Which truly wireless headphones should you choose

If you like to keep abreast of events in the tech world, you must have heard of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. The shape of these wireless earbuds is unlike any earbud you’ve seen so far. They are shaped like beans, sport a tipped-free design, and are also known to have an ergonomic open-world design. The Jabra Elite 75t is another pair of truly wireless headphones that have continued to garner attention this year.


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These headphones are popular for their impressive audio performance and sound isolation. Most importantly, they are compact and stylish and sport an ergonomic design.

So, should you buy Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live instead of the Jabra Elite 75t? Or is the Elite 75t still one of the undefeated champions?

Well, that’s what we’re going to find in this article today when comparing the Galaxy Buds Live to the Jabra Elite 75t and seeing which headphones you should buy.

As it’s going to be long, let’s go straight to it. But before that

Specifications that matter

PropertyJabra Elite 75tSamsung Galaxy Buds Live
PropertyJabra Elite 75tSamsung Galaxy Buds Live
Touch controlsNo, physical buttonsYes
Wing tips includedYesNo, tips
USB-C chargingYesYes
Wireless chargingNoYes
IP RatingIP55IPX2
ANCNoYes

Construction, comfort and design

The Jabra Elite 65t debuted in 2018. Since then, Jabra has put a lot of work into the design of its buds. The new Elite 75t is not only small and compact, it is also much more stylish. This compact design makes it easy to wear for long durations. We received the Titanium Black edition and the two color play on the buds improved the overall appearance of several folds.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 8

My ears can be safely considered medium in size and the fit of the Elite 75t was snug. They hug your ear canal and stay anchored no matter how hard you move. Plus, the softness of the material means minimal discomfort and irritation. Note that if your ears tend to sweat, fluid buildup can cause the buds to loosen and dislodge.

Most headphones offer physical buttons. However, the Jabra Elite 75t chooses to use the proven method of using physical buttons. Fortunately, they’re flexible and won’t get stuck in your ear canal when squeezed. Interestingly, the buttons are customizable and you can assign actions as needed through the companion app.

Another feature worth mentioning is its top notch sound insulation. If you wear the right pair of ear tips, you won’t find unnecessary ambient noise. You can say goodbye to the fan buzzing or the annoying sound of your typing. For the record, Jabra ships three sets of tips with the buds.

The Jabra headphones are IP55 (Ingress Protection) certified. So yes, you can use them when you are away for your runs and training without worrying about sweat damage.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 5

When it comes to the shape of the Galaxy Buds Live, it’s safe to say that they have nothing to do with the Elite 75t. Instead, you’ll find two adorable little kidney beans (which can magically make sound) staring at you as you open the case. We received the Mystic Gold variant, and they are super reflective.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 3

As stated earlier, these buds adopt the tippedless design and lack the typical silicone tips or fins. Instead, the speaker points directly at the ear canal when you slide it inside.

However, don’t let the unique shape deter you from trying these buds. They are comfortable and give you an open ear feeling. Most importantly, they look super cool on the ears, thanks to the metallic look.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 2

It took me a while to get used to Samsung’s feeling of opening heads. I used the Galaxy Buds Plus in other ways, and the lack of the “ plugged in ” feeling was a welcome bonus.

At the same time, there is all curved learning to get the right fit. And the metal exterior doesn’t help the case. It seems to slide and the touch function (more on that later) makes the scenario worse. In addition, the surface is a fingerprint magnet.

But the good news is that once you’re in good shape, they stay set whether you are walking or doing light physical activities. Note that I haven’t tried any heavy-duty training wearing these buds primarily because they have an IPX2 rating for water and sweat resistance. As noted above, the Galaxy Buds Live don’t feel like they’re plugged in, which makes you a little worried about them falling out.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 1

Like its predecessor, Samsung’s headphones also sport a tactile exterior. You can skip a song using the double tap gesture or answer a call or play / pause music with just one click. Interestingly, you can also customize the long press action.

