Huawei Freebuds Studio Headphones review – Flagship Headphones from Huawei

 

Welcome to my review of the Huawei Freebuds Studio headphones which retail for £229.

Key Specs

  • Intelligent noise cancellation: with chipsets and sensors, the headphones offer hybrid active noise cancellation, attention mode and uplink noise cancellation during voice calls
  • Box contents: Huawei FreeBuds Studio, wireless ANC headphones with Bluetooth in graphite black, including case, charging cable USB-C, quick start guide, warranty card and safety information
  • Dynamic ANC: The multi-scene perception system, consisting of an IMU1 sensor and microphone system, automatically adjusts noise cancellation in different environments
  • Attention mode: Activate the ANC button in attention mode to allow ambient noise/set the “voice highlight” mode in the Al Life app to reduce noise
  • Noise cancelling for calls: the 4 outward facing microphones accurately pick up the sound from the direction of the voice – 2 inward microphones make voices more clearly audible
  • Dual Antenna: The headphones offer wide signal coverage with dual antenna design, even when the phone is in the bag or other disturbing environment
  • Low latency gaming mode: the algorithm for encoding wireless audio signals significantly reduces signal latency to provide a more intense gaming experience

The Huawei Freedbuds Studio are Huawei’s answer to Sony XM4’s and Apple AirPods Max headphones. In terms of comfort they do a great job. Sound quality is close to the Sony but not at Apple’s level. But like all headphones, the feature set on certain hardware is what can make or break these headphones in the eye of the purchaser. So watch my video review to find out more.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Huawei Freebuds Studio sound terrific and have excellent noise cancellation. To get the most from the feature set you really need a Huawei phone. They still work really well on android phones but there is no app available on iOS. Verdict 8/10.

Useful Links

More info & latest pricing on Huawei Freebuds Studio on Amazon – Click HERE.

 

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless In-Ear Monitors review

 

Welcome to my review of the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ true wireless in-ear monitors that retail for £119.95.

Key Features 

  • An upgrade to the award winning Melomania 1, now enhanced with App control and USB-C.
  • A massive 45 hours battery life.
  • Improved Comfort – Just 4.6g per earbud plus premium memory foam and silicone tips now included.
  • Melomania App  – Customise EQ, High Performance Audio Mode, Find my earbuds, Upgradable firmware and more
  • IPX5
  • SBC, AAC & APT-X
  • High Performance Audio mode
  • Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus

 

Audio Music Test Tracks List

  • Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
  • Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
  • Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
  • Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
  • K.D. Lang – Constant Craving
  • Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
  • Hans Zimmer – Mountains

 

Video Review

 

 

Conclusion

The upgraded Melomania 1+ are a superb addition to the Cambridge Audio line of true wireless earphones. Excellent sound quality, good fit, easy to use and a long battery life, mean that these achieve a 8.8/10.

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iFi iDSD Diablo review – Insanely Powerful Portable DAC & AMP

 

Welcome to my review of the iFi iDSD Diablo which retails for £899.

The Key Features 

  • Dual Core Burr Brown True Native chipset supports all hi-res audio formats up to PCM 32 bit / 768kHz, DSD512, and MQA (decoder).
  • Up to 4,100 mW headphone amplifier with balanced topology and 4.4mm output. Easily switch between Turbo (4,100mW) /Normal (785 mW) /Eco (265 mW) modes
  •  Ultra-Low noise, low distortion (0.00006%) OV2028 OpAmp, devil bass reproduction, and unbelievable resolution provide an unbeatable experience
  • Rechargeable battery provides 6-12 hours of listening, or play while charging
  • USB A, S/PDIF digital and optical audio inputs; 6.3mm and 4.4mm headphone outputs

Audio Music Test Tracks List

Below is a list of the music used to test the iFi iDSD Diablo.

  • Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
  • Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
  • Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
  • Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
  • K.D. Lang – Constant Craving
  • Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
  • Hans Zimmer – Mountains

Video Review

 

Conclusion

Stunning sound with a very comprehensive set of accessories and case included. Verdict 9/10.

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iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max – all the REAL world differences

 

Welcome to my comparison and review video comparing the iPhone 12 mini against the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This will help you decide which iPhone 12 is right for you.

The video includes –

  • all the real world differences that actually matter
  • side by side screen comparison of apps, photos and video so you can see what you miss or don’t miss
  • photo competition – guess which phone took which photo – answers revealed in video – you might be very suprised
  • actual camera differences
  • battery life in the real world
  • much more

So grab some popcorn and sit back and watch. Also note there are no ads in the video, so if you enjoyed this or found it helpful, and want to buy me a coffee, please use my PayPal , http://www.paypal.me/gavinsgadgets .

