I’ve seen from crinacle that he gave pretty similar scores to the Galaxy Buds and the Sony’s. Now, everywhere I’ve seen, people are saying that the WF-1000 XM3s earbuds are similar to the WH-1000 XM3 Headphones, and that the XM3 Headphones are similar to the XM2 headphones. Now, for me, I thought the XM2s sucked. I sold them and bought some classic meme headphones: V-Moda M100s and KZ ZSX headphones, just as some budget things to wear, and they’re miles better for me. I felt like I was stuck in the early 2000s listening to early day YouTube quality this whole time. Sound stage was even worse than my old Sennheiser and Audio Technicas. I’m quite enjoying what I’m using right now given the price, and given that I tried out the ATH-m50x as a reference, though I haven’t tried the Sonys, Sennheisers, and other lesser known brands in this price range, or some of the high ohm impedence headphones. My portable DAC/Amp died on me.
Anyway, sorry for getting off-topic a bit.
If the Galaxy Buds = the XM3 IEMs = the XM3 Headphones = the XM2 headphones, then by that logic, these things are either much worse than what I have, or somewhere along the line, Sony and Samsung drastically improved their IEMs and they’re actually quite good. Crinacle never favored the KZs he tried, but I know the ZSXs are a step above what he’s reviewed as well. I’ve seen people compare Galaxy Buds and the WF-1000 XM3 to similar priced IEMs ($100-150 price range) while others say they’re not even as good as the BLON BL-03s ($30-40). I’ve also seen that the wireless KZs are somewhat close to the KZ ZSX, and they’re considered worse than the Galaxy Buds, so… I’m hoping the Galaxy Buds are comparable to what I have. ANC isn’t really a feature I care for, and people sell the Galaxy Buds quite cheap on ebay and at refurbished outlets. There are some verified ones for about $50.
For reference for what I’m looking for - I just need good lows and mids, bass and detail, and decent soundstage. I’m very happy with the wired ones I’m working, honestly surprised the KZ ZSXs are about as enjoyable as the V-Modas.
tldr; not sure what’s garbage or not including the Galaxy Buds, Sony XM3 IEMs, V-Moda M100, and KZ ZSXs, for the price anyway. I haven’t had a good experience with true wireless IEMs before, trying to see if Galaxy Buds are at least worth $50 compared to similar Chi-fi IEMs.