Which wireless headphones sound better

Sony still occupies a prominent place in a niche segment like headphones. The company known for producing quality ANC headphones is ready with its new true wireless earphone – Sony WF-SP800N. These heads are rated IP55 and have a high end construction. Most importantly, they bundle the features of active noise cancellation (ANC) and sound transparency. Now, if you want a classy pair that sounds great and is packed with features as well, it’s natural to get confused between the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and Sony WF-SP800N headphones.

Which wireless headphones sound better

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have a cumulative battery life of around 22 hours and boast of being tuned by AKG. Also, they are almost in the same price range.

So, should you choose the Sony WF-SP800N over the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus? Or is it the other way around?

This is what we will be talking about today in this article as we pit the Sony WF-SP800N against the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.

Let’s go. Before that, check these items:

Specifications that matter

PropertySony WF-SP800NSamsung Galaxy Buds Plus
PropertySony WF-SP800NSamsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Battery life9 hours with ANC + 1 additional charge cycle11 hours + 1 additional charge cycle
Water resistanceIP55IPX2
Bluetooth versionBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless chargingNoYes
USB-C chargingYesYes
Touch controlsYesYes
Wing tips includedYesNo

Construction, comfort and design

One of the first things that you will notice about the Sony WF-SP800N is the size of each earbud. Yes, the SP800N heads are huge compared to their peers and end up giving your ears a goofy look. At the same time, the heavy outer body means that you have to live in constant fear that the buds will fall off. However, if you can see past that, these wireless headphones offer a lot.

Sony WF SP800 N vs. Jabra Elite 75t 2

Which wireless headphones sound better

On the one hand, the construction is top notch and the fit is snug, thanks to the wing tips that ensure the buds stay hooked to your ears. We have tried a variety of intensive workouts using these buds. So far we haven’t had any bad experiences like sagging or falling buds.

Moreover, the larger body also means that you can take them off or put them on easily. However, unlike other headphones, you will have to twist them a bit to unplug them. It’s okay, and like me, you’ll slowly get used to this habit.

Sony WF SP800 N vs. Jabra Elite 75t 5

Which wireless headphones sound better

Sony delivers two pairs of wing tips and three sets of tips with the SP800N. Like all headphones, wired or wireless, the trick here is to find the right solution. The right fit will ensure that your buds stay in your ear and also isolate ambient noise from penetrating.

Sony headphones offer easy-to-use touch controls. They are responsive and even a small brush on them will push them into action. The good thing is that most of the actions can be customized to your preference (more on that later). The best thing is that you can call your phone’s virtual assistant with just one long click.

Unlike this, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is small and compact. If you keep the heads next to each other (or their cases), you’ll see that the difference is the size.

Jabra Elite 75t vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 6

Which wireless headphones sound better

Thanks to its compact design, Galaxy Buds Plus glide smoothly into the ear and fit into the outer ear cavity. The fit is comfortable, and the best part is that they’re lightweight and won’t weigh your ears down even when you wear them for long periods of time. They boast a premium finish with the dual combination of matt and non-matt materials.

Samsung ships three pairs of ear tips with the Buds Plus, and the medium size should fit well with most ears. As you may already know, a good fit ensures good sound isolation and you won’t find any noise that distracts you when playing your favorite songs.

Like Sony headphones, these true wireless headphones also contain touch buttons. They are easy to use and responsive. In my almost 6 months of use, I haven’t had any issues getting these heads to work. Again, you need to keep in mind not to touch them with overly sweaty hands.

As we mentioned above, the fit is great. However, if I had to pick the best of these two, I would side with the Sony WF-SP800N as Samsung’s heads tend to relax during workouts.

Sony WF SP800 N vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 2

Which wireless headphones sound better

The Sony earphone charging case is a huge setback. It’s big and it’s quite a difficult task to carry around, unlike the compact little body of the Galaxy Buds Plus. Interestingly, the SP800N case packs strong magnets and keeps the buds tightly packed. So even if they accidentally fall off, the buds won’t be everywhere. The case is quite the opposite in the case of its competitor, which conveniently manages to collapse in the event of a fall. Bummer, I know.

2. Connectivity and battery

Bluetooth 5.0 is the new flavor of the season, and the Sony WF-SP800N and Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus bundle this Bluetooth version together. In addition to good connectivity, this new Bluetooth version also brings better range.

We haven’t had any bitter experiences with both heads. The phone and headphones managed to stay connected even when I walk around the house.

