Bowers & Wilkins PI7See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Xiaomi FlipBuds ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.7 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
IP ratings is the rating of protection offered by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IP54, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7's rating is read as, the first number of 5 denotes 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 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.
Compared to the Bowers & Wilkins PI7, Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a weight of 50g . We prefer a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to move with.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro, at 12.2g are lighter than the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 by -37.8g
True wireless devices have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Bowers & Wilkins PI7 are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is a key difference as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the pair of earbuds .
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have stereo speakers, what this means is that Bowers & Wilkins PI7's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro and Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have stereo speakers
ANC uses advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and after generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have Active Noise Cancellation making both devices ideal for plane rides and rush hour commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation types, pick the mode that you prefer for travel or that enhances your relaxation time.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 stay well in place, creating an acoustic covering that reduces background sounds well as preventing the earbuds voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that they tone down ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a unit size of 9.2mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the earbuds, its size dictates the loudness of the device.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Bowers & Wilkins PI7 by 1.8mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so yes, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well a particular audio component generates high human frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is 4.5 hours, a device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro's battery life is more than that of Bowers & Wilkins PI7 by 2.5 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the manufacturer, and Bowers & Wilkins PI7's case has a full charge of 18 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro's charging case has a battery life of 21 hours, more than that of Bowers & Wilkins PI7 by 3 hours
It requires 3 hours to fully charge the Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro takes 0.52 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Bowers & Wilkins PI7 by 2.48 hours
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply place down on a supported charging pad.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also support wireless charging, always look out for the charging standard of a device.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging state of your device and charging case.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Bowers & Wilkins PI7 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Bowers & Wilkins PI7
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 will work well with your iPhone. If you intend 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 APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro support APTX Adaptive as well which implies that both can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as reducing interference from other devices.
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).
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have 6 microphones.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro microphones are 6, equal to that of the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support the find earbuds feature.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to locate them.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Also the Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also support the mute function. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Bowers & Wilkins PI7, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also have a control panel on them.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also have voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you if the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the earbuds.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 come with a special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or placing them inside your bag without a cover may easily damage them.
Xiaomi FlipBuds Pro also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.