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

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 earphones can be rapidly recharged in a jiffy.

The touch control works intuitively and precisely the same as with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get a very good pair of earphones for the cash paid with impressive battery life. Bravo, Huawei!

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and rate.

The using comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
The headphones are padded on the top of the head and have extremely soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are very comfy to the touch. It is so comfy that after a few seconds of using it, I forget that I am using any earphones at all – just the lovely noise remains. If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony headphones, I saw that even after a longer duration of wearing them, my hairline does not hurt. However 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 confirm both unfavorable 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 come to a very essential point where Huawei has to convince in view of the cost: active sound cancellation. This enables the earphones to automatically control the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei mobile phone or the App are able to set the ANC Mode by hand.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the brand-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. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will only benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the lack 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. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones geared up with ANC.

When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all sound, which is a terrific feeling. As I said, I have actually only checked out the headphones in a quiet environment and not in public. When at work, I did not discover the train passing by at all.
User recognition.
What also worked exceptionally 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 earphones stop music playback. After about ten minutes, the headphones likewise turn off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you choose up a pair of dead earphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day previously.

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

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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This positions the company in the top-tier price bracket for this item range. A likewise high cost 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 choose up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with present Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides 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 smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

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Final verdict.

Huawei attempts to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend up the market of leading over-the-ear earphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. Just how well will the new premium headphones that retail for a rather large ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to discover..

Wearing convenience.

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? I use it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software of the earphones and manually figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already pointed out throughout the FreeBuds Pro review that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. Regrettably, I still cant find it in the App Store.

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

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that attain wonderful highs. A little 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” straight into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is plainly audible; even the “steps” at the extremely starting underneath the violin, which can just be heard on great headphones. Huawei uses vibrant 40 mm chauffeurs that do their task well and offer a balanced, tidy noise experience. At the very same time, the bass does not penetrate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while guaranteeing that it does not muffle the stunning structure of studio tracks, as holds true with many other current headphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans because 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.

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