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Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless

Over-ear noise-canceling Bluetooth® headphones (Space Grey)

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Overview

Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless

Bowers & Wilkins speakers have been world-renowned for over 50 years. So I'm not surprised at how quickly the British audio experts have made a name for themselves in the headphone world. They make some of the best-reviewed headphones we carry. The B&W PX wireless headphones are the company's first noise-cancellers, and maybe their most ambitious 'phones yet.

B&W PX Wireless headphones

The Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones are built with high-grade materials and offer top-notch noise cancellation.

The first noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones from B&W

Bowers & Wilkins speakers have been world-renowned for over 50 years. So I'm not surprised at how quickly the British audio experts have made a name for themselves in the headphone world. They make some of the best-reviewed headphones we carry. The B&W PX wireless headphones are the company's first noise-cancellers, and maybe their most ambitious 'phones yet.

Packed with features, low on compromise

Consider everything these headphones can do. The PXs: (A) offer Bluetooth for playing music wirelessly, (B) include adaptive noise-canceling circuitry, and (C) still manage to preserve B&W's legendary reputation for performance. When all the noise and fuss around you disappear, you're left with pristine, powerful sound.  

Tough and attractive for the frequent traveler

On-the-go headphones usually land in one of two camps: durable or stylish. When B&W designed the PX 'phones, they figured out a way to accomplish both. Their aluminum frame makes them strong and light, yet sculpted and elegant. They look and feel smooth at every angle.

Here's a really nifty touch: the headphones will automatically pause your music when you remove or lift an earcup. Then they'll resume playing when you put them back on. That's really convenient if someone quickly needs your attention — like a flight attendant taking drink orders. 

Noise cancellation you can customize

These headphones boast a 22 hour battery life with noise cancellation, so they should last most trips — and certainly most commutes. And B&W's specially designed noise-canceling circuitry is super-flexible. Download the Bowers & Wilkins smartphone app, and you can choose the amount of noise cancellation based on your surroundings. 

The filters are named Flight, City, and Office. I put them to an extreme test.

Testing the B&W PX headphones here at headquarters

So this all sounds good on paper, but how does B&W's noise cancellation hold up in the real world? I tried it in one of the loudest, most chaotic places we have at Crutchfield HQ — the photo studio right before a catalog deadline.

Tunes from the '80s blared on the stereo. Photo props got dragged around and slammed into place. All the while, our art designers and photographers yelled back and forth, eager to get the right shot.

When I first put on the PX headphones, the noise-canceling circuitry hushed the room to a manageable murmur. Then I pushed play on a Spotify "Relaxation" playlist, and the only hectic part that remained, for me, was the flashing of the camera and the sight of people pacing back and forth.

In a peaceful place

I stood in the corner so I could stay out of the way. A bookshelf speaker, mounted about 16 inches above my head, pumped out tunes. While I could feel the woofer's pulse, I couldn't make out what was playing over my own music in the headphones.

I only realized how loud the speaker was playing when I lifted the right earcup, and the headphones automatically turned off. The loud chorus to "Love Stinks" by the J. Geils Band gave me a jolt. 

I was surprised how calm the quieting of external noise made me feel — even as everyone moved around frantically. I was under the same work deadline as each person in that room, yet somehow listening to the PX headphones removed the stress of the situation. They put me in a tranquil, above-the-fray mindset.

Product Highlights:

  • over-ear headphones with closed back design to help block out noise
  • precisely angled 40mm drivers offer rich, detailed sound
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphone
    • aptX® HD and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
  • built-in smart sensor pauses music when you remove headphones
  • made of high-grade materials like aluminum, leather, and ballistic nylon
Adaptive Noise Cancellation:
  • digital hybrid noise-canceling circuitry to minimize external noise
    • designed to preserve listening experience by not interfering with audio quality
  • Bowers & Wilkins app lets you manually adjust noise cancellation to the level of external sound
    • free download for Apple® and Android™ devices
    • three noise-canceling filters: Flight, City, and Office
General Info and Specs:
  • built-in rechargeable battery
    • wireless use: 22 hours with noise cancellation, 29 hours without
    • wired use: 33 hours with noise cancellation, 50 hours without
  • includes detachable miniplug cable for optional wired listening
  • leather earpads and padded headband for exceptional comfort
    • snug, secure fit
  • earcup controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, and skip songs
    • built-in microphone for receiving calls
  • USB type-C charging cable
  • quilted carrying case included
  • frequency response: 10-30,000 Hz
  • impedance: 22 ohms (wired)
  • weight: 11.3 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear wireless headphones (space grey)
  • 51" Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plugs on both ends)
  • 48" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and a USB-C plug on other end)
  • Padded storage pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Registration and app info sheet
  • Safety Instructions and Warranty

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Ergonomically sturdy with nice flat response; no low-end bias, punchy bass, not muddy, not thin!

