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

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features current Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is sadly missing out on. But the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will only gain from this if you utilize a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would presently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

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

The active noise 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 sound, which is an excellent sensation. However, voices are practically not strained at all, which makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on amplifying microphones to view the surroundings, practically mandatory. However as I said, I have only checked out the earphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather helpful in my circumstance. When at work, I did not see the train passing by at all.
User recognition.
What also worked exceptionally well in my review 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 10 minutes, the headphones likewise turn off instantly – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you get a pair of dead earphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day previously.

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 given 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 just benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would currently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the lack of assistance 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 business makes an elegant entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones geared up with ANC.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This positions the business in the top-tier rate bracket for this item range. A similarly high cost 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 choose up 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 also miss out on 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 by hand figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already pointed out during the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there should be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. Sadly, I still cant discover it in the App Store.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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Huawei attempts to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend the marketplace of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. However simply how well will the 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 discover..

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

Wearing convenience.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. The Huawei FreeBuds Studio injects System of a Downs “Aerials” straight into my heart. Huawei uses vibrant 40 mm drivers that do their job well and supply a balanced, tidy sound experience.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (since November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans given 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 earphones – with active sound cancellation always turned on – have been utilized for team meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music pleasure. I am delighted with the quantity of battery life that this set carries, throwing a judgmental eye at my faithful buddy, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves touted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am optimistic that I will be able to verify this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

The touch control works intuitively and precisely the same as with my Sony earphones. All in all, you get a really good pair of headphones for the cash paid with impressive battery life. Bravo, Huawei!

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a classy entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC. And if the battery runs dry, the earphones can be rapidly recharged in a jiffy.

The using convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
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 very comfy to the touch. It is so comfortable that after a few seconds of using it, I forget that I am using any earphones at all – only the gorgeous noise stays. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony earphones, I observed that even after a longer period of wearing them, my hairline does not hurt. I did read up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the precise opposite: an unpleasant 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 satisfaction of evaluating in a very long time.
ANC.
Lets concerned a very crucial point where Huawei needs to encourage in view of the price: active noise cancellation. Huawei has integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive reviewed prior to into the over-the-ear model. This enables the headphones to automatically manage the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei mobile phone or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode manually. Automated control is changed on at the factory. I do not discover this to be an issue, however a rather practical move. Particularly in the home office environment, active noise suppression does not need to be switched on as strongly as when travelling on mass transit or when you are at the workplace with associates who are extremely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

Final decision.

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