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

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The soft upholstery of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is particularly attracting me./ © NextPit.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei attempts to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and desires to blend the market of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. Simply how well will the new premium earphones that retail for a rather significant ₤ 300 carry out in everyday life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to discover out..

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This positions the company in the top-tier price bracket for this product variety. A similarly high price can now be discovered on the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose 700, or Sennheiser Momentum III, which cost around ₤ 399.99 when they were presented.
You can choose up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

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

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio includes present Bluetooth 5.2 connection and uses the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is regrettably missing. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – of course, you will only benefit from this if you use a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

The using convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as good as the balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
The earphones are padded on the top of the head and have extremely soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are really comfy to the touch. In fact, it is so comfy that after a couple of seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any earphones at all – only the beautiful sound stays. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I noticed that even after a longer period of using them, my hairline does not injured. But I did research other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the specific opposite: an uncomfortable hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant validate both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfortable over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of reviewing in a long time.
ANC.
Lets come to a really important point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the cost: active noise cancellation. This permits the earphones to automatically control the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei smartphone or the App are able to set the ANC Mode by hand.

Last decision.

Wearing convenience.

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The active noise suppression strains dull background noises such as keyboard typing and does not put pressure on the ear canal. When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all sound, which is a terrific sensation. Voices are nearly not filtered out at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on amplifying microphones to perceive the surroundings, practically compulsory. As I stated, I have only tested out the earphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather useful in my situation. When at work, I did not notice the train passing by at all.
User acknowledgment.
What likewise worked incredibly well in my evaluation is the automatic wearer acknowledgment. The earphones stop music playback when I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on. After about 10 minutes, the earphones likewise turn off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you select up a set of dead earphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day in the past.

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio features touch controls on the right earphone./ © NextPit.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and rate.

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes an elegant entry into the marketplace for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC. The battery life is remarkable to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be rapidly charged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the within the cushioned 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 originating from a set of earphones.

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

In addition to a black version, you can also enjoy a light golden tone./ © Huawei.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th 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 given that the fateful 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 higher than the one on aptX – of course, you will just benefit from this if you use a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the absence of assistance for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I also miss out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a classy entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that attain wonderful highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin crying out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and after that the drums announce the beginning 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” straight into my heart. Every instrument in this work of art is plainly audible; even the “steps” at the really beginning below the violin, which can just be heard on good earphones. Huawei uses dynamic 40 mm drivers that do their task well and offer a well balanced, clean noise experience. At the same time, the bass does not penetrate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while guaranteeing that it does not muffle the stunning composition of studio tracks, as holds true with many other existing earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans considering that the fateful day I took it out of the box, and my iPhone shows 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.

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