Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Noise-Canceling True Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Charcoal)

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Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Noise-Canceling True Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Charcoal)
Key Features
  • 9.5mm Dynamic Driver & Balanced Armature
  • 4 x Dedicated Amps & Dedicated DSP
  • Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation
  • 24-bit Sync Technology & aptX Support
Smart playback, high-quality listening, and clearer speaking without wires are the hallmarks of the PI7 Noise-Canceling True Wireless In-Ear Headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. Utilizing Bluetooth 5.0, your favorite music, podcasts, and other audio content is streamed and played back via two drivers per earbud for a richer soundstage. Each have a dynamic 9.2mm driver for mids and bass, and a balanced armature tweeter for the highs. Both also sport four dedicated amplifiers and 24-bit/48 kHz resolution. To further improve wireless quality, PI7 supports various aptX codecs (Standard, LL, HD & Adaptive). A 24-bit connection helps to ensure this vibrant audio is properly synced between the earbuds.
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Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Charging Case with Audio Retransmission
  • 3Ambient Pass-Through
  • 4Wear Sense
  • 5Additional Features

Smart playback, high-quality listening, and clearer speaking without wires are the hallmarks of the PI7 Noise-Canceling True Wireless In-Ear Headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. Utilizing Bluetooth 5.0, your favorite music, podcasts, and other audio content is streamed and played back via two drivers per earbud for a richer soundstage. Each have a dynamic 9.2mm driver for mids and bass, and a balanced armature tweeter for the highs. Both also sport four dedicated amplifiers and 24-bit/48 kHz resolution. To further improve wireless quality, PI7 supports various aptX codecs (Standard, LL, HD & Adaptive). A 24-bit connection helps to ensure this vibrant audio is properly synced between the earbuds.

Your listening experience is further improved by what you don't hear, as each earbud has a microphone and adaptive active noise cancellation technology. This monitors ambient noise levels, adjusting to filter out distracting noise. With the PI7, audio clarity goes both ways. You can use the PI7 earbuds to make hands-free calls and each earbud has two cVc mics to better pick up your voice when speaking. All of this and more can be done for up to 4 hours on a full charge, with an additional 16 hours of charging power available in the included wireless charging case.

Charging Case with Audio Retransmission

The includes charging case delivers convenient storage and immediately recharges your earbuds when placed inside. It has enough power on a full charge to provide up to 16 hours of playback time. The case itself can be charged via the included USB Type-C cable or wirelessly via an (optional) charging pad.

When the case is not in use, you can utilize it for audio retransmission from a wired source. Simply plug in the included USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio cable into the case's USB Type-C port, and the other end into any compatible audio device. Play that device and the audio is sent into the case and streamed to your PI7 earbuds. It's an ideal solution for enjoying true wireless freedom on airplanes or with older devices.

Ambient Pass-Through

Sometimes you need to hear what's happening around you. Activate the Ambient Pass-Through feature and external sounds will be let back in, letting you have a conversation or hear announcements without having to remove your earbuds.

Wear Sense

Smart playback is possible with the Wear Sense feature. As the name implies, once you remove either earbud, audio playback will automatically be paused. When you insert the earbud again, your audio automatically starts to play.

Additional Features

Dedicated external DSP
Integrated multi-touch button
Supports delivering voice commands to mobile digital assistants
Pair to multiple devices
IP54-rated water resistance
15-minute quick charge gives 2 hours of Bluetooth playback
UPC: 714346335909

Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Specs

Headphone
Earpiece DesignIn-Ear (Intra-Aural)
Driver TypeDynamic, Balanced Armature
Number of Drivers2, per Earpiece
Driver Size0.4" / 9.2 mm
Active Noise CancellationYes
Controls/Microphone LocationControls: Earpiece (Side Unspecified)
Microphone: Left Earpiece, Right Earpiece
Full Remote OS SupportNot Specified by Manufacturer
Performance
Frequency Response10 Hz to 20 kHz (Wireless)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.3%
Microphone
Number of Mics2
Noise CancelingYes
Wireless Connectivity
Supported Audio CodecsAAC, SBC, aptX, aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX LL
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6, HFP 1.7, HSP 1.2
Bluetooth5.0
FrequencyBluetooth: 2.4 GHz (2402 to 2480 MHz)
Bluetooth Transmitter Power10 dBm
Multipoint SupportYes
Battery
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Runtime4 Hours (BT)
Quick Charging Times15 Minutes for 2 Hours
Wireless ChargingYes
Charging PortPins
Charging Cable Length7.9" / 20 cm
Charging Case
Additional Runtime16 Hours
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Charging InterfaceUSB Type-C, Qi
Physical
ColorBlack
Water ResistanceResistant
IP RatingIP54
DimensionsCharging Case:
2.4 x 2.2 x 1.1" / 60 x 57 x 28 mm
WeightHeadphones:
0.2 oz / 7 g (Each)
Charging Case:
2.2 oz / 61 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.645 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.1 x 4 x 2.9"

Bowers & Wilkins PI7 Reviews

Connectivity issues

By Ricardo
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-30

Unfortunately they don't work. Only one bud connects for a while and the disconnects. After reading the reviews I guess B&w would have fixed it but no. The 20 seconds that they worked were amazing. Going for a refund. Please stop selling this item.

