Huawei FreeBuds 5iSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.8 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Huawei FreeBuds 5i||Bowers & Wilkins PI7|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||IP54|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||10mm||9.2mm|
|battery life of charging case||20.5hours||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 an enclosure, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Scoring IP54, the Huawei FreeBuds 5i's rating for solids indicates 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 number 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5i, Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a rating of IP54 meaning that they both have the same rating against dust and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a weight of 9.2g . We consider 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5i with a difference of 40.8g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Huawei FreeBuds 5i are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is a key distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the two earbuds together.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
Huawei FreeBuds 5i are resistant to sweat
Huawei FreeBuds 5i have stereo speakers, what this means is that Huawei FreeBuds 5i's 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 uses more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) and producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero hence "diluting" the noise.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i have ANC allowing you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have ANC which makes either of the devices ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each operate with different noise cancellation settings, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that enhances your relaxation time.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i stay tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down background sounds well as preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that both reduce ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a unit size of 10mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the device, the unit size dictates the sound made by the device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5i by 0.8mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yes, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component produces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, this implies that Bowers & Wilkins PI7 can produce a juicier bass than the Huawei FreeBuds 5i
Huawei FreeBuds 5i's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio device makes high audible frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this means that Huawei FreeBuds 5i generate a clearer and crispier treble than the Bowers & Wilkins PI7
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i's battery life is 7.5 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. 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.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is less than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5i by 3 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the manufacturer, and the Huawei FreeBuds 5i's case is said to have a full charge of 20.5 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5i by 2.5 hours
It requires 1 hours to fully charge the Huawei FreeBuds 5i'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 Huawei FreeBuds 5i by 2 hours
Huawei FreeBuds 5i's battery capacity is 55mAh, battery capacity, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a supported charging pad.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging state of your device and case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you determine the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i have USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5i . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5i
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 can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 will work fine with your iPhone. 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.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio.
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).
Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your earbuds. Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a latency of 94ms, a lower latency reduces audio lag and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i have 4 microphones.
While the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 microphones are 6, more than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5i by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the device to filter out background sounds.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce background sounds from the desired sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too use a noise-canceling type of microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i microphone sensitivity is measured at -47dBV/Pa. The extent of the analog or digital output signal from the microphone with its input stimulus is a measure of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the voice that the earbud microphone can recognize.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing them
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears .
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too 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, Huawei FreeBuds 5i support the find earbuds feature.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your earbuds to help you find them.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint 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 having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have this function. It means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5i, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have a control panel on them.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have voice prompts meaning the device will notify you when the battery is low, and it's time to recharge them.
Huawei FreeBuds 5i come with a special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a casing can easily damage them.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.