Samsung Level In Review
Are we shocked that Samsung wants to be taken more seriously in the mobile audio accessories business? Not really, seeing that they’re known to meddle in several consumer electronics affairs. From smartphones to refrigerators, Sammy has amassed quite a venture that’s not stopping or slowing down any time soon. Very recently, we reported that Samsung introduced a new line of high-end mobile optimized audio series, Level, which spans a wide array of options. In this review, we’re taking a look at a premium in-ear solution – the Samsung Level In.
For something priced above the $100 mark, the Samsung Level In doesn’t look or feel premium, which is a sad realization. Visually, it looks exactly like almost any other ordinary pair of headphones that come with the purchase of a smartphone – so there’s nothing too special here. Donning a white finish, one that’s comprised out of plastic, the Level In has a hollow feel. Indeed, there are chrome accents on them, but they don’t necessarily elevate its appeal.
Initially, the silicone based ear buds attached to the Level In felt loose, but there are various sized ones included with the purchase that manages to fit our ear perfectly – and they even throw in a travel case too! Between the silicone and memory foam tips, we prefer the latter because of their more snug fit in the ear. Along the right ear bud’s cable, there’s a stereo microphone that incorporates multi-function and volume control buttons.
Despite the lackluster design, it features a three-way speaker system that Samsung specifies to provide “an immersive sonic environment for any activity with a powerful three-way speaker, letting users enjoy rich sounds that cover all the low, mid, and high sound naturally and with clear sound separation.” Essentially, that three-way speaker system is comprised out of 2 balanced armatures that deliver HD Sound for treble & mid-rage, and 1 dynamic speaker for deep bass.
So, how does this three-way speaker system fair? Actually, it does a good job of maintaining low, mids, and highs – without one particularly being favored more than the rest. In fact, it manages to produce a subtle amount of bass that doesn’t sound overpowering against the mids and highs. The volume output is strong, so there’s no worry about crackling or distortion at the loudest volume setting. However, we would’ve preferred having a crisper output with its quality, mainly because an untrained ear might think of it to be more flat toned than anything else.
Expected to be attached with a retail price point of $149 when it goes on sale soon, the Samsung Level In suffices in the audio quality department, but its design is too conventional to put it in a class of its own. If it’s intent on making a statement, we would’ve preferred seeing it accompanied with a slightly more luxurious construction, as this one lacks any highlighting qualities to justify its “premium” element.