I got a Note 4 a couple weeks ago and was planning on just tossing the phones that came with it, I wasn't even planning on listening to music on the phone, yikes, I used to feel sorry for people who listen to music on phones and cheap buds. However, being the curious sort, I decided to try it out, not bad for a phone and a $10 set of headphones.
So I did break them in and I was pretty amazed. Now equalization is a huge deal with stuff, if you tried listening to it flat you're going to be disappointed, but that's true of a lot of stuff. These buds were comparable to my Bose QC 25's that I'd been using along with a Hifiman HM-700 for my on the go listening, but once they broke in, the setup beat the living crap out of the old setup.
So a $10 set of buds that beat a $300 over ear phones, and ones that I was particularly fond of at that, I've read some so so reviews on the 25's but these are people who think you can just plug and play and they are thin if you try that but it's pretty easy to add some lower end which these definitely do require.
I do have a collection of headphones, all under $500, and here I am with these buds that came with my phone and with the phone at least, and that's important because it's the phone I want to use, this beats them all. So Samsung amazed me with this and I wanted to see what they could do with a real set of buds.
So I ordered the level in's, got them for about $40 from Amazon, can't go wrong with spending that much on them. The reviews had them as sketchy, not worth the $140 or whatever the retail is, I don't really pay attention to that though, I was looking forward to them being worth a lot more than $140 though, and if I was right, and Samsung really is a genius in the audio department, they would be.
So they came, and I checked them out. These come with memory foam tips which are way better than the rubber ones, you can't get a good seal with rubber tips. They did sound thin and very simblant out of the box which I expected, and you do need to turn down the upper frequencies with these, and they are still a little on the sharp side but not in a way that I mind.
If there was ever a headphone that needed breaking in though it was these. I expected that since the stock buds were like that but nowhere near as dramatic as these. I wasn't sure if these were any better than the stock ones on the first day and they might have been a little worse, but the stock ones were broken in decently at least.
They came around more and more each day and I can say that right now they are simply amazing, with the phone that is, which is what they are made for. I actually just listen to these and the phone though even at home, that's how good I find them. All I'm really looking for in a headphone is clarity though and I can tweak the rest and these really have it, that's what I liked about the QC 25's though, this is way better. Clarity and the right equalization is sonic bliss. They also do have a decent soundstage, although surprisingly enough not anywhere near as good as the stock buds did, that's what really blew me away about those, but the soundstage with the level in's is adequate. The sound quality is way better with the level in's than the stock buds though so it's no contest overall.
If someone is looking for earphones for their Samsung phone, and supposedly the controls only work properly if it's a Samsung, and you're looking to spend less than $200, these are a no brainer. I've owned several in ears in the $100-$200 range and this is way better than any of the ones I've owned. At the price they are offering these online these days, it's a complete steal at under $50.