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Updated April 11, 2024·

premium earbuds with different strengths. The Beoplay EX by Bang and Olufsen, with a more dynamic driver and AptX Adaptive codec, could offer richer sound quality and lower latency, making them great for TV and gaming as well as music listening. They also have a longer battery life, both in the earbuds and the charging case, and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices. The PI7 by Bowers and Wilkins also supports AptX Adaptive and has similar noise isolation, but with a shorter battery life, they may not last as long on a single charge. Both have active noise cancelling, making them suitable for air travel and exercise, but if calls and meetings are a priority, the PI7 might have a slight edge with better microphone quality. Consider the Beoplay EX if battery life and compatibility with different devices are important, or the PI7 if you prioritize call quality and have shorter listening sessions. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX
  • Good for music
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Very good for exercise
Advantages of the Bowers and Wilkins PI7
  • The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has no clear advantages over the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX.

Key differences

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Music

7.9
Beoplay EX
PI7
6.8
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is good for music, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Gaming

9.3
Beoplay EX
PI7
8.1
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is excellent for gaming, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.1
Beoplay EX
PI7
4.8
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is poor.

TV and Video

8.9
Beoplay EX
PI7
6.8
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is very good for TV and video, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Battery

6.5 Hours
Beoplay EX
PI7
3.0 Hours
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has 6.5 hours of battery life. The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has 3 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

10.0
Beoplay EX
PI7
8.9
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has best in class build quality, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

5.3
Beoplay EX
PI7
5.1
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and Bowers and Wilkins PI7 are both poor for phone calls.

Noise Reduction

8.3
Beoplay EX
PI7
8.3
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and Bowers and Wilkins PI7 are both very good for noise reduction.

Cost

$399
Beoplay EX
PI7
$399
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The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has a price of $399 and the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 costs $399.

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How the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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GENERAL

Price
$399
$399
Brand
Bang and OlufsenBowers and Wilkins
Release Date
May 1, 2022April 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
8/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
5.4/105.2/10
Gaming Score
9.3/108.2/10
TV and Video Score
9/106.9/10
Exercise Score
9/105.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6.5 Hours3 Hours
Wireless charging
YesYes
Charging time
1.5 Hours0.7 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.25
Case Battery Life
2220

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
8.4/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
10/108.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/108/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
6 Grams7 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX

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Leaf and Core

Danielle | January 2023
"If you’ve wanted truly wireless headphones, but couldn’t pick them up because they sound terrible, these will be the headphones that win you over. If you’re the kind of person who would consider spending $400 on headphones, these are the right truly wireless headphones for you."

Bowers and Wilkins PI7

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Sound Guys

Chase Bernath | April 2022
"The primary selling point of the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 is the charging case that can transmit audio from any analog source to the earbuds. If you have a very specific and clear need for that feature, then the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 is for you."

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About Bang and Olufsen

Bang and Olufsen is an almost century-old electronic goods manufacturer based in Denmark with a very special focus on design. Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen created the first AC radio in 1925 and went on to develop televisions, telephones and, of course, headphones and loudspeakers. Today, they are partnered with several companies, like Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, to provide very high-quality audio solutions.

About Bowers and Wilkins

Bowers and Wilkins is a British audio equipment manufacturer with a focus on innovation and product development. It was founded by a couple of real-life James Bonds, the co-founders John Bowers and Roy Wilkins, who met while working for MI6 during World War II. The company keeps being favored by enthusiasts due to their sound quality, craftsmanship and signature aesthetics.

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