Samsung Galaxy Buds LiveSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Samsung Galaxy Buds Live||Ultimate Ears Drops|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX2||✗|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✗||✓|
|driver unit size||12mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||110db/mw|
|battery life of charging case||15hours||9hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
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IP ratings is the rating of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX2, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they are protected against drops falling when tilted at 15° in 4 fixed positions.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have a weight of 11.2g . We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a key difference since wireless earbuds have wires linking the pair of earbuds .
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
Ultimate Ears Drops have wingtips, these are commonly used for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops are resistant to sweat
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Ultimate Ears Drops are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, what this means is that Ultimate Ears Drops's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises advanced kind of tech to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (inverted noise) giving zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background sounds.
Ultimate Ears Drops sit tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces background sounds well as preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Ultimate Ears Drops driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, the unit size determines the sound made by the earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live driver unit is 12mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 2.8mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device generates low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices can make sound with equal bass
The Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component produces high recognizable frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices can generate equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's battery life is equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the Ultimate Ears Drops's case is said to have a charge of 9 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's charging case has a battery life of 15 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 6 hours
It takes 0.6 hours to fully charge the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for long periods.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live's battery capacity is 60mAh, battery capacity, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply put down on a supported charging pad.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also support wireless charging, always look out for the charging standard of a device.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you tell the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Ultimate Ears Drops have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has a Bluetooth version of 5, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine with your iPad. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live microphones are 6, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 4 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing them
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a run but still want to hear traffic.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Ultimate Ears Drops have a find earbuds feature.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live too have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your earbuds to help you locate them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live too support the mute function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also have a control panel on them.
Ultimate Ears Drops have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also support voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you when the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a casing may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live too have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.