Great for my use cases

By Stanley
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-14

So I wanted a pair of true wireless earbuds for music, calls, movies, and gaming. Those two last activities require low latency which narrows down Bluetooth devices extremely quick. AptX-Adaptive is a godsend and should be in every bluetooth audio product but I digress. I bought these because of AptX-Adaptive but also because of B&O's legendary sound. And yes, these sound incredible. I've never had such a wide sound stage before. The one caveat with using these things on a PC is actually connecting them. So if you're like me, you may think you can just connect the case to your PC via USB and use the case's re-transmitter feature (another huge selling point for me). Well, it works, but you'll be limited to 16bit 48kHz audio via USB. Don't get me wrong, it still sounds great, but these headphones are capable of much more. To get their full 24bit 96kHz potential, they need to be plugged into a DAC via the included USB-C 3.5mm cable. My motherboard luckily does support it but you may need to buy a DAC capable of it. Either way, they're set up on my PC now and they're working great. Latency is generally somewhere in the 40-80ms range which is perfect acceptable for even FPS games and they sound amazing. All of that being said, they aren't perfect. Battery life in particular is below average. 4-5 hours with ANC (which is average. Not the worst, not the best) enabled is correct though I typically don't use ANC while at home so my battery life has been more in the 6-8 hour range. Not terrible but definitely at the lower end of it's class. Luckily 15 minutes of charging is about 20% battery. My other issue with these is the shockingly uninspired mobiel application. I'm also a Sennheiser fan and own multiple and I thought their app was bad. No EQ at all...really B&O? Inexcusable. It really is. Most phones come with an EQ of their own so be sure to use yours. There's multiple ways to set up EQs on Windows and I'm sure there's ways on Mac as well. But no native EQ is such a weird omission. Finally I have luckily NOT had any connection issues. I don't know if my headphones are running newer firmware than people who have had issues but thankfully, I'm not experiencing those issues. In summary, they look and sound amazing. AptX-Adaptive makes them extremely versatile but generally poor battery life does really bog them down. I'll still be using mine, though. I'm happy.

Just great sound

By Johnny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-15

This is a great sounding wireless earphones. I had high expectations from all the reviews, and was worry that it was all hype. Turned out that it does deliver. Even paired with just my phone the sound is pronominal. The sound stage and clarity is on par with overhead and wired headphone. I would recommend this to anyone looking for the best sounding wireless.

Mixed bag

By Thomas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-12

First off, the sound quality is the real thing. Outstanding. Unparalleled. I got them for exactly one reason: Sound Quality. But. There is sadly always a but. Pesky but. In this case, my phone and tablet do have connection issues. Didn't think much of it when I ordered the product almost 2 1/2 months ago. B&W would fix that by now, it's software, right ? Simple firmware update. Nada, still does not work.

Bowers & Wilkins PI7

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-18

Excellent headphones, very comfortable, sound quality is great, very user friendly, Thanks

Superb sound

By Erich
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-26

Product as advertised.

Audiophile loves it!

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-14

So I have the Shanling M8 ($1,650) DAP that I use for music, and normally I use my custom Valkyries ($1,600) and PWAudio cable ($1,000) for portable music, but I work in a clinic where sometimes we are slow, and I was thinking of a TWS for light classical or jazz while I am at work. I really didn't expect much, I have always disliked wireless because of the loss of sound quality. Well... I was delighted and shocked at how great the PI7 sounded! The bass is a little bloated, but it is deep and layered and there is great sub bass...mids and highs are perfect. Using the Hiby app on my M8, and the MSRB function, I cleaned up the bloat, and added some needed coolness....There is a 'pass through' mode that allows in ambient noise, and it was perfect... I tuned it through the app to the exact threshold that blocked out ambient noise, yet low enough if someone spoke to me I would hear them. Noise cancelling function isn't that great. I am not using stock tips, I am using after markets, the stock tips that came with my CL2. The PI7 may not be good for small ears. Excellent build quality, occasional micro drop outs... Secure twist and lock fit.

Who Would Have Thought In-Ears Could Sound So Good!

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-17

I've owned many types of headphones over the years. Wired as well as wireless. Frankly speaking you get what you pay for, though until now I would be reluctant to say that about wireless/Bluetooth headphones. If your value the quality of sound over the bells and whistles of other brands then the PI7's will make you smile. It did me! Now, having said that, and as others have said, ANC, and battery life are more than adequate, but not equal to some other brands. The iPhone app. isn't going to blow you away as it has few tweaks. But I still insist the sound quality out of these wireless, In-Ear headphones are the very best I've heard. And that is coming from someone that usually uses a desktop amplifier and DAC. No, it doesn't beat them, BT technology is not there yet. But when I go mobile I don't leave the house without the PI7. They even come in handy when I need to wander around the house, or relax on the deck, or cook in the kitchen. If you can afford the price, they are well worth the price!

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