Samsung’s Level On headphones offer 3.5 mm wired or wireless Bluetooth connectivity, crystal-clear audio quality and an incredibly comfortable design.
The Samsung Level On headphones come in black, white, red or blue and retail for $249.99. Turning on the Active Noise Cancellation feature decreases the expected talk/listen battery life from 23 hours to 11 hours. However, the headset does an exceptional job of blocking out external sounds even without ANC activated.
The Level On headphones fold easily for convenient transport, and Smart Touch controls on the ear panels control forward, back, volume and stop. The Smart Touch controls work well, taking just a bit of time to get used to them. These ergonomic touch controls are an ingenious addition, so there’s no need to locate tiny buttons or dials by feeling around for them.
The Level On headphones look sleek and stylish and couldn’t feel more heavenly, with their ultra-soft ear cushions and padded headband. They’d feel great on long trips by car or plane, at the office, at the gym or while walking or running, and they stay put without slipping around on the head and without feeling overly snug. The headphones also offer the flexibility of using them wirelessly via Bluetooth or plugging them directly into a computer or mobile device.
The available Samsung Level App provides additional features when connected via Bluetooth, including the Sound Alive sound equalizer to optimize settings based on a broad range of music genres, volume monitor and text-to-speech. Some features may not be supported by all devices.
Smooth Windows Bluetooth connectivity
The only small downside to the Samsung Level On headphones is their rather sparse Bluetooth connectivity instructions, so here are some steps to follow for successfully connecting them wirelessly to a computer, tablet or phone. The device does connect quite easily to any Bluetooth enabled device, but not everyone knows the procedure for pairing a Bluetooth device with a computer, tablet or phone.
No Bluetooth password is required. External speakers or wired headphones may need to be disconnected before attempting to pair the Level On headphones with a computer.
To connect the headphones using Bluetooth to a Windows 7 computer, look for the Bluetooth icon in the System Tray (lower right corner). The icon is blue with a white Bluetooth symbol.
Click the Bluetooth icon and select Open Settings. Make sure the boxes are checked next to ‘Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer’ and ‘Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer’ and click OK.
Next, on the headset itself, push the switch toward the Bluetooth icon and hold it for a few seconds, until it starts blinking in multiple colors, then let go.
On the computer, click the Bluetooth icon in the System Tray again, and select Add a Device. Wait a few seconds, then look for the Samsung Level On item, select it and click Next, and follow the prompts to set up the device. It may take a few seconds for Windows to install any necessary drivers and finish getting the headphones ready for use.
Android Bluetooth setup
To connect the Samsung headphones using Bluetooth on an Android phone or tablet, touch Settings and look for Bluetooth, which might be under Connections. If it’s not turned on, touch the on/off toggle.
Then, touch Bluetooth and select the box to make the phone or tablet visible to other Bluetooth devices.
Next, on the headset itself, push the switch toward the Bluetooth icon and hold it for a few seconds, until it starts blinking in multiple colors, then let go. Look at the phone and wait until it shows a Samsung Level On device. Touch the Samsung Level On icon on the phone or tablet to pair the devices.
Outstanding comfort and clarity
These instructions should need to be followed only one time, since the device will remain connected. The only thing left to do is enjoy listening to stunning sound quality through wonderfully comfortable headphones. The author received a demo device for the purposes of this honest evaluation.