This is the official thread to discuss all things to do with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2.
As of posting this, they aren’t yet released, but we were able to secure a demo unit in advance for evaluation (it’s the purple one of course!).
Here are the measurements done on the GRAS RA0402 industry standard ear simulator.
Using Harman 2019 for this since they’re a Samsung subsidiary, and presumably go after this target. It even says “sound by AKG” on the inside of the case, which is also a Harman company. One thing to note here is that this is pre-release, and currently doesn’t work with the app, so I will re-measure once I’m able to use it with the app and see if there are any firmware changes.
Unsurprisingly, it’s fairly close. Now for those who know me, you also know that I’m not the biggest fan of the Harman in-ear target - or at least, it never seems to sound neutral or good to me. So here it is relative to my own reference point for ‘neutral’, which is based on the sound profile of the Thieaudio Oracle. Keep in mind that this shouldn’t be taken as a standard reference target and you should consider the graph above to be that. The following is just how it sounds relative to what I personally prefer.
Active ANC vs Passive mode (normalized at 500hz):
So in general, you can think of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2 as a reasonably tuned true wireless in-ear for most people. However, based on my ear canal and how I hear them, they sound a bit shouty in the upper mids, and mildly fatiguing or sharp in the treble. I described this to a friend of mine as ‘fuzzy’ or ‘tinny’ in the treble.
Subjective notes (paired with a OnePlus 7t, running in AAC and SBC - results may be different with Samsung Scalable)
EDIT: I just bought an S22+ to test this with, ran the sweep with it paired to the phone, and got the same result. That doesn’t mean the experience isn’t better with a Samsung phone though, as I was able to get the app up and running and try out the various EQ presets they have. None of which were particularly to my taste, so I just left it on default.
EDIT 2: After further listening, it’s less that these are poor performers in the technicalities department and more that the treble has certain FR-related issues that cause a kind of haze or ‘fuzziness’ to certain tones. This causes it to sound just slightly wrong and compressed in the treble. The bass performance is actually decent, and it doesn’t sound overly blunted.