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

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio includes touch controls on the best headphone./ © NextPit.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electric guitar with strings that achieve magical highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin crying 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 “steps” at the extremely beginning below the violin, which can just be heard on good headphones. Huawei uses dynamic 40 mm drivers that do their job well and provide a well balanced, tidy noise 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 hush the beautiful structure of studio tracks, as is the case with many other present earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this pair 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. Huawei themselves touted 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.

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

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. What is so bad about that, you ask? For instance, I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the headphones and manually identify the strength of the ANC.
I currently pointed out during the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to preserve my stand here. I still cant discover it in the App Store.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This puts the business in the top-tier price bracket for this product variety. A similarly high price can now be discovered 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.

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

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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 noise, which is a fantastic sensation. Nevertheless, voices are nearly not removed at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on amplifying microphones to perceive the environments, nearly necessary. 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 beneficial in my situation. When at work, I did not see the train passing by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What likewise worked very well in my evaluation is the automated user 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 earphones likewise switch off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a pair of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day before.

Huawei attempts to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and desires to blend up the market of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. Just how well will the new premium earphones that retail for a rather significant ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to learn..

Wearing comfort.

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 headphones can be quickly recharged in a jiffy.

The using convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as good as the balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I saw that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not injured. I cant confirm both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of examining in a long time.
ANC.
Lets come to an extremely crucial point where Huawei needs to encourage in view of the rate: active sound cancellation. Huawei has integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive examined prior to into the over-the-ear design. This enables the headphones 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 by hand. Automated control is changed on at the factory. I do not discover this to be a problem, however a rather practical relocation. Particularly in the house office environment, active noise suppression does not have to be turned on as highly as when travelling on public transportation or when you are at the workplace with coworkers who are extremely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

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

Final decision.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

The active sound cancellation feature works reliably. Users of Android mobile phones can upgrade the headphones and set the ANC manually. iPhone users will get nothing here, which is a pity. It is great that there is an ANC button located straight on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and precisely the like with my Sony earphones. All in all, you get a great set of headphones for the cash paid with exceptional battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is an excellent entry into the over-the-ear market.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

What I dont like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this set of cans because the fateful 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 use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the absence of assistance for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I likewise miss out on 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 geared up with ANC.

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