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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones w/ ANC

MSRP 400 USDNEX score 83%

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Product Overview

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 are premium wireless over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. They are powered by B&W's 43.6mm dynamic drivers and boast a 30-hour battery life with support for fast charging.
The PX7's dynamic drivers are the largest in B&W's lineup and are designed by the same engineers behind the company's flagship 800 Diamond series loudspeakers. They offer a balance between bass extension, high-frequency control, and musicality.
With four microphones, the PX7 provide strong active noise cancellation. For convenience, the headphones can also be used wired via 3.5mm headphone jack or USB-C audio. Five hours of battery life can be added with just 15 minutes of quick charging.
Bowers & Wilkins also markets an on-ear model, the B&W PX5, that shares many similarities with the PX7.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 83% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great call quality
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lacks user-adjustable EQ settings
  • No voice assistant support
  • No adjustable EQ
  • No wireless charging
  • Mediocre mic
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5mm stereo jack + USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth

Construction

Cable
1.2m stereo audio cable + 1.2m USB-A to USB-C cable
Carrying Case
Yes
Colors
Space Grey, Silver, Carbon
Drivers
43.6mm full range
Form Factor
Wireless Headphones, Over-Ear
Headphone Type
Dynamic headphones
Microphone
4x mics for ANC + 2x mics for telephony

Dimensions

Weight
310 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
AptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX Classic, AAC, SBC
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP v1.3.1, AVRCP v1.6.1, HFP v1.7.1, HSP v1.2, BLE GATT
Fast Charging
5hrs with 15min charge
Noise Cancellation
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
30 hrs Bluetooth with ANC
Frequency Response
10Hz ~ 30kHz
Impedance
20k Ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.3% (1kHz/10mW)

Production

Debut
2019-10

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

parttimeaudiophile[1]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from parttimeaudiophile have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition feature wear sensor, that senses when the wearer removes one or two of the ear-cups, thus automatically pauses the music. The headphones employ a slight dip in the low-mid frequency curve that presents itself as smooth and laid back. The end result is full, lush, and plush sound without feeling boxed in.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Class-leading noise cancellation
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Impressive battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Noise cancellation could be better

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7s are wireless and use the aptX HD audio codec with Android devices. They have a much more natural sound than the Sony XM4s. Call quality is OK, so I wouldn't recommend them as the best choice for any of those upcoming Zoom calls.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great call quality
Cons
  • No EQ
  • Noisy treble

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
Bowers and Wilkins has a free app for iOS and Android. It lets you manage Bluetooth connections, adjust the noise-canceling setting, and tweak a few minor things like whether or not the headphones auto-pause when you pull an earcup away from your head. While the PX7 are beautifully crafted, they're a little awkward to use.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent call quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No voice assistant support
  • No EQ adjustment

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition headphones are equipped with 43.6mm custom drivers. The result is rich, balanced audio across the highs, mids and lows. The headphones have a 30-hour battery life with the ANC enabled and 33 hours when disabled.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful, balanced audio
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the Bose 700

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
There are various ANC modes including high, low, auto, and off. The ANC has little or no effect on the audio performance. For $400, however, it's a bummer the app doesn't allow you to tweak the sound signature. The mic offers average intelligibility.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Strong audio performance
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No EQ
  • Mediocre mic

t3[6]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 have 46.3mm full-range drivers, one behind the fabric inside each earcup. These are the largest drivers fitted to any of the company's headphones. Even when listening to a bog-standard stream from the free tier of Spotify, there's genuine weight and substance to the bass frequencies.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Impressive noise-cancelling
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No EQ
  • No adjustable EQ

techhive[7]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition are a much more accurate headphone than the Sony WH-1000XM4. Classic recordings from jazz legends come through crisp and clear with minimal noise. At higher volumes, there's loads of bass to push low-end-heavy genres like rap. The high frequencies can turn shrill if pushed too hard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Easy to use app
Cons
  • Lacks user-adjustable EQ settings

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Bowers & Wilkins PX7s are among the first headphones to adopt Qualcomm's aptX HD Bluetooth technology. They have three modes – low, medium, and high – that you can cycle through by pressing the dedicated button on the left earcup. A fourth, activated by holding down that button, lets the outside world in for a moment so you can hear a train platform announcement.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Class-leading sound
  • Effective noise cancelation
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No physical button

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
B&W's PX7 Carbon Edition is a decent calling headset that works best indoors. Soundscapes is one of the app's standout features and has several sound profiles to mask the noise around you with sounds of nature. Fast charging is available to speed up the charging process: 15 minutes equals 5 hours of use.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent noise-cancelling performance
  • Multi-level listening modes
  • Easy to use app
Cons
  • No Bluetooth 5.0 support
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
B&W PX7 are the finest-sounding pair of wireless noise-cancellers at the £350 mark. Bass is malleable and provides a song such as The Pharcyde’s Runnin’ (TIDAL) a firm foundation to work with. Bluetooth 5.0 allows for connection to two devices simultaneously, which led to notifications of reconnecting and disconnecting whenever I walked in and out of range.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Impressive battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Noise cancelling isn’t as effective as the WH-1000XM3

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The PX7s are clear evolutions of their predecessors, with a branded badge and fabric finish on the elliptical earcups. The arms are now made from a custom carbon fibre composite that is lighter than the metal used in the PXs' design. A 15-minute charge via the USB-C port provides five hours of audio playback. The headband is well padded, while earpads clamp with a calculated pressure and provide a good seal.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent noise-cancelling
  • Impressive battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Noise cancelling could be better

wired[12]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The PX7 are Bowers & Wilkins' latest flagship noise-canceling headphones. They're light, comfortable, and sound fantastic, and they ooze the same class that the original P5 model did. Like with the AirPods Max, there's a more open soundstage than you get with Sony and Bose models.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight, comfortable design
  • Excellent noise-canceling
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition Headphones | REVIEW. [parttimeaudiophile]. https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2020/11/29/bowers-wilkins-px7-carbon-edition-headphones-review/. 2020-11-29. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
2. ^ Bowers and Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition headphone review: Way too fun. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-carbon-edition-wireless-anc-headhpone-review/. 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
3. ^ Bowers and Wilkins PX7 wireless headphones review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-wireless-anc-headphones-review/. 2019-12-17. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition Headphones review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-carbon-edition-headphones. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
5. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-px7. 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
6. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 review: the best blend of sound, build and style in Noise Cancelling Headphones Land. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-review. 2020-08-12. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
7. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition headphone review: Exquisite sound, elegant active noise cancellation. [techhive]. https://www.techhive.com/article/3599513/bowers-wilkins-px7-carbon-edition-headphone-review.html. 2020-12-09. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
8. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-wireless-headphones. 2020-09-16. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
9. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-px7-carbon-edition. 2021-02-24. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
10. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-px7. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
11. ^ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-review. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
12. ^ Review: Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/bowers-and-wilkins-px7-carbon/. 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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