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The Bowers & Wilkins PX are impressive over-ear headphones that offer premium sound quality, innovative technology, and adaptive noise cancellation. Unfortunately, this set of headphones also has a number of comfort issues when worn for an extended period of time. In this review, we’ll take a deep dive and explore the pros and cons of B&W’s flagship noise cancelling headphones.
Bowers & Wilkins PX Review
- Adaptive and customizable noise cancellation
- Built-in sensors to start and stop playback
- Sufficient battery life
- Premium sound quality
- Finicky wear sensor
- Not enough padding on the headband
The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are gorgeous. The premium materials B&W used in the design — such as genuine British leather — make this pair of high-end headphones stand out from the crowd. The only other headphones that come close to the premium look of the PX are (maybe) the Sennheiser HD1s. All the other headphones I have recently tested, even the ones in the same price range as the PX, look and feel cheaper.
Audio and Sound Quality
As part of my review of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market, I tested numerous premium brands. From an audio quality perspective, the Bowers & Wilkins PX were among the best and provided a top-notch listening experience. I felt fully-immersed while listening to music from a variety of genres, and was impressed by the combination of clear vocals and noticeable bass. In short, they sound great.
However, while this pair of headphones may sound great with my particular taste in music, Bowers & Wilkins doesn’t provide the ability to customize sound output via the associated mobile app (which is available for both iOS and Android). That’s a bummer, because by allowing end-users to tweak the sound settings via a software equalizer, manufacturers can appeal to the tastes of a broader audience.
By the way, one of my favorite songs for testing headphones is Simon & Garfunkel’s – “The Boxer,” because it’s a sophisticated track that sounds incredible on high-quality headphones.
|Battery life (Wireless playback, ANC on)||22 hours|
|Battery life (Wired playback, ANC on)||33 hours|
|Battery life (Wireless, only ANC on)||22 hours|
|Battery life (Wireless playback, ANC off)||29 hours|
|Charging time||3 hours|
|Audio||aptX, AAC, SBC|
|Microphone||Four (ANC), Two (Calls)|
|Playback controls||Buttons, Wear Sensor|
|Material of earpieces||British Leather|
ANC: Green = Excellent (25db+) | Yellow = Good (21 – 24db) |