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

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio includes existing Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is unfortunately missing. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – obviously, you will just gain from this if you utilize a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would presently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

Huawei attempts to take on the likes of 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 large ₤ 300 perform in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to discover..

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

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What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes an elegant 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 charged in a jiffy.

The active noise cancellation function works reliably. Users of Android mobile phones can update the earphones and set the ANC by hand. 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 headphones. All in all, you get an extremely good pair of headphones for the cash paid with impressive battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a great entry into the over-the-ear market.

Using comfort.

The active noise suppression removes dull background sounds 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 an excellent feeling. However, voices are practically not removed at all, that makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on amplifying microphones to perceive the environments, almost mandatory. However as I said, I have only evaluated out the headphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does show to be rather useful in my circumstance. When at work, I did not notice the train death by at all.
User acknowledgment.
What likewise worked exceptionally well in my evaluation is the automatic 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 10 minutes, the headphones also switch off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a pair of dead earphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day in the past.

Apart from the absence of support 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 utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software of the earphones and by hand identify the strength of the ANC.
I currently discussed throughout 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.

What I dont like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This positions the business in the top-tier rate bracket for this item variety. A likewise high cost tag can now be found on the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose 700, or Sennheiser Momentum III, which cost around ₤ 399.99 when they were introduced.
You can pick up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

The using comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as good as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
The earphones are padded on the top of the head and have really soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are extremely comfy to the touch. In fact, it is so comfy that after a few seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am using any earphones at all – just the stunning noise remains. If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony earphones, I noticed that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not harmed. I did read up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester described the precise reverse: an agonizing hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant verify both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of reviewing in a long time.
ANC.
Lets come to a very crucial point where Huawei has to persuade in view of the price: active sound cancellation. This enables the earphones to instantly manage the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei smart device or the App are able to set the ANC Mode by hand.

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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th day with the new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not 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 shows 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 just benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would presently equate 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 a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones geared up with ANC.

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

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that accomplish wonderful 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 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” directly into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is plainly audible; even the “actions” at the extremely beginning below the violin, which can just be heard on good earphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm motorists that do their task well and supply a well balanced, clean sound 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 beautiful structure of studio tracks, as holds true with numerous other present headphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans because 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 sound cancellation constantly turned on – have actually been used for team meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and at least five hours of music pleasure. I am delighted with the quantity of battery life that this set carries, tossing a judgmental eye at my loyal buddy, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves touted 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.

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