Samsung Level Over Review

Performance

Hitting it on the dot again, Sammy has somehow reached near perfection with its most premium pair of headphone. Add to that, its active noise cancellation feature seals the deal for us.

Going with the simple route, the plug-and-play option is there with the wired connection of the Samsung Level Over, which is still able to tap into the active noise cancellation feature. Needless to say, we’re presented with the best audio quality using the wired connection, as the Samsung Level Over, much like the other pair of headphones in the series, deliver crisp sound with an uncompromised level of dynamic range – thanks in part to its 50mm drivers with bio-cellulose diaphragm. Indeed, the quality is accompanied with ample bass tones, but the headphones work nicely to balance it out with the mids and highs. Essentially, it casts a very natural, pleasing quality to the audio experience.

Switching over to Bluetooth, the pairing process is simple and quick – while maintaining its connection for up to 30 feet before showings signs of cutting in and out. Making it even easier for some, NFC connectivity is also available. Now, as we’ve mentioned earlier, the advantage of the Bluetooth connection is the ability to utilize the touch sensitive surface of the right ear cup. Audio-wise, we’re pleasantly surprised to find that it closely matches its wired connection. Yet again, there’s no shortage of thumping audio with this one. Heck, cranking it up to its loudest, we never experience any crackling or strain – so it’s able to resonate with the same balanced quality.

In addition, the noise cancellation feature of the Samsung Level Over is able to do a decent job at reducing distracting background noise – giving us full attention to our music. However, it doesn’t mute it out entirely, but rather, suppresses it enough to keep our attention solely on the music. Finally, the Samsung Level app for Android provides us with certain audio enhancements, like Sound Alive, that adjusts the output of the headphones accordingly to cover a broad range of music genres.

Battery Life

Usage on the go is ample thanks to its over 15 hours of battery life.

Without blowing out our ears, the Samsung Level Over delivers nearly 16.5 hours of mixed usage in our experience, which is a smidgen more than the 15 hours it’s rated by Samsung. Well, that’s partly because we kept the volume between the middle setting the majority of time testing it out – with the noise cancellation feature off.

Conclusion


Frankly speaking, we’re really impressed with Samsung’s performance in the high-end mobile audio accessories arena. We all certainly know that they’re a top-tiered contender in the smartphone space, but they somehow came out of the gate with a bang with its Level series. Saving the best for last, the Samsung Level Over manages to astound us in many significant ways. Choked full of tech goodies such as touch controls, NFC connectivity, and active noise cancellation, it has a wide array of features to appease casual and hardcore audio buffs.

No doubt, its $350 sticker tag shouldn’t be much of a shocker, especially considering the caliber of this pair – and how it’s meant to compete against the premium offering from its rivals. Yeah, we agree that it’s a tough amount to shell out, but at the end of the day, it’s a quality pair that comes to the table packing serious heat. You won’t be disappointed!

Pros

  • Stuffed with a bunch of cool tech features
  • Impressive audio quality
  • Active noise cancellation suppresses background noise
  • Cushioned perfectly to deliver a comfortable feel
  • Employs touch controls

Cons

  • You’ll have to fork over $350 to pick it up
  • Plastic construction doesn’t give it a premium feel

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

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11 Comments

11. BOSABOSS

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

What's the noise cancellation percentage on these though? It's nice to see you can choose whether you want ANC on/off

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Holy. I would definitely get one of these if not for the skyrocketed price! I wonder how good they sound compared to Beats (similar price~)

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I guess you better do you own research on Beats thru the internet. I don't like Beats filtered sound.

6. kotan24

Posts: 322; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Does it say anything about the weight? That is really important for me... I may have missed it though.

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Damn this video is an editing nightmare...so botched together. You dropped the ball this time PA...

4. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

The review I have been waiting for, definitely gonna get one to go with my white Samsung Galaxy note pro 12.2, good job ss

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't think there's any accessory PA has rated over 9. I'm curious to see how these fair against AudioTechs though.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have heard the demo a few round in the shop. It's good if you like your music, clear with good separation and wide soundstage. I am impressed but those cans are not for bass freak. Xiaomi pistol 2 has similar sound quality with more bass less separation. I let a few colleges try out the piston 2 and everyone bought it the following week sales. It's very affordable compare to Samsung level series.Without it I would have to save and pick up a level out.

9. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Tested the level over, they are around the same quality of the normal Audiotechnica Ath-m50. so they are a bit overpriced IMO. but its a + that its a detacable cable compared to the m50's.

2. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Dear John V, pls dont give us that weird look next time...

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

For wired headphones, it'd be great to have the impedance and sensitivity mentioned in the reviews.

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