Bowers & Wilkins PX is its first wi-fi noise-cancelling headphone

Excessive-end audio model Bowers & Wilkins has made a number of totally different wi-fi headphones previously, however the PX is the corporate’s first headphone to function each Bluetooth and noise canceling. It is truly B&W’s first noise-canceling headphone of any form.

That function places it in direct competitors with my two favourite wi-fi headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM2. The B&W prices slightly greater than these two at $400, £330 or AU$549, and whereas total it isn’t fairly nearly as good, there are many causes to think about it a contender, too.

The most important is design. Obtainable in two shade choices, house grey and comfortable gold, the PX has that smooth, subtle look that Bowers & Wilkins headphones are recognized for, with some metallic elements and ballistic nylon on its ear cups. It is an incredible trying headphone that is additionally very sturdily constructed.

I additionally favored how its reminiscence foam-equipped, elliptical ear cushions adhere magnetically and are simply replaceable, though there is no phrase but on how a lot alternative ear pads will value. The 336-gram headphone is snug to put on, although it isn’t as mild as Bose (236 grams) or Sony (272 grams). I discovered the burden distinction notably noticeable over longer listening periods. 

Like earlier wi-fi Bowers & Wilkins headphones, the PX comes with a quilted carrying case and a cable for listening in wired mode so you possibly can plug into an in-flight leisure system. This headphone prices by way of USB-C, not Micro-USB, and its battery life is rated at 22 hours with wi-fi and noise canceling turned on (the battery is not consumer replaceable). That quantity will not be tops for the class, but it surely’s in the identical league as rivals.

As for the built-in controls, I like how the center multifunction button on the precise ear cup is raised greater than the amount controls, which helps you to function the headphone by really feel alone.

The PX with its carrying case, headphone wire and USB-C charging cable.

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A number of noise-canceling settings

Total, B&W’s adaptive noise-canceling is not fairly as robust or efficient as that supplied by Bose’s QC35 II, Sony’s WH-1000XM2 or Beats’ Studio3 Wi-fi. Utilizing the free companion app for iOS and Android gadgets, although, you possibly can toggle by three modes of noise cancellation primarily based on the surroundings you are in: workplace, metropolis or flight.

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