Samsung launches its own Level line of headphones
Level-Over is the top of the crop, costing $349.99, the Bluetooth over-ear headset seems to offer all the bells and whistles Sammy could come up with. The headphones sport a touch panel on the side, which allows the user to quickly skip between songs, control volume, play/pause, and activate S-Voice, all through swiping gestures. The set supports quick NFC pairing to your smartphone. Other mentioned features are the Active Noise Cancellation – an EQ circuit, which cancels all outside noise, while preserving a clean sound, Samsung says; and a Volume Monitor, which takes care to not overexpose your ears to high volumes. Of course, how good these two are at their job remains to be seen (OK, heard).
Level-On is the mid-tier offering and is a wired set, which Samsung touts to be elegant, compact, simplistic, and ergonomic, though it carries none of the features of its higher-tier sibling. That is somewhat understandable, since this headset's priced at $179.99, which is almost a 50% price drop, still we would've preferred to see it sport at least the touch-panel.
Level-In, as you might have already guessed by the overly "intricate" naming scheme, is the in-ear offering at $149.99. Not much to say about these, besides their use of an independent 3-way speaker system (a single bud contains 3 speakers, each dedicated to a specific part of the frequency spectrum – aka – low, mid and high) and a generous amount of in-ear tip sizes, which we believe should go without saying, given the price point.
Finally, we have the Wireless Level Box, priced at $299.99, which offers the same type of NFC connectivity as the Level-Over model. It is a compact speaker that should deliver 8+ hours of battery life and larger-than-life sounds, according to Samsung.
So, if you've been feeling eager to spend $350 on a set of mainstream Hi-Fi headphones, but were put off by Beats' overly flashy designs, you may find Samsung's minimalistic approach a bit more pleasing. What say you, Internet?
source: Samsung via Mashable
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
"Let me post a comment and see if I can get the most green thumbs on the article!"
16. ThePython (Posts: 390; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Excuse me, I don't crave green thumbs up on some internet article like some, nor I spend enough time here to care about random smart ass comments like yours. You're welcome to think of it as you wish.
5. tech2 (Posts: 2450; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
So basically everyone and anyone releases headphones after today is copycat ?
BTW, if you use some sense you'd realize its not possible to launch an entire brand of headphones in one month's time which is when Apple announced to acquire beats so they obviously started working on it before beats was announced to be acquired.
7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Exactly my thoughts. Article is poorly written and the logic of people frightens me.
8. AstronautJones (Posts: 272; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
If you knew what you were talking about, Samsung announce this line back in APRIL.
They have been available in europe for a couple months.
Isn't that before Apple BOUGHT beats?
23. Ninetysix (Posts: 1679; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
--Posted from my iPhone6 with Touchwiz theme
22. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Cause all Apple does is, patent trolls.
The are always the first to patent, which does not belong to them broski
25. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 22; Member since: 30 May 2014)
Samsung announced this in April before the Beats aquisition, so...
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The touch controls are cool, but I'll stick to my amazing headphones I got.
12. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
LOL, still even for PA, this is little overboard. PA viewership must be down. No wonder.
14. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Hey, the writer changed the title. Too bad, the original title was pretty funny.
9. AstronautJones (Posts: 272; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
Oh, and I do not even see the article mention the companion app Samsung developed.
Controls audio profiles and settings, as well as features like text to speech.
10. Tuxedo (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
I'd say Sammy just wants in on the high profit margin market of overpriced, over-marketed, average sounding headphones.
11. Andrew10301 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
I tend to prefer audio technica and bose for headphones. But Samsung makes fantastic speakers (i have some) so I may have to try these out .
13. rihel_95 (Posts: 240; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
They should give it free with Galaxy S series, Note series and upcoming F series
32. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
Did you call for an exterminator?
Unfortunately, I'm not an audio specialist.
I talk only about things I know very well.
Sammy sux anyway.
29. Penny (Posts: 1262; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Don't do it people! Get some real headphones if you're going to be dropping $300+!
Audio Technica, AKG, Sennheiser, Bowers & Wilkins, Beyerdynamic, HiFiMAN, even Sony!
I personally have Sony MDR-V6 and Sennheiser HD 598. You don't even know what good headphones sound like if the best thing you've used are Beats. Just trust me, I am doing you a favor.
30. iushnt (Posts: 756; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
This can be a real headphones too..see some review along with specs in pther sites..this headphones can be good as well..but shouldn't buy without proper checking
31. iushnt (Posts: 756; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
By the way I have bose headphones now and is damn good but I wanted good smartphone integration. This can be a real deal..
33. Penny (Posts: 1262; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
What I love about Bose is that they make some supremely light and comfortable headphones. Audio quality wise, they will serve their purpose well (mobility, flights, etc.), but won't compare in sound to an open pair of higher-end headphones.
I would not discount these headphones as possibly being good solely on the fact that they are Samsung or anything. I am not that biased. However, I remember some specs released by Samsung when they first revealed these headphones, and I the frequency range was listed at something like 20hz -20000hz. That is very standard, and that leads me to believe that they did not focus on driver technology so much. Also, these are active noise cancelling, which on its own means that audio is going to sound a little compressed compared to passive noise cancelling headphones, and even more compressed than open air headphones. All that being said, they do employ a large 50mm driver, so there is hope yet.
Where these will excel, I am sure, is with the tech. Bluetooth, NFC, active noise cancelling, wireless, low impedance of 41 ohms (will easily be driven by a standard phone or mp3 player), etc. It's also stylish in my opinion. These headphones will be great for somebody who is after the right gadget/accessory, not for somebody who is after great audio quality.