 

Gavin’s new Photography section

Hi everyone. At the request of many of you, I have now started a photography section on  my website. You can access it by going to the index and selecting “Photography”. If you are browsing on a desktop, you will see the option across the screen.

Or just head over to – https://gavinsgadgets.com/photography/

Just in case it wasn’t obvious the images are all low resolution and watermarked, but are all available to purchase in a much higher quality.

Gavin

AirPods Max review – 3 months later

Welcome to my review of the AirPods Max which retail for £549.

The Key Features

  • Apple-designed dynamic driver provides high-fidelity audio
  • Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise, so you can immerse yourself in music
  • Transparency mode for hearing and interacting with the world around you
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides theater-like sound that surrounds you
  • Computational audio combines custom acoustic design with the Apple H1 chip and software for breakthrough listening experiences
  • Designed with a knit-mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions for an exceptional fit

 

Video Review from Dec 2020

 

3 Months Later

So what is my view after using them for a longer period and have there been any new issues. In terms of ease of use, sound quality, movie experience and instant device switching etc, there are amazing. I still think these sound better than the Sony XM4, but to justify their extra cost, you must have a few pieces of Apple hardware to gain the benefit of all of their features. No surprises that Apple Music sound the best thru them as well.  I did have a blue colour originally but I not have space grey which I think is the more practical finish as it will show less dirt over time.  So some of the issues have been unexpected battery drain. This should be a firmware fix and maybe Apple can add a power off sequence too using the buttons as that would help. With three plus hours of continuous use, condensation build up starts to appear under the magnetic cups. This does evaporate. My advice is simply to check if using for a long period and wipe away or take some breaks.

 

Conclusion

My opinion still stands. If you are all in on Apple hardware, there is nothing quite like these. The best wireless headphone. 9.5/10.

 

Useful Links

Latest pricing on Amazon for the AirPods Max – click HERE.

Lindy BNX100-XT Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones – Budget Headphones at their best!

Welcome to my review of the Lindy BNX100-XT wireless noise cancellation headphones that retail for just £99.

Key Features

  • Premium wireless headphones with hybrid noise cancelling, Audio Pass-Through and Auto-Pause technology for a modern, feature-rich listening experience
  • Refined audio performance from the award-winning BNX-100s with new, improved driver technology for a detailed, true-to-life sound signature
  • Convenient operation with Auto-Pause so you never miss a beat and Audio Pass-Through so you can stay in-tune with your surroundings
  • True wireless connectivity with Bluetooth 5.0 technology and up to 15 hours battery life
  • APT- X
  • Comes with 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5 to 6.3mm adapter, airplane adapter and hard case. Plus USB C charging cable.
  • 40mm drivers
Video Review
Conclusion
Really impressive budget headphones from Lindy. Not only that you get a wealth of accessories and a hard case.  Highly recommended. 8.5/10.
Useful Links
Lindy BNX-100XT latest pricing and more info on Amazon – click HERE.

The 6 Best Magsafe Products in 2021 – how I use them and why – in depth editorial

MagSafe is Apple’s solution to fast wireless charging along with the use of some nifty accessories. After many months of using MagSafe and buying many products, below are the ones that I use now every day and why. All the products mentioned below are ones that I have bought. None were sent as review samples either, so my honest opinions are below.

MagSafe Duo 

I originally reviewed this on  my YouTube Channel in November 2020, but it still sits proud on my office desk. Covid has meant I haven’t gotten to use it for one of its intended purposes and that is a travel companion. It charges my iPhone 12 Pro Max, AirPods, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch with ease. The phone section also charges my other Qi devices. With the iPhone 12 range, the magnets firmly attach to the back of the iPhone to charge quickly. I also like that when covid restrictions finally lift and I can travel more, I will simply fold it half for travel. When you fold it it simply snaps together. What has surprised me is that I don’t have this on my bedside table. That’s because I am using my Apple Watch for sleep tracking at night, so its best to charge it when working in my office at my desk.

In case you missed my video review of this, its below.

Now this has been out for a few months, the price is being discounted. For the latest price on Amazon, click HERE.

 

Apple Leather Wallet

You can see the Apple Leather Wallet attached to my iPhone 12 Pro Max on the photo at the start of the article. This is one item that I had expected not to keep, yet after many months of using it, its a firm keeper. I have noticed that the leather becomes slightly more grippier after a while of using it, and leather on leather helps too. The leather wallet first all of the iPhone 12 range, including the 12 Mini. I have managed to get 3 cards inside it too. What I have to do to enable to slide the cards out, is make sure that the bottom card has the numbers facing the finger slide cutout to give me some extra grip to slide them out. Whenever I have gone out, I attached the leather wallet and it has never fallen off. Not once. I find it great to have such a small and removable item on my phone.  It is expensive, but then when is anything by Apple cheap! However, it is built extremely well and the leather and leather stitching is high quality.

