If you keep an eye on the market, you will know that all the headphone manufacturers have tried to show the best in their own way or make it the No. 1 position in the market. But over the years, Bowers & Wilkins have made a name for themselves. And, recently another contender has arrived in the shape of the Bowers & Wilkins PX7.
It’s been more than two years since their first product, the Five-Star PXs, hit the market. The company concern that the combination of its proprietary driver technology and Qualcomm’s new aptX adaptive Bluetooth codec will help the PX7s replicate the success of their predecessors. And also help them fight for the best wireless headphones on the market right now.
- Lively, insightful sound
- Three-tiered noise cancellation
- Sophisticated, comfortable design
- Earcups don’t fold inwards
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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 : Build Quality
As above discuss, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 come with the support of an Qualcomm’s aptX HD Bluetooth. Which is a high-quality codec that enables the wireless transmission of 24-bit hi-res audio. Along with this, the PX5 on-ears (£270) and PI3 (£170) and PI4 (£270) sporty earbuds, are the first aptX Adaptive headphones to hit the market.
Another headline feature is Active voice-cancellation. Here, pressing the button on the left cup of the headphones allows you to cycle through modes (‘Low’, ‘Medium’ and ‘High’). ‘Low’ is good for keeping away office chatter and background noise, while ‘high’ effectively keeps you silent, even during the most noisy real life.
Moreover, if you want to hear the plane’s declaration or get into a sharp discussion without throw off your headphones? Holding down the volume down button for two seconds will start the ambient mode.
Announced at last year’s IFA,
The next-gen Bluetooth technology now combines the widely adopted aptX HD’s 24-bit / 48kHz capabilities with the benefits of aptX low latency. Which is a highly improved synchronization of audio and video content between your source and headphones.
Thus, if you are using PX7 for gaming or smartphone applications, the sound in your ears should be immediate. The AptX adaptive codec is also designed to improve the strength of the wireless connection by taking into account the external environment around you to reduce the drop-out frequency.
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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 : Comfort
When it comes to comfort, it comes with a branded badge and fabric finish on elliptical earcaps. Some design improvements have also been made in the name of improved comfort.
Moreover, we’ve always found PXs comfortable, they’ve been heavy enough to take a toll on your head over a long period of time – but at 310g, compared to 335g, the PX7s seem significantly lighter. The headband is well padded, while the earpad clamps with calculated pressure and provides a good seal.
Hence, the cables are now invincible inside the band, and the earcup’s central oval badge is now change color against the new. And the softer fabric for a more rationalize beauty. The space gray finish survives, although the soft gold of the PXs has been exchanged for futuristic silver. We also enjoy seeing large ‘L’ and ‘R’ graphics inside the respective ear cups.
The PX7s look and feel a little cheaper than their forerunner, but we’d take them for their extra comfort. Ultimately, they’re still one of the more striking pairs of headphones on the market.
The PX7s look and feel a little inexpensive than their forerunner, but we’ll take them for their extra comfort. Basically, they are still one of the most appealing pair of headphones on the market.
Apart from the noise-cancelling button,
The playback buttons are located on the right earcup in a logical configuration. The power slider initiates Bluetooth pairing mode, as well as play, pause and skip track and volume controls in a three-button strip. As with the PXs, the PX7s have a proximity sensor, so when you lift an earcup from your head, music is automatically paused – while returning it to your ear conveniently restarts playback.
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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 : Sound Quality
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 come with a 43mm dynamic drivers, which are the largest in B&W’s headphone collection. We assumed that it would be a tough competition between the PX7s and their LucidSound LS10X and Hifi-man Edition XS rivals, and it was very much a game as soon as the tune started.
One thing in common between PX7s and their forerunner is the sonic DNA that is shared, with solid, detailed and totally balanced sounds that prioritize rhythmic precision and communicate music in a fun way. Additionally, B&W engineers are clearly not resting on their laurels for the past two years, as they strive to meet the standards set by the advent of new competition in the market.
The PX7s are not only discreet, but their sonic character also prioritizes entertainment – they’re like the headphones of a friend with an inexhaustible supply of energy. Furthermore, with Active Noise Cancelling and smart ambient, you can hear more of what you want, less of what you don’t. ANC with two mics lets you minimize audio distractions. With ambient aware, you can tune into your surrounding at any time so that you feel safer when you’re out in the world.
The PX7 retains the character of its predecessor, but the benefits they gain in terms of clarity and detail are obvious. Along with The Tallest Man on Earth’s There’s a Girl, the PX7 delivers harmonica with a more dynamic expression while highlighting the extra layers of insight in the guitar plush and red-row vocals.
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 : Battery
Look at the battery, it comes with 30 hours of battery life. You can do a lot in 30 hours. You can fly from San Francisco to London and back in your spare time. Watch each band twice at the festival. Listen endlessly on a single battery charge. And if that’s not enough, a 15-minute quick charge gives you five more hours. You charge them via USB to micro-USB cable.
Moving to connectivity option, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 offer a Bluetooth, Bluetooth 3.0, and Bluetooth 4.0 option. Thus, you connect with Android, iOS devices along with MP3 players with Bluetooth support. Additionally, it support Qualcomm’s new aptX adaptive Bluetooth codec. So, if you have Apple smartphone, you can take advantage of aptX, but Android users don’t get aptX or any other high-quality options. In an attempt to make up for this, the PX7 Headphones app offers three playback modes: Normal, Audio, and Video. The last mode is meant to combat audio-visual lag, and while it is better than Audio mode, it’s hardly perfect.
The great thing about this headset is its audio quality. Whether I was driving or running or listening to music, the audio was very clear and free from distortion. The bass has a little omph, but not too heavy. And once I adjusted the volume I had no problem listening to my friends on game audio.
All pairs of headphones can sound, look and feel wonderful – and the B&W PX7s tick all three boxes. In our initial hands-on review, we predicted that the PX7s would be with the very best noise-cancelling headphones. And that’s where they sit.
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