Reviewed on Mar 17, 2016

Samsung Level Over Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.4
Critical Listening
7.4
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
7.5
Office
6.0
TV
5.7
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Sound 7.5
Isolation 7.7
Microphone 6.5
Active Features 8.3
Connectivity 6.5
Pros
  • Sturdy, comfortable design.
  • Great, customizable audio reproduction.
  • Leaks very little sound.
Cons
  • Touch-sensitive controls, prone to mistakes.
  • Slightly heavy.
  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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Level Over-Ear Wireless
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7.0

Design

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.

Style

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.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.77 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.07 lbs

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.

7.4 Controls
Ease of use : Good
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

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.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.2 C
5.5 Portability
L : 7.87 "
W : 7.09 "
H : 3.15 "
Volume : 175.77 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 8.27 "
W : 7.87 "
H : 3.54 "
Volume : 230.64 Cu. Inches

Comes with a hardshell case that will protect the headphones from impacts. The hard shell will also shield the headphones from water damage. However, the case is quite large and will take up a lot of space in a bag.

7.0 Build Quality

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.

7.0 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.13 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with a 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music control and volume up/down.

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7.5

Sound

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.

8.7 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.77 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
26.31 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-2.06 dB
Mid-Bass
:
1.01 dB
High-Bass
:
2.43 dB
8.3 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.25 dB
Low-Mid
:
3.0 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.06 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.68 dB
7.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.61 dB
Low-Treble
:
-2.17 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.83 dB
High-Treble
:
0.09 dB
7.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.55 dB
8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.25
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.26
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.17
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
6.99
4.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.74 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
3.08 dB
PRTF Distance
:
8.26 dB
Openness
:
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.5
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.01 dB
7.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.121
Weighted THD @ 100
:
2.262
7.7

Isolation

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.

7.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-20.9 dB
Bass
:
-13.53 dB
Mid
:
-16.33 dB
Treble
:
-32.88 dB
Self-Noise
:
17.2 dB

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.

7.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
35.03 dB

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.

6.5

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
6.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
193.04 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
5.14 dB
HFE
:
3272.31 Hz
Weighted THD
:
6.177
Gain
:
29.38 dB
6.7 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
18.77 dB
8.3

Active Features

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. 

8.4 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
18 hrs
Charge Time
:
2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Yes
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

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.

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 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.

Samsung Level Over Graphic Equalizer 1

Samsung Level Over Graphic Equalizer 2

Samsung Level Over Presets

Samsung Level Over Auto-Off Timer

6.5

Connectivity

8.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
Yes
9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Android
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
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
9.0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
54 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
140 ft

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.

2.9 Latency
Default Latency
:
195 ms
aptX Latency
:
166 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  • Samsung Level Over headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case
  • USB Cable

Samsung Level U Pro Wireless
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The Samsung Level Over Wireless are a much better wireless headset than the Samsung Level U Pro if you prefer over-ears to in-ear headphones. As expected, the smaller format of the Level U Pro makes them a lot easier to carry around than the bulky Level Overs. They're a lot more breathable and stable for sports and physical activity and also benefit from the same customization options as the Level Over. The Level Over, on the other hand, have a better default sound quality and they're also noise cancelling headphones, so they're a bit more suitable for noisy conditions and commuting. They also have a longer battery life than the Level U Pro.

Sony WI-C400 Wireless
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The Samsung Level Over Wireless are a much better wireless headset if you want an over-ear headphone, but the Sony WI-C400 are a better choice if you want something more portable. The Sonys have a wireless around-the-neck design that's a lot easier to carry around on your person than the bulky Level Over Wireless. They're also a lot more breathable and stable for sports and physical activity. On the upside, the Level Over Wireless have a much better sound quality which you can EQ to better match what you're listening to. They're also noise cancelling headphones, so they're a bit more suitable for noisy conditions and commuting, although portability might be an issue for some.

Samsung U Flex Wireless
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The Samsung Level Over Wireless are a much better wireless headset than the Samsung U Flex if you prefer over-ears to in-ear headphones. The U Flex are a lot more portable than the Level Over Wireless. They're also more breathable and stable for sports and physical activity. On the other hand, the Level Over Wireless have a better default sound quality that you can customize with any Android phone, not just Samsung devices like the U Flex. They're also noise cancelling headphones, so they're a bit more suitable for noisy conditions and commuting, and they have a longer battery life than the U Flex.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018
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The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II are a better wireless noise-canceling headset than the Samsung Level Over Wireless. The QC 35 II are smaller and easier to carry around, even if they are not the most portable headphones. They're also a lot more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions and have a much better noise cancellation feature than the Samsung. The Samsung Level Over Wireless, on the other hand, have a customizable sound quality thanks to their better app than that of the Bose. They also leak a little less, which makes them a bit more suitable for quieter conditions.

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Level Over make for good everyday headphones. They have sufficient features to handle most test cases and environments but maybe a little bulky for high-intensity activities

7.4 Critical Listening

Decent 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 is good enough for long casual listening sessions.

7.4 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. Their noise isolation performance is decent enough for moderate levels of ambient noise.

7.0 Sports/Fitness

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

7.5 Office

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

6.0 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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