Bowers & Wilkins has made a number of completely different wi-fi headphones, however the PX is the corporate’s first headphone to function each Bluetooth and noise cancelling — and it is really the corporate’s first noise-cancelling headphone of any variety.
Obtainable in two colour choices, area grey and comfortable gold, the PX has that modern, refined design that Bowers & Wilkins headphones are identified for, with some metallic components and ballistic nylon on its ear cups. It prices $400, £330 or AU$549.
The PX feels fairly sturdy and I preferred how its reminiscence foam-equipped, elliptical-shaped ear cushions adhere magnetically and are simply replaceable (though there is not any phrase but on how a lot alternative ear pads will price). The headphone is comfy to put on, however it’s not as mild or fairly as comfy as Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II.
Like earlier wi-fi Bowers & Wilkins headphones, the PX comes with a quilted carrying case and a cable for listening in wired mode so you may plug into an in-flight leisure system. It is price noting that this headphone expenses through USB-C, not Micro-USB, and its battery life is rated at 22 hours with wi-fi and noise cancelling turned on. That quantity is correct there with the battery lifetime of competing fashions from Bose, Sony and Beats.
As for the built-in controls, I like how the center multifunction button is raised greater than the quantity controls, which helps you to function the distant — it is on the fitting ear cup — by really feel alone.
The PX with its carrying case, headphone twine and USB-C charging cable.
A number of noise cancelling settings
Total, B&W’s adaptive noise cancelling is not fairly as sturdy because the noise cancelling on the Bose QC35 II. However utilizing the free companion app for iOS and Android units you may toggle by three modes of noise cancellation based mostly on the setting you are in. The modes embrace workplace, metropolis and flight.
To maximise sound high quality, you may flip off noise cancelling altogether within the app or push a button on the fitting ear cup to toggle it on or off (nevertheless, there is not any voice assistant to let you recognize it is off, you simply must sense it). Another choice is to regulate the extent of pass-through sound so you may higher hear folks speaking, and B&W guarantees that the headphones will add options and enhance over time by software program updates.
The opposite function price highlighting is the auto-pause/auto-resume function: For those who pull an ear cup off your ear, your music pauses after which resumes as quickly as you place the ear cup again in your ear. Throughout my quick preliminary take a look at interval, the function labored virtually flawlessly and the headphones’ wi-fi Bluetooth efficiency was usually very strong. I additionally thought it labored effectively as a headset for calls.
Similar drivers as high-end P9
The PX’s drivers are the identical angled drivers beforehand present in Bowers & Wilkins’ high-end P9 headphone, and that angled design is meant to create a “extra convincing soundstage,” in line with the corporate.
Total, I did assume the PX sounded fairly open for a closed-back headphone and it had good readability and was pure sounding within the midrange (and sounded fairly pure total). The bass goes deep however I would not say it is tremendous punchy or tremendous extremely outlined. In different phrases, there’s some heat to the headphone, which suggests it lacks a bit sizzle, however that is not essentially a nasty factor; it is simply the best way it sounds. Observe: The sound signature is mounted, with no EQ settings out there within the app, which I personally do not thoughts.
I’ve solely been listening to the PX for a number of days, so I am not prepared to provide it a ultimate score but. However my preliminary impression is that whereas it does not blow away the competitors from Sony, Bose and Beats, it does sound glorious for a wi-fi noise-cancelling headphone and is a powerful contender on this value class.
Shut-up of the built-in distant and noise-cancelling on/off button simply subsequent to it.
I will have a extra fleshed out comparability to the Bose QC35 II, Sony WH-1000XM2 and the Beats Studio3 Wi-fi within the coming weeks. Within the meantime, listed here are the PX’s key options, in line with Bowers & Wilkins:
With built-in sensors, the headphones will swap on instantly and mechanically resume taking part in your music; put them down they usually return to stand-by mode. Elevate an ear cup to speak, or dangle them round your neck, and PX will pause the music, resuming playback whenever you’re able to pay attention. PX has three adaptive noise cancelling modes through a companion app for iOS and Android: Metropolis permits by site visitors noise for security functions; Workplace permits by voices so you may hear colleagues after they speak to you; Flight cancels ambient engine noise. The app additionally permits firmware updates for extra function upgrades. The 40mm drive models function the identical angled design discovered on the P9 (the drivers are the identical because the P9’s). aptX HD Bluetooth know-how for units that assist that customary. 22 hours of playback in wi-fi noise cancellation mode, 33 hours in wired noise cancellation mode. Obtainable now in two colours: area grey and comfortable gold with blue trim. The value is $400, £330 or AU$549.