Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds User Manual

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Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds User Manual

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds User Manual
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds User Manual

Specifications

Technical featuresTrue Wireless technology
Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX technology
Auto ANC
Wireless and USB-C charging
Fast charging support
Net weight7g for earbuds, 47g for charging case Table header is decorative
Bluetooth CodecsAptX
AAC
SBC
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP v1.3.1
AVRCP v1.6.1
HFP v1.7.1
HSP v1.2
BLE GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
Frequency BandTx mode: 2402MHz to 2480MHZ, ISM Band,
Rx mode: 2402MHz to 2480MHz, ISM Band
RF output power<10.0 dBm
Drive units9.2mm Dynamic Drive
Frequency range10Hz to 20kHz
Distortion (THD)<0.3% (1kHz/10mW)
Battery Life & ChargingUp to 4 hours Bluetooth, 15 minute charging = 2 hours Bluetooth
InputsBluetooth
FinishesWhite
Charcoal

Overview

Immersive audio

With aptX for high-quality wireless transmission, you can enjoy an incredibly immersive audio experience, whether you’re listening to your favorite music or the latest blockbuster movie.

TWS technology for true audio performance

A stable and reliable connection between earbuds means high-performance sound.

Quick, convenient wireless charging

PI5 will charge on any wireless charging pad, for seamless charging on the go. And Quick Charge Support means just 15 minutes of charging is good for two hours of listening and communication time – so you’re never separated from your music.

Advanced hybrid noise-cancellation

Ensure your listening pleasure is never compromised: our sophisticated noise-cancelling technology banishes unwanted noise and interruptions.

Getting to know your PI5

Switching Headphones On and Off

Switching On/Off

PI5 does not have a power control, instead the power management is automatic. Your PI5 earbuds will automatically charge when placed into the charging case, and will be ready to use when they are removed from the case.

When your earbuds are removed from the charging case, and not used for 5 minutes, they will enter a power saving mode. To exit power saving mode, start using the earbuds again by connecting your paired device, streaming audio or placing the earbuds into your ears.

Headphone Controls

Each earbud has a Multi-function button located on the top cap of the earbud, see Diagram 1. The Multi- function button controls are as follows:

Media Playback:

FunctionAction
Play or pausePress the Multi-function button once.
Play to next trackPress the Multi-function button twice in quick succession.
Play previous trackPress the Multi-function button three times in quick succession.

Phone call functionality:

FunctionAction
Answer callPress the Multi-function button once with incoming call.
End callWhen incoming call occurs, press the Multi-function button twice in quick succession.
Decline an incoming callPress the Multi-function button twice in quick succession with incoming call.

Intelligent Features

Adaptive Noise Cancellation

Noise cancellation is a series of advanced technologies that aids in removing undesired noise from the surrounding environment.

PI5 features our latest innovations in adaptive noise cancellation, this includes intelligent sensing that adapts noise cancellation and tuning best suited to your surrounding environment. As your surroundings change, noise cancellation will auto adapt to complement your new environment.

The noise cancellation features is activated by pressing the left (L) earbud Multi-function button for 1 second, additional 1 second presses cycle through the modes: On, Auto or Off. See Diagram 2 for button location.

ModeApplication
OnRemoves undesired noise from the surrounding environment.
AutoIntelligently adapts noise cancellation best suited to your current environment.
OffTurns off the noise cancellation feature.

Voice Assistance

Voice Assistance is activated by pressing the right (R) earbud Multi-function button for 1 second. See Digram 2 for button location.

Ambient Pass-Through

PI5 features ambient pass-through which lets some external noise from the surrounding environment, such as safety announcements or conversations, to be heard without taking the headphones off.

Ambient pass-through can be enabled or disabled through Bowers & Wilkins headphone App. The level of ambient pass-through, High/Low/Off, can be adjusted to suite your needs through the App.

Wear Sensors

PI5 incorporate our latest enhanced wear detection sensors in both earbuds. The sensors enable intelligent battery conservation by entering power saving mode when removed from the ears. When worn again, PI5 automatically wakes and connects to the last connected Bluetooth device.

The sensors will also pause audio when the earbuds are removed from your ears. Playback will auto resume when the earbud is placed back in the ear. Auto resume has been further optimised so it is ready only when you are.

Wear sensor can be turned off from the Bowers & Wilkins Headphone App.

Note: Take special care when wearing your earphones, hair or accessories trapped between your ears and the earbuds may interfere with proximity sensing.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds Intelligent Features
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds Intelligent Features

Stowing the Earbuds

When not in use, the PI5 earbuds should be stored inside the charging case where they will be recharged ready for future use.

Battery Charging

PI5 ships with the case and earbud batteries partially charged and may be used immediately. For best practice we recommend fully charging the earbuds before first use. Please allow up to 3 hours for full charge.

To charge the PI5 earbuds:

  1. Place the PI5 earbuds in the charging case.
  2. Close the charging case lid.

To charge the PI5 charging case:

  1. Use the supplied USB charging cable and connect the USB plug to a USB wall charger or a powered computer USB socket.
  2. Then connect the USB-C end to the charging case USB-C socket.

Note: During charging, the case indicator will blink green. When fully charged, the indicator will remain illuminated. The case can be charged with or without the earbuds being housed inside the case.

To charge the PI5 case with a wireless charging station:

  1. Place the charging case onto a wireless charging station.
  2. Ensure that the rear of the charging case is on the charging station (with the case indicator facing up).

Note: During charging, the case indicator will blink green. When fully charged, the indicator will remain illuminated.

Status Indicator

The status indicator is located on the front of the case. When the earbuds are placed in the case the LED provides information about the earbuds. When the earbuds are removed from the case the LED provides information on the charging case. See Diagram 3 for LED states.

