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Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones, Best-in-class Sound, Soft Gold

Color:Gold Introducing PX: headphones just got a lot more personal. PX isn't just a new headphone. We've created not just the best-sounding noise-cancelling headphones you've ever heard, but headphones that are so intelligently designed, and so res...

Reviews by Features

Detail
(16 reviews)
Anc
(14 reviews)
Wireless
(13 reviews)
Battery
(25 reviews)
Feature
(30 reviews)
Bluetooth
(31 reviews)
Sony
(19 reviews)
Look
(15 reviews)
Product
(18 reviews)
Noise
(36 reviews)
Pair
(26 reviews)
Design
(19 reviews)
Bite
(31 reviews)
Connectivity issue
(18 reviews)
Ear pad
(11 reviews)
Time
(9 reviews)
Environment
(17 reviews)

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detail

Reviews around detail (4.26 of 5)

  • When I got the headphones, I was confused as to why music sounded so distant and faint through them
  • Great earphones with superb sound and details, but since that's not the only criteria for a good product, these things prevent this awesome product from getting a 5-stars rating (yes, I knew about the first one before purchasing):1
  • My criteria was first and formost sound (had to be flat enough to be useful as a tool and detailed enough that I enjoyed listening to them), then comfort (these did take a minute to break
  • There are many reviews you will find that can get into the intimate details of sound quality
  • n’t want to disturb or be disturbed by anyone around you
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anc

Reviews around anc (4.16 of 5)

  • Note that I have the well regarded Sony 1000x wireless ANC headphones sitting right here to compare with the PX
  • If you need only the best ANC, you should probably look elsewhere
  • Yes the ANC is amazing , but it is almost like you don’t need it
  • When I got the headphones, I was confused as to why music sounded so distant and faint through them
  • 29 hours with Bluetooth and ANC disabled
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wireless

Reviews around wireless (4.10 of 5)

  • They are possibly the BEST sounding wireless headphones on the market (with ANC off)
  • Overall the sound is very impressive and in my opinion is the best sounding wireless headphone available in 2018.If you’re like me and you want a minimalistic wireless headphone without compromising on compressed audio, then this is absolutely the headphone for you
  • Note that I have the well regarded Sony 1000x wireless ANC headphones sitting right here to compare with the PX
  • Pros:Best sounding wireless headphones out there - period
  • Bear in mind that there are being called the best sounding wireless headphones you can buy at the moment so my expectations where high
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battery

Reviews around battery (4.07 of 5)

  • When I got the headphones, I was confused as to why music sounded so distant and faint through them
  • Beautiful fidelity in the sound, as you would expect from Bowers & Wilkins, great battery life, very comfortable
  • The sound quality, build quality, and battery are all great
  • ANC is not as good as the Bose QC35 but still decent, level of ANC can be changed in the (barren) B&W app
  • The case is quite the surprise in the otherwise normally flawless B&W product experience, given these are travel headphones
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feature

Reviews around feature (3.86 of 5)

  • That said, the ability to fine tune noise canceling strength to suit your surroundings and allow voices to pass through while listening to music is a cool and welcome feature
  • When I got the headphones, I was confused as to why music sounded so distant and faint through them
  • One of the cool features of these headphones is the ability to automatically pause the music if you remove the headset and resume when you put it back on.
  • They both have good Active Noise Cancellation features - so I am only going to focus on my impression of sound quality
  • There are some minor not-so-good features such as the need for a one use app, but that’s hardly unique to these phones
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bluetooth

Reviews around bluetooth (3.59 of 5)

  • I tested them for several weeks with a range of music from contemporary jazz (Gregory Porter, Carmen Lundy), metal (Metallica, Type O Negative), shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine), post-punk (XTC), etc.
  • I tested them for several weeks with a range of music from contemporary jazz (Gregory Porter, Carmen Lundy), metal (Metallica, Type O Negative), shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine), post-punk (XTC), etc.
  • n’t want to disturb or be disturbed by anyone around you
  • Sound quality: 10/10There's no way around it: these headphones are the best sounding Bluetooth set on the market at this price point, and it's clear to me why B&W took so long to bring it to market
  • They are the best sounding Bluetooth headphones I’ve heard and it’s not even close.
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sony

Reviews around sony (3.55 of 5)

  • Sony and Bose rivalling levels of noise cancellation would be welcomed
  • The top three (Bose, Sony, and B&W) are so close to each
  • I don’t want to suggest it was boring, just not as good as the 550’s or PX’s
  • Noise cancelling, though excellent and gets the job done, is not as good as Bose or Sony
  • My original 1000X's right arm developed a crack and eventually snapped right off and despite claims online that Sony has addressed the issue with a different type of plastic on the 1000XM2's, the plastic doesn't seem sturdy enough or reinforced enough to support the loads at the joints where the cracking happens (just compare the hinge joints and arms of the Bose Quiet Comfort II's to see what "confidence-inspiring" plastic looks and feels
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look

Reviews around look (3.53 of 5)

  • Nice looking and sounding but just so uncomfortable on my huge skull
  • Heavy headphones and the sound just wasn't what I was looking for--it just wasn't "expansive like the B&O beoplay headphones; although the noise cancelling feature is better than the B&Os, so there's that to consider; however, the sound quality in noise cancelling mode isn't as good as the B&O Beoplays, so that's an issue too.
  • I tested them for several weeks with a range of music from contemporary jazz (Gregory Porter, Carmen Lundy), metal (Metallica, Type O Negative), shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine), post-punk (XTC), etc.
  • I tested them for several weeks with a range of music from contemporary jazz (Gregory Porter, Carmen Lundy), metal (Metallica, Type O Negative), shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine), post-punk (XTC), etc.
  • Instead, they include a cool looking, yet pretty useless, soft bag
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product