Jack, La Quinta, CA

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Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Reviews

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Sturdy & clean sound

Jack from La Quinta, CA on 6/9/2018

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Ergonomically sturdy with nice flat response; no low-end bias, punchy bass, not muddy, not thin!

Pros: Flat frequency response. Sturdy design.

Cons: None

Would be amazing if it worked

Soroush from Sacramento, CA on 6/7/2018

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Right out of the box, I was blown away by the build quality, sound, and flexibility of connection options. Also, the ability to turn on and off the noise canceling and auto pause is a big plus. But then things took a turn for the worst. Once I connected the headphones to my pixel phone through bluetooth and put the phone in my pocket, the skipping started. This is my benchmark because I use my sport bluetooth headphones and can have my phone in any pocket and it doesn't skip. The next step was to turn off auto pause and noise cancelling to see if there was a processing issue. It didn't help. I had to return these headphones. I must say that it is possible I had a lemon, and I wanted this to work for me because it's the only headphones that uses USB-C, wired and bluetooth. And USB-C meant I could use the same charger as my laptop and phone. Sadly it didn't work and I'm back to micro-USB for my listening devices. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRYING THESE FIRST AT ONE OF THOSE AIRPORT ELECTRONIC STORES. BUT I ALSO RECOMMEND CRUTCHFIELD FOR BUYING SINCE THEY HAVE THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Pros: - USB-C, 3.5mm, and bluetooth. Future proof. - Design - Sound quality - Adjustable noise cancellation

Cons: - Bluetooth Connection Skipped - Not Collapsable - Ear cups not very subtle and head pressure was more than others

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Jeronimo from Miami, FL on 6/5/2018

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Fantastic headphones!

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Excellent Headphones

John from Columbus, OH on 5/27/2018

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First I bought a pair of BOSE QuietComfort 35 ii headphones. They did not meet my noise canceling expectations. Also listening to music things just did not sound correct. When I returned them I ordered these B&W PX headphones. They gave a more refined ability to tweak the noise canceling and match how my ears process better. The sound quality when listening to music is more pure than the Bose, ion my opinion. I'm having one issue that is not a big deal. I cannot confirm if the issue is with the bluetooth of headphones or my Apple devices. The bluetooth link seems to get corrupted and does not connect. I have found that executing the factory reset feature within the app followed by recreating the bluetooth link fixes this. This process just takes a few seconds. Then all is fine until the next time it stops working. Like I said this could be an issue with my iPhone 6S or my older iPad. I really like these headphones.

Pros: Great noise canceling and high quality sounds

Cons: Bluetooth linking

Great headphones for a B&W fan

Jeff from Edmond, OK on 4/30/2018

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I find these headphones to be very comfortable and they have the usual superb B&W sound. The design already isolates a lot of environmental sound. I wore them riding my ATV and didn't even need the ANC to enjoy music. I have not compared them to any other headphones in their class because I have never been disappointed with B&W. I am a casual music lover and I don't know a lot of the terminology other reviewers are using. But I know what I like. I highly recommend these headphones.

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Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on 4/27/2018

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Noise cancelling and comfort like no other.

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Laoda from Knoxville, TN on 4/22/2018

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Impressive sound quality for bluetooth headphones. Very easy to use. The auto start/stop function (i.e., put it on your head or remove it from head) is intuitive and work very well.

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Great overall headphones, just not for me.

Jared from TX on 4/16/2018

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I used and listened to these headphones for about a solid 2 weeks. They sounded great and clear. I've docked a star off of them because: 1) they were a bit too tight for my head. I wear glasses and that made a bit uncomfortable listening to music for a length of time. 2) Personal preference, but the bass was not quite enough to really enjoy the headphones. The sound was clear and detailed. To me, I noticed the ANC on different levels changed the sound of the music some. I didn't care for that. They do look great!!

Pros: Good clear Sound Bass sound was more natural/neutral.

