Samsung Galaxy Buds 2See 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||Samsung Galaxy Buds 2||Bowers & Wilkins PI7|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX2||ip54|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||9.2mm|
|battery life of charging case||21.5hours||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||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 is the level 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 such as dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IPX2, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 2 means that they are protected against drops falling when tilted at 15° in 4 fixed positions.
Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, 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, Bowers & Wilkins PI7 has a higher liquid rating than Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a weight of 10g . We prefer a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, at 50g are heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 by of 40g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 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 2 earbuds .
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless because it has no wires linking the two earbuds together.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have sweat resistance
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have stereo speakers
ANC utilises more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) and producing -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have ANC which makes either of the devices ideal for flights and morning commutes. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and Bowers & Wilkins PI7 operate with different noise cancellation types, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that suites your relaxation time.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 stay tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down your environment noise well as preventing the device voice audio from leaking out .
Both Bowers & Wilkins PI7, and Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have passive noise reduction which means that both limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, the unit size dictates the loudness of the device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 by 1.8mm , 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 yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device produces 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 can make sound with a juicier bass than the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio device produces 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 means that both devices generate equal treble
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's battery life is 7.5 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is less than that of Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 by 3 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the manufacturer, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's case is said to have a charge of 21.5 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 by 3.5 hours
It takes 3 hours to fully charge the Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2's battery capacity is 61mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also support wireless charging, take note of the charging standard of the earbuds.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your earbuds and charging case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you to determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support AAC, a codec 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 will work fine 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 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).
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have 6 microphones.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out noise from the desired sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. This is useful in noisy environments.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but still want to hear traffic.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are 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.
When lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support the find earbuds feature.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the device app on your smartphone to play a sound from your device to find them.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the 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 is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have the mute function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have a control panel on them.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 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 following instruction manuals.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you when the battery is low, and it's time to recharge them.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 come with a special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or placing them in your bag without a cover may easily damage them.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.