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

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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 have not even had to charge the battery of this set of cans considering 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. 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 smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently 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 company makes a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC.

The active noise cancellation function 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. However it is good that there is an ANC button located straight on the left earcup. Likewise, the touch control works intuitively and exactly the like with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an excellent set of earphones for the cash paid with impressive battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a fantastic entry into the over-the-ear market.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Using comfort.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that attain magical highs. A little bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and after that the drums reveal 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” directly into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is clearly audible; even the “actions” at the extremely beginning beneath the violin, which can only be heard on excellent earphones. Huawei uses dynamic 40 mm motorists that do their job well and offer a balanced, clean sound experience. At the very same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while ensuring that it does not muffle the beautiful composition of studio tracks, as is the case with numerous other current headphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this set of cans considering that the fateful day I took it out of package, 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 always switched on – have been utilized for group meetings, a night of election madness on CNN, and at least five hours of music pleasure. I am thrilled with the amount of battery life that this set brings, tossing a judgmental eye at my loyal buddy, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of as much as 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 comes with touch controls on the ideal headphone./ © NextPit.

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 intro 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 out..

The active sound suppression strains 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 sound, which is a fantastic feeling. Nevertheless, voices are nearly not removed at all, that makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on enhancing microphones to view the environments, almost obligatory. As I stated, I have only evaluated out the headphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather useful in my scenario. When at work, I did not discover the train death by at all.
Wearer recognition.
What likewise worked extremely well in my review is the automated wearer acknowledgment. When I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on, the headphones stop music playback. After about ten minutes, the headphones likewise turn off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you pick up a pair of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day in the past.

Final verdict.

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With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a stylish entry into the marketplace for high-end over-the-ear earphones geared up with ANC. The battery life transcends to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the earphones can be quickly recharged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the within of the cushioned earcup; at the very same time, the cushioning is so soft that after a few minutes I no longer feel that the exceptional sound in my head is originating from a set of earphones.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This positions the business in the top-tier price bracket for this product variety. 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 get the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

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

Apart from the lack of assistance 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? For instance, I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software 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.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio includes current Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is regrettably missing. 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 presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

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

The wearing comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
The earphones are padded on the top of the head and have extremely soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are extremely comfy to the touch. It is so comfy that after a couple of seconds of using it, I forget that I am using any headphones at all – only the beautiful sound stays. If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony earphones, I discovered that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not hurt. I did read up on 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 validate both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of reviewing in a long period of time.
ANC.
Lets pertained to a very essential point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the price: active sound cancellation. Huawei has incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” technology from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated prior to into the over-the-ear model. This allows the headphones to instantly manage the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei smartphone or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode by hand. Automated control is switched on at the factory. I do not find this to be a problem, but a rather useful move. Especially in the house office environment, active noise suppression does not have to be turned on as strongly as when travelling on mass transit or when you are at the workplace with coworkers who are hugely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

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