Published on April 21st, 2021 | by The GC Team0
Bowers & Wilkins launches two new in-ear headphones
Following an extensive period of development, UK-founded audio brand Bowers & Wilkins has launched two new True Wireless in-ear headphones which, says the company, have addressed and overcome the inherent compromise between sound quality and wireless convenience.
Bowers & Wilkins says the new PI7 & PI5 “bring True Sound to True Wireless In-Ear Headphones.” The brand’s True Sound technology has been brought to the True Wireless In-Ear Headphone category, with both models promising high-quality sound plus an extensive array of smart and convenience features, exceptional call quality and premium design.
The flagship P17 model supports Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive wireless transmission from compatible mobile devices, allowing for high-resolution music transmission from suitable streaming services such as Qobuz, and incorporates 24-bit/48kHz wireless transmission between each earbud. These two technologies make the PI7 able to support High-Resolution audio from source to ear. Each earbud has a specification “remarkably close to that of an advanced conventional loudspeaker,” and each features a 9.2mm bespoke Bowers & Wilkins drive unit, joined by a high-frequency ‘balanced armature’ driver, with each of the four drive units in the system (two in each earbud) actively driven by its own amplifier.
PI7 also features Adaptive Noise Cancellation to automatically monitor, analyse and adapt to its surroundings to produce the best possible experience. That ANC system is paired with six microphones – three in each earbud – for crystal-clear sound quality with phone calls.
The PI5 model uses TWS+ technology for robust, high-quality earbud-to-earbud synchronisation, coupled to a single 9.2mm Bowers & Wilkins-developed bespoke drive unit in each earbud. The PI5 supports CD-quality playback via aptX wireless transmission of music from an aptX-compatible mobile device. PI5 also offers access to user-selectable noise- cancelling plus an ambient pass-through mode, and it features twin built-in microphones for high-quality phone calls.
Both the PI5 & PI7 can be configured via the Bowers & Wilkins companion app, and both have a simple one-button user interface coupled to voice assistant support via either Siri or Google Assistant, depending on the connected device.
Multiple source devices can be wirelessly paired to either model, allowing the user to easily and conveniently reconnect to each source as and when needed – such as quickly switching from music on a phone to an online conference call on a laptop.
Both models offer wireless recharging compatible with a wide range of suitable accessories, plus charging cases that can recharge each earbud once its built-in battery life is exhausted. PI5 will operate for four and a half hours before it requires a recharge, with four hours for PI7. Both cases will then offer up to four full recharges for their respective earbuds. The PI7’s smart charging case can connect to an external audio source – such as an in-flight entertainment system – by 3.5mm or USB cable and then wirelessly retransmit audio from that source to the earbuds.