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The best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family

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August 10, 2021
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 family offers an incredible audio experience. There isn’t a headphone jack, but the S20 is tuned by AKG and packs powerful Dolby Atmos sound. You may not be able to use wired options, but there are still plenty of options to choose from. Here are our picks for the best headphones to pair with the Samsung Galaxy S20.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S20 review | S20 Plus review | S20 Ultra review

We’ve done our best to cover all of the bases — from first-party earbuds to high-end headphones. If you can’t choose just one, the Galaxy S20 supports Bluetooth Dual Audio so that you can pair two devices at a single time. Ready to turn up the music? Let’s dig in.

The best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20:

Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20 as more are released.


Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, Buds Plus, and Buds Pro

A hand reaches to remove one Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 noise cancelling true wireless 2 earbud from the case.
Lily Katz / Android Authority

If you need new headphones, where better to start than Samsung itself? We’ve grouped the Galaxy Buds family as the options share many similar features, but we’ll highlight what makes each one unique. The designs are similar for starters, and the Galaxy Buds case will charge both of the original pairs of earbuds. Both pairs also support USB-C charging as well as Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Buds review | Galaxy Buds Plus review

A few of the Galaxy Buds Plus’s main selling points are the new Spotify integration and the improved battery life. Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services worldwide, so it makes sense to boast about native integration. The original Galaxy Buds have a battery life of around six and a half hours, but the Buds Plus blow them away with over 11 hours in our testing. There are plenty of reasons to pick up the Galaxy Buds Plus, but the original Galaxy Buds are easier to find at budget-friendly prices.

 

If you have a bit more budget to work with, Samsung launched the Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the Galaxy S21 family. You can match them in three different shades and add some serious power to your Galaxy lineup. They’re Samsung’s most immersive earbuds yet, featuring active noise-cancelling, two-way speakers, and a durable IPx7 rating.

Those of you who want the latest Galaxy Buds can turn to the new Galaxy Buds 2. They’re the direct successor to Samsung’s original true wireless earbuds, but they offer a closer style to the Buds Pro. Samsung chose to roll the latest earbuds out alongside its Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, and the active noise cancellation is a welcome plus.


Google Pixel Buds A-Series

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Samsung’s Galaxy Buds may be the best match for the Galaxy S20 family, but the Pixel Buds A-Series is a top pick if you prefer Google Assistant. You can listen for up to five hours on a single charge or up to 24 total hours when you include the charging case. The perks don’t stop at battery life, though, as Google packed the Pixel Buds A-Series with clever Adaptive Sound.

See also: Google Pixel Buds A-Series review

Those drivers pair with built-in sensors to detect your voice and tune out background sounds whenever you’re speaking. Google’s Pixel Buds also offer one of the most customizable fits, thanks to a small antenna that bends to your ear. 


Sony WH-1000XM4

A photo of the Sony WH 1000XM4 noise cancelling headphones held by a man in front of indoor plants.
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Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is the first pair of over-ear headphones to make the list, and it doesn’t disappoint. It replaces the previous WH-1000XM3 with updates to a few of the most important features. With up to 30 hours of battery life and active noise-cancelling, you can tune out the world and enjoy your music for days. Just 10 minutes of charging provides five hours of playback, which should be enough to round out your work week.

See also: Sony WH-1000XM4 review

As for the tech features, Sony’s WH-1000XM4 uses high-end touch controls to make changing your songs and taking calls a breeze. The proprietary noise-cancelling QN1 processor is at the heart of Sony’s luxurious audio experience and analyzes your head for a personal noise-cancelling profile. If you prefer headphones to earbuds, it’s tough to top Sony’s WH-1000XM4 for your money.


Sony WF-1000XM4

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Similar name, smaller package — at least that’s the idea at the heart of the Sony WF-1000XM4. They’re the earbud equivalent to the aforementioned WH-1000XM4 headphones, sharing many of the same design cues. Of course, being earbuds, you won’t get the same battery life on a single charge, but the charging case can extend your listening by up to 24 total hours.

See also: Sony WF-1000XM4 review

Instead of the QN1 processor, the WF-1000XM4 jumps to the new V1, which is designed to fit in the smaller form factor. It’s a perfect pair of earbuds to go with the Galaxy S20 family, too, because no detail has been overlooked. From the IP42 rating to the sleek silver or black finishes, Sony wants the WF-1000XM4 to look as good as they sound. Don’t worry if an earbud falls out; your music stops automatically until you pop the ‘bud back in.


Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT

A photo of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT on a man's head.
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Audio Technica’s ATH-M50xBT headphones are the only other over-ear pair to make the list, but be careful about which version you purchase. They’re available as wired headphones as well, which won’t work with the Galaxy S20. As long as you grab the Bluetooth version, you’ll be treated to large 45mm drivers and whopping 40-hour battery life.

The ear cups and headband are covered in luxuriously soft leather, which should make long listening sessions feel extra comfortable. One of the best features of the ATH-M50xBT is that you can still pop in an aux cable for wired listening. Sure, it’s not helpful for the Galaxy S20, but it certainly expands your horizons to non-Bluetooth devices.


Jabra Elite 85t

The Jabra Elite 85t noise cancelling true wireless earbuds in an open case and on top of a denim jacket.
Lily Katz / Android Authority

The Jabra Elite 85t is quite possibly the best option on the list so far if you need new earbuds for conference calls. With six built-in microphones, the Elite 85t should have no trouble emphasizing your voice and cutting out background noise. Up to five and a half hours of battery life should be more than enough even on a long hike, and a quick 15 minutes in the charging case extends your listening by another hour.

See also: Jabra Elite 85t review

Multipoint support and ear detection only further help to cement the Jabra Elite 85t as a great workout pair. Multipoint allows you to connect to multiple devices at once, just in case you need to switch between a phone and laptop for work. Ear detection means that if you get too involved in work and you lose an earbud, your music pauses until you’re all set to continue.


SoundCore Liberty Air 2 and Air 2 Pro

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There are many headphones on this list, or should we say a lot of expensive earbuds. Outside of the original Samsung Galaxy Buds, these next two options are the most affordable on the list. However, the SoundCore Liberty Air 2 can trick you into thinking that they’re a far more expensive pair of earbuds.

See also: The best AirPods alternatives for under $100

The Liberty Air 2 comes in at just under $100, but the microphone setup punches up there with the big dogs. A clever HearID system puts you through a series of tests to build a sound profile that’s tuned to your needs, but you can always adjust that profile at any time, thanks to SoundCore’s app. Between one-step Bluetooth pairing and up to 28 hours of battery life, your ears and wallet should both thank you.

If you have a slightly larger budget to work with, you might also consider the more powerful SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Pro. They feature a six-microphone array, 22 preset sound profiles, and the same 28-hour battery. SoundCore’s affordable ‘buds also come with targeted active noise-cancelling and PureNote technology.


JLab Go Air

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The final option on today’s list of the best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family just so happens to be the most affordable too. You can listen for five hours on one charge and add up to 15 more hours with the charging case for a total of up to 20 hours. That’s not as long as the top competitors, but the price more than justifies the shortcomings.

See also: JLab Go Air review

The JLab Go Air is 20% smaller than the original JLab Air, but the ear stem is longer to provide a more secure fit in smaller ears. Each earbud can be used independently, and the 8mm neodymium drivers offer crystal clear sound. You can select from three gel ear tips, so there’s bound to be a size that fits your ears.


There you have it, the best headphones you can get to pair with the Samsung Galaxy S20 family. There are a few more things you might need to complete your setup, though, so check out some cases and screen protectors below!

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