Bowers and Wilkins may be a bit late in the word-canceling game but at least in this case it was worth it to wait. The noise-cancellation must have fascinated, but what is more surprising is that B.K.
Unfortunately, their sound quality does not keep pace with their other innovations, leading to a pair of headphones that ultimately lack the greatness of the truth.
- Fantastic sound
- Handy smart sensors
- Auto power/connect/play
- Attractive design
- Powerful audio performance with rich bass and crisp highs.
- Comfortable, stylish design.
- Cable included for wired use.
- Noise cancellation can be turned off.
- App allows for nuanced NC adjustments.
- Noise-cancellation impresses
- Auto pause-play works well
- USB-C charging
- Noise cancellation could be stronger
- Glitchy in testing.
- NC changes audio performance noticeably.
- Can’t be used in wired passive mode—cable requires power.
- Sound lacks definition
- No classic B&W black leather
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The Boers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones are a rare misdiagnosis of iconic audio resources, buggy operation and audio performance that change after noise cancellation is enabled.
- Review Price: £329.99
- Wireless with aptX HD Bluetooth
- 22 hours’ battery life (NC and BT on)
- Smart sensors for auto power/play
- Choice of NC modes (via app)
What is the Bowers & Wilkins PX?
Boers and Wilkins are best known for hi-fi speakers, but the company also puts on some fantastic headphones. B&W PX is its first crack at wireless, noise-canceling headphones sets.
Wireless NC headphones are more popular than ever, but face stiff competition from the B&W Bose QuietSculpSoft 35 (a perennial favorite) and the Sony MDR-1000X (our Reigned Champ).
To differentiate itself, B&W’s luxury and audiophile focus on the key strengths of sound quality – but it also has some impressive tricks on its sleeve. It’s a winning combination: B&W PX is one of the best wireless, noise-canceling headphones on the market.
Bowers & Wilkins PX – Design:
The design of the B&W does not stray too far from the previous models. That is, you get enough leather-lined padding and sculpted metallic material – the equivalent of an executive armchair headphone. There are some fresh, contemporary features but the overall aesthetic is incredibly b
The ear cups are elliptical in shape, which creates a better seal than the rounded shapes around your ear. A wire metal frame and exposed cables attach the ear cups to the headband.
In the past, B&W headphones were heavily wrapped in leather. Here, however, it is lined with replaceable ear cups and a limited outer outer bottom of the headband, the PX lined with ballistic nylon. The metallic material is still made of aluminum, only now much of it is anodized rather than high polished. The overall impact further is Aston Martin; Less Bentley
Sound-canceling headphones, on the go, are some of the best ones I’ve tested: PX is beautiful headphones. These are far more luxurious than plastic – and admittedly lighter – than the Bose QC35, and the Sony MDR-1000X.
The B&W PX is available in a combination of two colors: black with ‘space gray’ aluminum or dark blue with ‘soft gold’.
Bowers & Wilkins PX – Features:
Good-looks alone can’t cut it, so thankfully the B&W PX sport a long list of features. These are no ordinary wireless noise-cancelling headphones.
I’ll start with wireless. PX uses Bluetooth, but not all types of Bluetooth in your garden – they are compatible with Aptx HD. This is an upgraded version of the already advanced Aptech codec and it can transmit high-resolution audio at 24-bit / 48kHz. Apex HD will be available on many of the leading portable devices like LG V30 smartphones.
The drive units were taken from B&W’s flagship P9 Signature headphones, so you know the meaning of the Pix. The 40mm drivers are slightly angled to create a more convincing soundstage.
In case of noise cancellation, you get a choice of NC modes with different levels of ambient audio passthrough. The ‘City’ setting lets you hear traffic noise so you don’t have to risk getting in and out of headphones. The ‘Office’ setting gives voice so you can know what you need. Most words of ‘flight’ are canceled to prevent engine noise. It is controlled by the Android / iOS app.
The most impressive about these headphones is the B&W’s smart sensor, designed to reduce the faults that are compatible with Bluetooth headphones: power and harness.
After your initial setup, Pix is able to automatically power up, connect, and resume playing music – all you need to do is keep it in your head. Remove them, raise an ear or put them on your neck and they will pause automatically. Leave them undisturbed and they will move to standby, waiting for the next time again.