Cons: tight and stiff for my head. lacking bass for my taste

Probably the current benchmark for sound canceling headphones

C.Elliott from South Dennis, MA on 3/29/2018

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Overall these are a very good pair of headphones. They are very well made, and feel as though they where built to last. The active noise cancellation is on par with other over ear ANC headphones I've tried. The sound quality is very pleasant as well, although I feel that both the sound and volume level is slightly off the mark for a Bowers & Wilkins product. (I also own a pair of B&W P5 wireless on ear headphones which sound better in my opinion and have a higher volume ceiling) Still I truly believe the PX series to be the best sounding ANC headphone I've tried, the sound quality takes a hit with the ANC active, but the ANC can be completely disabled to get the best sound quality out of the PX's. Personally I find the headphones to be comfortable, and can wear them for hours without any fatigue. Overall the PX series is a success in my opinion. They do everything very well, if the sound quality and volume ceiling was a little better I would give them a five star review.

Pros: Solid sound, great build quality, ANC on par with competitors

Cons: Sound and volume not quite as good as other Bowers & Wilkins products. It takes at least 30 hour of burn in/break in time before the PX start to sound dynamic, which is to be expected with B&W products.

Seriously thrilled.

Jeff from Denville, NJ on 3/24/2018

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These headphones have made me realize that every other pair of headphones that I've owned prior to this were a lie. You can hear literally everything in the song as it was recorded. Guitar players hand brushing the strings between chords, vocalist breath between verses, the tiniest little details that you didn't even know are in the songs are suddenly there in glorious detail. You absolutely feel like you are in the studio and the range and sound quality are phenomenal. It was almost freakish at first given I've never owned a pair of high end headphones. It took a lot of messing with my EQ settings and getting used to before I realized that all headphones prior to these were changing the music and I hadn't truly been hearing the actual recordings. I'm rediscovering my music collection and am amazed at all that I had been missing. I listen mainly to rock music and these headphones do it all. Drums are tight without "mud", bass guitar is more present and detailed, vocals and guitar are rich and incomparable. I bought these primarily to the listen to my digital music collection in Apple Lossless format using jRiver via wired connection on Windows 10 and using Neutron player on Android via bluetooth (Pixel 2 XL / Apt X HD bluetooth codec). Sound quality for me was a primary consideration and noise cancellation was only an unnecessary but welcomed bonus.

Pros: Gorgeous sound, super high quality build. Very comfortable. USB-C is great, I can plug directly into my Pixel 2 XL and power/charge the headphones from phone's battery while listening over the same cable.

Cons: If there are any I haven't found them yet.

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George M. from Dover, DE on 3/23/2018

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These headphones are awesome..

Pros: sound great

Cons: Non

Best in class (by far)

Joel from Phoenix, AZ on 3/21/2018

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I have owned several pairs of quality wired cans over the years,, including Grados, upper end Sony, etc. I have previously had Bose QC 35 (series I) for my wireless and travel cans. The PX wireless are as much of a step up as I could have possibly guessed or imagined. I updated the firmware through the app before I even started listening, and even before these babies were broken in, the sound was quite impressive. They make the Bose sound like some cheap 1985 Walkman headphones. I could not be happier. Have not had the need to test out the noise cancellation, as I am using them at home for audio and TV viewing, primarily, but they are comfortable, very well built, and the sound (which is highest priority for me) is outstanding, equal to my best wired cans. If you are on the fence, these knock it out of the park!

Pros: Build quality, comfort, and most of all impressive sound quality

Cons: More expensive than competitors (but justifiably so)

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Craig from Bellevue, WA on 3/17/2018

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Noise cancellation is very good while delivering high quality audio. The auto start/stop and power management actually works quite well and the battery life is outstanding.

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Juan from Boston, MA on 3/15/2018

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Great sound works with my Mac book pro and my iphone at the same time good for working out too

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Brian from Federal Way, WA on 3/14/2018

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Didn't like the earcups. The sound was average at best.

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Carl from Brunswick, OH on 3/6/2018

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I love these. I purchased them for the wireless feature. They work great and sound better than the P3's that I've had for years. Battery life is good. Noise cancelling works great for me at the office. No regrets and as always crutchfield experience was perfect.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Bluetooth on/off when taking off my head wasn't perfect but has improved with use and firmware updates.

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Anonymous from Morristown, TN on 3/1/2018

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Great looks! Great full sound!

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PX is very good

Srinivasan from Bridgewater, NJ on 2/11/2018

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Excellent sound stage and most importantly when you are in the subway tunnel or walking in windy places you will not hear the wind noise seeping in (which is a problem with both Bose QC 35 and Sony 1000 mxII ) . However the noise cancellation is not great as compared to the other two brands. If you are looking for true music reproduction go for PX !! Wearing comfort and battery life is very good .

