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75 September 25th 2014 11:29 am

With Beats making a big name for itself in high-end fashion audio Samsung is looking to get a piece of that action, introducing the Level line of stylish audio products. The Level Over represents its over-ear (circumaural) entry into the market, comparable to the Studio Wireless from Beats. But, while the Level Over is slightly cheaper than the Beats Studio Wireless, it's still a pretty tough sell.

When it came to design and aesthetics nearly all the critics were left with mixed feelings, with TechRadar saying the "smooth plastic" design "doesn't offer the premium feel" one expects from a $350 pair of headphones. And, for a headphone that offers noise cancellation, they're not very portable, with Reviewed.com noting that "nothing folds up or closes down" which can be an issue while traveling. But a plastic construction at least means the Level Over headphone set is light, with Pocket-Lint enjoying its "almost floaty" feel and finding the headphones overall "very comfortable." Indeed, Digital Trends says the headphones are "amply padded" with a "moderate" amount of clamping force making it possible to "easily wear for long-haul" trips.

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TechCrunch Sep 2, 2014

Samsung’s audio quality likewise leaves something to be desired with the Level Over, but the trade-offs in terms of their complete compatibility with the Galaxy range and in-line controls might make that an exchange worth making.

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Pocket-Lint Aug 27, 2014

At £300 it's more game over than Level Over, as you'll be able to find better-built headphones with equal or better output from reputable brands such as Sennheiser, Sol Republic or plenty of others for far less money.

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Android Central Aug 17, 2014

To me, the Samsung Level Overs offer great full sound without any EQ fiddling. I love they way they sound when using them with my smartphone, and the full day battery life fits right in with a full-day of comfortable wearing.

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phoneArena Aug 9, 2014

Yeah, we agree that it’s a tough amount to shell out, but at the end of the day, it’s a quality pair that comes to the table packing serious heat. You won’t be disappointed!

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TechRadar Aug 4, 2014

The smart features are excellent and make these a tempting purchase, but if you're after the best-sounding headphones at this price point, these are not they.

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AVForums Jul 4, 2014

The wireless functionality worked well and was robust, whilst the noise cancelling feature was also effective, even if the over ear design cut out a lot of noise anyway. ... The sound quality was impressive with a well defined quality, very good detail retrieval and a nicely integrated bass.

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danalmasy danalmasy

I must've looked at every headphone available and listened to most of them but I was having a hard time making a decision. I had a 14-hour flight to Seoul ahead of me and the flight home and I didn't just want any old headphones, I wanted something with great noise-canceling and comfort and...

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