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

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

The wearing convenience of the Huawei FreeBuds Studio is as good as the balanced and not too bass-heavy noise.
The earphones are padded on the top of the head and have very soft, fluffy pads on the earcups, which protect your ears well and are extremely comfy to the touch. In reality, it is so comfortable that after a few seconds of wearing it, I forget that I am wearing any earphones at all – only the gorgeous sound stays. If I were to draw a direct comparison to my Sony headphones, I saw that even after a longer duration of wearing them, my hairline does not hurt. But I did check out 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 confirm both negative experiences; the Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the most comfy over-the-ears that Ive had the satisfaction of evaluating in a long period of time.
ANC.
Lets come to an extremely important point where Huawei has to persuade in view of the price: active noise cancellation. Huawei has actually incorporated the “Intelligent Dynamic Active Noise Cancellation” innovation from the FreeBuds Pro which Ive examined prior to into the over-the-ear design. This permits the headphones to instantly control the strength of the ANC based on the environment. Users of a Huawei smartphone or the App have the ability to set the ANC Mode by hand. Automatic control is changed on at the factory. I do not find this to be a problem, however a rather practical move. Especially in the office environment, active sound suppression does not need to be turned on as highly as when travelling on mass transit or when you are at the workplace with associates who are wildly typing away on their mechanical keyboards.

Huawei tries to take on the similarity Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser and wishes to blend the market of leading over-the-ear headphones with the intro of its FreeBuds Studio. But simply 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..

No aptX.
The FreeBuds Studio comes with present Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and provides the AAC, SBC and L2HC audio codec assistance. An aptX standard is regrettably missing. However the transfer rate of Huaweis L2HC is greater than the one on aptX – obviously, you will only 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.

Wearing convenience.

The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a massive ₤ 299.99. This positions the company in the top-tier price bracket for this item range. A similarly high price tag 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 get the Huawei FreeBuds Studio in gold or black from November 3rd onwards.

When I listen to music at work, it is centred in my head above all noise, which is an excellent sensation. As I stated, I have only evaluated out the headphones in a peaceful environment and not in public. When at work, I did not discover the train death by at all.
User acknowledgment.
What also worked extremely well in my evaluation is the automated wearer recognition. The earphones stop music playback when I take them off and continue playing as soon as I put them back on. After about 10 minutes, the headphones also switch off automatically – so theres no nasty surprise the next morning when you get a set of dead headphones if you forgot to change it off after work the day previously.

The active noise cancellation function 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 directly on the left earcup. Also, the touch control works intuitively and precisely the like with my Sony headphones. All in all, you get an excellent set of headphones for the cash paid with exceptional battery life. Bravo, Huawei! This is a fantastic entry into the over-the-ear market.

What I dont like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

Huawei FreeBuds Studio release date and price.

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

Apart from the lack of support for Huaweis Audio Codec, as an Apple user, I also lose out on the Huawei AI Life App on the iPhone. What is so bad about that, you ask? For example, I use it on the Mate 40 Pro to upgrade the software of the headphones and by hand figure out the strength of the ANC.
I currently discussed during the FreeBuds Pro review that there ought to be an iOS app, and I continue to keep my stand here. I still cant discover it in the App Store.

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The FreeBuds Studio from Huawei costs a whopping ₤ 299.99. 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 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 mobile phone with EMUI 11, which would currently translate to the Mate 40 Pro.
Apart from the absence of support 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 business makes a sophisticated entry into the market for high-end over-the-ear earphones equipped with ANC.

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

Last decision.

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 supply a well balanced, clean sound experience.
Battery life.
Its my fourth day with the brand-new Huawei earphones (as of November 6, 2020), I have not even needed to charge the battery of this pair 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. At this point, the over-the-ear headphones – with active sound cancellation constantly switched on – have been utilized for team meetings, a night of election insanity on CNN, and a minimum of 5 hours of music satisfaction. I am delighted with the amount of battery life that this pair brings, throwing a judgmental eye at my devoted companion, the Sony WH-1000XM3: Well, you simply cant compete with that. Huawei themselves touted battery life of approximately 20 hours – I am optimistic that I will be able to confirm this figure in the coming days at the rate that I am going.

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio includes touch controls on the best earphone./ © NextPit.

What I like about the Huawei FreeBuds Studio …

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