The PI7 and PI5 are the first TWS in-ears with ANC from Bowers & Wilkins

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21 April 2021 / 12:39IST

After having spent years being misrepresented by budding and ill-informed audiophiles being called BMW, the British loudspeaker giant finally gave up the abbreviation and reverted back to Bowers & Wilkins. Seems to be working like a lucky charm since we now not only see the words emblazoned across heads and home-theatres, but even in luxury cars across brands. But this is the first time they want to get inside your ears, without wires. The PI7 and PI5 are the first true-wireless in-ears with active noise-cancelling from the brand and in true audio royalty fashion, they come with some unique touches. A true 24-bit connection is promised between source and PI7 to cater to hi-res audio files and dual hybrid drive units ensure optimum dynamic range and a wide frequency response, thanks to the 2-way design. What could potentially be a game-changer for long-distance air travel (if you remember that), is the audio retransmission system that can connect to the in-flight entertainment system via the smart case in case you run out juice or content on your own device. Both Siri and Google voice assistants are supported and with 3 mics per earbud (PI7), they should do well to pick up ambient noise and annihilate it. The lesser PI5 makes do with two mics per earbud but both get quick-charge to boost playtime by 2 hours with just a 15-min charge.