Pros: Sound quality and battery life

Cons: Noise cancellation

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Anonymous from Fort Myers, FL on 2/10/2018

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Love the design. Sound fidelity is great. I haven't been able to achieve a good sound stage effect. Seems like left and right channels, not a middle "sound stage". Also, I can't tell when the noise cancellation is on or off. I can't hear the difference.

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First impressions can be misleading

Duf from Elk Grove, CA on 1/16/2018

My initial reaction with these headphones was a huge disappointment. I was ready to pack them up and ship them back to Crutchfield. What a mistake that would have been. I just opened the package, paired them to my phone and ripped through some tracks. I later realized I should load the app and give these cans a thorough testing before I make my final decision. Once loaded, the app was ready to update the firmware of the headphones which I did and took about 8-10 minutes. I then turned off the filter for noise cancellation because my main focus is sound quality. What a difference! Crackling from the left speaker disappeared and the overall sound was more crisp and detailed. I only have a few hours of play time with these and noticed the sound keeps getting better. The sound in general seems very neutral but is very clean. Bass is good but not too over powering. Highs are detailed and not tinny. Mids for me are just right. I can hear things with these that I just cant hear with my Beats Solo 2 wireless. I also have a pair of B&W P5's which I love and these headphones imo put the P5's to shame. Design and build quality is excellent. Headphones are a bit tight so adds pressure to the sides of your head just behind and below your ears but to me is not a deal breaker. Noise cancellation seems to work good, Bluetooth connectivity is fine but auto sensing not 100% but I can live with it. Bottom line... glad I decided to test these further.

Pros: Great design, solid build quality and great sound. My primary headphones when I want premium sound.

Cons: Tight around ears, a bit on the heavy side

Great headphones, good sound & quality craftsmanship

Miguel from Galt, CA on 1/9/2018

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The Bowers & Wilkins Px are a good pair of headphones, they are well built and the brand use a little different design compared to what they used to be but in a good way certainly and also maintaining the lines of design of their previous headphones. In my opinion the sound is really really good, I bought a P5s three years ago and they were fine until for no reason they stop working, so I replace them with a H8 from B&O, those also sound espectacular with a little complainings about the features sometimes, but good in general. So, comparing the PX with the headphones I previously have used to listen. Are a step ahead, maybe not not a big one, but yes. I can appreciate that B&W learn a lot from their mistakes with his previous headphones, Im referring this time to the P5s fist generation, in those, the bass were distorted in heavy bass songs like modern electronic music, hip hop and sometimes R&B. Now with the PX that don't happen, the bass is really controlled, its not distorted even in high volumes, but I find it a little tick sometimes, but maybe is just me. The middles are really good nothing to complain about, the vocals are well tuned and precise, the tones achieved in opera song and classical music in general are well played, also I notice this headphone have really good timing with music in general. I recommend the PXs, B&W is now a mature headphone maker with good quality standards, not as high as their top speakers, but good. Maybe some things co

Pros: -Good sound -Quality materials -Nice useful features -Sound will get better the more you use your headphones

Cons: -The bag that comes with the headphones could be better -The bass is a little tick sometimes

Very dissapointed

Dennis from St George, UT on 1/3/2018

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I was pretty excited about these headphones. I own the P7 wired and thought I would make the wireless leap. These are some of the worst sounding headphones. I can't believe that this is a B&W product. The sound is like it is coming through the end of a Pringles can. It is very thin and oddly unnatural sounding with and without the noise canceling. I am very bummed. There are some Sony headphones that kill these.

Pros: Very beatiful

Cons: Sound terrible

Comfortable Out of the Box, Great Sound

John from Durango, CO on 12/24/2017

Long time B&W fan, have their (older) floor-standing speakers and everything else for in-home theater but their sub. Also have earlier version of their wired headphones. Wanted to cut that particular cord and have been extremely pleased with these. First of all, they were instantly comfortable, even for my big (don't say Dumbo-sized) ears. Have since used several long days and there is only the slightest bit of pressure after a few hours, always from the top of my head, never from the ear cups. Like some others, I experienced hiccups with the sensor that detects movement, so I switched it to the lowest setting - no problems since. Phones do not instantly shut off music at this setting but it's just not an issue for me. Have only tried the noise cancelling at home (not yet on airplane) but the sounds of the house - microwave, bathroom fan, etc. - basically disappear. That said, noise cancelling does definitely affect sound quality. Bluetooth connection - no problem. B&W app on Android phone - no problem. As for sound, I can only detect the slightest difference between wired/wireless versions. With either, I still find myself hearing things I've never heard from any other playback system. Highly recommended.