So, are the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live as comfortable as the Jabra Elite 75t? For starters, comfort is very subjective. I found the Elite 75t to be very comfortable, and I liked the reassurance that it won’t fall off.

I could wear them for a long time without any discomfort. On the other hand, the hard exterior of the Galaxy Buds Live leaned against the outer part of my ear continuously during my two-hour frenzy on a Netflix show. And, my ears were sore at the end.

Charging box and battery life

With the Buds Live, the pill-shaped case is gone and is now replaced with a square charging case. While the sleek design gives you a good grip, it has the same weak magnets associated with Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus. If it accidentally falls off, there is a good chance that the buds will scatter on the ground.

Like the Samsung case, the Elite 75t’s charging case is functional and easier to grip. However, what sets it apart from its competitor are its strong magnets.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 11

When it comes to battery life, the Jabra headphones will give you around 7 hours of full charge, with the case offering an additional 2.2 cycles.

Overall you get about 28 hours of battery life, and well, they live up to expectations. And did we tell you that the box also has fast charging? Just 15 minutes on the wire will get you an hour of reading time.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Buds Live announces six hours of autonomy with ANC and eight hours without ANC. The case offers 2.5 additional charge cycles, giving you a cumulative battery life of approximately 28 hours (22 hours with ANC).

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 4

Honestly, the battery reliability of both heads is impressive. What puts Galaxy Buds Live one step ahead is the support for wireless charging.

If you have a Samsung phone with PowerShare or a wireless charger, you just need to place the case on it and you will be sorted.

Audio performance

To be completely honest, audio accessories are going for a raffle if they don’t work in the audio department. Fortunately, the Elite 75t and Galaxy Buds Live do not disappoint in this category.

Let’s start with the old Elite 75t. It delivers deep, punchy bass for beginners, which in turn is right for you when you’re doing heavy workouts or even for occasional listening. The overall audio is crisp and clear and pleases your ears, even when you have them for long periods of time.

And the impressive sound insulation sweetens the deal. As stated before, you can say goodbye to distractions and noise nearby. Note that this is not active noise cancellation and only depends on the fit of your heads.

At the same time, if you want to stay aware of your surrounding surroundings, you can activate sound transparency through the app or by pressing the buttons.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Jabra Elite 75t 8

As for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, first let me talk about the elephant in the room: active noise cancellation. So how good is it?

If we’re talking about hardware, Samsung’s headphones have the same noise-canceling dual mic as Apple’s AirPods Pro. However, when it comes to execution, you won’t get the same result. The open design does not give your ears a complete seal. It affects the ANC. In this case, the ANC is designed to cancel out low frequencies and well, it performs well.

Other than that, the Buds Live are a cut above the Buds Plus and deliver great sound. The soundstage is wide and you will be able to feel the thud of bass, thanks to the bass duct integrated inside. Plus, the companion app lets you choose from a bunch of presets. Unlike the 75t, you cannot customize the equalizer to your liking.

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A hill of beans

So, are the uniquely shaped Galaxy Buds up to the job? Well, for starters, they have a lot of great things to do. The audio has improved over its predecessor. The spacious and wide audio delivery is a cut above, and bass heads will love the bass’s energetic thumb.

However, the rigid exterior and lack of silicone ear tips can be a hit or miss, especially when people have different ear sizes. Although I could wear them (with minor aches and pains) for more than 1.5-2 hours, my husband could not wear them due to the pain and aches.

The ANC feature is a plus, but the performance leaves a lot to be desired if you’re looking for a full seal like that of the Sony WF-SP800N.

On the other hand, the sound insulation of the Elite 75t is perfect and features like HearThrough and Soundscapes add to the experience. Above all, the Elite 75T offers more dynamic sound, despite the speakers being 6 millimeters smaller. Plus, IP55 certification seals the deal.

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Last updated Sep 9, 2020

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