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

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

The active noise suppression filters out 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 fantastic sensation. Voices are practically not filtered out at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on enhancing microphones to perceive the surroundings, almost compulsory. But as I stated, I have just tested out the headphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather helpful in my circumstance. When at work, I did not notice the train death by at all.
User recognition.
What likewise worked extremely well in my review is the automatic wearer acknowledgment. The earphones stop music playback when I take them off and continue playing as soon as I put them back on. After about 10 minutes, the headphones likewise change off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a pair of dead headphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day before.

The wearing comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
The headphones are padded on the top of the head and have very soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which shield your ears well and are very comfortable to the touch. In fact, it is so comfortable that after a couple of seconds of using it, I forget that I am using any headphones at all – just the lovely sound remains. 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. However I did research other tests on the Internet, where a male tester described the exact opposite: an agonizing 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 satisfaction of reviewing in a long period of time.
ANC.
Lets come to a very essential point where Huawei has to convince in view of the cost: active noise cancellation. This enables the earphones to immediately control the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei mobile phone or the App are able to set the ANC Mode by hand.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with current Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and uses the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX standard is unfortunately missing. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – of course, you will only benefit from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 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 only benefit from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the lack 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. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a classy 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 headphones equipped with ANC. The battery life is exceptional to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the earphones can be rapidly charged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the inside of the cushioned earcup; at the same time, the padding is so soft that after a few minutes I no longer feel that the exceptional sound in my head is coming from a pair of earphones.

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

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

Last verdict.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that achieve magical highs. A little 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 masterpiece is clearly audible; even the “actions” at the very beginning below the violin, which can only be heard on good headphones. Huawei utilizes vibrant 40 mm motorists that do their job well and supply a well balanced, tidy noise 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 hush the stunning composition of studio tracks, as holds true with lots of other present earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans since 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. Huawei themselves touted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am positive that I will be able to verify this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

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

Wearing comfort.

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

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? I use it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software of the headphones and manually determine the strength of the ANC.
I already pointed out during the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. I still cant discover it in the App Store.

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The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This puts the business in the top-tier price bracket for this item range. A likewise 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.

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