Reviews around product (3.48 of 5)

  • The case is quite the surprise in the otherwise normally flawless B&W product experience, given these are travel headphones
  • n’t want to disturb or be disturbed by anyone around you
  • I highly suggest you buy a product from a company like Bose that actually supports their products and provides basic customer service.
  • The bose q35 and Sony are made of plastic, cheap products and it is not leather
  • I will buy this product in future if Bowers and Wilkins correct all the defects and puts out a new app.
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noise

Reviews around noise (3.37 of 5)

  • Both these and Bose are really only going to cut repetitive white noise and low-end frequencies
  • Awesome headphones, excellent noise cancelling when you need it.
  • Noise cancelling; for me, unnecessary and not a deal breaker if the headphones don't have it
  • They have pretty solid passive noise cancelling just by the nature of their build, I haven't really felt the need to use ANC either in the office
  • LG and Sony earbuds that have passive noise cancelling that I use when I run outdoors so the Pro 2's are relieved of outdoor duty too
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pair

Reviews around pair (3.36 of 5)

  • All in all, these are a super solid sounding pair of headphones and very balanced.
  • It's not the most comfortable pair of headphones, falling behind the Sony 1000X and Bose QC35 in that respect
  • When I got the headphones, I was confused as to why music sounded so distant and faint through them
  • It's not the most comfortable pair of headphones, falling behind the Sony 1000X and Bose QC35 in that respect
  • This might be the closest anyone has come to making the perfect pair of headphones and they are ridiculously well made to last
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design

Reviews around design (3.30 of 5)

  • Unfortunate design decisions------------------------------------------Unfortunately, I felt that 1 star had to be deducted for some design decisions which I wished were different.1.
  • I really enjoy the design, build quality, and sound signature of B&W headphones
  • In regards to the reviews claiming no power upon arrival I have a theory; the power/bluetooth button is a stupid, stupid design, dual function buttons suck
  • While in design this looks great, in practicality it is a poor design-choice as they will likely get damaged if you get caught in the rain
  • Pros:+ gorgeous sleek design+ amazing sound quality with deep base and good mids and highs+ good customisable noise cancellation+ handy auto pause/resume feature+ convenient control buttons
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bite

Reviews around bite (2.81 of 5)

  • The sound is better with the noise cancelling off (the mids suffer a bit with the NC) but it's better the B&W PX and the Bose QC35 (with noise cancelling on)
  • They took a bit to break in, comfort-wise, but I've had no issues after the first few days - I wear glasses with flexible frames so they've never posed a problem.
  • The P7 Wireless bass was not only rather boosted too much, but was a tad bit soft and loose in its impact which is another bad character to have in bass
  • nothing beats the Bose for noise cancelling alone.so here comes the B&W PX .... looks and feels premium, excellent sound, a bit more open then the P7 wireless, the noise cancelling is very good, not up to the Bose standards, but much better than the B&O
  • Initially I was skeptical on the comfort as it hurt a bit
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connectivity issue

Reviews around connectivity issue (2.33 of 5)

  • The only problem I have is that occasionally I have connectivity issues, where the headphones will drop the song
  • I also have a ton of connectivity issues with my PC (Dell Precision 7520)
  • Heavy headphones and the sound just wasn't what I was looking for--it just wasn't "expansive like the B&O beoplay headphones; although the noise cancelling feature is better than the B&Os, so there's that to consider; however, the sound quality in noise cancelling mode isn't as good as the B&O Beoplays, so that's an issue too.
  • I don’t want to suggest it was boring, just not as good as the 550’s or PX’s
  • Was skeptical of the bluetooth connectivity issues that a read from other reviews, so hesitated and decided finally to take the plunge
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ear pad

Reviews around ear pad (2.30 of 5)

  • Both paired up perfectly and both worked exactly as they should have.
  • I've owned the P5 and P7 as well as the B&O H8 and H9 as well as some Bose cans
  • Like the P7 Wireless, the ear pads give you good isolation, even with NC turned off
  • The very firm ear pads are so uncomfortable on my skull.
  • Like the P7 Wireless, the ear pads give you good isolation, even with NC turned off
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time

Reviews around time (1.95 of 5)

  • I usually get buyers remorse when buying expensive headphones, but not this time
  • but they seem to get more reliable every time they update them.6
  • It was taking a really long time, after about 45 minutes and several progress bars it failed out
  • My unit also had a very difficult time connecting to my phone's Bluetooth (Samsung Galaxy S8)
  • n’t sound that good.
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environment

Reviews around environment (1.83 of 5)

  • The B&O H9 does have noise cancelling, but the volume doesn't get very loud, and the noise cancelling is not very good.... in quiet environments, where you don't need noise cancelling or very loud volumes, its a great pair of headphones... but it stays at home most of the time.
  • Heavy headphones and the sound just wasn't what I was looking for--it just wasn't "expansive like the B&O beoplay headphones; although the noise cancelling feature is better than the B&Os, so there's that to consider; however, the sound quality in noise cancelling mode isn't as good as the B&O Beoplays, so that's an issue too.
  • These are made for use in various situations, in noisy environments, offices etc
  • As I type this, I'm sitting in a loud environment with TV's, music, lots of people talking but with ANC and my music playing at about 60% volume, I can't hear anything outside my headphones.
  • These have been engineered for on the go listening, so Bowers & Wilkins acknowledges that people will be using these in loud environments hence the addition of ANC
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