Bowers and Wilkins introduced their first noise-canceling headphones in 2018: the B&W PX. We were impressed not only by its quiet design but also its sound quality and its noise cancellation performance. This year, B&W is back with its latest flagship, the $ 400 Adaptive Noise Canceling Wireless Headphone, the PX7.
Promising better battery life and lighter design with the latest Bluetooth technology, the new wireless iteration of the popular P7 headphones from B&W faces the latest generation of competitors, including the legendary WH-1000XM3 with Sony (now down to only 280 280 and Bose Is with) $ 350 noise-canceling 700 headphones. Here’s how to stack it.
The PX7 is a great example of understated luxury. Whether you choose the silver or space gray option, the headphones look as if they are on your Porsche 911 or Aston Martin accessories list. Even the included hard case – a welcome upgrade from the soft px case – adds an aura of exclusivity.
B&W PX fans will find the PX7 immediately familiar: hidden slider modifications are still present inside the headband and single-sided ear-cover hubs, but carbon fiber has replaced the metal in these areas, reducing weight by 25 grams. it happens. The taut fabric now shrinks more, while the matte aluminum oval rests on the outside of the ear. It is still a very beautiful and sophisticated form.
The quality of construction is first class. The swivel hinges and axles have silky smooth movement and the right amount of resistance. Adjusting the headband is equally fun. The sliders move with precision and stay in place when finished, but there are no traces – instead, they feel controlled by slightly invisible gears.
The first time I wore it, I felt that it was made specifically for my head. The earpieces sit with an impressive seal and memory foam pads find the perfect balance between the pad and the handle. As with the PX, a slightly wider headband would be more comfortable, but once in place, the earpieces carry most of the weight.
If you are going to spend that kind of coin on a set of wireless headphones, the sound quality is great. The PX7 does not disappoint. It is easy to say when describing words like “complete,” “rich” or “elaborate” to describe what a particular set of headphones would look like. But when it comes to the PX7, it’s more than just nonsense. They present all of these symptoms extensively. The sound is broad, but intimate – and a hard to pull off – with the highly desirable ability to reveal layers of your favorite tracks that headphones or smaller earbuds simply can’t.
Without impatience the bass is deep and satisfying. The treble volume rises clearly and independently, as it should, while the mid-range is almost always able to withstand these two competing forces in different styles. I say “almost”, because I found a few podcasts, such as Halsey’s Last // Beautiful Stranger where moderators did a little sloppy, but these were exceptions to the rule.
The PX7 does a great job with various MP3 files, but as with any expensive cases, they only show you what they can do when you give them something like the tidal hiFi range of CD-quality and HD audio clips And pay heavy duty.
It is worth noting that the PX7 has incredible support for Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, APXX, APXX HD and even the latest Apex Xaptive are all available. I haven’t tested headphones with these codecs, but given how good my iPhone 11 sound is with Apple’s primary AAC support, it is likely to be handheld with aptX hardware.
As a PX, you can use the included analog cable for wired listening, while the USB-C cable does double duty as a charger and digital audio connection for PCs and Macs. The PX7 has excellent noise-canceling headphones from B&W, but the company’s PX5 and PI4 also offer benefits.
The older PX asked you to choose from three ANC modes: Office, City, and Flying, with Flight being the most powerful. On the PX7, there are still three modes, but now they are automatic, low and high. If you leave the facility automatically, public noises such as incoming traffic and background conversations occurring in the office will be well suppressed.
However, the continuously resonant sound of an airplane’s cabin (or its equivalent: a bathroom fan 10 feet away) actually requires an optional “loud” ANC setting. Low mode looked like automatic, but may have additional nuances depending on your environment.
In the end, it worked really well. With ANC turned on – and especially when using High Mode – you will treat the quiet silence cone effect that is valuable on its own, but preferable as a neutral backdrop for your music.
As is often the case with ANC, if you are already in a quiet environment then you know about noise-canceling hissing, but even in high conditions, it was barely noticeable.
My callers noticed that the call quality was generally good when I used the PX7. It may not be as audible and obvious as I hold an iPhone to my face, but it’s certainly more than enough – and better than the recent true wireless earbuds I’ve had on the Amazon Echo Buds and Jabra Elite 75t Tested like that. The PX7 does not succeed when it comes to combat the effects of high traffic. My callers could still hear me, but there was also the sound of cars.
Bowers & Wilkins has a free app for iOS and Android, simply called Bowers & Wilkins Headphones (not to be confused with the B&W px app that claims to work with all px headphones – this px Does not work with 7). This allows you to manage a Bluetooth connection (it can support two simultaneously), adjust the noise cancellation setting (which you can also do on headphones), and twist some small things such as headphones The ears are automatically closed when pulled or not.