Samsung Galaxy Buds PlusSee 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 Plus||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||✗||9.2mm|
|battery life of charging case||22hours||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|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the rank of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX2, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they are protected against drops falling when tilted at 15° in 4 fixed positions.
Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, 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, Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus has a lower liquid rating than Bowers & Wilkins PI7
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have a weight of 12.6g . We prefer a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, at 50g weigh more than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus by of 37.4g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is a major difference since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless because it has no wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have sweat resistance
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have stereo speakers, what this means is that Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's speakers deliver sound from independent 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 Plus have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises advanced technology to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and then generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (inverted noise) giving 0 thus "diluting" the noise.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background sounds.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic covering that tones down your environment sounds and also prevents the device music from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which implies that they limit ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
The 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 the component that makes sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the loudness of the earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio component 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 make sound with a juicier bass than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component generates high recognizable frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's battery life is 11 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 have to charge the device less often.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is less than that of Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus by 6.5 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's case has a full charge of 22 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus by 4 hours
It takes 1 hours to fully charge the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus by 2 hours
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus's battery capacity is 85mAh, battery capacity, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place 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 Plus have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging state of your device and charging case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 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.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 has a Bluetooth version of 5, equal to that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 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 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 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.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus will work well with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android , 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.
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).
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. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have a latency of 134ms, a lower latency reduces audio lag and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have 6 microphones.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful 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 hear traffic.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 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, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus support the find earbuds feature.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your phone to play an alarm from your earbuds to help you locate them.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to fully charge a device.
Also the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 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. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have a control panel on them.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus 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 that has followed instruction manuals.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or placing them inside your pockets without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.