Pros: - Wonderful, rich sound - Very comfortable, even over long periods - Crutchfield service - arrived one day early

Cons: - Motion sensor buggy - $$$

Too Expensive

Ron from Renton, WA on 12/19/2017

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I admit that I was "star struck" reading about these phones on the Internet before I ordered them. They are nice, but after having them for a while, I kind of wish that I hadn't bought them. (At the same time, I admit that I am not going to return them, either.) I can't talk about the Apple app, but the Android app is buggy, and from what I have read, they don't seem to be doing much about it. I think that I would have been just as happy buying something for half (or even less) the price, and spending the remaining money on something else fun.

Pros: High Quality, Good Sound

Cons: Price, Buggy Smartphone App.

Balanced Sound, Comfortable, and Stylish

Cleve from Washington, DC on 12/14/2017

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First and foremost, I'll start my review with the usual disclaimer that I don't consider myself an audiophile or anything remotely close to one. I just know good sound when I hear it. I recently purchase the Beats Studio 3 Wireless, but I returned them because the music wasn't balanced. The highs were too loud at normal listening levels and you had to turn the headphones up extremely high to get adequate bass. Apple totally changed things from when the were made by Monster (too much bass then). The Beats were also physically too big for me and the controls forced you to press the headphones against your head. Now for the actual PX Wireless review. I received mine on 12/04/17. Out of the box they were pretty buggy as the Bluetooth connection kept dropping and the headphones would pause all of my songs when I moved my head. I checked for an update using the app and one was available. After the update, all was well. The sound is very balanced and I enjoy having three different levels for the noise cancellation feature. I like being able to open the app, select the setting I want, and then enjoy my listening session instead of the all or nothing approach. The headphone controls are easily accessible and don't impede your comfort by forcing you to readjust the headphones when your switching tracks or adjusting the volume. Having the ability to turn off the Natural UI or adjust the sensitivity in the app is a great feature. B&W did well for their first NC model

Pros: Size, sound, and quality materials.

Cons: Price.

Great quality, seems to leak out noise

Anonymous from Sunnyvale, CA on 12/10/2017

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Very balanced and crisp sound, based on the reviews on other forums I was expecting to be "bassy" but it's just right. Also, the clarity increased while progressing thru the burn in period. 3 stars because the headphones unfortunately are leaking out a lot of noise, people sitting within 3-5 feet of me can clearly understand the lyrics when the volume is 75%+, not sure if it's this particular headset. Crutchfield team is great and very supportive, will highly recommend buying any gear from them.

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Best Bluetooth sound period.

Allan from Cincinnati, OH on 11/24/2017

Absolutely the best Bluetooth headphones I have ever heard. The sound quality is amazing. Very balanced sound. I have been hearing details in music that I've never heard before. Trust me you will not be disappointed in purchasing these.

Pros: Amazing sound, decent noise cancelling

Cons: Slight degradation of sound with ANC on.

Simply Sublime!

stephen from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 11/21/2017

I am blown away by the separation and clarity of the sound - AMAZING. I have had no connectivity issues. I love these headphones - the quality is superb and the overall experience is simply sublime. I wore these for 4 hours last night - never took them off, never felt uncomfortable. I heard sounds I'd never heard before. Bowers and Wilkins quality!

Pros: Sound quality - separation and clarity. Very comfortable. No connectivity issues Superb Craftsmanship

Cons: None to Note

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Anonymous from Etowah, NC on 11/19/2017

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I have a lot of B&W equipment. Headphones, Home stereo speakers and portable bluetooth speakers. Have always been blown away by the build quality and excellent sound of all other B&W kit I have. I am a bit disappointed by this latest offering.

Pros: -Sound is good and immersive -Battery life is also good

Cons: -Adaptive Noise cancelling is not really useful. Wanted to use this in an office setting to still be able to hear voices around me, but doesn't work very well. Voices do not come through unless the person is within a foot or so. This is the main reason I bought this pair of Headphones. -Bluetooth is very spotty. Have been in various environments and sometimes it will only stay connected to my iPhone for about 3-4 minutes and then drop off. Other times it will stay connected for 30 minutes or more. Have never had this issue with any other bluetooth devices (3+) using this same iPhone, so I have to believe it is a specific problem with the B&W headset.

