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

Huawei tries to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and desires 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 headphones that retail for a rather hefty ₤ 300 perform in everyday life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to learn..

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No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with current Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX requirement is regrettably missing. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – obviously, 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.

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 good that there is an ANC button situated directly on the left earcup. Likewise, the touch control works intuitively and precisely the like with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an extremely good set of headphones for the cash paid with outstanding battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is an excellent entry into the over-the-ear market.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This puts the company in the top-tier rate bracket for this item variety. A likewise 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 presented.
You can pick up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

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 noise, which is a great sensation. However, voices are practically not filtered out at all, which makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on amplifying microphones to view the surroundings, almost compulsory. But as I stated, I have actually only tested out the earphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather helpful in my scenario. When at work, I did not discover the train death by at all.
User recognition.
What also worked exceptionally well in my evaluation is the automatic user recognition. The headphones 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 also turn off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you get a set of dead earphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day in the past.

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes an elegant 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 quickly recharged in a jiffy.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

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

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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set of cans given that 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 utilize a Huawei mobile phone 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 company makes an elegant entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones geared up with ANC.

The wearing convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as good 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 extremely comfy to the touch. In reality, it is so comfy that after a few seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any headphones at all – only the lovely sound stays. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony earphones, I noticed that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not injured. However I did check out other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the precise reverse: an agonizing hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant validate both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of examining in a very long time.
ANC.
Lets come to a very essential point where Huawei has to persuade in view of the cost: active sound cancellation. Huawei has incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive reviewed prior to into the over-the-ear design. This permits 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 manually. Nevertheless, automated control is switched on at the factory. I do not discover this to be an issue, but a rather practical relocation. Particularly in the office environment, active noise suppression doesnt need to be switched on as strongly as when travelling on public transportation or when you are at the workplace with colleagues who are hugely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. The Huawei FreeBuds Studio injects System of a Downs “Aerials” directly into my heart. Huawei uses dynamic 40 mm chauffeurs that do their job well and offer a balanced, clean noise experience.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even needed to charge the battery of this set 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. At this moment, the over-the-ear headphones – with active noise cancellation constantly turned on – have actually been utilized for team conferences, a night of election madness on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music pleasure. I am delighted with the amount of battery life that this pair brings, tossing a judgmental eye at my loyal companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of as much as 20 hours – I am optimistic that I will have the ability to validate this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

Wearing convenience.

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

Apart from the lack of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I likewise lose out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. What is so bad about that, you ask? For circumstances, I use it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software of the earphones and by hand determine the strength of the ANC.
I currently pointed out during the FreeBuds Pro review 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.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Final verdict.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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