Huawei Freebuds Studio review: Huawei’s first over-ear headphones

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This places the company in the top-tier rate bracket for this product range. A likewise high rate tag can now be discovered on the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose 700, or Sennheiser Momentum III, which cost around ₤ 399.99 when they were introduced.
You can get the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

In addition to a black version, you can likewise take pleasure in a light golden tone./ © Huawei.

Using comfort.

Last verdict.

Apart from the absence of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I also miss out on out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. What is so bad about that, you ask? For instance, I use it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the earphones and manually identify the strength of the ANC.
I already pointed out throughout the FreeBuds Pro review that there need to be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. Unfortunately, I still cant find it in the App Store.

The soft upholstery of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is especially interesting me./ © NextPit.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans considering that the eventful day I took it out of the box, and my iPhone shows that it still has a quarter of the battery life left. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will just benefit from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the lack of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I likewise miss out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes an elegant entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio includes present Bluetooth 5.2 connection and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX requirement is sadly missing. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – obviously, you will just benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would presently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

The wearing convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as good as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony earphones, I saw that even after a longer period of wearing them, my hairline does not injured. I cant validate both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the enjoyment of evaluating in a long time.
ANC.
Lets come to a very important point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the price: active sound cancellation. Huawei has actually integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” technology from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated prior to into the over-the-ear model. This enables the earphones to instantly control the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei smart device or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode manually. Automatic control is changed on at the factory. I do not find this to be a problem, but a rather useful move. Specifically in the office environment, active sound suppression does not need to be switched on as highly as when travelling on public transport or when you are at the office with associates who are hugely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

The touch control works intuitively and precisely the very same as with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an extremely excellent set of headphones for the cash paid with exceptional battery life. Bravo, Huawei!

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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The active noise suppression strains dull background noises such as keyboard typing and does not place pressure on the ear canal. When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all noise, which is an excellent sensation. Voices are almost not filtered out at all, which makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on amplifying microphones to view the surroundings, almost compulsory. As I stated, I have just tested out the earphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather useful in my circumstance. When at work, I did not notice the train passing by at all.
User acknowledgment.
What likewise worked incredibly well in my review is the automatic user acknowledgment. The headphones stop music playback when I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on. After about ten minutes, the headphones also turn off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a set of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day previously.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC. The battery life transcends to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be quickly charged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the within the padded earcup; at the same time, the padding is so soft that after a few minutes I no longer feel that the excellent noise in my head is coming from a set of earphones.

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio comes with touch controls on the best headphone./ © NextPit.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that achieve magical highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin crying out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and then the drums announce the start of the track: “Life is a waterfall. Were one in a river and one after the fall. Life is a waterfall. We are one in a river and one after the fall.” The Huawei FreeBuds Studio injects System of a Downs “Aerials” directly into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is plainly audible; even the “actions” at the extremely beginning underneath the violin, which can just be heard on good headphones. Huawei uses dynamic 40 mm drivers that do their job well and provide a balanced, tidy sound experience. At the very same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while ensuring that it does not muffle the beautiful structure of studio tracks, as holds true with lots of other present earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set of cans since the eventful day I took it out of the box, and my iPhone reveals that it still has a quarter of the battery life left. Huawei themselves touted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am optimistic that I will be able to confirm this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

Huawei attempts to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wishes to blend the market of leading over-the-ear earphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. Just how well will the brand-new premium earphones that retail for a rather hefty ₤ 300 perform in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to learn..

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