Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphone Review
The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphone have a stealthy design with powerful sound. The pair of earphones is one of Bowers and Wilkins firs noise-canceling cans. Furthermore, the headset is wireless making it a great travel companion as well. But how well does the PX compare to other noise cancellation models like Sony or Bose? Find out here!
Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphone Design
You get the B&W PX headphone in a soft carry pouch with the logo displayed on the outside. When you open the upper flap, you see the headphones within. Furthermore, you get the latest USB-C type charging cable with an audio cable. The earphones have a striking design with its leather and metal exterior. On top of the headband and outer edge of the cans, you have a sleek texture. When it comes to colors, you can choose soft gold or space gray. No matter what shade you select both look great. For sound the driver units placed on angled plates making them point forward to the middle of each ear. Therefore, you get an improved soundstage compared to other traditional mounts.
You get a stiff structure in the earcups, and the overall feel is light. We found the headset comfortable to wear, and you have enough space between your ear and driver. However, more cushioning would be better for the band. On the other hand, we found ourselves adjusting the headphones to help remove pressure buildup on top of the head. Compared to other competitive brands, the earphones do not fold up. The only part that moves is the rotating earcups and almost lay flat. The headband does flex a lot, making it easier to store. You can use the headset wireless or wired. There is one port to charge the battery and use as a digital connection. Moreover, you do not get touched-based controls like on the WH-1000XM2 from Sony.
On the other hand, you get three noise-canceling modes instead. You control the settings using the B&W app. The three parameters are City, Flight, and Office. We found using the Office setting the best to cancel out ambient sound. Alternatively, you get a transparency mode as well to let your voice through. You can adjust it manually as well. On the right can you have buttons to control playback. What is more, the headset also has intelligent control that automatically pauses tunes when removing either ear cup. Moreover, you can use the wireless headphones for up to 22-hours before charging it.
Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphone Performance
Pairing the Bluetooth headphones is a cinch with the pairing button found at the bottom of the right ear cup. You can use the headset with your iPhone or Android device. Even using the different noise-canceling modes works without any hiccups when talking to another person on the phone. Using it on a flight it combats noise well. You can even use the PX earphones with the noise-canceling off as the sound is subtle. You get a prominent midrange response with airy and wide soundstage. In general, you get a warm sound best suited to listen to classic rock. However, listening to electronic and hip-hop tunes, the headphones lean more to a low-midrange.
Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphone Specs
- Battery: 22-hours with BT/ANC and up to 50-hours wired with no ANC
- Color: Space Gray and Soft Gold
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: Adaptive Noise Cancelling, In-built Sensors, Auto Stop, Mobile Companion App, Hands-free Use
- Form Factor: On-ear
- Included: Soft Carry Pouch, USB Charging Cable, and Audio Cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 2-years
- Weight: 335 grams
Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphone Pros and Cons
What we like:
- You get three noise cancellation settings
- Fantastic sound using the ANC and without
- Supports aptX HD
- Rich bass
What we do not like:
- The headband can do with more padding
Should You Buy it?
Yes, if you want the best noise-canceling headphones with style. Furthermore, if you do not mind spending more the Bowers & Wilkins PX is a comfortable headset to wear. With all the noise-canceling modes you can use it at home, the office, flight, or busy train stations as well. While the PX does not compare to Sony or Bose you get great sound, functionality, and style.
One thing is for sure that you will get a long-lasting pair of headphones with an excellent track record. However, if you want a top noise-canceling headphone the Sony WH-1000X series and Bose QC35 come out tops. Both pairs offer the best ambient noise reduction sound. However, we do like the warm sound signature the PX has to offer. One of the fantastic functions is the auto stop and pretty cool. However, if you wear glasses, the earcups can sometimes not line up correctly. The battery use is excellent, and the noise-canceling is reasonable. Furthermore, the headset looks fantastic and you get regular firmware updates as well. On the other hand, the price is a bit steep, but if you have the bucks to spend, the B&W PX wireless headphones come recommended.