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Anonymous from Columbus, OH on 11/10/2017

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Comfortable and sounds great.

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Anonymous from Los Altos, CA on 11/8/2017

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Excellent sound and clarity. Noise cancellation isn't able to block everything out, but still quite good for a bluetooth headset. Extra features (auto pause) work great.

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Great headphones, so so noise cancellation.

Anonymous from Brighton, MA on 11/6/2017

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Decent headphones. First pair of Bluetooth headphones so don't have a good basis for comparison. The active noise cancellation is kind of trash, loud popping sounds and other feedback while riding the subway or walking down a busy street. Obviously the noise cancellation cannot cope. Leave it off and everything is fine. Big shout out to Crutchfield for some awesome customer service that came through in a pinch.

Pros: Good sound quality for wireless headphones.

Cons: Hard to pair. Active noise cancellation not all it's cracked up to be.

Looks great, Sounds even better

Kaustav from Cleveland, OH on 11/6/2017

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Absolutely amazing sound. And for me personally, supremely comfortable, after about 10 minutes of wearing I can't say whether it's even there. Don't have the problem with the headband and I have a large head! Sound without noise cancelling is pristine. In symphony pieces you can make out individual instruments with ease. Noise cancelling might not be as good as Bose and sound quality takes a hit but eminently workable. Would recommend this for everyone for a

Pros: Amazing crystal clear sound Super comfortable Looks great too

Cons: Nothing really

Amazing sound

Anonymous from Brooklyn, NY on 11/2/2017

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Great value, amazing sound quality. Would have liked a hard case but other than than no quibbles!

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Excellent all around

Henry from Waianae, HI on 11/1/2017

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Best purchase I've made in a long time. Upgraded from the P7 and am very glad I did. Are an excellent product.

Pros: Sound, comfort, ease of use

Cons: Still think Overear headphones look silly no matter what.

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Rebekah from Sanford, NC on 11/1/2017

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Wow. The sound from these headphones is amazing. I heard parts of songs i had never heard before and sat in a noisy airport with little idea of the noise around me. I would like a little control of the music. There is no ability to tailer the music like the ziks and that would be a welcome upgrade to the app. One note, if you have it paired with more than one device you will definitely want to turn the Bluetooth off on the one you arent using as they will fight. Overall love these headphones, they sound, look and fit great!

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Clean, accurate sound

Michael from Deerfield, IL on 10/29/2017

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These are fantastic headphones that reproduce sound very accurately. They do not have the heavy bass that Beats have so if you listen to type of music, the Beats line may be a better option. These headphones do not seem to falsely enhance any area of the sound but reproduce the music exactly as it was intended. They are very comfortable and can easily be worn for extended periods. The sensor that detects and stops the music when you remove the headphones or lift an earpiece is not perfect but works most of the time. You can also turn this function off if you want to. The noise cancellation works very well and I think the sound quality is excellent with it turned on. Overall an excellent choice for Bluetooth headphones.

Pros: Sound quality Comfort

Cons: A little large, may seem big on smaller heads

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Anonymous from Oxford, CT on 10/25/2017

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Terrific set of headphones. Takes a bit of time to get used to controlling the noise cancelling but B&W did a great job upgrading from the P7. Music is crisp-high and lows distinctive. These are not in-expensive, but from the stand point of quality and delivering value these stand ahead of the competition!

Pros: Great sound Technologically superior Solid noise cancelling

Cons: Expensive Adjusting noise cancelling takes time to get used to

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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.908" x 3.776"
Noise-canceling Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 10-20k Hz
Sensitivity 111 dB
Impedance 22 Ohms
Weight 11.9 ounces
Cord Length 51"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Pouch
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Overview: The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) PX wireless over-ear headphones feature classic styling and the latest technology and convenience features. They feature Bluetooth version 4.1 with aptX-HD for superior audio. The PX wireless headphones come with a 51" audio cable to use when you can't use Bluetooth, a USB-C charging/audio cable, and a quilted storage case with magnetic closures.

Bluetooth 4.1: The PX wireless headphones uses Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX-HD for high fidelity, 24-bit wireless streaming audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. SBC (Low Complexity Sub-band Coding) and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) also assure high quality audio. The headphones support the following Bluetooth platforms: A2DP (v1.3), AVRCP (v1.6), HFP (v1.6), HSP (v1.2), GAP, SDAP, and DIP.

