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

Using convenience.

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

Huawei tries to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wishes to mix up the market of leading over-the-ear earphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. But just how well will the new premium earphones that retail for a rather large ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to find out..

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The using convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as great as the balanced and not too bass-heavy sound.
The headphones 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 comfortable to the touch. In reality, it is so comfortable that after a couple of seconds of using it, I forget that I am wearing any headphones at all – only the beautiful noise remains. If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony earphones, I discovered that even after a longer period of wearing them, my hairline does not hurt. But I did check out other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the precise reverse: an unpleasant 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 period of time.
ANC.
Lets come to an extremely crucial point where Huawei needs to encourage in view of the rate: 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 control 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. However, automatic control is turned on at the factory. I do not find this to be an issue, however a rather useful move. Specifically in the office environment, active sound suppression does not need to be turned on as strongly as when travelling on public transport or when you are at the workplace with colleagues who are extremely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese company makes a stylish entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC. The battery life is exceptional to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be rapidly charged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the within the padded earcup; at the very same time, the padding is so soft that after a couple of minutes I no longer feel that the excellent noise in my head is coming from a pair of headphones.

The touch control works intuitively and exactly the same as with my Sony earphones. All in all, you get a very excellent set of earphones for the money paid with outstanding battery life. Bravo, Huawei!

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that attain wonderful highs. A little bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin weeping out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and after that the drums announce 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” straight into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is clearly audible; even the “actions” at the very starting below the violin, which can only be heard on good headphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm chauffeurs that do their job well and supply a 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 drown out the stunning structure of studio tracks, as holds true with many other current earphones.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans since 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 point, the over-the-ear earphones – with active noise cancellation always switched on – have been utilized for group conferences, a night of election madness on CNN, and at least 5 hours of music satisfaction. I am delighted with the amount of battery life that this pair brings, throwing a judgmental eye at my faithful companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant complete with 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.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with current Bluetooth 5.2 connection and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is sadly missing out on. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – obviously, you will only gain from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. This puts the business in the top-tier price bracket for this item variety. A similarly high cost 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 choose up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the brand-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 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 smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
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. 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 active noise suppression removes dull background sounds 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 an excellent feeling. However, voices are almost not strained at all, that makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on amplifying microphones to view the environments, practically obligatory. But as I said, I have only evaluated out the headphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather useful in my scenario. When at work, I did not discover the train passing by at all.
Wearer recognition.
What also worked extremely well in my evaluation is the automated user recognition. The headphones stop music playback when I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on. After about ten minutes, the earphones likewise change off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you select up a pair of dead headphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day in the past.

Final verdict.

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 use it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software of the headphones and manually figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already mentioned during the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there need to be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. Unfortunately, I still cant find it in the App Store.

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

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