Ever since the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 was released, there have been fans. That’s certainly not the only reason for issuing a special edition of the noise-cancelling headphones, but it no doubt contributed to the decision to make the Carbon Edition of the high-end headphones.
What makes this new edition different from the rest is the diamond-cut detailing on each ear cup. The result is a premium look that gives it a carbon fibre finish. Outside of that, not much else changes—and that’s a very good thing. The PX7 uses 43.6mm drivers that were specifically designed, developed and tuned by the engineering team over at Bowers & Wilkins. The Carbon Edition also supports the latest wireless codecs, which include the Bluetooth aptX Adaptive technology as well as Qualcomm’s audio codec.
The adaptive technology works to boost the Active Noise Cancellation of the PX7 by sensing background ambient noise and then automatically selecting the appropriate type and level of noise cancellation to eliminate any distractions. Using the app from Bowers & Wilkins, you can set up Ambient Pass Through to let certain sounds get through the noise cancellation in case you need to hear specific things. The ear cups also have proximity sensors that are built into each ear cup that pause music when you lift the ear cup, and then start it playing again when you’re ready. The PX7 also supports Siri and Google Assistant.
While the diamond pattern is a big part of the Carbon Edition redesign, the PX7 also benefited from additional thought in the headband and arms. For these parts, Bowers & Wilkins used a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer to keep the headphones light and comfortable. For the ear pads, they chose a memory foam that also helps to passively cancel out unwanted noise. The battery for the Carbon Edition offers up to 30 hours of play time from a single charge, and can be recharged to 5 hours of play time after just 15 minutes. If you want the best earphones—both in terms of performance and looks—then set aside USD$399.99 and go get one for yourself.