After pushing the limits of speed and design with some of its finest and most expensive supercars, British automaker McLaren has dived head-first into the headphones and audio scene, joining forces with Bowers & Wilkins to create high-performance, special-edition, noise-cancelling wireless headphones dubbed Px8 McLaren Edition.
Bowers & Wilkins has been supplying high-performance sound systems in McLaren’s cars for a long time now and the Px8 McLaren Edition headphone is “the first headphone to result from the long-standing relationship between the two companies”. Marketed as a “specially designed” version of the Px8 wireless headphones, the Px8 McLaren Edition houses a lot of the same tech but comes wrapped in a new finish. The headphones arrive with Galvanic grey and Papaya orange highlights inspired by the famous livery which originated on founder Bruce McLaren’s early racing cars.” Besides the racing-inspired colour scheme, nothing much has changed internally on these special edition cans.
Similar to the non-special version, the Px8 McLaren Edition is fitted with a pair of 40mm Carbon Cone drivers positioned in such a manner that it maintains a constant distance from the wearer’s ears. Both build quality and the overall design language are impeccable here. The use of premium materials such as die-cast aluminium, and Nappa leather ensures sturdiness and comfort at all times. In terms of audio, these cans sound great indoors as well as outdoors, thanks to the proprietary Bowers & Wilkins-optimized noise cancellation technology (ANC).
There are a total of six microphones, working in conjunction to measure output, respond to ambient noise and provide outstanding voice clarity with improved noise suppression. The Px8 McLaren Edition also features Qualcomm’s aptXTM Adaptive Bluetooth codec technology, thus letting users listen to high-quality audio playback from compatible devices.
You can take your listening experience up a notch by using the Px8’s direct-digital USB-C connection for lossless 24-bit audio or a DAC and the included 3.5mm-to-USB cable. These headphones come with great battery life too and can last a decent 30 hours on a single charge.
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These headphones can be set up and tweaked using the Bowers & Wilkins Music App. In a press release, George Biggs, chief sales, and marketing officer at McLaren Automotive, said, “We are delighted to unveil the Px8 McLaren Edition, which builds on the award-winning and long-standing collaboration between McLaren and Bowers & Wilkins. The shared ethos of pushing the boundaries, innovation and the pursuit for perfection is apparent in all products that both brands have collaborated on to date. With the new headphones, the immersive audio experience that all receive in our supercars can now go beyond the road.”
Priced at USD$799 (or AUD$1,175), the new Px8 McLaren Edition offers nothing new technically and appears as an alternate colour option slapped with McLaren branding. If you have huge sums of money lying around (and are in need of a new pair of headphones), then these will be available via the Bowers & Wilkins website and select Australian retailers from December 7.
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