There are onboard controls for overriding smart sensors – they’re not flawed – but, generally, I find myself only using buttons to increase the volume or change the volume. I rarely hit pause / play and manage the usage days without touching the power button once. This is hugely impressive. Even more impressive is that this wizardry does not come at the expense of battery life.
B&W claims a 22 hour rating with both Bluetooth and noise cancellation, and that seems to me right. You get 29 hours with BT turned on and NC off. Turn everything off and return using cables and you will achieve 50 hours.
When you run out of juice, the B&W PX recharges via USB-C cable, which is unusual; Most competitors use micro-USB. USB-C can be used to digitally play music from USB connections, if not using your (analog) 3.5mm cable.
Bowers & Wilkins PX – Performance:
B&W PX sounds great. In fact, the ones I’ve reviewed are the best-bowling wireless noise-canceling headphones. In terms of live audio quality, they will be tough to beat.
There is an extraordinary feeling of space. The instruments are given room to breathe and the soundstage is neatly arranged. The presentation is so cool that, for a moment, I thought these were open-back headphones.
The level of detail is also great. Texture not only indicates the instruments used, but also how they are used. Then there is the amazing control of kinetic – the PX is a quick, precise performer, knowing when to be loose with infectious energy,
Buena Vista Social Club’s piano-led masterpiece ‘Pueblo Nuevo’ made many headphones or speaker trips with PBS B&W PX It is easy to feel the power of Reuben Gonzales coming as he hammers the keys and ticks them in the middle and everything in between. . The tops and front edges of the notes make it clear exactly what he is doing.
It’s better if you use AptX HD compatibility আমি I thought it would be pointless to listen to hi-res tracks on Bluetooth headphones, but that’s just not it. In wireless mode, the B&W PX can present a level of suction, mobility, detailed definition and spatial information that one would expect from a pair of headphones.
Tonal balance is good as well. In the past, B&W headphones tended to favor a warmer sound that was somewhat richer; Here, it seems to have toned down a bit. The low-end is never indifferent – there is enough power to nd the track authority but there is also enough control to make sure the bass is never distracted. The middle range is just beautiful. The vocals and the guitars are direct and transparent – it’s a natural, insightful sound.
If there is a negative one, it might be better to cancel the word. Needless to say it lacks; It is very effective at blocking short and constant noise like office and air conditioning, or road traffic. And there’s no reckoning, which is always a good thing.
PX sounds unexpected, such as just a little less effective at voices. As a result, it is possible to hear people at the desk two rows away with excitement over the Maine girls on occasion. It was only possible to hear platform announcements on the train – not enough to hear what was being said, but I was aware that there was someone on the PA system. This is where B&W’s rivals make some ground – both the gold MDR-1000X and the Bose Coyote-Discomfort 35 are more effective at trimming this kind of sound.
Still, it’s a small price to pay for the musical performance of this caliber. If this word filters out the word, I’ll be too busy hiding your toes to notice.
Should I buy the Bowers & Wilkins PX?
If you want the most sound, most music-efficient pairs for the most musical sound-canceling headphones I’ve never heard better, and the smart sensor element actually makes the music playback a more pleasurable experience, since you don’t need to fault the connections. If you are an audiophile on the go, no need to look further.
Although the competition is fierce for passive passenger isolation, the Bose QuietSculpSoft 35 is still a hitting headphone. They are not as talented as the musical, but if you want to shut yourself out of the world, there is no match for B&W Bose.
Then there’s the Sony MDR-1000X, which has a better music performance than Bose and a stronger noise cancellation than B&W.
Practically, a perfect pair of PX Wireless headphones are comfortable to fit, their sound-canceling great and their ingenious ability to automatically switch on and off as appropriate should mean that you will be able to consume every drop that goes beyond their reasonable battery life.
However, unfortunately the sound quality has been compromised in their noble attempt to give the best performance. It’s not that bad, but in 2017 you can expect more from premium-priced pair headphones and should do so, even if they’re equipped with noise-canceling.
We now live in a world where a pair of headphones like the AKG N60F Wireless can come in mid-range price points while delivering the same functionality of PK Wireless.
So, in the end, the Bowlers and Wilkins PX are a good pair of wireless headphones, but they are asking for prices that are a bit higher than you would expect considering their sound quality.
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