Sony WF 1000XM3See 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||Sony WF 1000XM3||Bowers & Wilkins PI7|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||✗||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||6mm||9.2mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||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||✗||✓|
|supports bluetooth pairing using nfc||✓||✗|
|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 refer to the level of protection given by a casing, against dust and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IP54, the Bowers & Wilkins PI7'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 value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a weight of 17g . We prefer a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7, at 50g are heavier than the Sony WF 1000XM3 with a difference of 33g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Sony WF 1000XM3 are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have cables linking the pair of earbuds together.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the pair of earbuds together.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 come with wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
The earbud foam is made to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The Sony WF 1000XM3 have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have stereo speakers
ANC uses advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) and producing -1 (inverted noise) giving 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have Active Noise Cancellation making either of the earbuds ideal for flights and rush hour travels. The Sony WF 1000XM3 and Bowers & Wilkins PI7 work with different noise cancellation modes, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that suites your relaxation time.
Sony WF 1000XM3 sit tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces your environment sounds while preventing the device music from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that they limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a unit size of 6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, its size corellates with the sound produced by the earbuds.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 3.2mm , many people have a misconception 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 are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
Sony WF 1000XM3's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component generates low recognizable frequencies 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 Sony WF 1000XM3
The Sony WF 1000XM3's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio device makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal treble
Sony WF 1000XM3 have neodymium magnets, if used in earbuds produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux.
Sony WF 1000XM3's battery life is 8 hours, a device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chanrgings.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's battery life is less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 3.5 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Sony WF 1000XM3's case is said to have a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7's charging case has a battery life of 18 hours, less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 6 hours
It takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF 1000XM3's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 takes 3 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 0.5 hours
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging status of your earbuds and case.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you determine the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 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 is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement 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 Sony WF 1000XM3 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Sony WF 1000XM3
Sony WF 1000XM3 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 the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sony WF 1000XM3 will work well 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.
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).
The Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have 4 microphones.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 microphones are 6, more than that of Sony WF 1000XM3 by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a noise-canceling microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can 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 but also be aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a run but would still want to hear traffic.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
When lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sony WF 1000XM3 have a find earbuds feature.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have the find earbuds feature. You can use the device app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your device to locate them.
Sony WF 1000XM3 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to fully 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. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also support the mute function. It means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
With the Sony WF 1000XM3, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 too have a control panel on them.
The Sony WF 1000XM3 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 that has followed instruction manuals.
Sony WF 1000XM3 have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, say if there is an issue 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.
Sony WF 1000XM3 come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or placing them inside your bag without a cover can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 also have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.