British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled two True Wireless headphones, the PI7 and PI5, designed to deliver audio “the way it is meant to be heard, and as the artist intended it.” The more expensive $399 PI7 headphones (pictured below) feature hi-res 24-bit audio processing in each earbud and ‘dual hybrid-drive’ units, which the company says work like high-performance speakers. Adaptive noise cancellation regulates levels in real time based on the listener’s surroundings. The PI7’s included B&W Smartcase charges the device while on-the-go, and retransmits audio wirelessly and directly to the ‘phones (for example, from an in-flight entertainment system).

The cheaper $249 PI5 set, meanwhile, offers 24 hours of battery life, active noise cancellation, and a fast-charging case providing a two-hour battery life boost from a 15-minute charge. Both models can be configured via a B&W companion app with voice assistant support options. The PI7 and PI5 products are available now.

Geoff Edwards, Brand President, Bowers & Wilkins, said, “We are excited to be venturing into the True Wireless category with our new headphones. It’s long been our philosophy, established by our founder John Bowers, that we would only enter a new category if we believed that we could set a new standard for audio performance in that space. With PI7 and PI5, we truly believe we have achieved that.”

HDR10+ Technologies has announced an increased adoption of its licensed offerings in the consumer electronics and pro arenas, boasting a roster of over 100 participating companies. Paramount+ is delivering HDR10+ on original show The Stand, with the studio now joining OTT services from Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and YouTube. Additionally, Google and Roku have become the latest companies to certify HDR10+ products and will be making available a number of compatible devices. HDR10+ is also now part of the new APEX (Airline Passenger EXperience) Association standard meaning the format can be used on in-flight entertainment systems.



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