Bowers & Wilkins unveils new True Wireless in-ear headphones
The flagship model is PI7 – it supports Qualcomm aptX Adaptive wireless transmission from compatible mobile devices, allowing for high-resolution music transmission from suitable streaming services, such as Qobuz. PI7 backs that high-resolution capability with 24-bit/48kHz wireless transmission between each earbud. Together, these two technologies make PI7 one of very few True Wireless headphones able to support High-Resolution audio all the way from your music source to your ears.
In addition, while the enclosure of each PI7 is compact, each earbud has a specification remarkably close to that of an advanced conventional loudspeaker. 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. This ensures deep, accurate bass.
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 new PI5, which 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 thanks to the inclusion of high-quality aptX wireless transmission of music from an aptX-compatible mobile device. PI5 also offers seamless 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.
Finally, both models offer the convenience of 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.