Since smartphones gradually ditched the 3.5mm port, the market for wireless headphones in general and True Wireless in general (completely wireless) has grown quite rapidly. The products of traditional audio companies still focus more on sound quality, and if we want to find the most modern features, we will look for True Wireless headphones from major technology firms.
So in the race to find the perfect True Wireless, which technology company is leading? To find the answer we will bring 3 pairs of headphones included Apple AirPods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and ‘youngest’ was released Huawei FreeBuds Pro on the scale to compare!
Design / Feeling of wearing
AirPods Pro charging case (top), Buds Live (right) and FreeBuds Pro (left)
Talking about True Wireless headphones is the right ear to say the first charging box, and these 3 pairs of headphones have charging boxes with quite different designs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has a rounded square box with the smallest size so it will be very convenient to put it in the pocket of your pants. AirPods Pro and FreeBuds Pro both have charging cases that place the headphones vertically, both in size but not too bad.
In the three charging boxes, only the box of the AirPods Pro uses the Lightning charging standard similar to the iPhone, while the other two products have switched to USB Type-C. In contrast, all 3 have in common is built-in wireless charging with the Qi standard, which can be used with the charging dock or with the power sharing feature of new smartphones.
And these are the pairs of headphones being compared, with the AirPods Pro pair having only one color option is white, while the FreeBuds Pro has a silver gray look very modern, and the standout is the Buds Live pair with color. mystical copper.
Buds Live is also a pair of headphones with a quite special design, closer to the ear-bud than the in-ear type of the other two pairs of headphones, so the rubber pad is included. block into the user’s outer ear canal instead of being inserted into the ear canal. One point worth mentioning is that the AirPods Pro use a cushion with a hard plastic mounting leg, so you will definitely have to use the ones included in the box, while FreeBuds Pro has the advantage of having a large sound tube. but without a hard mount, some external cushioning can still be found.
The design is different, so Buds Live also has a way to wear unlike the other two pairs of headphones, when we need to put it in the ear, rotate a half circle so that the ‘tail’ touches the ear.
When worn, the entire Buds Live will touch the user’s ear so the comfort depends quite a lot on the ear structure of each person. Certainly Samsung has researched on this issue, so this pair of headphones fits quite a few different types of ears, but not all. For those who have small ear cups, or the folds is not deep, they will wear uncomfortably, or even cannot wear these headphones.
AirPods Pro is sure everyone is familiar with the design, we don’t need to say too much. We have a pair of in-ear headphones, with an elongated ‘tail’ to place the microphone closer to the user’s mouth to increase conversation.
A small minus point in the design of the AirPods Pro is that the sound duct is a bit short, so the body of the headset can cause trouble if choosing the ear cushions too small, so choosing the right cushion is quite important for this pair of headphones.
Finally, the FreeBuds Pro pair, which follows the design direction of rivals from Apple, but also has its own ‘breakthrough’ points. The ‘tail’ part of this pair of headphones instead of being made in a circular cylinder is more square, looking a bit like a pair of one-sided talking headsets of business people!
Personally, I think this is the most comfortable headset pair of the 3 products we compare, simply because of their closer design to other In-ear pairs on the market. The sound tube is placed at a diagonal angle than Apple, along with the rubber buffer is also softer, so no matter how long it is worn, FreeBuds Pro will not cause discomfort. The downside in the design of this pair of headphones – quite similar to the Buds Live is that it is finished with glossy plastic and brightly painted so it will be quite easy to get dirty and fingerprints, need to be cleaned regularly.
Active noise cancellation
The most modern feature that all 3 companies advertise when launching these headphones is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). This feature allows the headphones to capture outside noises and then create reverse-phase sound waves to cancel out before the user hears them, thereby helping us enjoy music in a quieter space.
Galaxy Buds Live with its ear-bud design, as said, is not tight, there will be a leak, so it also affects the quality of noise cancellation. As mentioned, the premise of active noise cancellation is that passive noise cancellation must be good, if the earphones let in a lot of external sounds, how powerful the ANC cannot be eliminated. Therefore, Buds Live has the lowest active noise cancellation of these 3 pairs of headphones, which can block some repetitive sounds at low intensity only.
Conversely, both the AirPods Pro and FreeBuds Pro have an In-ear design with a buffer that can fit the listener’s ear canal, thereby creating much better noise resistance. Huawei FreeBuds Pro, when used with the Huawei AI Life app, can adjust the noise-canceling intensity, while the AirPods Pro when activated will operate at the highest level. In terms of noise-blocking, the AirPods Pro will be equivalent to the ‘Ultra’ level that is the highest of FreeBuds Pro so there is no absolute winner in this regard.
