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

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with current Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX standard is regrettably missing. But the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will just gain from this if you use a Huawei smartphone with EMUI 11, which would currently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

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

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei attempts to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to mix up the marketplace 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 significant ₤ 300 perform in everyday life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to discover..

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What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. Its my 4th day with the new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set of cans considering 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 only 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 support 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 company makes a classy entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear headphones equipped with ANC.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This places the company in the top-tier cost bracket for this item variety. A likewise 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 introduced.
You can pick up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

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

Apart from the absence of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I also miss out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. What is so bad about that, you ask? For circumstances, I utilize it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software of the earphones and manually figure out the strength of the ANC.
I currently pointed out during the FreeBuds Pro review that there must be an iOS app, and I continue to preserve my stand here. I still cant find it in the App Store.

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

The active noise cancellation feature works dependably. Users of Android smartphones can upgrade the headphones and set the ANC by hand. iPhone users will get nothing here, which is a pity. But it is excellent that there is an ANC button located straight on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and exactly the same as with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get a very good pair of earphones for the cash paid with impressive battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a great entry into the over-the-ear market.

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

The active sound suppression filters out dull background sounds 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 a fantastic sensation. Voices are nearly not filtered out at all, which makes the integrated Awareness Mode, i.e. switching on enhancing microphones to view the environments, nearly mandatory. However as I said, I have actually just evaluated out the headphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. Here the Awareness Mode does prove to be rather useful in my circumstance. When at work, I did not notice the train death by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What also worked exceptionally well in my evaluation is the automatic user recognition. When I take them off and continue playing as soon as I put them back on, the earphones stop music playback. After about 10 minutes, the headphones likewise turn off immediately – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you get a set of dead earphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day in the past.

Final decision.

Using convenience.

The wearing convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the 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 shield your ears well and are very comfortable to the touch. In truth, it is so comfy that after a few seconds of using it, I forget that I am wearing any headphones at all – just the beautiful sound stays. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I saw that even after a longer period of wearing them, my hairline does not harmed. I did read up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester described the specific reverse: an uncomfortable hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant verify both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of reviewing in a long time.
ANC.
Lets pertained to an extremely essential point where Huawei has to convince in view of the cost: active noise cancellation. Huawei has incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive examined before into the over-the-ear design. This enables the headphones to instantly manage the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei mobile phone or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode by hand. However, automatic control is switched on at the factory. I do not find this to be an issue, but a rather useful relocation. Especially in the office environment, active noise suppression doesnt have to be turned on as highly as when taking a trip on public transport or when you are at the office with colleagues who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

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 offer a balanced, tidy sound experience.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei earphones (since November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set of cans since 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 point, the over-the-ear headphones – with active noise cancellation always switched on – have been used for group meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and at least five hours of music enjoyment. I am delighted with the quantity of battery life that this set brings, throwing a judgmental eye at my loyal buddy, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant contend with 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.

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