Huawei Unveils Shanghai Audio Lab
Huawei’s Executive Director and CEO of its Consumer BG, Richard Yu, on August 19 revealed through personal social media an audio laboratory in Shanghai, which is the firm’s largest of its kind so far. According to an official introduction, many innovative technologies adopted by products such as the FreeBuds Pro 2 and HUAWEI SOUND in the AITO M5 and M7 all came from this lab.
This is also the first time that Huawei has opened its Shanghai Audio Lab to the media, covering an area of over 2,000 square meters. Liu Dongfang, the president of the company’s Consumer BG Audio and Smart Accessories Product Line, elaborated on the firm’s full-link audio solutions from hardware and software to wireless HD transmission at a media conference.
The laboratory is equipped with an objective evaluation system for active noise reduction of headphones and an objective evaluation system for headphones’ sound quality. It also has a multi-scenario, variable reverberation sound field environment simulation laboratory. This is mainly used for adjusting and testing the music playing effect of products such as smartphones, PCs, large screens, audio and home theaters in various environments. It could also be used to adjust the reception sound quality of the headset.
At present, the firm has a team of more than 500 acoustic engineers worldwide, distributed in seven global R&D centers, including institutes in Tokyo, Munich and Tampere in Finland.
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Yu said that the FreeBuds Pro 2’s leading intelligent dynamic noise reduction, quiet call functions were researched here, creating a sound quality with deep bass and rich details. More than 3,500 tests had been conducted on the headphone as a whole. The intelligent dynamic noise reduction function can quickly identify the noise type of the environment and automatically switch to the matching noise reduction mode for users.
The FreeBuds Pro 2 provides three degrees of noise reduction including deep, mild and balanced. Deep noise reduction is suitable when taking the subway or on an airplane. Headphones will automatically deepen the noise reduction effects and weaken low-frequency noise. Meanwhile, the light mode supports quiet environments such as in libraries and offices. Headphones will help users eliminate machine noise such as air conditioners and computers. The balanced mode is fit for taking a nap in noisy areas or at a coffee shop, and the headphones can effectively reduce background noise interference under this circumstance.