Bowers & Wilkins PX review

8.4/10 AVG.
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  • Bowers & Wilkins PX
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX

A good pair of headphones, but they're asking price is just a little higher than you'd expect considering their sound quality.

- Jon Porter, TechRadar 


The B&W PX are the finest wireless, noise-cancelling headphones on the market.

- Ced Yuen, TrustedReviews 

Specs / Features


Overview
Type Over-Ear
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling Yes
Specification
Warranty (Months) 24 months
Release date October 3, 2017
Size
Weight N/A
Reviews summary section

What's good

  • Sleek, durable design
  • Well-balanced, soothing soundscape
  • Great sound quality for noise canceling headphones

What's bad

  • Does not fold down to smaller form factor
  • Heavy in comparison to other headphones
  • Not the best noise cancellation on the market

While you’ll find plenty of noise cancelling headphones from other manufacturers, the PX marks the debut of the feature from Bowers & Wilkins.

If you own other B&W cans, you probably didn’t realize you even wanted these. After all, the P7 provides some of the best audio quality for wireless headphones and already has pretty good noise reduction. However, the PX ups the game compared to B&W’s other models by adding active noise cancellation.

Right off the bat, you’ll be able to distinguish the PX from other Bowers and Wilkins headphones. They’ve done away with the leather and chrome, opting instead for fabric and anodized aluminum.

The new design certainly caught many people’s eyes, especially when combined with the showy gold. Of course, you can opt for the more subtle grey and black.

But they’re not just a pair of pretty headphones. They’re also durable. Reviewers could throw them in their backpack with heavy items like books without worrying about parts cracking or breaking. For those who want additional protection, the PX comes with a soft carrying case.

Perhaps the only drawback is its form factor. Unlike other wireless headphones, the PX does not fold up to a smaller size. If you want something more compact, or need to slip them in a small bag, these likely are not the best option.

They are also a bit heavy, weighing in at 336 grams (0.74 pounds). In the beginning, the added heft wasn't too annoying, but many reviewers noticed the weight more during longer listening sessions.

Luckily, the memory foam ear cups provided them with excellent ear comfort. If the pads ever wear out, you can easily replace them since they are attached to the rest of the headphones by magnets.

The sound is described as a bit on the warm side. And while the bass can go quite deep, they wouldn’t describe it as super punchy or defined. They recommend the cans more for natural or orchestral style music.

In terms of noise cancellation, the PX is not the best on the market. Still, once activated, critics noticed a significant reduction in outside noises leaking through the headphones. More importantly, they didn’t notice a significant drop in sound quality like many other noise cancellation headphones.

However, if you’re looking for headphones that truly block out all sound, then the PX might not be the right choice.

While it comes with a premium price tag, most experts have no issue recommending the B&W PX. Gizmodo states, “If you love great sound, you like noise canceling, and you can afford it, give the Bowers & Wilkins PX a go.” The Verge adds, “... I consider the B&W PX utterly essential."


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