Test: Samsung Galaxy Buds2 in-ear headphones with ANC and transparency mode

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The color of the new true wireless headphones from Samsung already catches the eye, at least if you choose the olive or lavender-colored version. The colorful, shiny plastic is neatly processed, the touch surfaces for operation can neither be seen optically nor felt with the finger. The Buds2 sit comfortably and not too tightly in the ear thanks to their rounded shape and the silicone attachments supplied in three sizes. They didn’t bother us even when they were worn for a long time, but every now and then had to be tucked a little more firmly into the ear.

Samsung’s subsidiary AKG is responsible for the sound. The two drivers in the earphones ensure a balanced, dynamic sound, which, however, would look good with a little more deep bass. The Buds2 are a solid choice for both music and voice playback. Despite three microphones on each side, the voice transmission did not convince us when making calls, because the voice does not sound particularly natural. The touch controls on the in-ears mostly worked reliably in the test, Samsung limited itself to the simple typing and holding gestures, the latter being differentiated for the left and right handset if desired.

The measurement curve shows the neutral sound of the Galaxy Buds2 (red) compared to the Sennheiser HD600 (yellow). It should have been a little more bass, however.

The Galaxy Buds2’s Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) works quite well for in-ear headphones. The headphones are particularly effective in compensating for uniform noises such as train noise or noise in an airplane. The currently ubiquitous FFP2 mask appeared to be a helpful companion – its elastic band pushes the ear slightly forward, which benefits the isolation. If you do not want to isolate yourself from the environment, but on the contrary want to be aware of everything that is going on around, you can switch on the transparency mode. It reliably transmits voices and many a sound to the eardrum, but it is also sometimes annoying when, for example, one’s own steps are reproduced more intensely while running.

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