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

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 utilize a Huawei smartphone 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 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 equipped with ANC.

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio features existing Bluetooth 5.2 connection and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX standard is unfortunately missing. The transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will only benefit from this if you use a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would presently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my ideas. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that accomplish magical highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin crying out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and after that 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 clearly audible; even the “steps” at the extremely starting beneath the violin, which can only be heard on excellent earphones. Huawei uses vibrant 40 mm drivers that do their job well and offer a well balanced, clean sound experience. At the very same time, the bass does not penetrate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while ensuring that it does not hush the gorgeous structure of studio tracks, as holds true with many other current headphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (since November 6, 2020), I havent even needed to charge the battery of this set 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 moment, the over-the-ear earphones – with active noise cancellation always switched on – have actually been utilized for group meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music pleasure. I am thrilled with the quantity of battery life that this pair brings, tossing a judgmental eye at my loyal companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you merely cant compete with that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am positive that I will be able to validate this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio features touch controls on the best headphone./ © NextPit.

The active sound suppression strains 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 noise, which is an excellent feeling. Voices are nearly not filtered out at all, which makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. changing on magnifying microphones to view the environments, practically mandatory. But as I stated, I have actually only tested out the headphones in a quiet environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather helpful in my scenario. When at work, I did not notice the train death by at all.
User acknowledgment.
What also worked very well in my review is the automated wearer acknowledgment. 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 headphones also switch off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a set of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day before.

Using comfort.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei attempts to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to mix up the market of leading over-the-ear earphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. However simply how well will the new premium headphones that retail for a rather substantial ₤ 300 perform in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to learn..

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. This places the business in the top-tier price bracket for this product range. A likewise high price 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 select up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

In addition to a black variation, you can likewise take pleasure in a light golden tone./ © Huawei.

Apart from the absence of support 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? I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to update the software application of the headphones and by hand figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already mentioned during the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there must be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. I still cant find it in the App Store.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

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Final decision.

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

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes an elegant entry into the marketplace for high-end over-the-ear headphones geared up with ANC. The battery life transcends to my older Sony WH-1000XM3. And if the battery runs dry, the headphones can be rapidly recharged in a jiffy. My ears do not touch the within of the padded earcup; at the exact same time, the cushioning is so soft that after a few minutes I no longer feel that the outstanding noise in my head is originating from a set of headphones.

The wearing comfort of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the 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 shield your ears well and are extremely comfortable to the touch. In reality, it is so comfy that after a couple of seconds of using it, I forget that I am using any headphones at all – only the stunning sound stays. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I noticed that even after a longer duration of wearing 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 unpleasant hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant confirm both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of reviewing in a very long time.
ANC.
Lets come to an extremely important point where Huawei has to convince in view of the rate: active noise cancellation. Huawei has actually incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” technology from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated before into the over-the-ear model. This allows the headphones to automatically 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 by hand. Nevertheless, automated control is turned on at the factory. I do not find this to be a problem, however a rather practical move. Specifically in the office environment, active noise suppression doesnt need to be switched on as strongly as when taking a trip on mass transit or when you are at the workplace with coworkers who are hugely typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

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