Samsung intros new Level series of mobile optimized audio accessories
Samsung Level Over is the company’s “flagship over-ear headphone.” Its features include touch controls, “superior HD organic sound”, wireless Bluetooth pairing, active noise cancellation, and a 50mm bio-cellulose diaphragm with Neodymium magnet. The headphone weighs 350 grams, and has its own Samsung Level app (available via Google Play and Samsung Apps).
Samsung Level On is a bit smaller than the Level Over, weighing 210 grams and featuring a 40mm dual layered diaphragm.
Level Box is a Bluetooth speaker that weighs 600 grams, as it offers a “full metal grill” and “a solid metal design.” It features a 56mm stereo speaker with passive radiator, and can be paired via both Bluetooth and NFC.
Lastly, Level In is an in-ear headphone with a three-way speaker system that reportedly provides “an immersive sonic environment for any activity.”
Pricing details haven’t been revealed, though we assume that these new Level products won't come cheap. Samsung said that they'd be available “in most markets around the world” starting May - so we’ll find out more about them next month. All four Level accessories have two color versions (black and white), and they're probably compatible not only with Samsung-made phones and tablets, but also with devices from other companies.
1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3694; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
With most Qualcomm-based Samsung devices not having a high quality headphone output, Samsung cannot possibly deliver "superior HD organic sound" on most of their phones/tablets. The only phones with high quality headphone output are made by Apple and HTC.
I guess with billions of dollars of lifestyle porn ads, it doesn't matter. People will buy.
3. joey_sfb (Posts: 3209; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
The score card is out Samsung s5 beats HTC M8 audio headphone quality.
As usual Samsung haters are illogical and non factual again.
5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3694; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
From the GSM Arena review:
"On the other hand volume levels, while good, are not quite among the best we've encountered. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is still going to be loud enough for the majority of users, but the HTC One (M8) holds a lead in that department."
In reality, Samsung phones have trouble delivering high quality audio through many brands of headphones. This is not due to the S/N ratio and other meaningless specs. It is related to lack of voltage and current. GSM Arena pointed this out tactfully.
From the PhoneArena review:
In PA testing, the HTC One M8 has a 1.28V output, the Apple iPhone 5s has a 1V output, and the Galaxy S5 only has a 0.43V output. This is less than half of the iPhone's output and about 1/3 of the HTC. For many headphones, this is not sufficient for high quality sound.
8. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 395; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Volume has nothing to do with quality!
My Galaxy S3 has lower output than the S5 and M8, but the quality is fantastic.
AND the S5's external speaker is louder than the M8's. So if we're dealing merely with volume, the S5 wins over the "BoomSound" system. (This is all via Phonearenas test results)
9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3694; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Output voltage, current and impedance have a lot to do with headphone audio quality as they determine how well certain headphones can be driven. Sorry if you don't know this.
11. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 395; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Honsetly, I'm not an expert on audio equipment, however, I couldn't actually imagine the need for higher output than the GS3 provides. It's beyond adequate.
It just doesn't make sense that there's a correlation between volume and quality. The human hear can only perceive sounds to a certain point. It seems unnecessary in the way a 4K screen would be unnecessary. Cool bragging rights, no positive difference.
13. oister85 (Posts: 409; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Hey what about the note 3 is it good for listening to music
4. wilsong17 (Posts: 1087; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
So are you saying only metal phone have the best audio.. lol the note 2 beats the HTC double speaker and mostly galaxy you can customized the audio ...
I guess you haven't try the note 3 audio either
Haters going to hate no matter what
6. wilsong17 (Posts: 1087; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3694; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Thanks. This has some good info.
"I've got both and comparing them purely for headphone out I prefer the M8 by a wide margin. Some of my observations:
S5 very low volume compared to M8, I used a S4 before and used 5/15 on the S4 but on the S5 need 8/15 to get the same volume.
S5 sound is muddied, layers bleed into each other and details are less coherent."
Basically in many real world situations, S5 has mediocre audio quality.
10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3209; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
We already know you don't like Samsung as a whole.
For me getting the best value for my money is utmost important. Samsung has a lots promotion when you buy them on and off contract, great phone features, good after sales support.
So overall its good buy.
14. moroninc (Posts: 189; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Nothing to do with quality, you can have bad hardware and still get good sound through good headphones.. If its not loud enough just get a portable headphone amp and your good to go. Nothing to do with the hardware of the phone btw.
2. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
That 'Level In' seems quite interesting...3 way speaker system for in ear headphones!!
12. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
I will always trust Sony for sound and TV department lol
15. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 210; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
The two different Bose products I have are fantastic. The Solo TV speaker and the Bose Sound Link Mini have great sound.
17. NikkiGirl (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
I have an M8 and Galaxy S3 and the GS3 has better headphone quality sound. I'm assuming because the International version of GS3 which uses the Exynos comes with a Wolfson DAC.