Visually, Bose was inspired a little but added a touch of its own. This makes them look simple and also elegant somewhere, at least in black. The headband is made of metal and plastic. The same applies to the auricles. The ear and head pads are made of synthetic leather and are pleasantly soft. The whole quality feels solid and of high quality. It’s just a shame that you can’t fold it. As a result, the enclosed carrying case is correspondingly large. In addition to the case, a USB Type-C cable is, of course, included to charge the headphones. This cable can also be found in the carrying case under a small cover.
What is missing is a jack cable because the Freebuds Studio completely dispenses with such a connection. I don’t know why exactly, but it’s a shame because that makes it impossible to use it with an entertainment system on a plane, bus or train, for example.
HUAWEI FREEBUDS Studio Wireless Earphones
Huawei has made no compromises when it comes to comfort: The Freebuds Studio sits perfectly without pressing, even on my large ears and glasses. Even longer sessions are no problem. I could even spend a whole day at work, with only short breaks in between. They did not press on ears or glasses or the head from above. The low weight also contributes to this. In short: So far, they are the most comfortable headphones I’ve worn for a long time. Right after the DT1770 Pro, at least
Nice detail: the head cushions can be removed. However, I have not yet been able to find a replacement at Huawei.
2. Sound studio title deserves
In terms of sound, I was actually skeptical at first. The label “Studio” is now given to many headphones, only to end up being simple hi-fi headphones. Depending on the user and usage scenario, this is not necessarily a disadvantage, but I’m not a fan of it. Personal preference simply.
The Freebuds Studios are doing a lot right here. The often obligatory “bathtub” in the vote is missing, and they are pretty linear. However, I have to differentiate a little here because the sound profile also changes depending on the ANC profile selected. The most comfortable profile for me is the awareness mode, ironically. However, only incompletely quiet surroundings. Otherwise, too much background noise can be heard. The Freebuds Studio plays pleasantly transparent and even with a slightly wider stage than with ANC or even deactivated ANC.
In everyday life, I usually use the ANC at the lowest level, as it is more than sufficient to the office on the train, etc. In this mode, the bass becomes a little softer and less dry than in the awareness mode, but still precise. Bassheads should know that the bass doesn’t have as much pressure as with the Freebuds Pro but rather is neutral. Just right for my listening habits of primary rock, metal, and sometimes a little blues.
Highs and mids are exactly where they should be. There was no clipping, and the Freebuds Studio can play even extreme highs without clipping. Only excellent highs then audibly push them to their limits, which you can hear quite well in Billy Jean’s intro. The cymbals can only be guessed at – but even more than twice as expensive Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless struggled with this passage.
My only, really minimal point of criticism is the width of the stage. This could, of course, always be better, and it is not always possible to locate the individual instruments. But that’s all complaining at a very high level.
What bothers me more is the behavior when the ANC is deactivated. Here the bass suddenly becomes muddy, booming, and almost completely overlays the deep mids. In general, the sound is then very imprecise. I can’t explain the behavior to myself, but it’s still a shame because I don’t always want to use ANC. When listening to music at home, I can do without it but then have to switch to awareness mode, which in turn does not go well with the clicky switches on my keyboard.
Briefly on phone calls: Running. I always understood my counterparts perfectly, and they understood me as well. Whether on the street, at home, or on the train. Even if I do not like to make phone calls in the latter, sometimes it has to be, and through the ANC, you always understand your counterpart.
3. ANC – Silence at last
Otherwise, the ANC itself works great. The usual “background noise” of the environment disappears, and cars’ noise and passing trains are gone. So far, I have not been able to test them on a plane or long train journeys, but they should cut a good figure here when you don’t just need a jack connection but have your own entertainment program with you.
The lowest level was always sufficient for me during my use, whether on the train, on foot in the city, or with a restless toddler in the home office. The higher levels would then be interesting for flights or other boisterous environments. In dynamic mode, the Freebuds Studios also regulate the intensity automatically. I really didn’t notice anything. The transitions are evidently fluid.
What bothers the ANC are very sudden, loud noises. Slamming doors as an example. In some cases, there is interference to the ear because the ANC is trying to counteract this.
4. Battery life – endurance runner
Huawei advertises with 20 hours of runtime with and 25 hours without ANC. As is so often the case with such devices, it isn’t easy to carry out an exact measurement if you listen to music here and there, make phone calls, and have ANC on or off. The battery life was quite good, and a week without charging was quite possible for me. If they are empty, just 10 minutes on the PC are enough for 8 hours of running time.
So I never really had to worry about the running time. A pity, however: charging and using at the same time is not possible. This means that they cannot be used as a wired PC headset like some other Bluetooth headphones.
5. intuitive operation
Finally, about the operation. This is done using 3 buttons, two on the right, and one on the left auricle. The ANC controls the left, the power and Bluetooth buttons are on the right. There is also a touch field on the right earbud that is responsible for media control. This can then be used to control the volume and play/pause or forward / backward and accept or reject calls. If you keep the touch surface pressed, either the voice assistant is called, or the current track is added to the (Huawei Music) favorites. In the case of the Mate 40 Pro, only Celia is available as a voice assistant. If you use a device with Google Services, Google Assistant is also available.
The only thing that bothers me a little is that the touch areas have no haptic delimitation or marking. At some point, you get used to it, but a simple marking would help just to get started. But that’s the only thing I noticed about the controls. Otherwise, she responded precisely to what I wanted from her.
Oh, and because it doesn’t fit anywhere else: the Bluetooth range is more than sufficient. There may be brief disruptions here and there if there are many devices in the vicinity in the high-quality mode, but otherwise, there are no problems on the go. If you reduce the quality and switch to the long-range mode, this is enough to move further away from the source. I was able to move around the entire apartment without having to take the phone with me. Unfortunately, the range should be even better outdoors, which I couldn’t test without further ado.