The Samsung Level On Wireless are a surprisingly great set of headphones. They feel flimsy but deliver in the sound department, with accurate audio reproduction. They also do a decent job with noise isolation.
- Great audio reproduction.
- Do not leak much sound.
- Poor build quality.
- Uncomfortable fit.
The Level On disappoint with the build quality. They look good but feel fragile and a little cheap. The "on ear" ear cups have an odd size and won't be the most comfortable fit. The touch-sensitive controls are a nice addition but do not provide any feedback, which can be a frustrating experience.
The Level On look sleek and modern. Their dark blue glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet but works well for the overall aesthetic. The "on ear " cups are circular well padded and look good with the overall design. The headband is only padded on the bottom half but fits the look and feel of the headphones.
Quite comfortable headphones but the ear cup doesn't seem to be the right size. They are a little too large to be considered "on-ear", and a little too small to be considered "over-ear." So unless you have the perfect-sized ears, there's a chance that a portion of your ear will be sticking out of the headphones.
The Level On are decently stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions, and their wireless design is devoid of cables that can get tangled or hooked on something, which would pull the headphones of your head. Unfortunately, they're not made for sports and are not tight enough to maintain their position while running. They will slip off your ears if used while doing high-intensity exercises at the gym.
The Level On are decently portable headphones. They are bigger than average on-ear headphones but do not take up as much space in a bag as some over-ear models. They also fold up into a more compact design for easy transportation. They are maybe too big to fit in most pockets but will comfortably fit into a handbag or backpack.
The sound reproduction is the best feature of the Level On. The audio profile works well for most genres of music. They are not too bass-heavy but still provide enough kick. Some of the very high notes may sound a little sharp but are nothing to be worried about. Also, there's not much distortion even at high volumes.
Good performance, especially for an on-ear (supra-aural) design. The low-end is extended down to a nice 28Hz, but the over-emphasis in bass and high-bass make the low-end slightly boomy and muddy.
Good performance. The slight over-emphasis of high-bass bleeds into the low mids, which could make the sound a little boxy. The under-emphasis of high mids negatively affects the forwardness of vocals and lead instruments.
Decent performance. The dip surrounding 5KHz slightly dulls out the brightness and presence of vocals and lead instruments. Conversely, the peak at 10KHz tends to over-emphasize sibilant material and could be piercing and fatiguing.
Very low distortion in the low bass region, however there is a significant rise in distortion in the higher frequencies. There are also a couple of bumps from 1KHz-5Khz.
The isolation of the Level On is average at best. The on ear cups provide a decent seal, even with their odd shape and do not leak much sound. However, they struggle in loud environments because of their weak active noise cancelling and the noise of a regular commute may distract you from your listening experience.
Decent noise cancelling, especially considering these are advertised as On-Ears (even though the cups are a little larger than most On-Ears). Low-end isolation is not the best we have tested, but still good. There also seem to be a weak point around 2KHz, which actually could be useful if one wants to be able to have a conversation with ANC On.
The majority of leakage with these headphones happen around 400Hz to 2KHz, which covers most of the mid-range. There is a steady drop-off below and above those points.
The Level On deliver an above-average wireless range and an easy-to-pair Bluetooth connection. In direct line of sight, these headphones will reach quite far before dropping any audio. However, within the office, they performed only slightly better than the average, so if you have a lot of walls or potentially interfering devices within your workspace or home, then they might cut out around 30 ft. On the upside, the NFC pairing is simple, fast and efficient. They also have only 35ms of latency when connected to an aptX(LL) dongle although it's not mentioned in their specifications like the Level U Pro.
The Level On Wireless have a decent battery life that delivers up to 15 hours of continuous playback. They're not the fastest charging headphones at 2.3 hours but have an auto-off timer, which saves quite a bit of power when they're not in use. However, they're not the ideal headphones to take on particularly long road trips, as you may have to charge them throughout the day.
The Samsung Level app is well-designed, easy-to-use and provides a good set of features. It has a clean and straightforward interface that gives you access to a to two types of graphic equalizers, an adjustable auto-off timer, and a noise canceling on/off button. The app feels complete and practical. However, the battery indicator is little small and doesn't provide enough information.
In the box
- Samsung Level On Wireless Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable
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