Latest pricing on the Apple Leather Wallet on Amazon with all the different colours, click HERE.

 

Moft Snap-on MagSafe Wallet and Stand

This is an absolute genius of a product offering more functionality than the Apple Wallet and for half the price nearly. It fits the entire iPhone 12 range from the 12 Mini to the Pro Max. It holds 3 of my cards and then can be used as a stand in either portrait or landscape. Comes in 4 different finishes.

Moft Magsafe Wallet and Stand, latest pricing on Amazon, click HERE.

 

Apple MagSafe Charger

I have two of these. You can see one of them in the photo at the top integrate into the Elago MS1 stand and below into the Spigen Mag Fit.  So after several months, I realised these are handy, the cable could have been longer and is not detachable, but it does provide 15w wireless charging for your iPhone 12 Pro Max. I have also realised, it is better when added to some low cost accessories as below.

Apple MagSafe charger on Amazon, click HERE.

 

Spigen Mag Fit 

I have this one my bedside table. You put Apple’s MagSafe charger inside the rubberish cover. It has a nanotac surface underneath that attaches to the table. If you reposition the stand, it can be stuck back down. I love this. So low cost too. Now when I life my iPhone the  charger part stays on the table. And as it uses Apple’s MagSafe charger, I get all the same benefits. It is also a lot easier to remove.

Spigen Mag Fit on Amazon – latest pricing click HERE.

 

Elago MS1 Charging Stand

If you look at the photo at the top of the page, this is behind my iPhone. It comes in 4 colours. I choose black. In hindsight, I think white might have looked better. Again, it uses the official MagSafe charger and has enough weight to be sturdy on my desk. You can swivel the iPhone around so its in landscape as well as portrait. Or anything inbetween. The magnets hold it nicely.

Elago MS1 latest pricing on Amazon, click HERE.

 

Conclusion

And there you have it, my favourite MagSafe products so far from 2020 and 2021. Come back in a few months time as I am sure to have added a few more products to this article. If you have come across a really good item, please share it below in the comments.

Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch review – HiFi grade True Wireless Earphones!

Welcome to my review of the Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch earphones that retail for £129.

The Key Features 

  • Bluetooth 5, class 2
  • Triple core processor architecture
  • Qualcomm QCC3020 & Kalimba DSP
  • APT-x, AAC and SBC
  • Low latency
  • 7mm Graphene enhanced dynamic driver
  • 9 hours continuous battery life
  • 2 hours to charge from  0 to 100%
  • MEMS mics with cVc noise cancellation
  • Siri or Google Assistant
  • IPX4 – case and earphones
  • Each earbud weighs 5.4g

Within my video review I show you how to setup the headphones, all the companion apps features and settings, discuss the audio quality, the HiFi audio and call quality. Video latency is discussed as well as the fit and finish. Finally, I compare these to AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Video Review

Conclusion

A truly cracking set of true wireless earphones with an excellent companion app. Highly recommended 9/10.

Useful Links

Latest pricing and more info on the Melomania Touch on Amazon – click HERE.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro review

 

Welcome to my review of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. This is a flagship phone from Huawei costing over £1,000.

Key Features/Specs

  • 6.76 inches, OLED, HDR10, 90Hz, 1344 x 2772 pixels,
  • 256GB Storage, 8GB RAM, NM (Nano Memory), Up to 256GB Card slot (uses shared SIM slot)
  • Android 10, EMUI 11 with Huawei AppGallery (No Google Play Services), Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm), Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G78 MP24

In my time with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, I really loved the feel in the hand, the hardware overall was a joy to use. I was able to use Huawei’s new Petal Search and Huawei’s App Gallery to find a number of apps that I used as well as a few alternatives to those found on Google Play. But the experience is ruined on the software side by this struggle for apps. However, some might be ok with the options available, Facebook and many others can be installed with ease. So check out my video for more info on the app situation and my overall review of this phone.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is an incredible piece of hardware with very capable cameras. If only it had Google Mobile Services out of the box, it would be an easy recommendation.  As it doesn’t, for anyone in the UK it can only get a 6.5/10 as a consequence. If ever Huawei get GMS re-instated, and the phone’s firmware is updated to add this back, the 6.5/10 would jump to an easy 9/10.

Useful Links

More info & latest pricing on Huawei Mate 40 Pro on Amazon Click HERE.