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

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

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

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

Last verdict.

Huawei tries 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. Simply how well will the new premium earphones that retail for a rather significant ₤ 300 carry out in daily life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this evaluation to learn..

Apart from the lack of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I likewise lose 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 upgrade the software of the earphones and manually figure out the strength of the ANC.
I already discussed throughout the FreeBuds Pro evaluation that there need to be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. I still cant discover it in the App Store.

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

The active noise cancellation feature works reliably. Users of Android mobile phones can update the headphones and set the ANC manually. iPhone users will get absolutely nothing here, which is a pity. It is good 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 earphones. All in all, you get an excellent pair of earphones for the cash paid with exceptional battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is an excellent entry into the over-the-ear market.

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What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

The using comfort 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. It is so comfy that after a few seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any earphones at all – just the beautiful sound stays. If I were to draw a direct contrast to my Sony headphones, I discovered that even after a longer duration of wearing them, my hairline does not injured. However I did research other tests on the Internet, where a male tester described the exact reverse: an uncomfortable hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant validate both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of evaluating in a long time.
ANC.
Lets pertained to a very essential point where Huawei has to encourage in view of the cost: active noise cancellation. Huawei has integrated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated prior to into the over-the-ear model. This enables the earphones to immediately 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 by hand. However, automatic control is changed on at the factory. I do not discover this to be an issue, but a rather practical relocation. Especially in the home office environment, active noise suppression does not have to be switched on as strongly as when travelling on public transportation or when you are at the workplace with colleagues who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a sophisticated 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 recharged in a jiffy.

Wearing comfort.

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 pair 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 greater than the one on aptX – of course, you will only benefit from this if you utilize a Huawei smart device with EMUI 11, which would presently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
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. 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.

When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all noise, which is a fantastic feeling. As I said, I have actually just checked out the earphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. When at work, I did not observe the train death by at all.
User recognition.
What also worked extremely well in my review is the automatic wearer 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 switch off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next early morning when you get a set of dead headphones if you forgot to switch it off after work the day before.

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and cost.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio includes current Bluetooth 5.2 connection and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX requirement is regrettably missing out on. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is higher than the one on aptX – of course, you will just take advantage of this if you use a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would presently translate 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 attain wonderful highs. A bit deeper in my head, I hear the violin sobbing out. Goosebumps appear all over my body, and then the drums reveal 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 “steps” at the very starting beneath the violin, which can only be heard on great earphones. Huawei uses vibrant 40 mm drivers that do their job well and provide a well balanced, tidy noise experience. At the same time, the bass does not permeate too hard, and neither is it too aggressive while ensuring that it does not drown out the lovely composition of studio tracks, as holds true with lots of other current headphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this set of cans because 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. Huawei themselves touted battery life of up to 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.

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