Bowers & Wilkins PX review

8.6/10 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


Bowers & Wilkins Performance - PX draws on decades of Bowers & Wilkins design experience to take you to the very heart of the music with its breath-taking performance | Adaptive Noise Cancellation - Perfect sound anywhere - on a plane, in the street or in the office. The best adaptive noise cancelling headphones, customizable to your exact preference. | Feel More of Your Music - Built with the same drive units from our P9 Signature headphones, the PX provides optimized listening performance. We have also subtly angled the drivers to provide a more natural stereo perspective. | PX Responds to Y... More

Bowers & Wilkins Performance - PX draws on decades of Bowers & Wilkins design experience to take you to the very heart of the music with its breath-taking performance | Adaptive Noise Cancellation - Perfect sound anywhere - on a plane, in the street or in the office. The best adaptive noise cancelling headphones, customizable to your exact preference. | Feel More of Your Music - Built with the same drive units from our P9 Signature headphones, the PX provides optimized listening performance. We have also subtly angled the drivers to provide a more natural stereo perspective. | PX Responds to You - When you need to pause, lift an ear cup. Put PX down and it goes to sleep. Pick it up to resume playing. Worry less about your headphones, and enjoy your music more. | Smart Power - With a 22-hour battery life, PX is always ready; put it down and it goes into power-saving sleep mode; pick it up and you're good to go. PX is the smartest Bluetooth headphone on the market.

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Specification

Overview
Type Over-Ear
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling Yes
Brand Bowers & Wilkins
Model FP39683
Warranty 24 months
Release date 3-October-2017
Weight 335 grams
(11.83 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

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


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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Gear Patrol

Supreme design meets spacious sound and noise cancellation

from Gear Patrol

The PXs are very good noise-canceling headphones, even if some of the more refined features are strange. Their built-in sensors add an AirPods-esque convenience, which most people will love.

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The PXs are very good noise-canceling headphones, even if some of the more refined features are strange. Their built-in sensors add an AirPods-esque convenience, which most people will love.

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Cnet

B&W's first noise-canceling headphone rocks high-end looks, sweet sound

from Cnet

Although not quite as strong as some competitors, the Bowers & Wilkins PX still ranks among the top wireless noise-canceling headphones available right now.

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Although not quite as strong as some competitors, the Bowers & Wilkins PX still ranks among the top wireless noise-canceling headphones available right now.

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MajorHifi

Aesthetically pleasing-piece with good audio as well

from MajorHifi

This headphone is a great first ANC headphone from Bowers and Wilkins. The audio is absolutely beautiful and I like the ability to choose from different levels of ANC.

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This headphone is a great first ANC headphone from Bowers and Wilkins. The audio is absolutely beautiful and I like the ability to choose from different levels of ANC.

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TechHive

They demand a small sacrifice for silence

from TechHive

A few minor quirks aside, Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones offer equal measures of great audio and adequate noise cancellation.

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A few minor quirks aside, Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones offer equal measures of great audio and adequate noise cancellation.

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