When Samsung announces a new product lineup, it’s a tradition to announce a new earbud with them. This time it’s the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro. Given that this is a successor, with a lot of new things so to speak – how does it fare off as compared to its predecessor? Find out here.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro Review

Beautifully Matte Finish Touch

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro

The moment we touched and looked at the pre-briefing before the launch, we were awe-spired by the feel and the finish of it. The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is without a doubt, the sexiest looking earbuds Samsung has ever made, and I wonder why it took them this long to design such a beautiful matte black soft touch finish case. When you open, you can see that the earbuds are also in matte finish with a glossy mesh finish which are the microphones.

Otherwise, for those who chooses to get these earbuds for its looks, I got to tell you, it’s the prettiest thing to see, touch and feel.

An Acquired Taste Earbuds Design

Now, the earbuds of the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro are a little odd. In fact, more odd than the Buds Pro which has a different design. I was a huge fan of the Buds Pro and in fact, it stayed in my gym bag more than my own Sony WH-1000XM3s. That said, the Buds2 Pro has a design that I am quite not fancying. The thing about the earbuds is that: on the inside, it has the eartip and also a rather big bump.

This particular bump will be a problem for some, if not many – depending on which end of the spectrum and how your ears shape is. Let’s talk Science. In my case, the Crus of Helix is positioned a little closer to the Tragus – you can take a look at the anatomy – to understand this better. So, when the bumpy part of the earbuds presses on the Crus of Helix, it causes some discomfort for me. If you happen to have a bigger gap in the Tragus, chances are you will have a better fit.

Which is why I am going to tell you to try it at the store before you purchase it. You can notice the bump vs the no-bump Sony Linkbuds S.

Very Samsung Ecosystem Earbuds

It’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is a Samsung product after all, and their focus would be targeting the Samsung users to build that perfect ecosystem. So, we are talking about a perfect watch, smartphone and earbuds. While the pairing is seamless, and there are features specifically available via Samsung smartphone over a non-Samsung Smartphone – there is a huge feature a lot of users will miss out on and that’s the new codec.

Tough Luck for Other Android Users

Samsung’s previous Samsung Scalable Codec has been an exclusive codec with them. This time around, they have replaced – in better words, upgraded to a newer codec: Samsung Seamless Codec. Here’s the biggest catch: this codec is only available on the Flip4 and Fold4. So, if you happen to own the S22 Ultra for that matter – you are locked out from experiencing the proper 24-bit audio. Users will be stuck with a 16-bit audio instead.

If you are not a Samsung user, then you are stuck with SBC or AAC, although AAC is an Apple Codec which does work on Android but it’s a wee bit janky and limits users to not go beyond 16-bit. Something to take note of.

That 24-bit Audio is…

Now the audio experience with the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is sublime, paired with one of the best ANC I have personally experienced which can be a little disorienting when you set it up for the first time or when you just leave the ANC on and not listen to any song. The audio profile by default is very neutral with still mild bass present, but the Dynamic Equalizer profile works better to give a nice treble and bass increase with pronounced instruments, to round it off as whole.

But here’s the thing, the audio difference from the 16-bit and 24-bit isn’t a prominent one. This is where their marketing material is misleading. It’s not about increasing the audio quality but in SoundGuy’s words “the available limit before digital noise interferes with our signal.” This is a pretty complicated article but a good one at that. So, 24-bit isnt necessary and 16-bit is more than enough.

Here’s the biggest catch, if you playback regardless of if its 16 or 24-bit, there is no difference to the human ears. Unless, if you happen to master audio files which is a different game all in all. But otherwise, it doesn’t matter at all.  Plus, with so many users relying more on streaming applications which fails to give the highest bitrate files, especially if you are on Spotify – it makes no difference. Not to forget, storing audio files as big as 40MB per song locally, isnt going to help either as you are going to lose a lot of that precious storage internally.

Conclusion

So, at RM 899 – is it a good buy? I have to tell you, with the improved audio quality and strong ANC, it’s quite the winner – but with a caveat, that it only is worth the penny if you are a Samsung user. Specifically, the newer ones with Samsung Seamless Codec. Otherwise, it’s better you turn your head towards other earbuds – in fact, there’s one – which we are enjoying a lot. Stay tuned for it.