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Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016

Samsung Level On Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.9
Critical Listening
7.1
Commute/Travel
6.9
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.7
TV
5.6
Gaming
Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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. Unfortunately, they don't feel as durable as the Level Over and their touch controls can be a bit frustrating to use at times.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Sound 6.9
Isolation 6.9
Microphone 6.7
Active Features 7.9
Connectivity 6.4
Pros
  • Great audio reproduction.
  • Do not leak much sound.
Cons
  • Poor build quality.
  • Uncomfortable fit.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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6.9

Design

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.

Style

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.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.52 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.57 lbs

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.

7.3 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Subpar
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through
:
Yes
Additional Buttons : No

These headphones however lose points for the "Touch Pad". lack of tactile and visual cues mean that mistakes will be inevitable.

7.7 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.6 C
6.2 Portability
L : 4.72 "
W : 6.30 "
H : 2.76 "
Volume : 82 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

Comes with a soft pouch that will protect the headphones from scratches and does not add too much bulk. However, the soft fabric will not shield the headphones from water damage, hard falls or heavy physical stress.

7.0 Build Quality

Feels cheap and flimsy. Especially the point where the ear cups connect to the headband doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. Solid click on headband adjustment and they retain their position well.

6.5 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.08 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

Comes with two cables; USB for charging and 1/8" TRS-TRS for connecting without using Bluetooth.

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6.9

Sound

The Samsung Level On Wireless are a decent sounding pair of closed-back on-ear headphones. The bass reproduction is very good and relatively extended, their mid range is well-balanced and they have a good treble. Also, they have a consistent delivery from person to person. However, their bass lacks a little bit of thump and is slightly boomy, their treble could be a bit sibilant on certain tracks, and they don't have an open sounding soundstage.

8.0 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.8 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
34.62 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-3.06 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.98 dB
High-Bass
:
4.17 dB
8.5 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.02 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.24 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.08 dB
High-Mid
:
-1.0 dB
7.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.89 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.15 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-2.17 dB
High-Treble
:
0.99 dB
8.6 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.28 dB
8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.71
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.72
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.44
2.4 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.82 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
-1.19 dB
PRTF Distance
:
-4.98 dB
Openness
:
3.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.7
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.01 dB
6.7 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
4.493
Weighted THD @ 100
:
9.011
6.9

Isolation

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.

6.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-17.62 dB
Bass
:
-11.27 dB
Mid
:
-17.09 dB
Treble
:
-25.05 dB
Self-Noise
:
17.84 dB

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.

6.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
41.02 dB

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.

6.7

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
6.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
144.62 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
4.59 dB
HFE
:
3517.32 Hz
Weighted THD
:
43.901
Gain
:
27.5 dB
7.2 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
21.86 dB
7.9

Active Features

The Level On Wireless have a great lag-free wireless connection with a decent range. They also deliver up to 15 hours with a bunch of power saving features accessible through their simple to use and sleek bundled app. They support both aptX and aptX (LL) they don't take too long to charge and they have a useful and efficient app which results in a great experience and an excellent active features performance. 

8.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
14.9 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.3 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Yes
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

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.

7.5 App Support
App Name : Samsung Level
iOS : No
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Graphic + Presets
ANC control
:
Yes
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

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.

Samsung Level On Graphic Equalizer 1

Samsung Level On Graphic Equalizer 2

Samsung Level On Presets

Samsung Level On Auto-Off Timer

6.4

Connectivity

8.8 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
Yes
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
8.1 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
39 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
151 ft

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.

5.3 Latency
Default Latency
:
184 ms
aptX Latency
:
161 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
35 ms

In the box

  • Samsung Level On Wireless Headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • Audio cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

Samsung U Flex Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Samsung Level On Wireless are a better choice if you want on-ears, but if you prefer a slightly more portable design, then an go for the Samsung U Flex instead. The U Flex are more portable than the Level On and the Level U Pro, thanks to their flexible neckband design that will fit into some pockets. They also have a bit more customization options than the Level On when connected to a Samsung device, although not by much since they aren't noise cancelling headphones. The Level On, on the other hand, have a longer battery life and support more codec options than the U Flex. Also, since they are noise cancelling, they do a little better in noisy conditions. They also have better sound quality.

Samsung Level U Pro Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Samsung Level On Wireless are a better choice if you want on-ears, but if you prefer a slightly more portable design, go for the Samsung Level U Pro instead. The Level On have a longer battery life and are noise cancelling, so they isolate better than the Level U Pro in noisy conditions, especially if your commute involves of low frequency rumbling noise like the sound of a bus engine. On the other hand, the Level U Pro have a much more compact format that you can carry around much easier, since you can just let them dangle from your neck. They also have a lot of customization options, like the Level On, but unlike the on-ears, they also support aptX Low Latency, which makes them a bit more suitable for watching movies as long as you have the right transmitter.

Sony WI-C400 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung Level On Wireless are not directly comparable to the Sony WI-C400 since they are in-ears and the Level On are on-ear headphones. However, the Level On are noise cancelling headphones, so they perform a bit better at isolating you from low-frequency noise like that of an engine when commuting. They also have a better-balanced sound that you can customize thanks to the Level app on Android. They have a better build quality (although it's not really comparable) and some may prefer the fit of the on-ears over the in-ear headphones like the Sony WI-C400. On the upside, the C400 are a lot more portable. They also leak a lot less since they are small in-ears, but they are worse for most other categories and have a lot more latency when watching videos.

Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sony WH-1000XM2 are much better noise cancelling headphone than the Samsung Level On Wireless. The Sony have a better noise cancelling performance that isolates a lot more in noisy environments. They also have a more comfortable over-ear fit that most will prefer over the fit of on-ears although it is not directly comparable. They also sound better and have a lot more customization option both on Android and iOS, which the Samsung do not. On the upside, the Samsung are more portable. They're also a bit more suitable for watching videos since they have lower latency than the Sony if you have the right transmitter, and their auto-off feature is a bit better handled than the WH-1000XM2.

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Level Over make for good everyday headphones. They have sufficient features to handle most test cases.

6.9 Critical Listening

Above-average for critical listening. They have a good frequency response that's also adjustable with the aid of the Samsung app. Soundstage is a little limited because of their closed back design, but the sound quality and comfort level, are good enough for long casual listening sessions.

7.1 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. Their noise isolation performance is decent enough for moderate levels of ambient noise. they're comfortable and decently portable.

6.9 Sports/Fitness

Above-average for sports use. Comfortable and wireless with a good control scheme. However, they're a bit bulky and a little unstable.

7.0 Office

Good for office use. Noise isolation performance should be enough for the chatter of a busy office, and they don't leak much.

5.7 TV

Average for home theater use. They have fairly high latency if you don't have an aptX and aptX LL ready device, which won't be ideal for watching movies. On the upside, they're comfortable and have a good wireless range.

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