Level U PROby Samsung

  • Level U PRO
  • Level U PRO
  • Level U PRO
  • Level U PRO
  • Level U PRO
  • Level U PRO
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
74%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • For a collar-style unit, the Level U PRO proved to be lightweight and comfortable to wear; plus, cable-flopping is kept to a minimum.
  • You can set the headphones to vibrate when a phone call comes in, and they include a solid dual-microphone with echo cancellation to boot.
  • Samsung's app offers a bunch of reasonably useful features, including battery-level status, controls for bass and clarity settings, and alert preferences.

CONS

  • The treble tends to sound forced--or even harsh.
  • The buds feel a bit chintzy, and the bundle lacks stabilizing accessories.
  • Despite its resistance to sweat, the Level U PRO is not comfortable to wear while running or exercising.
If necklace-style headphones tickle your fancy, take a good look at this Samsung unit, which is available in black or bronze. These splash- and sweat-resistant headphones sport flexible urethane joints, a lightweight design, and noise-isolating ear gels in three sizes. All this adds up to the likelihood of a great fit. Samsung says the Level U PRO delivers a wider frequency range than CD-quality sound. The two-way speaker units enhance the clarity, while the dual-mic’s noise reduction and echo cancellation reduce unwanted noise during calls. The Level app, designed to work with Samsung devices, includes SoundAlive, an equalizer, which lets users change settings according to music genre or mood.
NameLevel U PROTrekz TitaniumShadow WirelessTone Infinim HBS-900BT 100 NC
ManufacturerSamsungAftershokzSol RepublicLGPhiaton
Techwalla Score
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84%

I feel the controls are well placed on the right front underside of the neck band. After only a few minutes of using them (having read the m…

I feel the controls are well placed on the right front underside of the neck band. After only a few minutes of using them (having read the manual first, I confess) I quickly warmed up to the 3 button interface.

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80%

[T]he Level U headphones sound quite good. Some listeners might crave a bit more high-mid response, while others might wish for even more ba…

[T]he Level U headphones sound quite good. Some listeners might crave a bit more high-mid response, while others might wish for even more bass, but overall, this is a balanced, clean sound signature, and a solid value in this price range.

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75%

[T]he headphones offer decent clarity and plump but not over accentuated bass. There's a little bit of treble push so you get some sibilance…

[T]he headphones offer decent clarity and plump but not over accentuated bass. There's a little bit of treble push so you get some sibilance in the high end that also creeps into the vocals (mid-range). Walking around New York I didn't notice it as much, but sitting in a quiet spot, it was more evident.

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75%

[T]he pricing makes it an attractive option if you’re looking for something simple that works for an assortment of occasions, but don’t expe…

[T]he pricing makes it an attractive option if you’re looking for something simple that works for an assortment of occasions, but don’t expect the same impeccable audio quality we’ve seen in the other Level series headphones.

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70%

Once I’d picked and loaded the headphones with the correct sized buds for my ears, the Level U Pro’s fit neatly around my neck and, despite …

Once I’d picked and loaded the headphones with the correct sized buds for my ears, the Level U Pro’s fit neatly around my neck and, despite not having active noise cancellation, were snug enough in ear to block out most background sounds.

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60%

Provided you don’t have any aversions to collar-style headphones, the Level U Pro are a decent enough buy, but we're still waiting to find a…

Provided you don’t have any aversions to collar-style headphones, the Level U Pro are a decent enough buy, but we're still waiting to find a truly excellent pair of neckband-style headphones.

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The sound level when you attach the right size buds is shockingly loud

The sound level when you attach the right size buds is shockingly loud

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The fact that these have noise reduction and echo cancellation, amazing battery life, are so lightweight you’ll forget they’re being worn, a…

The fact that these have noise reduction and echo cancellation, amazing battery life, are so lightweight you’ll forget they’re being worn, and sound great, is more than enough for me to recommend them.

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A puzzling design decision is the placement of the power and pairing switch. It’s located towards the centre of the neckband, placing it beh…

A puzzling design decision is the placement of the power and pairing switch. It’s located towards the centre of the neckband, placing it behind your neck when the Level U Pro is worn.

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