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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you're prioritizing comfort and active noise cancellation for long flights or commutes, the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones may be a better fit due to their "Best in Class" comfort and excellent noise isolation. These also offer superior battery life and sound quality for TV and gaming. However, if you need something more portable with good mic quality for calls, the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 earbuds could be more suitable, along with the convenience of wireless charging and an app equalizer for sound customization. The PI7 are also sweat and dustproof, making them a better option for exercise. Both support AptX Adaptive for better sound quality over Bluetooth, but the Bose has an edge for wired listening since it includes a detachable cable. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Best in class for air travel
Advantages of the Bowers and Wilkins PI7
  • The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has no clear advantages over the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones.

Key differences

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Music

8.3
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
6.8
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is very good for music, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Gaming

9.3
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
8.1
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is excellent for gaming, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.0
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
4.8
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is poor.

TV and Video

9.0
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
6.8
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is excellent for TV and video, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
8.3
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is excellent for noise reduction, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good.

Battery

29.0 Hours
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
3.0 Hours
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones has 29 hours of battery life. The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has 3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$379
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
$399
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The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones has a price of $379 and the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 costs $399.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

5.3
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
PI7
5.1
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones and Bowers and Wilkins PI7 are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

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

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How the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones and the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra HeadphonesBowers and Wilkins PI7
Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra HeadphonesBowers and Wilkins PI7

GENERAL

Price
$379
$399
Brand
BoseBowers and Wilkins
Release Date
November 1, 2023April 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
8.3/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
5.3/105.2/10
Gaming Score
9.3/108.2/10
TV and Video Score
9.1/106.9/10
Exercise Score
6.4/105.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
29 Hours3 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
3 Hours0.7 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35
Case Battery Life
N/A20

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7.4/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

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

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Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones

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Christian Thomas | January 2024
"The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones are a credible step up from previous Bose ANC headphones, and they're built to hang tough with the competition for years into the future. No waterproofing is a bit of a letdown, but these headphones have the technical chops to make most quite happy."

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 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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