B&W’s first true wi-fi headphones have a workaround for in-flight leisure


Bowers and Wilkins’ debut pair of noise cancelling true wi-fi earbuds, the PI7, repair one of many key annoyances with the form-factor — it’s usable with in-flight leisure techniques as a result of the case doubles as an audio transmitter. Plug the case into an audio supply utilizing an included 3.5mm to USB-C cable and it’ll retransmit the audio wirelessly to the earbuds. Alongside it, Bowers and Wilkins has additionally introduced the cheaper PI5 true wi-fi headphones, which additionally provide noise-cancellation.

Bowers and Wilkins claims the PI7’s transmitting case is an business first, and it’s actually the primary time we’ve heard of such a function. In distinction, attempting to make use of different in style true wi-fi earbuds just like the AirPods Pro with a airplane’s built-in leisure system requires a third-party dongle. Of course, the PI7’s transmitting case must also work with another non-Bluetooth gadgets you personal, like an previous iPod.

Beyond the PI7’s fancy case, it gives a reasonably commonplace set of options for a pair of true wi-fi headphones. The earbuds are noise cancelling, and are geared up with six microphones in complete for calls or utilizing voice assistants. It makes use of the AptX Adaptive commonplace, which ought to enable it to dynamically compress audio to keep up a secure connection, and its case might be charged wirelessly. The earbuds themselves have a modest battery lifetime of 4 hours (in comparison with 4.5 for the AirPods Pro), whereas the case gives 16 hours extra. The buds have an IP54 mud and water resistance score, so they need to survive gentle splashes and restricted quantities of mud.

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The cheaper PI5 earbuds additionally provide noise cancellation and include a case that may be charged wirelessly, however they solely have 4 microphones complete. There’s additionally no point out of AptX Adaptive — simply common AptX — and there’s no signal of the PI7’s audio retransmission case. Battery life for the PI5 seems to be barely higher than the dearer PI7 nonetheless, with the earbuds providing 4.5 hours of playback on a single cost. The case gives 20 hours extra. The PI5 even have a mud and water resistance score of IP54.

Both earbuds can be found beginning at the moment. The PI7 price $399 / £349 / €399, whereas the PI5 price $249 / £199 / €249.