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Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Review Rundown

Bowers & WilkinsPublished on 15 May 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless Headphones w/ ANC
Neoscore* 75%
  • Excellent noise cancellation and ambient sound passthrough
  • Good battery life
  • Wireless charging case
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are the company's first true wireless earbuds. They're also among the priciest buds around, which should come as no real surprise. The PI7's headline-grabbing feature is the charging case's ability to function as a Bluetooth transmitter. It can be connected to any non-Bluetooth output and retransmit audio.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

expertreviews[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are the company's first pair of true wireless earbuds. The PI7 offer noise-cancellation, ambient sound passthrough and an IP54 rating for water and dust resistance. The included charging case can be connected to any non-Bluetooth output and retransmit audio.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive noise-cancellation and ambient sound passthrough
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wireless charging case
Cons[**]
  • Not for everyone

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 is available directly from B&W and up for pre-order at major online retailers. These buds boast Dual Hybrid Drive units with individual amplifiers for each driver. They also support 24-bit sound and Qualcomm's latest aptX Adaptive codec.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Strong active noise cancellation
  • Charging case doubles as a wireless adapter
  • Comfortable, comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 noise-cancelling true wireless earphones have been in the works for quite a while. Internally, the earpieces house a 9.2mm dynamic driver and a single balanced armature driver for the higher frequencies. Each earpiece also houses three mics for the noise cancellation circuitry.
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Pros[**]
  • Strong audio performance with deep bass and bright highs
  • Very good noise cancellation
  • Easy-to-use controls
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Techhive have found the following[***]:
B&W's PI7 are its first true wireless in-ear headphones. A dedicated amplifier on each of the four total drive units in the earbuds ensures “exceptional control, superlative dynamics and deep, accurate bass” The matte finish on the case ensures it won't slip out of your hands.
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Pros[**]
  • Super-cool design
  • Superlative soundstage
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks aptX Adaptive codec support

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are a pair of noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds. They cost a not-inconsiderable $399 / £349 / AU$599. Despite the 8g per earbud weight, the PI7 remain secure and comfortable for a good while.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive battery life
  • Excellent noise cancelling
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The B& Wilkins PI7 are the firm's first pair of true wireless earbuds. Beautifully finished with brushed gold accents on the mics and on the circular capacitive control pad above the driver housing. Each earpiece features a dual-driver arrangement: a balanced armature for the high-frequencies, with mids and lows handled by a 9.2mm dynamic driver. Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX Adaptive means aptX HD and aptX Low Latency are all onboard from your source player.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Effective noise-cancelling
  • Excellent battery life
  • Intuitive controls
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review: Innovative noise-cancelling earbuds that sound sensational. Expertreviews. 2021-04-30. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  2. 2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review. Laptopmag. 2021-05-16. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  3. 3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Review. Pcmag. 2021-04-21. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  4. 4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 true wireless in-ear headphone review: This one’s for the audiophiles. Techhive. 2021-07-05. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  5. 5. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review. Techradar. 2021-05-07. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  6. 6. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review. Whathifi. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  7. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  8. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  9. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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