Marketing the Samsung Galaxy Buds as a noise cancellation product may be a bit over the top. Why? Because it is clear as day that these earbuds actually allow a substantial amount of outside noise. This is actually part of the overall product design and we think it’s where the word Live is derived. When you use the Samsung Galaxy Buds, you don’t get to shut out the world around you completely.
Put simply, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live won’t completely drown out chattery airplane companions, noisy coworkers or annoying videoke parties or events next door. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Buds are designed to eliminate frequencies in the low range – think the rumbling of an Amtrak or the consistent hum of an air conditioner. With the Samsung Galaxy Buds, you can still hear some ambient sound but they will be significantly minimized once you turn off the active noise cancellation feature.
If you are thinking that the Samsung Galaxy Buds can rival the Sony 1000XM3 or AirPods Pro, you’ll be disappointed. Again, with the Samsung Galaxy Buds, you’ll still hear a lot from the outside world. For some people, this is actually one of the great features of the Samsung Galaxy Buds, especially for those who have FOMO, otherwise known as the fear of missing out – missing out on travel information announcements, juicy gossip at the next cubicle, or the honks and beeps of traffic.
That being said, if Samsung is really one of your premium brand preferences but you would like a product that can give you a great noise cancelling experience, you can go with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. While it does not have noise cancellation features, it can still create an effective isolation experience, which is better than none. Again, don’t expect that the Samsung Galaxy Buds are headphones that can provide effective noise isolation.