Bowers & Wilkins launch PI7 and PI5 True Wireless headphones

9.2mm drive units for no-compromise sound

by Andy Bassett
SRP: £349.00

Bowers & Wilkins launches two brand new True Wireless In-Ear Headphones. The PI7 and PI5 stay true to the company’s promise of absolute, no compromise performance coupled with smart features, call quality and a premium design.

Following an extensive development period to ensure no sound quality trade off by the introduction of true wireless convenience, audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins has introduced the flagship PI7 and more affordable PI5 TWS earphones.

As befits its high end status, the PI7 supports Qualcomm aptX Adaptive wireless transmission from compatible mobile devices to take advantage of high-resolution music transmission from suitable streaming services, such as Qobuz. And by utilising 24-bit/48kHz wireless transmission between each earbud, the PI7 supports non stop Hi-Res audio all the way from the music source to the listener’s ears.

Bowers & Wilkins PI7
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 TWS Headphones

Each of the PI7’s compact enclosures features a Bowers & Wilkins bespoke 9.2mm drive unit paired with a high-frequency ‘balanced armature’ driver, totalling four drive units across both earbuds. Each unit is actively driven by its own amplifier for improved control, dynamics and bass.

The PI7 features Adaptive Noise Cancellation which uses three microphones in each earbud to automatically monitor, analyse and adapt to ambient noise to produce the best possible experience with both music and phone calls.

The more affordable PI5 features a single 9.2mm bespoke drive unit in each earbud and uses TWS+ technology for robust, high-quality earbud-to-earbud synchronisation. There’s support for high-quality aptX wireless transmission of music from a compatible mobile device for CD quality playback, along with user selectable noise cancelling, ambient pass through mode and twin built-in mics for phone calls.

Both the PI7 and PI5 can be controlled in a number of ways, from the single capacitive button that can perform multiple tasks simply and conveniently to support for hands free operation via either Siri or Google Assistant, depending on the connected device. Finally, both the TWS headphones can be configured using the Bowers & Wilkins companion app.

Bowers & Wilkins PI7
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS Headphones

Recharging comes via the accompanying case, though both models offer the convenience of wireless recharging via a wide range of suitable accessories. In addition, the charging case of the PI7 can also connect to an external audio source by 3.5mm or USB cable and then wirelessly retransmit audio from that source to the earbuds - useful for long journeys with in-transit entertainment systems. 

The PI5 has a 4.5 hour battery life and the PI7 slightly less at 4 hours. Each charging case can deliver four further recharging boosts for up to 22.5 hours of audio.

Both models can also be paired with multiple source devices to allow fast and convenient switching between devices.

Available from 21st April in white and charcoal, the  PI7 will be priced at £349 (€399 /  $399) and the PI5 at £199 (€249 / $249).

Source: Bowers & Wilkins press release

Image Source: Bowers & Wilkins

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