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Updated January 10, 2024·

As you are considering the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 and the HifiMan Edition XS which are at a similar price point, consider your preferences and usage scenarios. Bowers and Wilkins PI7 are wireless earbuds offering convenience and portability with active noise cancellation, making them ideal for commuting and travel. They also feature a built-in microphone for calls. The HifiMan Edition XS are over-ear, open-back headphones providing a more natural and expansive soundstage suited for critical listening in quiet environments. They lack a microphone and portability compared to the PI7, but offer superior sound quality for home listening. Choose the PI7 for versatility and on-the-go use, or the Edition XS for a premium home listening experience. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bowers and Wilkins PI7
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the HifiMan Edition XS
  • Very good for music
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

6.8
PI7
Edition XS
8.8
The HifiMan Edition XS is very good for music, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Gaming

8.1
PI7
Edition XS
7.4
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good for gaming, while the HifiMan Edition XS is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

4.8
PI7
Edition XS
7.9
The HifiMan Edition XS is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is poor.

TV and Video

6.8
PI7
Edition XS
9.5
The HifiMan Edition XS is best in class for TV and video, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

8.3
PI7
Edition XS
2.5
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good for noise reduction, while the HifiMan Edition XS is poor.

Battery

3.0 Hours
PI7
Edition XS
N/A
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has 3 hours of battery life. The HifiMan Edition XS does not have a battery.

Cost

$399
PI7
Edition XS
$379
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The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has a price of $399 and the HifiMan Edition XS costs $379.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

5.1
PI7
Edition XS
5.0
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 and HifiMan Edition XS are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

8.9
PI7
Edition XS
8.5
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 and HifiMan Edition XS both have very good build quality.

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How the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 and the HifiMan Edition XS compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bowers and Wilkins PI7HifiMan Edition XS
Bowers and Wilkins PI7HifiMan Edition XS

GENERAL

Price
$399
$379
Brand
Bowers and WilkinsHifiMan
Release Date
April 1, 2021December 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
6.9/108.9/10
Phone Calls Score
5.2/105.1/10
Gaming Score
8.2/107.5/10
TV and Video Score
6.9/109.5/10
Exercise Score
5.8/104.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
3 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
YesN/A
Charging time
0.7 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5N/A
Case Battery Life
20N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
8.4/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
8.5/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.9/108.5/10
Comfort score
8/107.6/10
Size
LargeN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7 Grams421 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A

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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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Headphonesty

Eric D Hieger | January 2023
"The Edition XS easily compete with headphones in their price range with a very high price-to-performance ratio. The XS are an amazing value and offer performance not far off from headphones more than twice their cost. These will be a mind-blowing revelation for enthusiasts and music lovers who have only heard standard big-brand mainstream headphones."

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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.

About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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