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

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

Wearing convenience.

The active sound suppression removes 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 a fantastic feeling. Nevertheless, voices are nearly not removed at all, that makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on enhancing microphones to view the surroundings, practically obligatory. As I stated, I have actually only checked out the earphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather beneficial in my scenario. When at work, I did not discover the train passing by at all.
User recognition.
What likewise worked incredibly well in my evaluation is the automatic wearer acknowledgment. When I take them off and continue playing as soon as I put them back on, the headphones stop music playback. After about ten minutes, the earphones also turn off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you pick up a pair of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day previously.

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a classy entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be quickly charged in a jiffy.

The wearing comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony earphones, I noticed that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not harmed. I cant verify both unfavorable 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 concerned a really crucial point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the rate: active noise cancellation. Huawei has incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” technology from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated before into the over-the-ear design. This enables the earphones to immediately manage the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei smartphone or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode manually. However, automated control is switched on at the factory. I do not discover this to be an issue, but a rather practical relocation. Particularly in the office environment, active sound suppression does not have to be turned on as highly as when travelling on public transportation or when you are at the workplace with coworkers who are hugely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. 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 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. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater 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 equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the absence of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I likewise miss out on out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a stylish entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC.

What I dont like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei tries to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wishes to mix up the market of leading over-the-ear headphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. However just how well will the brand-new premium headphones that retail for a rather large ₤ 300 perform in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to discover out..

Apart from the lack of assistance 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? I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software of the earphones and manually determine the strength of the ANC.
I currently mentioned during the FreeBuds Pro review that there must be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. I still cant find it in the App Store.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This puts the business in the top-tier price bracket for this item range. A likewise high cost 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.

Final verdict.

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

The touch control works intuitively and exactly the exact same as with my Sony earphones. All in all, you get an extremely good pair of headphones for the money paid with outstanding battery life. Bravo, Huawei!

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

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No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features present Bluetooth 5.2 connection and uses the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX requirement is sadly missing out on. 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 mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. The Huawei FreeBuds Studio injects System of a Downs “Aerials” directly into my heart. Huawei uses dynamic 40 mm chauffeurs that do their job well and provide a well balanced, clean noise experience.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (since November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set of cans because the eventful day I took it out of package, and my iPhone shows that it still has a quarter of the battery life left. At this moment, the over-the-ear earphones – with active noise cancellation constantly turned on – have actually been used for team conferences, a night of election insanity on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music pleasure. I am thrilled with the amount of battery life that this pair carries, throwing a judgmental eye at my devoted buddy, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you merely cant take on that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of approximately 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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