However, the active noise cancellation of these two pairs of headphones is different, when the AirPods Pro can block a lot of sound in the higher range and let the sound fall in the low end, in contrast, FreeBuds Pro blocks very well. low range sound and let through high range sound. For easy visualization, if going on the street, the AirPods Pro will better block the whistle, the sound of leaves falling; FreeBuds Pro will more effectively block the sound of vehicles traveling on the road or train.
The noise resistance of these two pairs of headphones can be said to be a 9 to 10, but I appreciate the FreeBuds Pro more in the ability to flexibly adjust the noise canceling intensity manually or automatically, instead of just There are two ways to turn off and on (when used with Android smartphones, it turns on and ‘listen for the environment’) of the AirPods Pro. The intensity adjustment not only reduces the burden on the battery, but also avoids buzzing and squealing generated by the ANC.
Other ancillary features
Galaxy Wearable software for Buds Live
In order for these headphones to be able to ‘unleash’ in terms of functionality, you will have to use it with your smartphone and download the corresponding application. With Galaxy Buds Live, we have Galaxy Wearable software with the ability to adjust EQ, turn off the noise canceling feature, read notifications and look for headphones (the headset will sound for the user to find).
Simple, easy-to-understand console for AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro is definitely when used with Apple devices will be best supported, with the ability to quickly set up the first time. The console for this pair of headphones does not have much, only includes adjusting the volume and switching between noise canceling, listening to the environment, to find the fit test feature (fit test) users will have to go to app settings. The advantage of this pair of headphones is that it can transfer fast connections between Apple devices through the Apple ID account.
Huawei AI Life software
Headphone tightness measurement
Adjust the ear stem movements
Finally, FreeBuds Pro, which works with Huawei AI Life software provided by the company. This application lacks the EQ adjustment like the Galaxy Wearable, but in return it can adjust the active noise level, test the tightness of the AirPods Pro and adjust the manipulation on the ear.
Both the AirPods Pro and FreeBuds Pro have a small advantage in terms of touch control, each press produces a very small ‘click’, giving the user the feeling of pressing a physical button. Saying this is a small advantage because it is not a feature that affects the usage of the headset, it is just something to increase the user experience a little more.
No matter how many features there are, the main function of a pair of headphones is to … listen, so the sound quality is an important factor. When going to this part, the Buds Live and FreeBuds Pro duo are on the same side when they share a slightly dark sound quality, which is more of the bass range, on the contrary, the AirPods Pro have a uniform sound pattern between the sound bands, Is it a light press on the high strip
The bass of the Buds Live and FreeBuds Pro have nearly the same amount, a strange point because Buds Live has a much more open way, this sound band will be dissipated before reaching the listener. This can be explained because Samsung knows that its headset has a different design, so it increases the amount of bass much to compensate. AirPods Pro is also not suffering from a bass hole, still at the threshold of enough listening even in the most powerful Dance songs.
In terms of expressing the bass range, FreeBuds Pro performs better than the two competitors when creating a richness from sub-bass, each time playing with strong vibrations, a vibrant, ‘monumental’ music space is more vibrant. . If you are a bass-head I would recommend giving these headphones a try first.
When it comes to the mid-range (vocalist), the Galaxy Buds Live pair has a step backwards after placing this sound … backwards. Female singer voice Sarah McLachlan in post When she loved me standing on a par with the background instruments, not showing prominence and clarity. Both the AirPods Pro and FreeBuds Pro do well in this regard, when there is still no mid-range pushing close to the listener, but due to the good detail, there is always a place in the music.
In these two pairs of headphones, the FreeBuds Pro pair has a slightly brighter high-mid part with the other product, since then the electronic vocals in Pop songs (such as Lady Gaga) also because Yet there is internal force, more vibrant. AirPods Pro is probably aimed at listening to light music, listening to Podcasts, so the vocalist’s voice is adjusted to be soft, can also be said to be more natural and like real-life voice.
In terms of the high sound, the AirPods Pro have an advantage in this set of 3. With the other 2 sound bands being made evenly, not ‘occupying waves’, the high sound of products from Apple has space to show their full brightness.
1 ‘black sheep’ and 2 equal-matched opponents
When comparing 3 pairs of headphones, we see a ‘stray black sheep’ which is a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Live with earbud design instead of In-ear. This design is comfortable to wear, but there are quite a few disadvantages such as it may not fit some of you with small or too special ears, making noise resistance and sound quality affected. enjoy the bad way.
Apple AirPods Pro and FreeBuds Pro seem to be two more ‘same weight’ competitors with similar design, control, and noise resistance. But surely these two pairs of headphones will be for 2 different customers, when Apple product users will easily choose the AirPods Pro, not FreeBuds Pro, and vice versa for those using Android and Windows computers. – Especially when the AirPods Pro used with these products will lose their functionality.
Also through this comparison, we see that Huawei has recently been more serious about the audio market. The FreeBuds Pro pair, although it still has its own weaknesses that need to be overcome, is able to compete fairly with the products of Samsung and Apple, even marginally better in certain categories.