Bowers & Wilkins PX review

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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
Weight 335 grams
(11.83 ounces)

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."


Critic Reviews


Digital Trends

An impressive, feature-packed first entry into noise-canceling cans

from Digital Trends

The Bowers and Wilkins PX’s rich sound, highly competent noise cancellation, and great looks add up to an impressive first entry into the high-end noise-canceling headphones segment.

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The Bowers and Wilkins PX’s rich sound, highly competent noise cancellation, and great looks add up to an impressive first entry into the high-end noise-canceling headphones segment.

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RTINGS

A suitable premium option for commute and travel

from RTINGS

The Bowers and Wilkins PX are decent mixed-usage, wireless headphones, with great isolation for commuting, and a sturdy premium design. They are easily one of the best-built over-ears we've tested, and they have a good enough sound quality for most listeners. Unfortunately, their best noise isola...More

The Bowers and Wilkins PX are decent mixed-usage, wireless headphones, with great isolation for commuting, and a sturdy premium design. They are easily one of the best-built over-ears we've tested, and they have a good enough sound quality for most listeners. Unfortunately, their best noise isolation profile negatively affects their sound quality, they're slightly bulky and heavy, and they're uncomfortably tight on the head at first.

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Home Theater Review

Deliver a more audiophile sound, great comfort, and sexy looks

from Home Theater Review

Compared with my reference P7, the new Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are a major improvement. They sound better. They have better ergonomics. They have killer battery life. They are easier to travel with. There's just a lot to like here. In the ultra-competitive world of $400 high-performanc...More

Compared with my reference P7, the new Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are a major improvement. They sound better. They have better ergonomics. They have killer battery life. They are easier to travel with. There's just a lot to like here. In the ultra-competitive world of $400 high-performance wireless headphones, the PX headphones should absolutely be on your short list of products to consider.

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Sound Guys

Pretty headphones are pretty

from Sound Guys

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones are one of the better-built headphones we've ever tested. But when it comes to sound quality and their active noise cancelling it just isn't up to par with some of the other headphones in the $400 price range. If you get these headphones you're basi...More

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones are one of the better-built headphones we've ever tested. But when it comes to sound quality and their active noise cancelling it just isn't up to par with some of the other headphones in the $400 price range. If you get these headphones you're basically paying for the great build materials and design.

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Gear Diary

A fantastic choice

from Gear Diary

Music played through the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones is exceptional — not too bass-heavy (unless the song demands it), very clear, symphonic. I listened to an assortment of artists in various genres, and the PX handled all perfectly.

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Music played through the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones is exceptional — not too bass-heavy (unless the song demands it), very clear, symphonic. I listened to an assortment of artists in various genres, and the PX handled all perfectly.

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Techgoondu

Relies on great audio quality

from Techgoondu

At S$569, the PX is priced competitively. It’s not the cheapest, but I’d lean towards the B&W headphones. For me, they best the other two offerings in terms of style and sound quality, which matter more to me.

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At S$569, the PX is priced competitively. It’s not the cheapest, but I’d lean towards the B&W headphones. For me, they best the other two offerings in terms of style and sound quality, which matter more to me.

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The Next Web

Beautiful sound – after I got a haircut

from The Next Web

They sound wonderful, look gorgeous, and have some genuinely useful features. Just make sure you have a proper seal before you judge their sound – and maybe get a haircut.

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They sound wonderful, look gorgeous, and have some genuinely useful features. Just make sure you have a proper seal before you judge their sound – and maybe get a haircut.

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Tom's Guide

High tech for a high price

from Tom's Guide

Get the Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphones if you want a premium pair of cans with a stylish, sturdy design, adjustable active noise cancellation and long battery life. $399.99 Best Buy

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Get the Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphones if you want a premium pair of cans with a stylish, sturdy design, adjustable active noise cancellation and long battery life. $399.99 Best Buy

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Daily Express

Bose QC35 gets some really smart competition

from Daily Express

Bowers and Wilkins are back with their first pair of noise cancelling headphones. With top-notch sound and incredible battery life they should be top of your list.

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Bowers and Wilkins are back with their first pair of noise cancelling headphones. With top-notch sound and incredible battery life they should be top of your list.

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Gizmodo

Best-in-class sound quality

from Gizmodo

If you love great sound, you like noise cancelling, and you can afford it, give the Bowers & Wilkins PX a go. It’s a steep price, but you’re actually getting a ton of quality for the money.

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If you love great sound, you like noise cancelling, and you can afford it, give the Bowers & Wilkins PX a go. It’s a steep price, but you’re actually getting a ton of quality for the money.

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