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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This positions the company in the top-tier cost bracket for this product range. A likewise 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 get the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and rate.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features present Bluetooth 5.2 connection and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is unfortunately missing out on. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – obviously, you will only take advantage of this if you utilize a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

Apart from the absence of assistance 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? For example, 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 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.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not 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 greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will just benefit from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the absence of support 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 business makes an elegant entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC.

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

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

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

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 introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. However just how well will the new premium headphones that retail for a rather hefty ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to learn..

Final decision.

The wearing convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
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 really comfortable to the touch. In truth, it is so comfortable that after a few seconds of using it, I forget that I am using any earphones at all – just the gorgeous sound stays. If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony headphones, I noticed that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not harmed. However I did check out other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the exact reverse: a painful hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant confirm both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfortable over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of evaluating in a long period of time.
ANC.
Lets concerned a very crucial point where Huawei has to convince in view of the cost: active noise cancellation. Huawei has actually integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” technology from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive reviewed before into the over-the-ear design. This permits the earphones to automatically manage 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. Nevertheless, automatic control is turned on at the factory. I do not find this to be an issue, however a rather useful move. Specifically in the home office environment, active noise suppression does not have actually to be turned on as strongly as when taking a trip on mass transit or when you are at the office with colleagues who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

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The Huawei FreeBuds Studio includes touch controls on the right earphone./ © NextPit.

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

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that attain wonderful highs. A little bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and then the drums reveal 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 masterpiece is clearly audible; even the “actions” at the really beginning underneath the violin, which can just be heard on great headphones. Huawei utilizes vibrant 40 mm chauffeurs that do their job well and provide a balanced, tidy sound experience. At the very same time, the bass does not penetrate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while ensuring that it does not muffle the lovely structure of studio tracks, as holds true with lots of other existing earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (since November 6, 2020), I havent even needed to charge the battery of this pair of cans given that the eventful 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 moment, the over-the-ear earphones – with active sound cancellation always turned on – have actually been utilized for group meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and at least five hours of music pleasure. I am delighted with the amount of battery life that this set carries, throwing a judgmental eye at my devoted buddy, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves touted battery life of as much as 20 hours – I am positive that I will be able to validate this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

What I dont like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The active sound suppression strains dull background noises such as keyboard typing and does not position 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. However, voices are practically not strained at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on enhancing microphones to view the environments, nearly obligatory. As I stated, I have only evaluated out the earphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather beneficial in my situation. When at work, I did not see the train passing by at all.
Wearer recognition.
What likewise worked extremely well in my evaluation is the automated wearer acknowledgment. When I take them off and continue playing as soon as I put them back on, the earphones stop music playback. After about ten minutes, the earphones also turn off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you get a pair of dead earphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day in the past.

Wearing convenience.

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