Adaptive Noise Cancelling (ANC): The B&W PX headphones offer Adaptive Noise Cancelling (ANC) to block out ambient sound so you can concentrate on your music. Four microphones (2 inside and 2 outside the earcups) are utilized for ANC. Using the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones App, you can select the Environmental Filter that suits your listening situation: Office, City, or Flight. The Voice Pass-Through feature lets you adjust the volume of sounds in the range of the human voice.

B&W Headphones App: The Bowers & Wilkins Headphones App is designed to optimize the use of the PX headphones with your smartphone or tablet. Opening the app on your device automatically makes pairing extremely easy. In addition to the Environmental Filter, the app lets you turn on the Wear Sensor and adjust its sensitivity. The app indicates the battery charge level of your headphones and the current firmware version at a glance. Any firmware updates from the manufacturer can be uploaded to the headphones from the app. The app is compatible with iOS (10.0 or later) and Android (5.0 and up) devices.

Intuitive Self-controls: Proximity sensors placed around the ear cups allow the PX headphones to perform specific actions automatically. The headphones enter standby mode and disconnect from any connected Bluetooth devices two minutes after you remove them from your head. They automatically wake from standby and connect to the last connected Bluetooth device when you put them on. When you lift an earcup or place the headphones around your neck, your music pauses. Playback resumes when you place them back on your head.

Rechargeable Battery: The headphones are powered by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery that is charged via USB with the supplied USB-C cable. With a 3 hour full charge, the PX Wireless offers the following battery life:

  • Bluetooth + ANC: Up to 22 hours
  • Bluetooth (no ANC): Up to 29 hours
  • Wired + ANC: Up to 33 hours
  • Wired (no ANC): Up to 50 hours

Ear Cups and Drivers: The PX wireless headphones feature reference-quality 40mm dynamic drivers that are angled inside the ear cup for a realistic soundstage. The over-ear design and soft leather memory foam cushions help to block most ambient noise and keep your music inside the ear cups. The removable magnetic ear pads allow you to replace the pads if they gets damaged.

Folding Design: The ear cups swivel so you can fold them flat for compact storage in the supplied soft padded pouch.

Cables: The B&W PX wireless headphones can be used with a wired connection, if desired. Wired connections are useful on an aircraft or when listening to music on a traditional stereo system or computer. You can still utilize ANC when using a wired connection to shut out ambient noise. A 51" mini-jack (3.5mm) audio cable and a 48" USB-C cable are included.

Note: When using a wired connection, you still need to power on the headphones, and the volume, answer/end call, and play/pause buttons do not function.

On-board Controls: The on-board controls on the back of the right ear cup let you raise and lower the volume, and control the music playback (play, pause, next track, previous track) while you're in active mode (using Bluetooth). The controls will not operate when used in passive (wired) mode. The PX Wireless headphones also have two microphones for clear phone conversations.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance: 22 ohms (passive)
  • Distortion (THD): <0.3% (1 kHz/10 mW)
  • Sensitivity: 111 dB/V at 1 kHz
  • Weight: 11.9 ounces (12.3 ounces with cable)

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Why did you buy this?

