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Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless Headphones w/ ANC

MSRP 400 USDNEX score 69%

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Product Overview

Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are flagship true wireless in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. They are powered by B&W's 9.2mm Dual Hybrid Drive dynamic drivers with individual amplifiers.
The PI7 support the latest Bluetooth Codecs, including all aptX variants for 24-bit high-resolution music streaming with low latency. The Dual Hybrid Drive technology essentially separates the woofers and tweeters for better individual control across the frequency range. Each of the drivers is individually amplified.
For optimal noise cancellation and call quality, the PI7 employ six microphones in a setup similar to B&W's over-ear and on-ear headphones.
The headphones hold 4 hours of battery life and can be fast-charged: 15 minutes of quick charging adds another 2 hours of playback time.
An interesting feature of the PI7 is audio retransmission by the charging case: this allows the charging case to double as the wireless base station for the headphones. For those who do not demand this premium feature and the quad-driver setup, the PI5 may be an interesting alternative.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent noise cancellation and ambient sound passthrough
  • Good battery life
  • Wireless charging case
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
Cons
  • Poor charging case
  • Poor battery life
  • No EQ mode
  • No wireless charging
  • No multi-device pairing
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Charging Case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth

Construction

Cable
20cm USB-C cable
Carrying Case
Yes
Colors
White, Charcoal
Drivers
9.2mm Dynamic Drive + Balanced Armature
Form Factor
In-Ear, True Wireless Headphones, Earbuds
Headphone Type
Dynamic headphones
Microphone
4x mics for ANC + 2x mics for telephony

Dimensions

Weight
8 g
Charging CaseWeight
50 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
AptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX Classic, AAC, SBC
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP v1.3.1, AVRCP v1.6.1, HFP v1.7.1, HSP v1.2, BLE GATT
Fast Charging
2hrs with 15min charge
Noise Cancellation
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
4hrs Bluetooth with ANC
Frequency Response
10Hz ~ 20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.3% (1kHz/10mW)

Production

Debut
2021-04

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
B&W's PI7 wireless earbuds are a must-own. They deliver grade-A noise cancellation that is only second to the QuietComfort Earbuds. The charging case is also a letdown, holding only 20 hours when fully charged. The PI7 has many bells and whistles, but doesn't feel expensive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No EQ or Find My Buds
  • Poor charging case

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins' PI7 earphones get just about everything right out of the box. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, the earphones deliver powerful low-frequency response. At top, unwise listening levels, the lows don't distort, and at more moderate volume levels, they still sound robust.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Comfortable fit
  • Easy to use app
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t adjustable

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 29%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are passable for neutral sound. While vocals and lead instruments are present and detailed, their sound profile is still very bass-heavy. Some users may find this to sound muddy. Their passive soundstage seems closed-off and as if coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed around the room around you.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Decent passive soundstage
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life
  • No multi-device pairing

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are true wireless headphones that are half the price. Music quality is impeccable, but connectivity is a little more average. They're a moment slower to connect than the very best I've tried (the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and AirPods Pro) However, the feature of using the case as a wireless adapter is just excellent, and seamless.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No EQ or EQ
  • Average wireless range

techhive[5]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following***:
The PI7 are rated at up to four hours for each earbud with an additional four re-charges from the ProCase. A 15-minute charge will give you roughly two hours of battery life. The PI7 join the increasing lineup of true wireless headphones with a suite of noise cancelling features.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality, high-quality audio
  • High-end design
  • Fast-charge feature
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • No wireless charging

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are a more complete and unambiguous listen than most true wireless earbuds we've tested. Low frequency sounds are deep, lavishly textured, utterly disciplined where attack and decay is concerned. Broad-strokes dynamic headroom is considerable, while the second-stage harmonic dynamics of the variations in strums or hits are made plain. Treble control is unarguable certainly, but it can err just slightly on the airy, thin side.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Impressive battery life
  • Wireless charging case
Cons
  • No EQ adjustment
  • No touch controls

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The B&W PI7 aspire to be an audiophile true wireless. ‘Uncompromising’ is the byword for the PI7. While they sound very good with noise cancelling turned off, music is better served by having it on. With lower-quality streams the soundstage isn’t described with a whole lot of width.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Easy to use
  • Intuitive app
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No EQ mode

whathifi[8]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 wireless earbuds are a class-leading set of in-ears. The PI7's case can act as a ‘retransmitter’ so they can share sound with a second Bluetooth device. It's an impressive USP and brings simple wireless connectivity to in-flight entertainment systems, games consoles and more. Sound clarity is leading in terms of detail and neutrality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Intuitive controls
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No on-ear controls
  • Sound lacks dynamic excitement

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-PI7. 2021-05-16. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-pi7. 2021-04-21. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/bowers-wilkins/pi7-true-wireless. 2021-08-05. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review: these T3 Award-winning headphones are the best you can buy. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-pi7-review. 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 true wireless in-ear headphone review: This one’s for the audiophiles. [techhive]. https://www.techhive.com/article/3623726/bowers-wilkins-pi7-headphone-review.html. 2021-07-05. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
6. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-pi7. 2021-05-07. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
7. ^ Bowers and Wilkins PI7 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-pi7. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
8. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-pi7. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-26.

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