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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Bose 700 headphones are ideal for long listening sessions due to their very comfortable design and superior active noise canceling, which makes them excellent for air travel and work environments. However, their sound quality is better suited for general music listening rather than critical or professional applications. The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 earbuds, while slightly less comfortable for extended use, offer advanced features like aptX Adaptive codec support for high-quality audio over Bluetooth and low latency suitable for gaming. Keep in mind that the PI7 lacks wired connectivity and may not be as durable as the Bose 700. If cost is a significant factor, the Bose 700's lower price might make them the more attractive option, with little compromise on most daily-use features. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose 700
  • Good for music
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Best in class for air travel
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Bowers and Wilkins PI7
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Music

7.5
700
PI7
6.8
The Bose 700 is good for music, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Gaming

5.3
700
PI7
8.1
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good for gaming, while the Bose 700 is poor.

Phone Calls

8.3
700
PI7
5.1
The Bose 700 is very good for phone calls, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
700
PI7
4.8
The Bose 700 is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is poor.

TV and Video

5.6
700
PI7
6.8
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair for TV and video, while the Bose 700 is poor.

Noise Reduction

9.1
700
PI7
8.3
The Bose 700 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good.

Battery

20.0 Hours
700
PI7
3.0 Hours
The Bose 700 has 20 hours of battery life. The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has 3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$299
700
PI7
$399
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The Bose 700 has a price of $299 and the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 costs $399.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

9.0
700
PI7
8.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Bose 700 to have excellent build quality, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has very good build quality.

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How the Bose 700 and the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose 700Bowers and Wilkins PI7
Bose 700Bowers and Wilkins PI7

GENERAL

Price
$299
$399
Brand
BoseBowers and Wilkins
Release Date
June 1, 2019April 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
8.3/105.2/10
Gaming Score
5.4/108.2/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/106.9/10
Exercise Score
5.5/105.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
20 Hours3 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
2.5 Hours0.7 Hours
Bluetooth version
55
Case Battery Life
N/A20

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
N/ANo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
8/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/108/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
263 Grams7 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Adam Molina | June 2023
"Bose took active noise canceling and made it mainstream but eventually, the market caught up. Well, it seems like Bose was listening, because the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 is a complete redesign of its iconic product. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a new design, improved sound quality, a touch-sensitive gesture pad for playback controls, and even USB-C charging."

Bowers and Wilkins PI7

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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 Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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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