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Updated April 10, 2024·

If wireless connectivity is important to you and you prefer earbuds suitable for exercise and travel, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 supports Bluetooth with low latency and is sweatproof, making them great for active use and commuting. However, their sound quality in music is not as good as the Sennheiser IE600, which offers top-tier sound. The Sennheiser IE600, while typically more expensive and lacking wireless capability, has a better build quality, and its sound performance is excellent for music and TV but with no low latency for gaming. Neither are the best option for calls and meetings. If you prioritize sound for music and media consumption over wireless convenience, the Sennheiser IE600 could be the better choice, but for a versatile and portable wireless option, especially for active users, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 is suitable. 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 Sennheiser IE600
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

6.8
PI7
IE600
8.3
The Sennheiser IE600 is very good for music, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Gaming

8.1
PI7
IE600
6.7
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good for gaming, while the Sennheiser IE600 is only fair.

Phone Calls

5.1
PI7
IE600
3.5
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 and Sennheiser IE600 are both poor for phone calls, though the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

4.8
PI7
IE600
5.4
The Sennheiser IE600 and Bowers and Wilkins PI7 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Sennheiser IE600 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

6.8
PI7
IE600
9.3
The Sennheiser IE600 is excellent for TV and video, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

8.3
PI7
IE600
7.0
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 is very good for noise reduction, while the Sennheiser IE600 is good.

Battery

3.0 Hours
PI7
IE600
N/A
The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has 3 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser IE600 does not have a battery.

Cost

$399
PI7
IE600
$500
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The Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has a price of $399 and the Sennheiser IE600 costs $500.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.9
PI7
IE600
9.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sennheiser IE600 to have excellent build quality, while the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 has very good build quality.

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How the Bowers and Wilkins PI7 and the Sennheiser IE600 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bowers and Wilkins PI7Sennheiser IE600
Bowers and Wilkins PI7Sennheiser IE600

GENERAL

Price
$399
$500
Brand
Bowers and WilkinsSennheiser
Release Date
April 1, 2021June 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
6.9/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
5.2/103.5/10
Gaming Score
8.2/106.8/10
TV and Video Score
6.9/109.3/10
Exercise Score
5.8/104.6/10

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
8.4/107/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
8.5/102.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.9/109/10
Comfort score
8/108.4/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7 Grams6 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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Soundguys

Jasper Lastoria | August 2023
"If you've got the bucks, the Sennheiser IE 600 is a nice, upscale set of in-ear monitors made of a lightweight metal with an unusual texture. It comes with a suite of extras, and performs well at virtually every task."

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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 Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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