Bowers & Wilkins has released the first premium TWS earbuds, which feature Active Noise Cancellation, high-quality aptX audio, and more. The two sets of earbuds are known as PI7 and PI5, and they have a lot in common.
The PI7 is the more expensive of the two options. Each earbud has its own amplifier and a custom 9.2 mm dual driver configuration that handles mid/bass.
These earbuds also support 24-bit high-res audio with aptX Adaptive and a total of 6 microphones (3 each) for noise cancellation during calls and music, as previously stated.
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The charging case has a 3.5mm audio jack, allowing you to connect external sources that don’t support Bluetooth and yet enjoy the full wireless experience. aptX Low Latency support is also included in the audio playback, which reduces the normal Bluetooth delay.
Its charging case can be charged wirelessly or via USB C. The earbuds will last 4 hours on a single charge, but the case will expand the battery life to 16 hours.
The PI5, on the other hand, does not have a dual-driver setup. It only comes with a single driver and lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. Instead, it comes with the basic aptX, which means it lacks the audio quality of its siblings.
Furthermore, each earbud has only two microphones, but they also support Active Noise Cancellation.
All of this, though, leads to longer battery life. The earbuds last 4.5 hours, while the case lasts up to 18 hours and, like its sibling, supports USB C and wireless charging.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 TWS Earbuds will set you back $400, but the PI5 will set you back only $250.