Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Professional: Extra comfy design and Hello-Fi audio

Persevering with its iterative {hardware} replace right this moment, Samsung is introducing the brand new Galaxy Buds 2 Professional. The corporate says they’re smaller and extra comfy than the unique Buds Professional, and the brand new mannequin helps 24-bit audio playback over Bluetooth — in case you’re utilizing a Samsung cellphone, that’s. Pre-orders for the $229.99 Buds 2 Professional begin right this moment, they usually’ll be out there on August 26. (That is $30 dearer than the unique pair’s launch value.) Samsung’s newest top-of-the-line earbuds shall be provided in black, white, and purple.

The Buds 2 Professional is 15 p.c smaller than the unique Buds Professional, and Samsung has additionally expanded the venting grille in order that additional airflow can attain your ears and scale back any “plug-up” feeling throughout prolonged use. Hopefully this can make the Transparency Mode of the earbuds even higher.

The Galaxy Buds 2 Professional is 15 p.c smaller than the unique Buds Professional.

Samsung can be highlighting how a lot recycled materials goes into these premium earbuds. It will get a bit particular, so the very best clarification is definitely discovered within the footnotes of the corporate’s press launch, which I’ve included beneath:

Greater than 90 p.c of all of the Galaxy Buds 2 Professional’s plastic parts, by weight, are made out of recycled supplies. The Galaxy Buds 2 Professional makes use of a complete of 29 grams of plastic, and contains over 27 grams of recycled materials. No less than 20 p.c of every of those parts is comprised of both discarded fishing nets (ocean-bound plastics) or post-consumer supplies. Recycled fishing nets are utilized in its Bracket Deco entrance, Bracket battery holder and Bracket-PCB within the three inner parts of the cradle case. Publish-consumer recycled supplies are used within the eight exterior parts. Each the buds have 4 parts in case entrance left/proper, case rear left/proper. And the cradle case has 4 parts in its deco entrance, case-upper, case-upper inside, and case-lower.

The Galaxy Buds 2 Professional can nonetheless robotically change between totally different Samsung units, however they sadly lack multipoint assist – so you’ll be able to’t pair them with two audio sources on the similar time. The handy function is (lastly) turning into more and more widespread on earbuds, and Google lately included MultiPoint on its Pixel Buds Professional. That is why it is disappointing to see Samsung launch a brand new flagship set of earbuds with out it.

However on the plus aspect, Samsung says the Buds 2 Professional can now obtain 24-bit Hello-Fi audio playback. You may want a cellphone operating One UI 4.0 or later, and Samsung notes that 24-bit assist will range by app — you understand, as a result of Spotify nonetheless would not assist it.

They are going to be out there in white, black and purple.

Samsung is popping off Hello-Fi wi-fi playback with the assistance of its proprietary “Seamless Codec (SSC HiFi)”. “High quality music is able to being transferred continuous, and the brand new coaxial two-way speaker makes these sounds richer than ever,” the corporate claims. Apple is rumored to be exploring its personal options to convey high-quality audio to the subsequent AirPods Professional. Sony already has an answer with its LDAC codec, out there on the WF-1000XM5 and LinkBuds S.

360-degree audio can be known as “superior” with higher multichannel immersion. In accordance with Samsung’s spec sheet, the Buds 2 Professional have Bluetooth 5.3 and LE audio-ready.

Battery life is rated for as much as 5 hours of playback (ANC ON) or as much as eight hours when off. With the case, you get a complete of 20 hours (ANC enabled) or 30 hours in case you hold it turned off. And the Buds 2 Professional is rated IPX7 for water and sweat resistance. General, Samsung’s newest flagship earbuds are a slight enchancment over the earlier mannequin, however ought to nonetheless make an ideal companion to the corporate’s Galaxy cellphone lineup – which incorporates the brand new Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4.


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