Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has introduced up to date variations of its true wi-fi headphones however the Pi7 S2 might be a troublesome promote for a lot of thanks to at least one key component.
There’s lots to love about these earbuds they usually do outpace the AirPods Professional 2 when it comes to providing Hello-Res Audio however the asking worth of $399/£349 could be too excessive within the yr of our Lord 2023 when the price of residing disaster reveals no indicators of assuaging.
That’s a full $150/£100 greater than Apple’s top-tier wi-fi earbuds and now Sony has dropped the worth of the WF-1000XM4 to $279/£199, the Pi7 S2 are $120/£150 dearer.
It’ll be robust for B&W to problem Apple and Sony when the worth is that this excessive.
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When you do have the cash then the Pi7 S2 are severely handsome earbuds and I don’t simply imply the brand new Satin Black, Canvas White and Midnight Blue colourways. Additionally they include a powerful spec sheet together with 9.2mm bespoke Bowers & Wilkins drive models, an elevated Bluetooth vary of 25m, longer five-hour battery life, six microphones and automated lively noise cancelling (ANC).
There’s additionally help for Qualcomm aptX Adaptive with the codec enabling Hello-Res 24-bit/48kHz streaming from appropriate providers and Wi-fi Audio Retransmission which means you may connect with issues like in-flight leisure techniques by way of the charging case.
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Whereas that is perhaps sufficient to tempt some, the premium worth will put many off. The saving grace right here is that the Pi5 S2 come at a extra cheap worth of $299/£249.
Though they lose out on the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive and Wi-fi Audio Retransmission, the charging case affords 19 hours of juice which is three greater than the Pi7 S2.
They’ll are available in Cloud Gray, Storm Gray, Spring Lilac, and Sage Inexperienced colourways and each new fashions will go on sale from 25 January. In case you are on the lookout for inexpensive wi-fi earbuds which have Hello-Res Audio then the Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional 2 is perhaps of curiosity.