching the breeze.

  • Not gonna lie. It's getting a little chilly in here.

  • Okay, so how does this sound with a breeze?

  • It's a really windy day in New York,

  • I wanna talk to my buds, can they still hear me?

  • Is the Wind Shield technology good?

  • Wait, I gotta do with this one.

  • Ah.

  • That's enough.

  • Samsung, your Wind Shield technology, it's pretty damn good.

  • I don't think you have the best mic overall without wind,