With the earbuds in the charging case

IlluminationOperational state
Green (case lid open)Earbud battery charge > 40%
Yellow (after power on)Earbud battery charge >20%, <40%
Red (after power on)Earbud battery charge <20%
Red (blinking)Earbud factory reset
Red (solid)Hardware reset / system crash
Blue (blinking)Pairing mode enabled
Blue (3 sec solid)Pairing successful

With the earbuds removed from the charging case

IlluminationOperational state
Green (case lid open)Battery charging > 40%
Yellow (after power on)Battery charging >20%, <40%
Red (after power on)Battery charging <20%
Red (blinking)Factory reset
Red (solid)Hardware reset / system crash

Bluetooth Connectivity

Pairing

Your PI5 earphones are designed to stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth audio devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or computers. To do so, the earphones and device must first be paired.

When you receive your PI5 earphones they will be ready to pair to any Bluetooth audio device.

iOS System / Android System without Google FastPair.

  1. Download the Bowers & Wilkins Headphone App.
  2. Open the case lid, the case indicator will flash blue.
  3. Go to the Bluetooth pairing menu of your device and select the “Bowers & Wilkins PI5” from the device list.
  4. The case indicator will change to solid blue to indicate pairing is successful.
  5. Open the Bowers & Wilkins app and add the headphones.

Note: Your earphones will automatically exit Bluetooth pairing mode if no device is paired within 5 minutes. If pairing fails, the indicator will rapid flash blue, please try pairing again.

To pair to a subsequent device.

  1. Open the case lid with the earbuds placed inside the case.
  2. Press and hold the button inside the case for between 1 and 5 seconds, the case indicator will flash blue.
  3. Go to the Bluetooth pairing menu of your new device and select the “Bowers & Wilkins PI5” from the device list.
  4. The case indicator will change to solid blue to indicate pairing is successful.

PI5 can remember up to 4 paired Bluetooth Devices. Repeat the above steps to pair more devices.

Note: Your earbuds will automatically exit Bluetooth pairing mode if no device is paired within 5 minutes. If pairing fails, the indicator will rapid flash blue, please try pairing again.

Google FastPair (For Android System integrated with GFP Feature)

To add your headphones:

  1. Place the case no further than 10cm (4 inches) away from Android device (BT enabled) and open the PI5 case lid.
  2. A GFP (Google FastPair) notification window will pop up showing “Bowers & Wilkins PI5 detected” and request to start the pairing process.
  3. Press “Notification” button on the window to enable the pairing, successful connection will be shown in GFP window.
  4. Once paired:
  • GFP window will direct you to the Google Play store to download and Install the Bowers & Wilkins App.
  • L/R Earbud and case Battery Level can be seen on the GFP window

Disconnect from a Device

Note: Your earphones will automatically exit Bluetooth pairing mode if no device is paired within 5 minutes. If pairing fails, the indicator will rapid flash blue, please try pairing again.  

You can quickly disconnect PI5 from a device by putting the earbuds back to the case. Alternatively, you can manage connection in further detail using the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app under Connections.

App features

The Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app provides extended setup and adjustments to features such as Adaptive Noise Cancellation, Ambient Pass- Through, and Wear Sensors. The app also provides further customisations such as voice prompt, level of ambient pass-through, connection management, and headphone software updates. The app is available as a free download on iOS and Android devices.

To add your headphones:

  1. From your mobile device, download and install the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app.
  2. Launch the app, then read and follow the instructions pertaining app notification and permissions.
  3. After reaching the main screen, simply tap + and following the in-app instructions.

Headphone Software Update

Bowers & Wilkins will occasionally make available software updates that refine and optimise the performance of your headphones or add new features.

The Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app will notify you when a software update is available, tap on the notification and follow the in-app instructions.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Connectivity
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Connectivity

Wearing Your Headphones

Wearing your headphones correctly will help ensure you get the best possible experience, see Diagram 5. Like many in-ear earphones, PI5 earbuds are designed to seal the ear canal in order to perform optimally. Ear tips come in three sizes (small, medium and large). Finding the proper size for your ear is critical to obtaining a good seal and ensure PI5, and the advanced features such as Adaptive Noise Cancellation, perform optimally.

  1. Identify the left and right earbud by finding the L and R identification located on the inner side on each earbud.
  2. Place the earbuds in your ear and twist the ear bud backwards slightly so that the tips engages comfortably with the opening of the ear canal.
  3. If the earbud tip feels to large or small try another size ear tip to ensure the best possible fit.

Note: To optimise call quality, please ensure the microphone located underneath the earbud is facing outward, see Diagram 5.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds Wearing Your Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Earbuds Wearing Your Headphones

Reset/Troubleshooting

Factory Reset

You can clear the paired devise history and restore all setting to their defaults.

To factory reset the earbuds, open the charging case with the earbuds placed inside. Press and hold the button on the inside of the case for 5 seconds and release. The indicator on the case will turn red to indicate the reset.

NOTE: In the case of earbuds are not functioning properly, please perform a factory reset to resolve the issue.

Hard Reset

To hard reset the earbuds, open the case with the earbuds placed inside. Press and hold the button inside the case for 15 seconds until LED indicator goes off and illuminates in green to indicate completion of hard reset process.

NOTE: For a serious system crash (solid red LED light), please perform a hard reset.

Caring For Your Earphones

Your earbuds can be cleaned by a damp cloth and gently dabbing until clean. Do not use cleaning detergents, rubbing alcohol, or chemical cleaners/ polish, doing so may damage your earbuds.

Service / Support

If you need help troubleshooting a specific problem, or simply have a question you would like answered, please initially consult the Headphone support section of the Bowers & Wilkins website: www.bowerswilkins.com.

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