The Samsung Level U Pro deliver a solid overall listening experience. They're comfortable for an in-ear model. They're wireless, and the around-the-neck design makes them stable enough for sports. Unfortunately, their noise isolation is a little weak for loud environments, and their build quality feels a bit fragile.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Lightweight, around-the-neck design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Thin and fragile audio cables.
The Level U Pro are reasonably well-made headphones. They have a lightweight and wireless around-the-neck design that's sufficiently stable for jogging or exercising. The in-ear buds don't put as much pressure in the ear canal, which makes them slightly more comfortable than regular in-ear models. They're not too cumbersome to carry on your person but won't fit in any pockets. Unfortunately, their build quality feels a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear.
The Level U Pro have a stylish around-the-neck design. The sleek, blue neckband fits well and has a smooth, glossy finish that doesn't irritate the skin or catch on your clothing. The in-ear buds have magnetic backs that stick together to make them more manageable when not in use. However, and in-ear tips are fairly regular. These headphones look decently well-made but the audio cables, on the other hand, are not retractable and feel a little cheap compared to the rest of the build.
The Level U Pro are moderately comfortable in-ear headphones as long as you don't mind the around-the-neck design. The neckband is lightweight and flexible so that it won't be too noticeable during long listening sessions. However, if you place the neckband under your clothing, the audio cables that connect to the ear buds will rub against it and transmit the vibration noise to the audio you're listening to. Also, they have pretty conventional in-ear tips, which may be uncomfortable for some.
The level U Pro have an efficient button layout and control scheme. They provide call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The buttons deliver good tactile feedback, although they're a little small for larger hands. However, the button placement might take a bit of time to get used to.
The around-the-neck design of these headphones makes them considerably stable. They won't fall from your neck if you run or jog with them but depending on how well the in-ear design fits you, the earbuds may get a little loose during strenuous exercise. Also, if the neckband is placed under your outfit, the audio cables can get hooked or tangled and pull the earbuds out of your ears.
These headphones are moderately portable. They're a lot larger than typical in-ear headphones because of the neckband design. However, they are not as cumbersome to carry around on your person as full sized headphones. They easily rest around the neck and can be tucked under your shirt or outfit. Unfortunately, they don't come with a case, and won't be portable enough to fit into a pocket.
The Level U Pro are decently built headphones. The neck band is sturdy yet flexible and won't easily break under physical stress. Unfortunately, the audio cables are a little thin and susceptible to wear and tear compared to the rest of the build. They could snap if they get repeatedly hooked to an item of clothing if you often place the neckband under your outfit.
The Level U Pro have an above-average sound quality but struggle to create a good soundstage. They deliver an exciting audio reproduction that will please fans of bass. However, instruments and vocals are a bit drowned out by the slightly over-hyped bass-range. That, combined with the dip in the mid-to-higher frequencies, further pushes the instruments to the back of the mix, making the overall sound, a little boomy and muddy.
Excellent Bass Range performance. The, response is virtually flat, but slightly hyped. So the bass will sound punchy and deep, but it would also be a little boomy and overpowering vocals/leads.
Decent Mid Range performance. Low-mid is relatively balanced, but with a 5dB tilt favoring lower frequencies. This is the continuation of the Bass Range overemphasis, but its effect on the Mid Range will be quite subtle. However, Mid and high-mid are underemphasized by about 5dB, pushing vocals/leads to the back of the mix.
Above average Treble Range performance. The dip in low-treble is the continuation of the underemphasis in the Mid Range. It will have a negative effect on the clarity and detail of vocals/leads. The sharp 10dB peak at around 9KHz will make the sound of these headphones relatively sharp and piercing, but because of the narrow width of the peak its effect won't be as bad as it looks in the graph.
Poor Soundstage. Due to their in-ear design, these headphones don't interact with the pinna at all, and therefore their sound may be perceived to be located inside the listener's head. Also, these headphones are isolating and very quiet, therefore not being able to produce an open and immersive Soundstage.
Good Imaging. Phase error is low, although the Bass phase shift, and the Treble spikes are on the high side. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were quite well matched, which is a key factor in accurate imaging.
Very good distortion restuls. At 90dB SPL these headphones perform quite well. At 100dB SPL, the distortion remains relatively the same, which is excellent. The parts where the amount of harmonic distortion at 100dB falls below the 90dB level is most likely due to the distortion levels being less than our noise floor.
The Level U Pro are passively isolating headphones. They're able to block some high-frequency noise with the quality of their seal. However, they don't fit in the ear canal as snugly as some the other in-ear headphones, which lets a bit of the ambient noise seep into your audio. On the upside, they barely leak, so in loud environments, you can mask some of the ambient noise by playing your audio at higher volumes and not worry about disturbing others.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation, and their performance is similar to most other non-noise-cancelling in-ears. They provide very little isolation in the Bass Range, but their performance in the Mid and Treble Ranges is good. They achieve an average of 17dB of isolation in the Mid Range and about 29dB of isolation in the Treble Range.
Excellent leakage. Not only the overall level of the leakage is quite low, but the range is quite narrow too, limited to 3KHz-8KHz. This results in a leakage that is barely noticeable, even at high volumes.
The Level U Pro have a decent battery life for an in-ear headphone and a stable and low latency wireless connection. They support both aptX and aptX(LL) which makes them decent headphones to watch videos or movies with. They also have an above average wireless range considering their portable size. They also have the Samsung level app which gives you access to equalizer options and power saving features.
The Level U Pro have a surprisingly great wireless range. They performed well above the average, maintaining a stable connection up to 40 ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. Their direct line of sight range, however, is incredible and can easily be recommended for large open offices or to use outdoors. This range is far greater than most in-ear headphones, and it's due in part to the space that the neckband offers for a better, more powerful Bluetooth receiver. They're also quite simple to pair the power switch quickly puts the headphones into pairing mode without needing to hold a button like some other wireless models.
The Level U Pro have a below-average battery life of 9.45 hours but have few battery saving features. You can stream audio and charge them at the same time. They also have an adjustable auto-off timer via the bundled app. They won't be the ideal headphones if you don't get the chance to charge your headphones throughout the day but their overall battery performance should be good enough for most users.
The Samsung Level app is clean and practical and delivers a good set of features. It has a simple and straightforward interface, 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 audio like some other headphone apps, and the battery indicator doesn't provide enough information.
In the box
- Samsung Level U Pro Wireless Headphones
- Audio cable
- USB cable