Bowers & Wilkins PX Review
Bowers and Wilkins are well-renowned for their selection of great quality headphones. The new PX model is their first set of noise-cancelling headphones, upping the game so they can compete with the likes of Bose and Sony.
The PX headphones’ aesthetic definitely doesn’t disappoint. The frame, made from high-quality materials, is lightweight yet sturdy. The removable ear cups not only have a superior acoustic seal but are also made of soft leather so they are very comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. The cups also swivel and lie flat so you can easily pop your headphones in your bag when you are out and about. Below are the two colour options: Space Grey and Soft Gold and both look modern and stylish.
One of the most impressive features of these headphones is their intuitive nature. With proximity sensors in the cups, they can detect when you lift an ear cup or hang your headphones around your neck and will automatically pause whatever you are listening to. When you are ready to resume playback, simply pop them back over your ears and the headphones will automatically start playing from where you last left off. If you are using the headphones to watch a video on your phone or computer, this technology will even pause the video so you don't miss anything!
Another great feature is that the PX will automatically go into sleep mode when they have been paused for over two minutes. This ensures you don’t accidentally leave them on and drain your battery. When you come back to them, just put them on your head, a chime will sound as they wake up and the last thing you were listening to/watching will start playing. This is the result of a super reliable Bluetooth connection. These headphones have the latest technology so they instantly link up with your device and provide seamless, wireless streaming so you can listen to your music wherever, whenever. All these features make your whole listening experience effortless.
Noise cancellation is increasingly more popular in headphones. ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) uses technology to counteract outside sound, so you aren't interrupted by your surroundings. The PX headphones have a range of settings so you can adjust the noise cancelling to suit you. Firstly, there are three different environment filters, designed to cancel out certain types of noise depending on where you are using your headphones. Secondly, there is a Voice Pass-through scale where you can adjust the amount of outside noise you can hear through the headphones. Both of these can be controlled via the Bowers and Wilkins app, downloaded on your smartphone. It is a little bit of an inconvenience that you need to open up an app to change these settings, but there is a button on the right ear cup which turns the ANC on or off. Take a look at the noise cancellation settings:
- Office Filter
- With this filter, the noise management works at a pretty low level with the Voice Pass-through blocking general noise from around the office while still enabling you to hear nearby conversations.
- City Filter
- This filter works harder to reduce general street noise but amplifies the Voice Pass-through so that you can hear sounds in your close surroundings, keeping you safe and aware of anything going on around you.
- Flight Filter
- This filter has the strongest level of noise cancellation. It focusses on blocking both engine and cabin noise with the Voice Pass-through completely turned off. This setting is brilliant if you don’t want to hear anything else or are in a particularly noisy place, like on a plane or a train.
Voice Pass-through scale:
You can alter the level of voice pass through in each environment filter although the default levels should be right when you are in an office, city or on a flight. If you don’t want to use an environment filter you can simply choose the level of voice pass-through you want using a scale. The level you want will depend on how much you want to keep in touch with the outside world. You can completely turn off Voice Pass-through if you want no noise to come through or you can let some sound from your surroundings blend in with the headphone audio so you can remain aware of what’s going on.
As well as microphones for counteracting outside noise, there are also microphones which enable the headphones to be used as a headset. You can answer calls with buttons on the right ear cup and speak to someone using these internal microphones, so you don’t have to get your phone out.
All these exciting features would be pointless if the actual sound quality is no good. Luckily, Bowers & Wilkins provide excellent sound quality. The headphones have advanced drivers which are angled to direct music straight into your ears. They also offer a good level of bass which is impressive but not overpowering as well as fantastic tonal balance and enhanced acoustic detail.
Battery life is extremely important for music lovers as there is nothing more annoying than your headphones dying during a long flight or car journey. The PX headphones offer 22 hours of battery life when used wirelessly, and the noise cancellation is turned on. If you want to increase that battery life further, you can switch off the ANC and connect the headphones to your device with the cord provided and they will last for approximately 50 hours.
We love these headphones, they look great and sound even better! If you are looking for a pair of wireless, noise cancelling headphones, you don't need to look further than the PX. The intuitive features are a fantastic bonus and provide a seamless, easy listening experience. What’s more, the noise cancelling settings ensure that you can adjust the headphones to work perfectly, wherever you are. The environment filters work brilliantly, and the Office filter was great when we tested it out in our office. Perhaps the one drawback for the PX is the price. Available for £329, they certainly aren’t cheap and are more expensive than other, similar models on the market at the moment. However, if you can stretch your budget that far, we know you won’t be disappointed.