Beats Studio Buds +See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Beats Studio Buds +||Bowers & Wilkins PI7|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||ip54|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8.2mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||100db/mw||✗|
|battery life of charging case||27hours||18hours|
|has wireless charging||✗||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|has aptx hd||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the level of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Beats Studio Buds +'s rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
In comparison to the Beats Studio Buds +, Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a rating of IP54 meaning that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Beats Studio Buds + have a weight of 6.1g . We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to carry.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, at 50g are heavier than the Beats Studio Buds + by of 43.9g
True wireless devices have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Beats Studio Buds + are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the two earbuds .
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless since it doesn't have wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
Beats Studio Buds + are resistant to sweat
Beats Studio Buds + have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have stereo speakers
ANC uses more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
Beats Studio Buds + have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have Active Noise Cancellation making either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the setting that you prefer for commute or that enhances your relaxation time.
The Beats Studio Buds + sit well in place, creating a sound covering that tones down background noise well as preventing the earbuds voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Both Bowers & Wilkins PI7, and Beats Studio Buds + have passive noise reduction this implies that both tone down ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
Beats Studio Buds + have a unit size of 8.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the sound produced by the device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 1mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they produce better quality sound.
The Beats Studio Buds +'s lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio component produces low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, this means that Bowers & Wilkins PI7 make sound with a juicier bass than the Beats Studio Buds +
Beats Studio Buds +'s highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well an audio device generates high human frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices can generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, Beats Studio Buds +'s measurement is 100dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The Beats Studio Buds +'s battery life is 9 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is less than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 4.5 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Beats Studio Buds +'s case is said to have a charge of 27 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before recharging the case itself.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's charging case has a battery life of 18 hours, less than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 9 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Beats Studio Buds +'s battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 takes 3 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 1 hours
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just place down on a supported charging pad.
Beats Studio Buds + have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging state of your device and case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to determine the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
Beats Studio Buds + support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Beats Studio Buds + have Bluetooth version of 5.3, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of Beats Studio Buds + . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Beats Studio Buds + have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds +
Beats Studio Buds + support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Beats Studio Buds + will work fine with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support APTX HD, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It supports high-quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
Beats Studio Buds + have 6 microphones.
While the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds + . More microphones record better sound quality and help the device to filter out background sounds.
Beats Studio Buds + use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too use a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
Beats Studio Buds + support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing them
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a run but still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Beats Studio Buds + support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
When lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Beats Studio Buds + have a find earbuds feature.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have the find earbuds feature. You can use the earbuds app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to find them.
Beats Studio Buds + support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
Beats Studio Buds + have a multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
Beats Studio Buds + have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have the mute function. It means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
With the Beats Studio Buds +, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a control panel on them.
Beats Studio Buds + have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals.
The Beats Studio Buds + have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you if the battery is low, and it's time to recharge them.
The Beats Studio Buds + come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones without a case, or placing them in your bag without a cover may easily damage them.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.