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Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Review Rundown

Bowers & WilkinsPublished on 15 May 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless On-Ear Headphones w/ ANC
Neoscore* 72%
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent on-ear noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Sound quality could be better

Summary

The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 headphones offer wireless ANC (active noise cancellation) for $100 less than the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. They provide strong performance, though the noise cancellation is weaker than that found in the PX7.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

nextpit[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 are packed with audio technology for playback and adaptive noise cancellation. At $299.99, these on-ears are almost competing with the top ANC headphones from Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser. A Wear-Detection Sensor automatically stops playback when you take the headphones off and then resumes when you pop them on. Expect a very balanced sound profile, that's particularly good at picking out the detail in audio tracks.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Comfortable on-ear design
  • Good battery life
  • Good call quality
Cons[**]
  • Weak noise cancellation
  • Poor call quality

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins' PX5 headphones offer wireless ANC for $100 less than the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.0 and support AptX (Adaptive, Classic, and HD), AAC, and Bluetooth codecs. The ANC circuitry is most effective against low-frequency rumble like you hear on trains or planes.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful low-frequency response paired with bright high-frequency presence
  • Comfortable fit
  • Easy to use app
Cons[**]
  • ANC has little effect on audio

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 are an acceptable choice for sports and fitness. They aren't suitable for wireless gaming due to their high latency on PC and incompatibility with PS4 and Xbox One consoles. The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better-built, have lower wireless latency, are compatible with USB audio, and leak less audio. The Beats Solo Pro Wireless have a more comprehensive companion app.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comprehensive companion app
  • Good stereo imaging performance
Cons[**]
  • High latency on PC
  • Mediocre audio performance

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless On-Ear Headphones cost $299.99 / £269.99 (about AU$440) They use Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive audio codec, which is designed to deliver low latency Hi-Res Audio. With 25 hours of battery life, they're among the first headphones to sport the technology. We found that their compact design made them very convenient when we took them on busy trains and buses.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable, lightweight design
  • Low latency Hi-Res Audio
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Can feel tightly-clamped on your ears
  • Not suitable for vegans

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless On-Ear headphones are aimed at those who want the immersive sound of over-ears without the bulk. Kitted out with Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive audio codec, they're among the first cans to sport the technology. They look great, with attractive fabric-covered housings and subtle buttons on the earcups that allow you to control the playback of your music, as well as the level of noise cancelation.
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Pros[**]
  • Wide soundstage and natural soundstage
  • Low latency Hi-Res Audio
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX5 review: classy on-ear wireless headphones. Nextpit. 2019-11-28. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Review. Pcmag. 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless Headphones review. Techradar. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Hands on: Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless On-Ear Headphones review. Techradar. 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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