The quality of the material was the most important reason for me. They are built to last longer than most before they fall apart, my last headphones were Beats, about the same price. [ James  Jun 09, 2018 ]
Previous experience with brand. [ Jeffrey  Apr 16, 2018 ]
I wanted to get an excellent sounding pair of headphones and the reviews here and elsewhere were great on this item [ ERIK  Mar 06, 2018 ]
Looks & sound quality [ William  Feb 04, 2018 ]
I've never owned a Bowers & Wilkins product before, but I love the look of these headphones and I was impressed by the review of this product on your website, so I decided to try them. I know Bose is highly rated so I am hopeful that this B&W PX will be comparable in quality and comfort. [ WAYMAN  Jan 22, 2018 ]
Noise canceling review, especially for airplanes. Also, want to use with vr headset on ps4. [ Thaddeus  Dec 31, 2017 ]
Great reviews. Looks badass. High quality brand. [ Nicholas  Dec 29, 2017 ]
High ratings from electronic reviewers. [ NAVED  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Longtime B&W user, have always enjoyed their products' sound quality. Have their floor-standing and computer speakers and a pair of wired headphones. Got tired of the wire, first foray into wireless, chose a trusted name. [ JOHN V  Dec 15, 2017 ]
elegant style/look. [ Derek  Dec 10, 2017 ]
needed some quality headphones [ Randy  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Build quality. I think they will hold up better than the Bose product. Like the leather ear cushions. [ Dave  Nov 07, 2017 ]
The reviews and specifications were very good and matched my needs perfectly. [ Charles J  Oct 27, 2017 ]
I have been a huge fan of B&W for decades given the quality of their work. All the speakers in my home are made by them. [ Michael  Oct 24, 2017 ]
Lost my Bowers & Wilkins wired headphones a couple of months ago and this looks like a great replacement. Great color [ Dale  Oct 23, 2017 ]
Have other B&W headphones which I love and like the well reviewed wireless set. [ Nathan  Oct 22, 2017 ]
recommendations from Cruthfield carry a lot of weight. [ peter  Oct 22, 2017 ]
Gift for my husband who is about to undergo cancer surgery. [ Dorothy  Oct 16, 2017 ]
Staple in good sound, longest charge duration [ Bryan  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Great quality better than others on the market. [ Monique  Oct 09, 2017 ]
usb-c, 3.5mm headphone jack and bluetooth!? a pixel users dream come true [ Javad  May 27, 2018 ]
I had and opportunity to listen to some Bowers & Wilkins speakers in a story and loved the quality of the sound and trust that the headphones will perform with the same level of quality. [ MICHAEL S  May 21, 2018 ]
Great views and I had a rewards coupon on file at Crutchfield. [ CALVIN  May 03, 2018 ]
They are pricey, but I am okay investing in a device that will be used on a daily basis. I had a few must-haves for my wireless bluetooth headphone purchase: 4.0+ bluetooth, USB-C port, 20+ hours battery life, World Class Sound, Subdued looks that is stylish but not to flashy, Adjustable noise cancellation, Auto on/off when removing from head. I realize this list is pretty narrow but somehow found Bowers and Wilkins PX's that check every item! [ Christopher  Apr 25, 2018 ]
I purchased this product because I really need sound cancellation due to a seizure disorder that occurred after having a head injury. Sound can trigger seizure activity in my case.I've tried Bose products in the past and they just keep breaking, or failing, I own a pair of B&W p5 wireless headphones and I'm very happy with there build quality, so hopefully the new PX series will be helpful. [ Christopher  Mar 16, 2018 ]
After watching 10 Youtube reviews and comparison videos and checking 5 different "Best of" websites I came to the conclusion of getting these B&W PX headphones. Im not following the crowd that thinks "Beats" are actual headphones. The B&W PX have superb sound, durability, look, feel, and so much more. 2 year warranty vs all the others which offer 1. There are not enough characters allowed in this response to list all the ways these headphones are better. [ Shawn  Feb 02, 2018 ]
B&W have the best sound quality in the industry. I bought the P7 couple months ago and was absolutely blown away by the detailed sound quality, PX is a new addition to the family with a lot of features. I bought it as a birthday gift for my nephew after getting great advice and honest opinion from Crutchfield Advisor Jasan. [ DEVEN D  Dec 05, 2017 ]
Nemo from Crutchfield recommended these as the best sound quality with great noise cancelling abilities. [ Daniel  Nov 08, 2017 ]
Good [ Arseny  Nov 03, 2017 ]
Performance [ GARY  Oct 27, 2017 ]
From reviews. [ Khanh  Oct 24, 2017 ]
Online review [ Eddy  Oct 19, 2017 ]
Brand recognition and reputation. [ MIKE  Oct 10, 2017 ]

3 questions already asked

The headphones are not Apple-specific so, no; they do not offer a button to trigger Siri. [ Ryan  Nov 01, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes, you can turn off the Smat feature via the app and will stay in the last mode for next use. [ Marcia  Oct 30, 2017 ]
Yes, you can disable it in the iPhone app. Just swipe left on the top portion of the app to access it. [ Michael  Oct 30, 2017 ]
Yes, you can disable all the smart features on the B&W app. [ Vineet Raj Govi  Oct 30, 2017 ]
Yes it can be disabled however it is an all or nothing option. Either all smart options are on or they are all off. It is managed through the app. [ Jorge  Oct 30, 2017 ]
The B&W PX Wireless headphones include a detachable miniplug cable for optional wired listening--if your stereo system only has a 1/4" headphone output, you can use a 1/4" adapter (sold separately) like this: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_979GHP105/Hosa-Headphone-Adapter.html For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Oct 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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