Huawei FreeBuds Studio: The new over-ear ANC headphones competitor

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The ANC headphones segment has just gotten a new competitor. Huawei FreeBuds Studio, Huawei’s first flagship over-ear headphones, makes a debut with Hi-Fi grade wireless sound performance and active noise cancellation. The headphones are set to be available at all Huawei Experience Stores (HES) and the online Huawei Store starting 30 October 2020.

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio boasts active and passive noise cancellation with dual transparent mode, boosted by a new six-microphone array for call noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones offer industry-leading noise cancellation capability, able to achieve up to 40dB of noise cancellation.

It’s an ambitious claim, seeing the current champion—Sony WH-1000XM4 does it so well, as with rivals such as the Bose QuietComfort QC35 II or Jabra Elite 85h. Nonetheless, I’m eager to test these out and hear for myself.

Huawei’s new headphones offer an ultra-wide frequency response range, from 4Hz to 48kHz, delivering more accurate sound. This is made possible with the use of a four-layer 40mm polymer diaphragm which provides a wider frequency response and higher sensitivity.

They also benefit from a new high-resolution codec—L2HC that enables fast and stable audio transfer speeds of up to 960kbps. The new codec reduces quality loss and restores the original fullness of high quality music.

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Each FreeBuds Studio earcup is equipped with two Bluetooth antennas to deliver 360-degree all-round signal coverage. This is claimed to deliver an uninterrupted phone call and music playback experience. For gamers, you’ll love that the headphones come with a Low Latency Gaming Mode although Huawei has failed to quote latency numbers.

The TAT (Tee Audio Tube) structure links inner ear space with the front and rear sound cavity help filter out medium and high frequency noise. It also balances air pressure in your ears for a more comfortable wearing experience. One of the downsides of over-ear headphones is the air pressure in the ears that can cause nausea and headaches for some people.

The FreeBuds Studio supports four-channel, dual-mode and dual-connection, enabling you to connect the headphones with two device simultaneously.

Battery life is rated at 20 hours with ANC on and 24 hours with ANC off. Charging to full takes only 60 minutes via the USB-C port.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio is price at MYR1,199 and will be available at all Huawei Experience Stores (HES) and the online Huawei Store starting 30 October 2020.


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