Well, the cat’s out of the bag: the Samsung Galaxy S10 retains the headphone jack, which means that we consumers get the benefit of choice when shopping around for a pair of earbuds or headphones. While the Galaxy Buds were specifically designed for the Samsung Galaxy line, they’re not yet available. As we anxiously await the Galaxy Buds’ release, you can still choose between wired and wireless options to get the job done.
We’ve compiled a list of the best Samsung Galaxy S10 headphone options available to get you on your merry way. We’ll be sure to update this piece once the Galaxy Buds officially 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
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: Jabra Elite 65T
Reasons to buy the Jabra Elite 65T:
- These have the best battery life of any true wireless earbuds, save for the Bose Sleepbuds.
- IP55 dust- and water-resistance means these are durable and can withstand most workouts.
- Reliable connectivity is rare with true wireless technology, but the Jabra Elite 65T remain stable.
Best workout: Jaybird Tarah
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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.
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