Following the release earlier this year of its Px7 S2 offering, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is kicking things up several notches (and price brackets) with the release of its super premium Px8 wireless noise-cancelling headphones. Promising “all-new levels of immersion and realism” B&W claims the Px8 is the best set of headphones it has ever made and with a price point of AUD$1,149 – a significant hike from the AUD$899 that was announced back in June – we’d certainly hope so.
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The B&W Px8 headphones offer aptX adaptive wireless technology and digital signal processing (DSP) to ensure listeners enjoy 24-bit high-resolution sound quality from compatible streaming services (you can also use a USB to connect to your laptop for high-resolution streaming if the whole wireless thing isn’t working for you).
According to the brand, “massively improved clarity” is delivered via angled carbon cone drive units that are coupled to a fully optimised drive unit ‘motor system’ with revised magnet, voice coil and surround. If the headphones perform as well as B&W says they do, the result of this should be that the listener will hear nuances in their favourite music that would otherwise have been muddied by the performance of lesser headphones.
While noise cancelling is par for the course on premium headphones these days, B&W claims its offering is a step above, employing six microphones to both optimise noise cancelling without negatively impacting your music, while also optimising the clarity of voice calls. The Px8 headphones serve up a reasonable 30-hour battery life, although it’s worth pointing out that that’s half as long as the longevity offered by Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones.
For this price, you’re going to want an aesthetic that matches the elite performance. B&W has certainly put together a handsome look using premium materials like die-cast aluminium, memory foam ear cups, and Nappa leather. Available in both black and tan finishes, at a glance the Px8’s black model is almost indistinguishable from the Px7 S2, but the tan finish is really quite eye-catching.
B&W’s Px8 headphones will be available from selected retailers in October for AUD$1,149. If you are in fact in the market for some very pricey headphones, check out the Px8 and other B&W options via the link below.