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Best Samsung Galaxy S10 wired and wireless headphones

Why be pigeon-holed into wireless listening when you can have it all?
February 22, 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy Buds

Rejoice! The Samsung Galaxy S10 series retains the headphone jack, which means that we consumers get the benefit of choice when shopping around for a pair of earbuds or headphones. Anyone buying the Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10, or Galaxy S10e can choose between wired and wireless options for your audio needs, and you won’t be lumbered with inferior USB-C options.

We’ve compiled a list of the best Samsung Galaxy S10 headphones. We’ll be sure to update this piece once new and better models hit the market.

Best wireless Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone options

If you don’t have any skin in the 3.5mm headphone jack game, then wireless listening probably makes the most sense for you. It’s convenient, comfortable, and can be nearly as affordable as wired counterparts. From frequent flyers to those balling on a budget, we’ve culled some great options for you.

The best: Sony WH-1000XM3

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: A photo of the Sony WH-1000XM3 sitting on a stone wall.
The new Sony WH-1000XM3 uses LDAC as its main Bluetooth codec, but you might not be getting the best they have to offer.

Reasons to buy the Sony WH-1000XM3:

  • Sony’s WH-1000XM3 features the noise canceling technology, edging out the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.
  • The headphones support Sony’s high-quality LDAC codec and provide comprehensive EQ controls via the free app.
  • USB-C charging is supported as well as NFC.
  • Passthrough technology amplifies your surroundings when you need it.

Best true wireless: Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung Galaxy Buds layed out
Reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds:

  • They have remarkable battery life and can be charged wirelessly using the Galaxy S10’s “PowerShare” feature.
  • The dual-microphone array of the earbuds adapts to your surroundings, effectively lessening background noise.
  • The earbuds feature a great Ambient Sound mode and Bluetooth 5.0 support for a stable connection.

Best workout: Jaybird Tarah

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: Jaybird Tarah with carrying pouch held by man.
Adam Molina / Android Authority
The Jaybird Tarah provides most of what the Jaybird X4 does for significantly less money.

Reasons to buy the Jaybird Tarah:

  • It sports the same IPX7 build as the Jaybird X4 and is more affordable than the X4.
  • The control module is easy to operate while exercising.
  • Angled ear tip nozzles facilitate a more comfortable and secure fit.
  • You may create a custom EQ preference which is saved to the Tarah headphones and is automatically applied when connected to other source devices.

Best sound quality: Grado GW100

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: The Grado GW100 headphones lying flat on a black table.
The Grado GW100 fills a niche as wireless open-back headphones.

Reasons to buy the Grado GW100:

  • These wireless open-back headphones include aptX support for high-quality playback.
  • More realistic perceived sound due to the open-back design.
  • Neutral-leaning frequency response that pairs nicely with acoustic tracks, so long as you listen in a quiet—ideally private—environment.
  • The headphones are lightweight and fold flat, making them easy to transport.
  • You can listen for 15-plus hours before needing to recharge the headphones.

Best value: Anker Soundcore Vortex

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: : Anker Soundcore Vortex leaning against a wall.
Lily Katz / Android Authority
For around $50, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value that offers aptX support.

Reasons to buy the Anker Soundcore Vortex:

  • For ~$50, you’re afforded aptX support, a rare feature for this price range.
  • The battery life lasts anywhere from 22-24 hours depending on volume levels, so you can truly listen all day long.
  • Its synthetic leather earpads and headband cushions are comfortable and vegan.

Best wired Galaxy S10 headphone options

If you consider yourself an audio geek and have been following the headphone jack’s status, then you may be rejoicing at the news of the 3.5mm input’s presence in the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone. Here are a few great wired options for general consumers, athletes, and more.

The best: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear on a leather surface.
The Kevlar-reinforced cable ensures longevity, meaning this could be your next Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone.

Reasons to buy the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear:

  • Lightweight aluminum alloy housings and a Kevlar-reinforced cable make these earbuds portable and durable.
  • The angled ear tips promote long listening sessions and memory foam ear tips improve sound quality.
  • 1More’s Triple Driver In-Ear earbuds are an excellent value that tick all the boxes without putting too much strain on the wallet.

Best comfort: Sennheiser HD 598 CS

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: Sennheiser HD 598 CS headphones leaning against a latte on a wooden table.
The over-ear design effectively isolates the listener from external noise.

Reasons to buy the Sennheiser HD 598 CS:

  • The angled dynamic drivers produce a more realistic sound that projects audio directly into the ear canal.
  • Despite being over-ear headphones, these are lightweight and the velour ear pads are comfortable even if you wear glasses.
  • While it’s not a pair of studio headphones, the HD 598 CS produce a fun mid-centric sound.

Best workout: Bose SoundSport Wired

Bose SoundSport wired product image against white background.
Bose The wired iteration features Bose’s StayHear ear tips.

Reasons to buy the Bose SoundSport Wired:

  • While it’s less common to use wired earbuds for working out, this SoundSport model holds its own and is sweat-resistant.
  • Bose’s proprietary StayHear ear tips work as well with these earbuds as with the SoundSport Free and effectively keep the earbuds in place during vigorous movement.
  • Since wireless listening is all the rage, these have dropped significantly in price, making them a steal for athletes on a budget.

Best sound quality: Grado SR80e

Grado SR80e headphones product lifestyle image from Grado. Headphones are on a white table with a plant in the left side of the frame.
Grado Labs The Grado SR80e is a reliable pair of headphones that provides excellent sound quality.

Reasons to buy the Grado SR80e:

  • Like the Grado GW100, these open-back cans produce a more realistic sound but should be used in quiet spaces.
  • These are great for no-frills audiophiles who prioritize accurate sound over all else.
  • While they’re championed by music lovers, the open-back design is conducive to gaming too.
  • Despite the minimal padding, the lightweight design keeps the headphones comfortable.

Best value: RHA MA390

Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone: Close-up of RHA MA390 earbuds on a wooden beam.
The best cheap earbuds are the RHA MA390.

Reasons to buy the RHA MA390:

  • These are available for less than $30 and feature aluminum earbud housings.
  • RHA’s signature aerophonic design minimizes harmonic distortion for greater clarity.
  • These can be worn around the ear, or they can dangle from the ear canal.

What you should know about your Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone

The three variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10 lined up on display in the Samsung Experience Store in Long Island.
  • When it comes to in-ear models, fit matters a lot. In fact, poorly fitting earbuds and headphones can dramatically degrade audio quality by allowing outside noise to mask your media.
  • Wireless audio quality can’t outperform that of wired; however, looking for products with high-quality Bluetooth codec support helps to improve sound quality and reduce audio-visual lag.
  • If you’re looking into workout headphones or earbuds, make sure they’re water-resistant or have received an official IP rating.
  • While true wireless earbuds are convenient, they haven’t completely usurped traditional wireless earbuds. Generally speaking, the latter provides more reliable connectivity and better battery life.

Why you should trust SoundGuys

SoundGuys is our audio-focused sister site, and the team puts plenty of audio products through their paces by performing a battery of objective tests. Aside from that, though, the team understand that audio is subjective too: what an audio engineer enjoys likely differs from what a runner fancies. Ultimately, SoundGuys strives to ease the researching process for its readers while simultaneously educating them.

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