Jabra Elite 85tSee 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||Jabra Elite 85t||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||12mm||9.2mm|
|battery life of charging case||20hours||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|
IP ratings refer to the level of protection offered by an enclosure, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value means protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Jabra Elite 85t's rating for solids indicates 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.
In comparison to the Jabra Elite 85t, 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 Jabra Elite 85t have a weight of 14g . We prefer a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7, at 50g weigh more than the Jabra Elite 85t by of 36g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Jabra Elite 85t are true wireless for this case since they have no wires. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the two earbuds .
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires connecting the two earbuds .
Jabra Elite 85t are resistant to sweat
Jabra Elite 85t 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.
Both Bowers & Wilkins PI7 and Jabra Elite 85t have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises more advanced technology to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and then generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
Jabra Elite 85t have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background sounds.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have ANC making either of the devices ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for travel or that enhances your chill time.
Jabra Elite 85t sit tightly in place, creating a sound covering that reduces your environment sounds and also prevents the earbuds sound 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.
The Jabra Elite 85t driver unit is 12mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, the unit size corellates with 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 Jabra Elite 85t by 2.8mm , 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 yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The Jabra Elite 85t'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 alters the signal while at it.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, this implies that Bowers & Wilkins PI7 produce a juicier bass than the Jabra Elite 85t
Jabra Elite 85t's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component generates high human frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices can produce equal treble
The Jabra Elite 85t's battery life is 5.5 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is 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 Jabra Elite 85t by 1 hours . Every time you recharge your device, 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 Jabra Elite 85t's case has a charge of 20 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's charging case has a battery life of 18 hours, less than that of Jabra Elite 85t by 2 hours
It requires 1 hours to fully charge the Jabra Elite 85t's battery. It is highly adivsable 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 Jabra Elite 85t by 2 hours
The Jabra Elite 85t, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just put down on a supported charging pad.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also support wireless charging, take note of the charging standard of a device.
The Jabra Elite 85t have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. Its lights display the charging state of your earbuds and case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Jabra Elite 85t support USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
The Jabra Elite 85t have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 has a Bluetooth version of 5, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 85t . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Jabra Elite 85t have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 85t
Jabra Elite 85t 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 the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Jabra Elite 85t will work fine with your iPad. 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).
Jabra Elite 85t have 6 microphones.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 85t . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The Jabra Elite 85t have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the desired sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
Jabra Elite 85t support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through 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 what’s happening around you, say you’re having a run but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
Jabra Elite 85t have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, Jabra Elite 85t have a find earbuds feature.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have the find earbuds feature. Use the device app on your smartphone to play a sound from your device to locate them.
Jabra Elite 85t support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Jabra Elite 85t support 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.
The Jabra Elite 85t have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have this function. It means that you unilaterally turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
With the Jabra Elite 85t, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a control panel on them.
Jabra Elite 85t have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
The Jabra Elite 85t have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also support voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 85t come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your bag without a cover can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.