Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2

Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2

Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2

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BEST RATING
Air Travel:
4.6
MUSIC: Good7.5/10
CALLS: Poor5.2/10
GAMING: Poor5.3/10
TV: Fair6.0/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.6/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.5/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Very Good8.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10

The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 are midrange earbuds offering very good build quality, good comfort, and very good sound quality. They lack some features like virtual surround sound and wireless charging, but excel in noise cancellation and have a reliable Bluetooth connection with support for AptX HD and AptX Adaptive codecs, which provides high-quality audio streaming. They include an integrated microphone, offer around 5 hours of battery life, and come with a case providing additional 13 hours of charge. Suitable for music enthusiasts seeking high-quality sound and noise cancellation in a compact form, though battery life may be limited for extended use without a recharge. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Excellent noise isolation
  • Supports AptX HD codec
  • Sweatproof and dustproof
  • Good comfort and build quality
Cons
  • Poor score for gaming
  • No wired connection option
  • Fair score in built-in controls
  • Fair for TV and video

Ratings by Category

Air Travel:
4.6
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Music:
4.2
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 earbuds are praised for their music listening experience due to their very good overall sound quality and good soundstage/imaging, making them ideal for capturing the breadth and depth of various musical performances.
Battery Life:
4.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Exercise:
3.3
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
TV & Video:
3.0
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 earbuds are considered fair for watching TV and videos due to the lack of a wired option which can eliminate latency issues and because there's no mention of low latency specific for video content, meaning there could be a delay between audio and video. However, they offer very good sound quality and comfort, which could enhance the overall viewing experience if latency is not a major concern.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$127
Brand
Bowers and Wilkins
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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7.5/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.2/10
Gaming Score
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5.4/10
TV and Video Score
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6/10
Exercise Score
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6.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5 hours
Wireless charging
Yes
Charging time
0.75 hours
Bluetooth version
5
Case Battery Life
13

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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8.4/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.9/10
Comfort score
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8/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
7 grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Billy Steele | March 2023
"While the overall sound quality is great, these earbuds fall short in terms of battery life, customization and ANC performance. Bowers & Wilkins’ ability to consistently deliver pristine sound isn’t enough to make up for what the Pi7 S2 lacks, which is unfortunately quite a bit."

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