Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – My Review update

Just an update on the status of my review on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I had planned having this ready for Monday but Samsung have let me down. Their courier of choice doesn’t post at the weekends so the extra pieces I wanted to include with my review won’t arrive until Monday. 

So what are these extras? Well firstly the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch and secondly the Samsung Level One Pro Bluetooth headphones. I also have the Gear VR which will form part of the overall review. 

You might ask why the Samsung Level One Pro headphones. Well these are enabled with Samsung’s Hi-Res Bluetooth codec which is better than APT-X. The Samsung Music app (just updated for the S7) includes an option for UHQ music upscaling. I do recommend using this setting at all times. The UHQ option is for wired headphones and any headphones that support the UHQ Bluetooth codec which include the Level One Pro headphones. 

I have already published many posts on the camera so the other aspects I wanted to explore fully is the sound quality. This is via the loudspeaker, headphone jack and USB Audio. I have already spent hours testing the headphone audio using loads of different types of headphones. I have also used several USB DAC Amps. And to complete the test I have also used several android music apps. So my last part was to see what difference using the Hi-Res Bluetooth codec makes to the audio nirvana.  

I have tested, owned and reviewed all the previous Samsung Gear smart watches. Just use the menu to find them. So I only thought it right to include the Gear S2 in my review of the Edge. And not forgetting the Gear VR. 

So my review is likely to take a slightly different angle to many other reviews and explain the Samsung Galaxy S7 Experience. Because that is what really matters nowawadays. 

The experience is what iOS iPhone users shout about. Well let’s see what Samsung can achieve! 

Stay tuned for a roller coaster of a journey !

13 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – My Review update

  1. Fantastic, can’t wait. I am truly amazed how many people I have seen in London using the S7 Edge. Samsung must have a real peach here. Not for me unfortunately as I really like my Microsoft 950xl and all the business support. Blackberry Priv may get sold now.

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  2. Would these be better than the USB Pro music player, paired with the HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC and Sennheiser momentum headphones? I was just about to get the HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC but having bluetooth headphones sounds tempting.


  3. Are you having any problems with drop out with the Uhq upscaler enabled? I am, so am considering returning the Level Pros. I have a Sony Smartwatch 3 connected alongside a Fitbit HR. Headphones work fine when connected with UHQ upscaler off, or connected to another source (eg MacBook Air) via Apt-X.


    1. I did. I have a Gear S2 connected as well. I turned off in the Level One app notifications (where it speaks them) and volume monitor. That helped. Last night I got UK firmware update. That has removed issue. UHQ needs more bandwidth and the settings where using too much.


      1. Firmware update for the phone, I presume? What version of the software are you on? Otherwise, pretty impressed by the Level On Pros. Less bass heavy headphones than most of those I’ve tested (also own the Plantronics backbeat pro)


      2. Just an update. A few days later following firmware update and the Level One Pro using the UHQ option have started to drop out more. I like their tone but I’m likely to stick with my Backbeat Pro’s. Also you have to turn UHQ to watch Youtube etc as voices are out of sync.


  4. Did you get a chance to compare the Bluetooth headphones to theUSB Pro music player, paired with the HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC and Sennheiser momentum headphones? I was hoping the Bluetooth would be better so I can get rid of the wires 🙂


  5. Thanks for the update, drop outs are definitely not good for me so I think I’ll get the HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC. I’ll just have to be careful with the wires 🙂


  6. I’ve emailed Samsung customer support re: the UHQ drop-out/glitches issue. I’m on the regular S7, which has not had a recent firmware update yet. I can’t see any incidents of drop-out noted on the ‘net re: these headphones, so am hopeful it is a firmware issue with the S7/S7 Edge. That said, I suspect I will be returning them, despite the good design and balanced audio performance. Should say, without UHQ upscaling engaged (or when not playing back native Hires files), the bluetooth connection is rock solid.


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