Huawei Freebuds Studio review: Huawei’s first over-ear headphones
The FreeBuds Studio includes existing Bluetooth 5.2 connection and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is sadly missing out on. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher 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.
No app for iOS.
The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set 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. 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 lack 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 a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC.
Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.
The active sound cancellation function works reliably. Users of Android mobile phones can update the earphones and set the ANC manually. iPhone users will get absolutely nothing here, which is a pity. But it is excellent that there is an ANC button situated directly on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and precisely the like with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an excellent pair of earphones for the cash paid with impressive battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a terrific entry into the over-the-ear market.
What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …
The active noise suppression removes dull background noises such as keyboard typing and does not place pressure on the ear canal. When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all sound, which is a terrific sensation. Voices are practically not filtered out at all, which makes the incorporated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on magnifying microphones to perceive the surroundings, nearly mandatory. As I said, I have only checked out the earphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather beneficial in my circumstance. When at work, I did not notice the train death by at all.
What likewise worked incredibly well in my review is the automated user acknowledgment. When I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on, the headphones stop music playback. After about 10 minutes, the earphones also turn off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you pick up a pair of dead earphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day previously.
In addition to a black version, you can also delight in a light golden tone./ © Huawei.
The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This places the business in the top-tier price bracket for this product range. A similarly high price can now be found 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.
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? I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software application of the headphones and manually determine the strength of the ANC.
I currently mentioned during the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. Unfortunately, I still cant discover it in the App Store.
What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …
The wearing convenience 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 extremely soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are really comfortable to the touch. In truth, it is so comfortable that after a few seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any headphones at all – only the lovely noise remains. 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 hurt. I did read up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the specific reverse: an uncomfortable 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 examining in a long period of time.
Lets come to a very important point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the rate: active sound cancellation. This enables the headphones to automatically 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 manually.
The Huawei FreeBuds Studio comes with touch controls on the right earphone./ © NextPit.
Huawei tries to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend up the marketplace of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. Just how well will the new premium headphones that retail for a rather large ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to discover out..
The soft upholstery of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is specifically attracting me./ © NextPit.
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 motorists that do their task well and provide a well balanced, clean sound experience.
Its my fourth day with the new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even needed to charge the battery of this pair 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. At this moment, the over-the-ear headphones – with active sound cancellation always turned on – have actually been utilized for group conferences, 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 pair carries, throwing a judgmental eye at my devoted 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 positive that I will have the ability to verify this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.
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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 rapidly recharged in a jiffy.