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

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

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What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 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 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 greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will just benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the absence 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 sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that achieve wonderful highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and then the drums reveal 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” directly into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is plainly audible; even the “actions” at the very beginning underneath the violin, which can just be heard on great headphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm drivers that do their job well and offer a balanced, tidy sound experience. At the same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while making sure that it does not muffle the stunning structure of studio tracks, as is the case with numerous other current headphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even needed to charge the battery of this pair of cans because 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 moment, the over-the-ear earphones – with active sound cancellation constantly turned on – have been utilized for team conferences, a night of election madness on CNN, and a minimum of five hours of music pleasure. I am delighted with the quantity of battery life that this set brings, throwing a judgmental eye at my loyal companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves touted battery life of approximately 20 hours – I am positive that I will be able to confirm this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

Huawei tries to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend the marketplace of leading over-the-ear headphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. Simply how well will the new premium headphones that retail for a rather significant ₤ 300 perform in everyday life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to find out..

The using comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony headphones, I observed that even after a longer duration of wearing them, my hairline does not hurt. I cant confirm both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfortable over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of reviewing in a long time.
ANC.
Lets come to a very important point where Huawei has to convince in view of the price: active sound cancellation. This enables the headphones to automatically control the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei smartphone or the App are able to set the ANC Mode by hand.

The active noise cancellation feature works reliably. Users of Android smartphones can update the headphones and set the ANC by hand. iPhone users will get absolutely nothing here, which is a pity. It is good that there is an ANC button located straight on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and exactly the exact same as with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an excellent pair of headphones for the cash paid with outstanding battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a terrific entry into the over-the-ear market.

The active sound suppression removes 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 sound, which is a great sensation. Voices are nearly not filtered out at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on enhancing microphones to view the surroundings, nearly obligatory. But as I stated, I have just evaluated out the headphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather useful in my situation. When at work, I did not observe the train passing by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What also worked extremely well in my evaluation 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 earphones likewise turn off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you choose up a pair of dead earphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day in the past.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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 utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the headphones and manually determine the strength of the ANC.
I currently mentioned throughout the FreeBuds Pro review that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. I still cant discover it in the App Store.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio includes existing Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX requirement is unfortunately missing. But the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will just gain from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This puts the company in the top-tier price bracket for this product variety. A similarly high rate tag can now be discovered on the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose 700, or Sennheiser Momentum III, which cost around ₤ 399.99 when they were presented.
You can pick up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

Last verdict.

Using convenience.

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

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. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be rapidly charged in a jiffy.

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