The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro headphones are one of the latest wireless headphones from Samsung. They are a far cry from the polarizing design of the Galaxy Buds Live. Although they still have a metallic look, Samsung offers silicone tips. On the other hand, the Elite 75t is perhaps one of Jabra’s most popular wireless headphones. These headphones have gained their popularity thanks to the dynamic music and the light nature of the buds.
Therefore, it’s only natural that we compare the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro with the popular Jabra Elite 75t to see which wireless headphones you should buy.
Since this will be a long post, let’s get started, okay? But first,
Specifications that matter
|Goods||Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro||Jabra Elite 75t|
|Goods||Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro||Jabra Elite 75t|
|Weight||6.3 g per bud||5.4 g per bud|
|Wing tips included||No||Yes|
|ANC||Yes||Yes (via OTA)|
Design and fit
Let’s start with the design of the Galaxy Buds Pro. As previously reported, Samsung has improved the design of the Buds Pro and replaced the unique concept with silicone buds, which is a blessing for many. Like most headphones, the tip of the Samsung headphones fits into the ear canal and makes it fit snugly. An incredibly light exterior further accompanies this. Yes, the Galaxy Buds Pro headphones are lightweight which is a big plus.
Like most modern headphones, these headphones have touch pads on the top, using which you can play / pause songs, change the volume or call your voice assistant. Most importantly, you can switch between ANC and ambient noise. Cool, right?
Touchpads are easy to control and they are fully customizable. However, they are prone to accidental touches. Just rubbing your hair (if you have long hair) or twitching your ears can make songs skip or pause, which can be a bit annoying. On the upside, you can lock keyboards, but again that defeats the purpose.
Samsung ships a set of three ear tips with headphones, and you have to try them all. This is because a loose bud can fall off when you are in the middle of exercising. More importantly, the effect of ANC is not visible if the fit is not properly adjusted.
Finally, the Galaxy Buds Pro has an IPX7 protection rating, which makes it waterproof. So if you step into a shower, you don’t have to worry about water damage. The same goes for sweating during excessive workouts.
Like the ones above, the Jabra Elite 75t also features a lightweight design. They are slim and sleek, making them easy to wear for long periods of time. Unlike the Buds Pro, Jabra’s headphones feature small ear wings at the top to help improve the best placement of the headphones. And they run like clockwork. The fit is snug and won’t pull away unless your ears are smooth with sweat.
The Elite 75t differs from the Galaxy Buds Pro in the type of buttons they use. The Elite 75t still packs physical buttons together and they look a bit old-school. The good news is that you can customize these buttons with the companion app. They’re soft to the touch and won’t get caught on your ears when squeezed.
Apart from that, you can turn the HearThrough (ambient sound) function on / off via these buttons or choose to wake up your digital assistant. These add to the experience.
Battery life and connectivity
While the battery life of truly wireless headphones is reaching new heights, wireless headphones with ANC tell a slightly different story. Compared to conventional headphones, the average battery life per charge is around 5-7 hours, depending on usage.
Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy Pro advertises a battery life of just 5 hours with ANC, and with the charging case you get a cumulative battery life of 18 hours on a single charge. Fortunately, the case supports wireless charging, and if you have a wireless charger (or a Samsung flagship), you need to lay it on the pad to charge while you listen to music.
At the same time, it supports USB-C charging, and just 3 minutes of charging gives around 30 minutes of playback.
It should be noted that the Jabra Elite 75t did not initially support ANC. It wasn’t until around October 2020 that the company updated the Buds with ANC via an OTA update. Prior to that, the earphones advertised 7.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, with the case offering 3 additional charge cycles. This gave the Elite 75t a cumulative battery life of 28 hours.
When you turn on the ANC, naturally, the battery levels drop. According to the guys at the Toms Guide, there’s about a 20% drop in battery levels in 45 minutes. The good thing is that these headphones also support fast charging. 15 minutes on the wire and you will treat yourself to an hour of reading.
So how good are these buds? Well, let’s start with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. Over the years, Samsung has tweaked the sound profile of its wireless headphones. While the original Galaxy Buds seemed a bit flat, the new Galaxy Buds Pro offers a wider soundstage. You won’t find punchy bass, but it’s just to get you moving. And passive sound insulation helps its case.
At the same time, the ANC is quite commendable. However, you won’t see active Sony or Bose level noise cancellation in this one. But luckily, the mics on the outside of the headphones work in tandem to give you a distraction-free vibe. Noises like the buzzing of air conditioners and fans or bus noises are drastically muffled. However, if someone was talking loudly or playing music over their speakers, you’ll find them creeping into your ears.
On the other hand, the Jabra Elite 75t delivers dynamic sound with booming bass, making them suitable for use during your morning jogs or in the gym. The good thing is that the vocals stay clear and the bass doesn’t eclipse them.
So how good is the newly introduced ANC? For starters, these Jabra headphones don’t use Hybrid ANC and only use external noise to mute ambient noise. While they muffle outside noises, they fight against high-pitched noises like the sound of wind or the cacophony of public places.
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So which headphones to choose? If you’re already using a Samsung phone and looking for a pair of headphones for occasional listening, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is a good deal. The companion app allows you to personalize your listening experience and additional features like Spatial Audio and ANC add to the experience. Additionally, there are nifty features like noise detection which automatically switches between ANC and ambient sound when it detects someone speaking.
But at the end of the day, if you’re an audiophile and looking to listen to more than just the music of the songs, the Jabra Elite 75t turns out to be a good choice. The companion app bundles several customization options and you can change them as you wish.
They are considerably less expensive than Samsung headphones. So if you can live with the physical buttons (they’re not a dealbreaker, trust me) you should settle for the Elite 75t. And with the Jabra Elite 85t already on the market, there’s a good chance you’ll find good discounts every now and then.
Last updated Feb 22, 2021
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