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

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

Last verdict.

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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (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 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 just benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would currently equate 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 company makes an elegant entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Apart from the absence 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 use it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the headphones and manually figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already pointed out during the FreeBuds Pro review that there must be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. I still cant discover it in the App Store.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that accomplish wonderful highs. A little bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin weeping out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and then 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 “actions” at the very beginning underneath the violin, which can just be heard on good earphones. Huawei utilizes vibrant 40 mm motorists that do their task well and offer a well balanced, tidy noise experience. At the exact same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while making sure that it does not muffle the beautiful structure of studio tracks, as holds true with numerous other present headphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (since November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this set 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. At this point, the over-the-ear earphones – with active noise cancellation always turned on – have actually been used for group meetings, a night of election madness on CNN, and at least 5 hours of music pleasure. I am thrilled with the amount of battery life that this pair brings, throwing a judgmental eye at my loyal companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you merely cant contend with that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am positive that I will have the ability to confirm this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a classy entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC. The battery life transcends to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be rapidly recharged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the within the padded earcup; at the same time, the padding is so soft that after a few minutes I no longer feel that the excellent sound in my head is coming from a set of earphones.

When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all noise, which is a fantastic sensation. As I said, I have only evaluated out the headphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. When at work, I did not notice the train death by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What also worked very well in my evaluation is the automated user 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 switch off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a set of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day in the past.

The active sound cancellation function works reliably. Users of Android mobile phones can update the headphones and set the ANC manually. iPhone users will get nothing here, which is a pity. It is good that there is an ANC button situated straight on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and exactly the same as with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get a great set of headphones for the money paid with exceptional battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a fantastic entry into the over-the-ear market.

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

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This puts the business in the top-tier rate bracket for this item range. A similarly 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 presented.
You can get the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

Huawei attempts to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wishes to blend the marketplace of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. However simply how well will the new premium earphones that retail for a rather hefty ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to discover..

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

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The wearing comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony earphones, I noticed that even after a longer duration of wearing them, my hairline does not hurt. I cant validate 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 essential point where Huawei needs to persuade in view of the price: active noise cancellation. Huawei has integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated prior to into the over-the-ear design. This allows the headphones to immediately manage the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei smart device or the App are able to set the ANC Mode manually. However, automated control is turned on at the factory. I do not discover this to be a problem, but a rather useful relocation. Particularly in the office environment, active noise suppression does not need to be switched on as strongly as when travelling on public transport or when you are at the workplace with colleagues who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

Wearing convenience.

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