The best part is that both earbuds have automatic ear detection and pause the music as soon as one of them is taken out of the ear. Cool, right? In the case of the Galaxy Buds Plus, the two earbuds are independent of each other and you will only be able to listen to songs with one earbud, regardless of the side.

Sony WF SP800 N vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 2

Which wireless headphones sound better

When it comes to battery life, there isn’t a big difference between the two. With ANC disabled, the SP800N can last 9 hours on a single charge at moderate volume. Even though it has a massive charging case, it only provides one charging cycle. That means you’ll get around 18 hours of battery play time before the case needs recharging. Again, this charge cycle is going for a dip if you enable active noise cancellation (ANC).

Sony WF SP800 N vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 3

Which wireless headphones sound better

Oddly enough, the Galaxy Buds Plus have an 11 hour battery life, with the charging case providing an additional charge cycle that puts the play time at around 22 hours. The Galaxy Buds Plus also come with wireless charging. So if you have a wireless charger like the RAVPower Fast Charge or the Anker PowerPort Wireless, you can charge it just by putting the case on it.

3. Application features

It’s 2020 and plain, simple headphones don’t cut it anymore. Today, the companion app should be as rich as the headphones themselves. In this regard, the Sony WF-SP800N and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus do not disappoint.

The Sony Headphones app (yes, that’s the name) offers EQ controls, button assignments, and the internal 360 Audio spatial function. It was the EQ that most caught my curiosity. It comes with an original mix of presets. Well, depending on what kind of songs you are listening to, you can just choose one from the menu. At the same time, you choose to enable / disable active noise reduction with a simple toggle (you can also assign a touch function). And wait, this is not the end of the story.

Jabra Elite 75t vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 5

Which wireless headphones sound better
Jabra Elite 75t vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 6

Which wireless headphones sound better

Sony’s Adaptive Sound Control feature automatically adjusts sound isolation and noise cancellation settings to suit your location. Of course, it would need to access your phone’s location to work. Apart from that, there is a function to change the actions of the touchpads of the headphones as per your convenience.

Galaxy Buds Plus Wearable app bundles several useful and interesting features and the sound transparency and EQ feature finds its place at the top. You can adjust the degree of sound insulation by simply dragging the slider. I found the notification feature to be handy, especially when I had to turn off notifications of apps that I didn’t want.

Jabra Elite 75t vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 12

Which wireless headphones sound better
Jabra Elite 75t vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 10

Which wireless headphones sound better

Last but not the least, the Galaxy Buds Plus lets you customize just the long squeeze action. All others are wired. Sad but true.

3. Sound performance

When it comes to sound performance, the Sony WF-SP800N takes the lead. It delivers clear sound with deep bass and the bass head in you will love the fascinating bass. You can also play with the output. For example, if you want a little more bass, turn on the Extra Bass preset.

On top of that, the noise isolation and active noise cancellation are perfect. Of course, it’s not as great when you compare the experience to this model’s more expensive cousins. However, the ANC feature is worth the price.

At the same time, the calls are clear. A noisy air cooler was running next to us during one of our tests, and the noise cancellation did its job. Oddly enough, headphones don’t cancel background music during calls.

Sony WF SP800 N vs. Jabra Elite 75t 3

Which wireless headphones sound better

Apart from that, when listening to podcasts or music, the Active Noise Cancellation feature of Sony earphones manages to eliminate unwanted noise and let you enjoy your favorite music without background distractions.

Samsung’s wireless headphones are great for casual listeners. The sound is balanced (AKG tuned, remember), but seriously lacking in the bass department. In short, if you are a basshead, you will be disappointed with the soft bass.

On the positive side, the buds perfectly seal your ears and the sound insulation is perfect. Or, if you want to stay on top of the entries around you, turn on the ambient sound feature with a tap, and you’ll be sorted.

Verdict: Sony reigns

If you are looking for almost audiophile quality sound, like good bass sound and like to tweak the sound to your liking, you should go for Sony WF-SP800N. The overall sound quality is way above the Galaxy Buds Plus. The fit is great and the feature set is sufficient for a great sound experience. Plus, the IP55 rating means you can use them freely in the gym or outdoors without worrying about sweat and water damage.

If you can ignore the slightly biggish appearance, these buds are (almost) worth the price.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Buds Plus is ideal for casual listeners, someone who works while listening to music or listening to podcasts for a long time.

Small, understated looks are great additions. However, they have a simple IPX2 rating, which means you’ll have to try your luck using them at the gym or while working out.

More importantly, if you’re already on a Samsung ecosystem, Galaxy Buds are a great choice. Adding longer battery life and a compact profile is a good bet.


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Last updated on Jul 21, 2020

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