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

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

Huawei attempts to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend the market of leading over-the-ear headphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. Just how well will the brand-new premium earphones that retail for a rather significant ₤ 300 perform in everyday life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to discover..

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans given 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 higher 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.
Apart from the lack 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 a stylish entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC.

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 earphones can be quickly charged in a jiffy.

Last decision.

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

Wearing convenience.

The using convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
The headphones are padded on the top of the head and have extremely soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which shield your ears well and are extremely comfy to the touch. It is so comfy that after a few seconds of using it, I forget that I am wearing any headphones at all – just the gorgeous noise remains. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony earphones, I discovered that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not injured. I did check out up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester described the precise opposite: an uncomfortable hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant verify both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfortable over-the-ears that Ive had the enjoyment of evaluating in a long period of time.
ANC.
Lets concerned an extremely important point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the price: active noise cancellation. Huawei has incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated before into the over-the-ear model. This enables the earphones to instantly control the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei mobile phone or the App are able to set the ANC Mode manually. Automated control is switched on at the factory. I do not discover this to be a problem, but a rather practical move. Especially in the office environment, active noise suppression does not have actually to be switched on as strongly as when taking a trip on mass transit or when you are at the workplace with associates who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

What I dont like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that accomplish magical highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing 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 work of art is plainly audible; even the “steps” at the really beginning underneath the violin, which can only be heard on excellent headphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm motorists that do their job well and offer a balanced, tidy sound experience. At the exact same time, the bass does not penetrate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while guaranteeing that it does not drown out the stunning structure of studio tracks, as holds true with many other existing earphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei earphones (since November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this set 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 point, the over-the-ear headphones – with active sound cancellation constantly turned on – have actually been utilized for group conferences, a night of election insanity on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music pleasure. I am delighted with the amount of battery life that this pair carries, throwing a judgmental eye at my faithful companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you simply cant take on that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am optimistic that I will be able to validate this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

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

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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. What is so bad about that, you ask? I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software of the earphones and by hand determine the strength of the ANC.
I currently mentioned throughout the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. I still cant find it in the App Store.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with present Bluetooth 5.2 connection and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX standard is regrettably missing out on. But the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will just take advantage of this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

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 actually just evaluated out the earphones in a quiet environment and not in public. When at work, I did not observe the train death by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What likewise worked exceptionally well in my review is the automated wearer acknowledgment. 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 get a set of dead earphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day previously.

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

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

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