Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless In Ear Headphones

Test 01/2020

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Test seal: Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless In Ear Headphones, Rating 9.1

last modified: 23.03.2020, 19:42

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All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Wearing comfort 30%
Design 10%
Handling 10%
Battery life 10%
Tested by: Lasse



The Bowers and Wilkins PI3 has a very good sound, which is produced by two separate drivers for high/mid and low frequencies. Telephoning is also no problem with the headphones. A firm fit in the ear is guaranteed by the attachments and stabilizer fins supplied in 3 different sizes. One point of critique is the neck cable: Firstly, the touch of the cable can be heard as a sound in the ear, secondly, the cable is relatively long so that it can be disturbing for people with a small head or short neck.


  • Sound quality
  • Aptx codec
  • Two separate drivers for high/mid and low frequencies
  • Good fit in the ear thanks to various attachments


  • Touching the cable can be heard as a sound in the ear
  • App has only few functions
  • Bluetooth stability

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These in-ear wireless headphones with neckband convince with a very good sound.

Appearance and equipment

I have tested the Bowers & Wilkins PI3 in the colour "space grey". The In-Ear Headphones with neck cord are well made and make a high-quality impression.

They are included in the delivery:

  • In-Ear headphones
  • Hybrid silicone rubber ear pads and stabilizer fins, one pair each in sizes S, M and L
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Transport bag
  • Operating instructions
  • Security and warranty card

Operating the headphones

The headphones are already preloaded so that you can start right away. To connect the headphones to your mobile phone, for example, press the on/off button for 2 seconds to turn them on and then press it for another 5 seconds to activate pairing mode. The LED on the right control panel will now flash blue. You can now search for "PI3 Bowers & Wilkins" in the Bluetooth settings to connect to the headphones. The LED is now solid blue.

Now insert the headphones and rotate them so that the stabiliser fins are firmly seated in your earcup, giving the headphones a more secure fit. There are two control panels on the neck cord that connects the two earpieces.

control panels

The right-hand control panel has two volume control buttons and one for pause/play, fast/rewind and answer/reject calls. The charging jack is also located here. On the left control panel is the on/off button, which is also used to enter pairing mode.

Once you have connected to the headphones, they will automatically connect to the last used or your favourite device after switching on. You can configure this in the corresponding app.

The app also allows you to manage other Bowers and Wilkins devices, view their battery status and be alerted to any software updates that can be made via the app.

Wearing comfort

stopper and stabilizer fins

The headphones sit comfortably in the ear. The various supplied attachments ensure that the right size is available for each ear. If you insert the headphones into your ear as described, they should also fit firmly. If they are too loose and slip out, try another attachment. The neck cord makes everything feel a bit more stable and if a headphone should fall out, it will not lie directly on the floor.


The PI3 in the ear

The headphones have a good sound: clear trebles, balanced mid-range and appealing bass. The headphones do not have a noise-cancelling function. They offer the aptx codec for Bluetooth connections (provided the audio transmitter also has aptx) and two separate drivers for high/mid and low frequencies. In general, you will experience a rich stereo sound. The so-called 360°-8D sounds can also be played back.


The Bluetooth stability is rather mediocre. At a distance of 8 meters and 3 lightweight walls as a barrier, the first dropouts occur. As soon as you get back into the Bluetooth range, the headphones connect automatically and the music starts playing again.


An incoming call can be accepted by briefly pressing the Pause/Play button, or rejected by pressing it twice. The caller is very easy to understand using the Bowers & Wilkins PI3. They can also understand you clearly. However, as the PI3 does not have an Active Noise Cancelling function, background noise can quickly become a disturbing factor on the phone.

Transport box

carrier bag

The transport bag does not serve here as a charging station, but only as a storage possibility. In order to charge the headphones, they must be connected to a USB charging station with the supplied USB-C charging cable or to a power outlet with an adapter.

Other types of headphones

You are not a fan of In-Ear headphones and would like to have headphones to put on? Have a look at our Noise Cancelling Headphone Test.
Or rather with cable and suitable for the recording studio or home studio? Then our Studio Headphone Test would be something for you.

We have evaluated about 50 reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 72 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.2 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 72% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Sound quality
  • Good fit in the ear

Negative comments were made on the following points:

  • Touching the cable can be heard as a sound in the ear
  • Headphones show defects after long use
Manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins
EAN 0714346332793
Quality impression Excellent
Scope of delivery Headphones, charging cable (USB-C), carrying bag, rubber replacement attachments, operating instructions, safety and warranty card
Additional warranty 2 years
Quality of instructions Good
Manual language Pictures with English explanations
Height 82 cm
Width 3 cm
Depth 2.2 cm
Weight 30 g
Wireless Headphones are connected to each other via neck cable
Battery life 8 hours
Particularly suitable for sports
Firm fit in the ear
Bluetooth stability Mediocre
Microphone/ Phone call function
Noise Cancelling
Packaging High-quality cardboard with pictures
Sound quality
Wearing comfort
Battery life

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Which Bluetooth version do the headphones have?
The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 features Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX adaptive technology.
Do the headphones have a quick charge function?
Yes, with 15 minutes of Quick Recharge, the headphones get 2 hours of battery life.


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