Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 Headphones Elbow Into Noise-Cancelling Market
Bowers & Wilkins – maker of numerous groundbreaking pieces of highly desirable audio kit, including the iconic Zeppelin speaker – has just launched the PX7 S2, an all-new set of premium noise-cancelling wireless headphones that replace the award-winning PX7 and continue the brand’s exploration of high-end, performance-oriented audio.
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Those on the hunt for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones are spoilt for choice at the moment, with options ranging from Sony’s outstanding new WH-1000XM5 to JBL’s deep bench, Apple’s Airpods Max to excellent entries from Sennheiser, Bang & Olufsen and more. But when the British audio masters at Bowers & Wilkins create something new, we’re more than willing to listen.
Not content with a mere tweak here or an upgrade there, the brand has developed an all-new acoustic platform, which it claims has been “designed to deliver unmatched high-resolution sound quality.” At the core of this design are newly developed, custom-designed 40mm drive units that were specifically created to suit the unique requirements of the headphone-listening experience, enabling faithful reproduction of every musical nuance in your favourite tracks.
Bowers & Wilkins claims to have taken great care to ensure these drive units are perfectly angled inside each earcup, maintaining a consistent distance from your ears at every point across the surface of each driver. According to the brand, this innovation maximises the natural and immersive nature of your listening experience.
Further, the signal from compatible phones, tablets and computers is optimised by coupling Qualcomm’s aptX adaptive wireless technology with the Bowers & Wilkins-developed Digital Signal Processing (DSP), delivering 24-bit high-resolution sound quality from your streaming service of choice.
Somewhat unusually for wireless headphones in 2022, the PX7 S2 cans also support a 3.5mm cable connection (along with USB Type-C), but we welcome this addition and the inclusion of both cable types in the headphones’ case.
Sound quality is only half the game when it comes to noise-cancelling personal audio, so the PX7 S2 offers proprietary Bowers & Wilkins-optimised noise cancellation tech, featuring six high-performance microphones that work together to shut out unwanted noise without harming musicality.
Stephanie Willems, Brand President of Bowers & Wilkins, said, “I’m incredibly proud of our new Px7 S2 headphones. They’re supremely comfortable, beautiful to look at and sound great. They’re the perfect way to take True Sound with you everywhere you go.”
Perhaps most exciting is the fact that the PX7 S2 headphones are just the warm-up act for the main event. Scheduled to hit centre stage later this year, that will come in the form of a new flagship model, the Bowers & Wilkins PX8. According to the brand, this “no-holds-barred ‘reference-level’ wireless model will take Bowers & Wilkins headphones to all-new levels of premium design, luxurious materials and audio performance.” With a retail price of AUD$899.95, we’d expect nothing less.
For the time being, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 headphones are available in grey, blue and black finishes and will set you back $599.95 from the Bowers & Wilkins website and selected retailers. If you’d like to know what your other options are, check out our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds.