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

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei attempts to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to mix up the market of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. But simply how well will the brand-new premium earphones that retail for a rather substantial ₤ 300 perform in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to find out..

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

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

Using convenience.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that accomplish magical highs. A little bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing 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” directly into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is clearly audible; even the “actions” at the really starting below the violin, which can just be heard on great headphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm chauffeurs that do their job well and supply a well balanced, tidy sound experience. At the same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while ensuring that it does not hush the lovely composition of studio tracks, as is the case with lots of other current earphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even needed to charge the battery of this set of cans considering that the eventful day I took it out of package, and my iPhone reveals that it still has a quarter of the battery life left. At this point, the over-the-ear headphones – with active sound cancellation constantly switched on – have been utilized for team meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and at least five hours of music pleasure. I am thrilled with the amount of battery life that this pair brings, tossing a judgmental eye at my loyal companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you simply cant take on that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am positive that I will have the ability to verify this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

Last verdict.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 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 pair of cans since 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 use a Huawei smart device 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 business makes a stylish entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones geared up with ANC.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This places the business in the top-tier price bracket for this product range. A likewise high cost 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 select up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

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

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. 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 by hand figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already discussed during the FreeBuds Pro review that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. Sadly, I still cant find it in the App Store.

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

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 sensation. Voices are almost not filtered out at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on amplifying microphones to view the environments, practically compulsory. As I stated, I have actually just checked out the earphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather helpful in my situation. When at work, I did not discover the train death by at all.
User acknowledgment.
What also worked extremely well in my evaluation is the automated user recognition. 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 likewise turn off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you select up a set of dead headphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day before.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features existing Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX standard is regrettably missing. However 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 translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

The wearing 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 comparison to my Sony headphones, I discovered that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not injured. I cant confirm both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfortable over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of examining in a long time.
ANC.
Lets concerned 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” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive examined before into the over-the-ear model. 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. Nevertheless, automatic control is changed on at the factory. I do not discover this to be a problem, but a rather practical move. Especially in the house workplace environment, active sound suppression doesnt have actually to be switched on as strongly as when travelling on public transportation or when you are at the office with colleagues who are extremely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

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