The Samsung Level Over-Ear are well-crafted, comfortable Bluetooth headphones that sound great and leak little sound. They deliver decent isolation that might not be the best for very loud environments but is sufficient for office-like environments and regular commutes.
- Sturdy, comfortable design.
- Great, customizable audio reproduction.
- Leaks very little sound.
- Touch-sensitive controls, prone to mistakes.
- Slightly heavy.
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The Level Over are a well-designed pair of headphones that are comfortable and sturdy enough to handle a few drops. The padding is soft and esthetically pleasing and the large ear cups mold well to the ears. Unfortunately, the touch controls can be a little frustrating, as their sensitivity is prone to mistakes and the frame has a metallic finish that is not actually metal, which is is a little disappointing.
The Samsung Level Over have a sleek, stylish design. The headband has a matte black finish accentuated by the silver of the frame, connecting metal joints and the decorative rings around each ear cup. The faux-leather padding on the underside of the headband and on the ear cups looks good, feels soft and contributes to the overall modern and sleek esthetic. The backs of the ear cups have a glossy finish for the touch-sensitive pads, which adds a little more flare to an already eye-catching pair of headphones.
The large oval ear cups fully encompass the ear and the soft padding on both the ear cups and the headband make them comfortable to have on the head for a long period of time. However, they are a little heavy and the ear cups do not swivel or adjust much, which can put some tension on the head.
The touch-sensitive controls are a nice addition to the Level Over and are the primary mode of control when used wirelessly (as tested). The touch pad is functional and convenient, once you are accustomed to it. Unfortunately, the very sensitive touch pad is prone to erroneous inputs, which can be quite frustrating. The provided inline controls of the cable are top notch but were not evaluated in our wireless Level Over test.
The Samsung Level Over are surprisingly stable for their size. They apply enough pressure on your head to remain in place during casual listening sessions.The large earcups and broad headband provide enough surface area to prevent the headphones from swaying during moderate physical activity. Unfortunately, these are not sports headphones.They're a little too bulky and heavy, and they will slip off your ears while running or jumping.
The Level Over are bigger than your average over-ear headphone. They take up a lot of space and are not portable. They don't fold flat or into a more compact format for easy transportation, which means you may need a large bag to carry them around.
Build quality is decent. These headphones feel sturdy, the plastic ear cups look durable and the headband feels solid enough to be able to handle a few drops. Disappointingly, the frame is only covered in a metal finish and is not actually metal and the glossy back of the ear cups could easily get scratched through wear and tear.
The Samsung Level Over are a better-than-average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have an impressive and extended bass, which they can deliver consistently from person to person. They also have a very good mid range and a good treble. However, they could be slightly boomy and muddy in the low-mid region, and like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have an open sounding soundstage.
The Level Over have decent noise isolation. The ear cups provide a great seal that leaks little sound and provides some passive isolation. Active cancellation is good but not great, able to handle moderately loud environments without allowing too much ambient noise into the ear cups. They isolate well in office-like environments or on regular commutes but might struggle with the ambient noise of international travel.
Average isolation. The earcups provide good passive isolation in the treble region, reaching the maximum of -36dB. The active noise cancellation provides a steady -14dB of isolation throughout the bass and mid regions, except for around 300Hz, where they don't seem to be doing much.
Good leakage. Depending on the playback level, the perceived profile of the leakage could become broader. But the overall level of the leakage is within good values.
- 100% SpNR
The Samsung Level Over Wireless do not have a fast wireless connection like the Level On Wireless or the Level U Pro. However, they have a greater wireless range and a bigger battery that gives them about 18 hours of continuous playback from a single charge. They also support NFC pairing, aptX and come with a great bundled app that gives you access to power saving features, equalizers and active noise canceling switch.
The Level Over are easy to pair and have a good wireless range. They offer NFC and have a greater than 50 ft wireless range when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. They would be ideal for large, open offices, or at home if you don't often carry your Bluetooth device on you. They also deliver good auditory feedback. Unfortunately, they dont use the most recent Bluetooth technology which causes some latency issues when viewing videos and also consumes a bit more battery.
The Level Over Wireless have a bit more battery life than that of the level on and delivers up to 18 hours of continuous playback. They also charge a bit faster than the level on and have an auto-off timer, which saves quite a bit of power when they're not in use. Additionally, these headphones can continue streaming audio when charging, making them a decent options to use in the office or on a plane/train where you have access to power source. However, they won't be ideal for particularly long weekend trips as you still have to charge them throughout the day.
The Level app has a simple and clean interface that provides a practical set of features. It gives you access to two types of graphic equalizers, an adjustable auto-off timer, and a noise canceling on/off button. However, there are no room effects to enhance your listening experience, and the battery indicator is little small and doesn't provide enough information.
In the box
- Samsung Level Over headphones
- Audio cable
- Airline adapter
- Carrying case
- USB Cable