These in-ear wireless headphones with neckband convince with a very good sound.
Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless In Ear Headphones
last modified: 23.03.2020, 19:42
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Wireless||Headphones are connected to each other via neck cable|
|Battery life||8 hours|
|Particularly suitable for sports||✔|
|Firm fit in the ear||✔|
|Microphone/ Phone call function||✔|
|Packaging||High-quality cardboard with pictures|
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