Samsung Electronics recently announced a new line of audio accessories called Level. The new products include the Level Over, an over-ear headphone, as well as the Level On, an on-ear design. The Level line also includes an in-ear model called—of course—the Level In, as well as a portable speaker called the Level Box.
Samsung’s post mentions a ton of features for each item in the lineup, but very little in terms of actual performance specifications such as frequency response, efficiency, and power handling. Samsung also declined to put a price on the new products, at least for now. The company does expect the new products to be available for purchase worldwide by mid-May of this year.
For AV enthusiasts, the most intriguing product in the lineup is probably the Level Over full-size over-ear headphones. Samsung crammed quite a few features into its new flagship cans, including Bluetooth with active noise reduction and a detachable cord with built-in microphone and remote control. The 50 mm bio-cellulose drivers utilize neodymium magnets, as well as an “edge-free” driver design that the company claims reduces resonances. The new headphones take advantage of a new dedicated app (for Android) that allow users to set EQ as well as other options like 3D audio.
The Level On on-ear headphones do not feature Bluetooth connectivity or noise reduction, but they do have a detachable cable with a microphone and remote control. The Level On features a 40 mm “dual layer” driver; Samsung doesn’t mention what material it’s made of or what kind of magnet it uses.
The Level In features a three-way design utilizing balanced-armature drivers for treble and midrange and a dynamic driver for bass. As with the company’s full-size Level headphones, the cable is detachable and includes a microphone and remote control.
Samsung’s Level Box features Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to function as a speakerphone as well as a cordless speaker. It features NFC (near-field communication) for one-touch connection to a mobile device and 15 hours of playtime with its rechargeable battery.
I’m curious how the new Level Over headphones sound; I’m surprised it took Samsung this long to enter the high-end headphone game. Based on looks and features, I figure the Level Over will compete directly with premium headphones from the likes of Beats, Monster, Bose, and others. PCmag.com already published a hands-on report describing the Level Overs as “rich, absorbing, and didn’t overly play up the bass. My notes include the words “bell-like” and “crystalline.” Are these nice headphones? You bet.” – Sascha Segan, pcmag.com. There is hope that Samsung’s new Level line of audio accessories won’t just look good, but sound good as well.