FiiO FW5See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||FiiO FW5||Bowers & Wilkins PI7|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||ip54|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||10mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||108db/mw||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||14hours||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||4only||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|
IP ratings is the level of protection offered by a casing, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX4, the FiiO FW5's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the FiiO FW5, 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 FiiO FW5 have a weight of 12.8g . We prefer a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7, at 50g are heavier than the FiiO FW5 by of 37.2g
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, FiiO FW5 are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless since it doesn't have wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
An earbud foam is made to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The FiiO FW5 have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
FiiO FW5 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have stereo speakers
ANC utilises advanced kind of tech to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (inverted noise) to make zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
The FiiO FW5 have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have Active Noise Cancellation making both earbuds ideal for flights and rush hour travels. The FiiO FW5 and Bowers & Wilkins PI7 work with different noise cancellation modes, pick the mode that suits your travel or that suites your chill time.
The FiiO FW5 stay well in place, this creates an acoustic seal that reduces background sounds well as preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this means that both limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The FiiO FW5 have a unit size of 10mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, its size dictates the loudness of the earbuds.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of FiiO FW5 by 0.8mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing 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 FiiO FW5's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, 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 produce a juicier bass than the FiiO FW5
The FiiO FW5's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio component generates high audible 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 produce equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, in decibels, dB, FiiO FW5's measurement is 108dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The FiiO FW5 have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high sound pressure level, with the use of high magnetic flux.
FiiO FW5's battery life is 7 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is less than that of FiiO FW5 by 2.5 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and FiiO FW5's case is said to have a charge of 14 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's charging case has a battery life of 18 hours, more than that of FiiO FW5 by 4 hours
It requires 1.6 hours to fully charge the FiiO FW5's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 takes 3 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of FiiO FW5 by 1.4 hours
FiiO FW5's battery power is 65mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
The FiiO FW5 have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging state of your device and charging case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
FiiO FW5 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of FiiO FW5 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
FiiO FW5 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the FiiO FW5
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 will work well with your iPad. 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 FiiO FW5 support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 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).
FiiO FW5 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. This is useful in noisy environments.
The FiiO FW5 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 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.
When lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, FiiO FW5 have a find earbuds feature.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your device to find them.
FiiO FW5 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The FiiO FW5 support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The FiiO FW5 have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support the mute function. It means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
The FiiO FW5, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a control panel on them.
The FiiO FW5 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds will notify you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
FiiO FW5 come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them inside your bag without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.