The PX7 are the newest flagship noise-cancelling headphones from upmarket British producer Bowers & Wilkins, which excel on sound whereas giving Bose an actual run for its cash.
B&W have lengthy made glorious headphones. Its first noise-cancelling headphones appeared and sounded nice, however weren’t snug. The £350 PX7’s redesigned earcups repair that downside whereas providing Bose-rivalling noise cancelling and beautiful sound.
B&W’s headphone design stands out in comparison with most others with the corporate’s distinctive mixture of single-arm earcup mounts, material covers and enormous brushed-metal trims.
The PX7 are massive, over-ear headphones however they handle their 310g weight and bulk properly, not feeling too heavy or cumbersome on the top. The earcups are massive, with plush cushions that sit firmly however comfortably on the aspect of your head. The scarf is lined with the identical smooth leatherette because the earcups and sits comfortably in your dome and doesn’t slip round in your hair.
The scarf is lengthy and protrudes with the arms wider than the ear cups, making the headphones look massive in your head. Carrying them is subsequently a little bit of an announcement in contrast with one thing extra refined such because the Bose QC35 II.
The earcups rotate to flat for storage, however not right into a extra compact alignment with the cups collectively, which makes them pretty massive to place right into a bag.
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C charging and audio, 3.5mm headphones socket
Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
Battery life: 30 hours
Controls and connectivity
The left earcup has a multi-function button that controls noise cancelling. Press it to cycle between computerized, low, excessive and noise cancelling off. Press and maintain it to activate a wonderful, customisable ambient mode for listening out for bulletins.
The appropriate earcup has a USB-C charging port, a 3.5mm analogue socket, three buttons for controlling playback, monitor skip and quantity, plus a sliding swap for turning the headphones on or off and activating pairing.
The buttons are glorious, with a transparent metallic-sounding click on if you’ve efficiently activated them. The earcups even have presence sensors. Elevate one or take off the headphones and the music pauses and resumes once they’re changed.
The PX7s are a few of the most linked and future-proofed headphones cash should buy – nonetheless you wish to join your machine, these headphones will deal with it.
For people who want the cabled strategy, the usual 3.5mm audio socket is there, though it’s a must to have the headphones powered on for it to work. The USB-C socket can be used for audio with any laptop, pill or smartphone that helps USB-C audio output.
Bluetooth 5.0 caters for people who wish to go wi-fi. They assist the usual SBC and AAC audio codecs, plus Qualcomm’s newest aptX Adaptive Audio codecs, which is designed to unravel lipsync and interference points, whereas offering considerably larger high quality audio. They’re a few of the first headphones to assist the brand new customary, which can be backwards appropriate with the older aptX and aptX HD out there on virtually each trendy Android smartphone and Home windows laptop. Apple’s varied units are restricted to AAC as their highest high quality customary.
The PX7s can join to 2 Bluetooth units without delay, which is helpful for watching video in your laptop or pill whereas nonetheless being linked to your cellphone for calls. Connectivity to an iPhone 11 Professional, a OnePlus 7 Professional 5G or a Microsoft Floor Professional 6 was rock stable whereas no lipsync points have been seen on any video apps on an iPhone or Android machine.
Energetic noise cancelling
Bose has lengthy been king of energetic noise-cancelling expertise, which makes use of microphones to detect undesirable sound and cancels it out with the inverse sound waves projected from the headphone’s audio system.
The PX7 rival Bose in having the ability to all however remove the roar of the highway or engine, do an excellent job of decreasing voice and different distractions widespread within the workplace or commute, and achieve this with out affecting the the sound high quality.
Additionally they have a low and computerized mode. The low is simply appropriate for listening in a quiet house, or if you need some consciousness of your environment. I ended up leaving them on most.
One space of weak point is in coping with wind noise, which comes by means of the headphones loudly. Turning off the noise cancelling helped, however Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are unrivalled right here.
Merely put, the PX7 sound incredible; they’re the kind of multi-talented headphones that have you ever discovering new parts in well-worn tracks.
Feed them some high-energy electronica and also you’re handled to punchy, properly managed bass, energetic mids and glowing highs. They sound suitably uncooked for a full-blooded rendition of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, when you’ll virtually have the ability to hear fingers on strings throughout Lodge California from the Eagles’ remastered Hell Freezes Over. They’re simply as at house taking part in one thing like Jupiter from Holst’s the Planets suite or Ella Fitzgerald’s traditional Summertime too.
My solely criticism is that to get the very best out of them it’s a must to give them just a little little bit of quantity, however something above one-third in your cellphone’s quantity scale and also you’re rocking.
Name high quality was good, with the opposite finish of the road clearly capable of hear me even with background noise, which did leak in additional than Bose or Sennheiser rivals however was managable.
The PX7s final for about 30 hours of wi-fi playback with noise cancelling energetic, which is lengthy sufficient for about three weeks of commuting or greater than sufficient for even the longest of flights. A 15-minute cost additionally offers as much as round 5 hours of playback, ought to they want topping up, with a full cost taking round three hours.
The battery is rated for at least 500 full cost cycles, after which capability is more likely to be diminished to 80%, however ought to nonetheless work fantastic. The battery could be changed B&W beneath service. The earpads are person replaceable, costing £22 for a pair, whereas the headphones are usually repairable moderately than disposable.
The PX7s don’t include any recycled materials, however B&W does settle for previous models for recycling.
There may be an occasional audible creak from the headphones’ body when carrying them
USB-C audio works with Android smartphones, however not through a USB-C to Lightning cable with an iPhone
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 can be found in darkish gray or silver costing £349.99.
For comparability, the RRP for the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is £349.95, QuietComfort 35 II is £300 (at the moment £280), Sony’s WH-1000XM3 price £329, Beats Studio 3 Wi-fi price £300, with cheaper fashions similar to Lindy’s BNX-60 beginning round £90.
The brand new Bowers & Wilkins PX7 are a incredible set of massive, costly headphones which can be price each penny.
Only a few headphones handle to mix really efficient noise cancellation with beautiful sound, however that’s what we’ve right here. The PX7 are a few of the best-sounding headphones I’ve had the pleasure to hearken to in a very long time.
They’re additionally snug, keep put in your head, final a very long time between fees and are future-proofed because of assist for the very newest Bluetooth requirements, codecs and each USB-C audio and a standard 3.5mm analogue headphones cable. Nevertheless you wish to join the PX7 to your units they have you ever lined.
They aren’t fairly good; solely folding flat not collectively and being pretty heavy and enormous. Additionally they wrestle with wind noise and when the battery runs flat they received’t work in any respect, not even through cable.
However should you’re in search of a set of high-end wi-fi noise-cancelling headphones that additionally sound like they’re well worth the premium you pay for them, the B&W PX7 ought to be on the prime of your listing.
Execs: incredible sound, efficient noise cancelling, lengthy battery life, USB-C charging and audio, 3.5mm headphones, Bluetooth 5.0, atpX Adaptive, snug, secure
Cons: massive, costly, can’t be used through cable with out energy, solely fold flat, wrestle with wind noise