Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has introduced up to date variations of its true wi-fi headphones however the Pi7 S2 will likely be a tricky promote for a lot of thanks to at least one key factor.
There’s lots to love about these earbuds they usually do outpace the AirPods Professional 2 by way of providing Hello-Res Audio however the asking value of $399/£349 could be too excessive within the yr of our Lord 2023 when the price of residing disaster exhibits 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 value 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 value is that this excessive.
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In case you do have the cash then the Pi7 S2 are significantly 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 computerized energetic 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 hook up with issues like in-flight leisure techniques through the charging case.
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Whereas that may be sufficient to tempt some, the premium value will put many off. The saving grace right here is that the Pi5 S2 come at a extra cheap value of $299/£249.
Though they lose out on the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive and Wi-fi Audio Retransmission, the charging case presents 19 hours of juice which is three greater than the Pi7 S2.
They are going to are available in Cloud Gray, Storm Gray, Spring Lilac, and Sage Inexperienced colourways and each new fashions will go on sale from 25 January. If you’re on the lookout for inexpensive wi-fi earbuds which have Hello-Res Audio then the Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional 2 may be of curiosity.