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

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

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a tremendous ₤ 299.99. Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I havent even had to charge the battery of this pair of cans considering that the fateful 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 use a Huawei mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would currently equate to the Mate 40 Pro.
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. With the Huawei FreeBuds Studio, the Chinese business makes a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones geared up with ANC.

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

Huawei tries to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wants to blend up the marketplace of leading over-the-ear earphones with the introduction of its FreeBuds Studio. But just how well will the new premium earphones that retail for a rather substantial ₤ 300 perform in everyday life? We tuned in to the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in this review to find out..

On the right, the deep bass melts right into my thoughts. Above it lies the electrical guitar with strings that attain magical 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 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” directly into my heart. Every instrument in this masterpiece is clearly audible; even the “actions” at the extremely beginning underneath the violin, which can just be heard on great earphones. Huawei utilizes dynamic 40 mm drivers that do their job well and offer a well 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 hush the beautiful structure of studio tracks, as is the case with many other present earphones.
Battery life.
Its my 4th day with the brand-new Huawei headphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even needed to charge the battery of this pair 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. At this point, the over-the-ear headphones – with active sound cancellation constantly turned on – have actually been utilized for team meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music enjoyment. I am delighted with the quantity of battery life that this pair brings, tossing a judgmental eye at my faithful companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you just cant take on that. Huawei themselves promoted battery life of up to 20 hours – I am optimistic that I will be able to validate this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

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

Wearing comfort.

The wearing convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as excellent as the well balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
The headphones are padded on the top of the head and have really soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which shield your ears well and are really comfy to the touch. It is so comfortable that after a couple of seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any earphones at all – just the gorgeous sound remains. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I observed that even after a longer period of wearing them, my hairline does not harmed. I did check out up on other tests on the Internet, where a male tester described the precise reverse: an uncomfortable hairline and direct skin contact with the ears. I cant validate both unfavorable experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfortable over-the-ears that Ive had the pleasure of evaluating in a long time.
ANC.
Lets concerned an extremely essential point where Huawei needs to persuade in view of the price: active sound cancellation. Huawei has actually incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive evaluated before into the over-the-ear model. This allows the earphones to automatically manage the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei smartphone or the App are able to set the ANC Mode manually. However, automated control is changed on at the factory. I do not discover this to be an issue, but a rather practical relocation. Specifically in the house office environment, active sound suppression doesnt have actually to be turned on as highly as when travelling on public transport or when you are at the office with associates who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all sound, which is a terrific sensation. As I stated, I have actually only tested out the headphones in a quiet environment and not in public. When at work, I did not notice the train passing by at all.
Wearer acknowledgment.
What also worked incredibly well in my review is the automatic user acknowledgment. The headphones stop music playback when I take them off and continue playing as quickly as I put them back on. After about 10 minutes, the earphones also change off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a set of dead earphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day before.

What I do not like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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

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 update the software of the earphones and by hand figure out the strength of the ANC.
I currently discussed during the FreeBuds Pro review that there should be an iOS app, and I continue to maintain my stand here. Sadly, I still cant discover it in the App Store.

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No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with present Bluetooth 5.2 connection and offers the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec support. An aptX requirement is unfortunately missing. However 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 presently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
No app for iOS.

Last decision.

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

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and rate.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This positions the business in the top-tier cost bracket for this item variety. A likewise high price tag 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 pick up the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

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