TC Acoustic launched the Bowers & Wilkins new generation of Pi7 & Pi5 in-ear noise cancelling headphones. First introduced in April 2021, these in-ears redefined expectations in the True Wireless category and marked the renowned British audio brand’s first entry into the TWS market. Now the brand has built upon the universal acclaim for its first-generation in-ear True Wireless headphones, with the introduction of two new upgraded models, the Pi7 S2 and Pi5 S2. Replacing the first-generation models, the two new designs reaffirm their status as the best-sounding True Wireless earbuds in the category.
The best just got better
Pi7 S2 maintains the industry-leading hi-resolution sound of its predecessor while making valuable upgrades to connectivity, earbud battery life, user experience, and introducing three new premium finishes. Both Pi7 S2 and Pi5 S2 feature upgraded wireless connectivity via a re-engineered antenna design with increased Bluetooth range to up to 25m ensuring an even more stable, high-quality listening experience.
Both new models feature an improved earbud battery life, now offering five hours of listening time before a recharge is required. They continue to offer a quick charge function delivering an additional two hours of listening time from just a 15-minute charge. Of course, the charging cases for each model provide additional battery life, with a further 16 hours available for Pi7 S2 and 19 hours available for Pi5 S2.
Premium design, new finishes
Pi7 S2 and Pi5 S2 continue to offer the class-leading, premium design expected from Bowers & Wilkins while introducing a wide range of new, refined finishes. Pi7 S2 is available in three new colours; Satin Black, Canvas White and Midnight Blue. With Pi5 S2, Bowers & Wilkins has introduced its widest range of headphone colours to date, available in Cloud Grey and Storm Grey, and in new vibrant colours, Spring Lilac and Sage Green.
Seamless user experience from the Music App
Pi7 S2 and Pi5 S2 are the latest headphone models to be fully integrated with the Bowers & Wilkins Music App. Offering a seamless user experience, complete with set-up, configuration of noise cancellation modes, and wear sensor adjustment, the Music App also supports hires streaming capability direct from your mobile device to your earbuds via services such as Qobuz, TIDAL and Deezer.
Smart, intuitive features
The Pi7 S2 continues to offer Wireless Audio Retransmission, a breakthrough feature originally introduced in the first-generation model, enabling users to connect to an external audio source – such as an in-flight entertainment system – and then wirelessly retransmit audio from that source to the earbuds, via the Smart charging case, all in outstanding sound quality.
Both models can be controlled via a simple one-button user interface – a single capacitive button on each earbud that can perform multiple tasks simply and elegantly – coupled to voice assistant support via either Siri or Google Assistant, depending on the connected device. The Bowers & Wilkins Music App also offers a range of user adjustments for customers who wish to fine tune their earbuds to their preferences.
True Wireless sound, redefined
As the flagship True Wireless model, the Pi7 S2 continues to offer support for Qualcomm aptX Adaptive allowing high-resolution music transmission from compatible streaming services and devices, enabled by 24-bit/48kHz wireless transmission between each earbud. Together, these two technologies continue to make the Pi7 S2 one of the very few True Wireless earbuds able to support high-resolution audio all the way from your music source to your ears.
Pi7 S2 features 9.2mm bespoke Bowers & Wilkins drive units, joined by a high-frequency ‘balanced armature’ driver, with each of the four drive units in the system actively driven by its own amplifier. Pi7 S2 also offers Adaptive Noise Cancellation to automatically monitor, analyse and adapt to its surroundings in order to produce the best possible, uninterrupted listening experience. That ANC system is paired with six microphones – three in each earbud – for crystal-clear sound quality with phone calls.
Class-leading, True Wireless sound
The new Pi5 S2 also continues to offer the best audio performance in its class, with TWS technology for robust, high-quality earbud-to-earbud synchronisation, coupled to a single 9.2mm bespoke drive unit in each earbud. The Pi5 S2 supports CD-quality playback thanks to the inclusion of high-quality aptX wireless transmission of music from an aptX-compatible mobile device. Pi5 S2 also offers seamless access to user-selectable noise-cancelling plus an ambient pass-through mode, and it features twin built-in microphones per earbud for high-quality phone calls.
The Pi7 S2 ($729) is available in Satin Black, Canvas White and Midnight Blue while the Pi5 S2 ($499) comes in Cloud Grey, Storm Grey, Spring Lilac, and Sage Green. Both models will be available from 28 March 2023 at tcacoustic.asia and at the TC Acoustic flagship store at The Adelphi.