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

Huawei tries to take on the likes of Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wishes to blend the market of leading over-the-ear earphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. Just 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..

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth 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 eventful day I took it out of the box, and my iPhone reveals 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 use a Huawei mobile phone 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 also miss 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 geared up with ANC.

The using convenience 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 really soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are really comfortable to the touch. In fact, it is so comfortable that after a couple of seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any headphones at all – only the beautiful noise remains. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I observed that even after a longer duration of using them, my hairline does not harmed. I did check out up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester explained the exact reverse: an uncomfortable 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 evaluating in a very long time.
ANC.
Lets concerned an extremely crucial point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the cost: active sound cancellation. Huawei has actually integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive examined prior to into the over-the-ear design. This enables the headphones to instantly control the strength of the ANC based upon the environment. Users of a Huawei smart device or the App are able to set the ANC Mode manually. However, automatic control is turned on at the factory. I do not find this to be an issue, but a rather useful move. Specifically in the office environment, active sound suppression doesnt need to be turned on as highly as when taking a trip on public transport or when you are at the office with coworkers who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all noise, which is a terrific feeling. As I stated, I have actually just tested out the earphones in a quiet environment and not in public. When at work, I did not discover the train death by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What also worked exceptionally well in my review is the automated user recognition. When I take them off and continue playing as soon as I put them back on, the headphones stop music playback. After about 10 minutes, the headphones also change off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you select up a set of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day previously.

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio comes with touch controls on the right earphone./ © NextPit.

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

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features present Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX requirement is unfortunately missing out on. But the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – of course, you will just gain from this if you use a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

Final verdict.

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

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that accomplish magical highs. A little bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and then the drums announce 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” straight into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is plainly audible; even the “steps” at the extremely beginning below the violin, which can only be heard on good headphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm chauffeurs that do their task well and offer a well balanced, tidy sound experience. At the very same time, the bass does not penetrate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while making sure that it does not hush the lovely structure of studio tracks, as holds true with many other present earphones.
Battery life.
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 because the eventful day I took it out of package, 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 constantly turned on – have been used for group meetings, a night of election madness on CNN, and at least five hours of music satisfaction. I am thrilled with the amount of battery life that this set carries, tossing a judgmental eye at my loyal companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you merely cant take on that. Huawei themselves touted 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.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This places the company in the top-tier rate bracket for this item variety. A likewise high rate tag 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.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

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

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. What is so bad about that, you ask? For instance, I use it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the earphones and by hand figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already discussed during the FreeBuds Pro review that there need to be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. Regrettably, I still cant find it in the App Store.

Wearing convenience.

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