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

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

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones geared up with ANC. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be quickly recharged in a jiffy.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This positions the business in the top-tier price bracket for this product range. A likewise high price can now be found 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.

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 noise, which is a fantastic feeling. However, voices are nearly not filtered out at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on magnifying microphones to view the environments, nearly mandatory. As I stated, I have actually just evaluated out the headphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather beneficial in my scenario. When at work, I did not observe the train death by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What likewise worked very well in my review is the automatic user acknowledgment. When I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on, the headphones stop music playback. After about 10 minutes, the earphones likewise turn off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you get a pair of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day in the past.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical 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 after that 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” straight into my heart. Every instrument in this work of art is plainly audible; even the “steps” at the really beginning beneath the violin, which can only be heard on great earphones. Huawei uses vibrant 40 mm motorists that do their task well and provide a well balanced, clean sound experience. At the exact same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while guaranteeing that it does not muffle the beautiful structure of studio tracks, as holds true with lots of other current earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (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 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 verify this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

The using comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony headphones, I discovered that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not harmed. I cant confirm both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of reviewing in a long time.
ANC.
Lets pertained to a really essential point where Huawei has to convince 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 before into the over-the-ear design. This allows the earphones to automatically control the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei mobile phone or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode by hand. Nevertheless, automated control is switched on at the factory. I do not find this to be an issue, however a rather practical relocation. Especially in the office environment, active noise suppression does not have actually to be switched on as highly as when taking a trip on public transport or when you are at the office with coworkers who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

Apart from the lack of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I likewise lose out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. What is so bad about that, you ask? I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the earphones and manually determine the strength of the ANC.
I already pointed out throughout the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there must be an iOS app, and I continue to preserve my stand here. I still cant find it in the App Store.

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

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

The active sound cancellation function works dependably. Users of Android smart devices can update the earphones and set the ANC manually. iPhone users will get nothing here, which is a pity. However it is great that there is an ANC button located straight on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and precisely the same as with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an extremely good set of headphones for the cash paid with outstanding battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a terrific entry into the over-the-ear market.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans because 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. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – of course, you will only benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would presently 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 out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a classy entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones geared up with ANC.

Huawei tries to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend the marketplace of leading over-the-ear earphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. Simply how well will the brand-new premium earphones that retail for a rather large ₤ 300 perform in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to learn..

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features current Bluetooth 5.2 connection and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is unfortunately missing. 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 smart device with EMUI 11, which would presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

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Using convenience.

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