For the past few years, Bowers & Wilkins has delivered some of the best-sounding wireless headphones on the market. 2015′s P5 Wireless proved that wireless sound can actually be really good, and 2016′s P7 Wireless completely raised the bar for wireless headphones.
The main complaint against previous Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones was that although they sounded great, they didn’t offer active noise cancellation like competing headphones from Bose, Beats, Sony, and Sennheiser. But that has changed with 2017′s PX Wireless.
The bad news is that the noise cancellation isn’t as effective as it is on recent headphones from Bose and Sony. Even worse is the fact that the more noise cancellation you employ through the app, the more the sound is degraded. The good news is that the PX Wireless cans offer great passive noise isolation with their tight fit — so much that you don’t even really need to use active noise cancellation. If you consider the noise cancellation a “bonus” rather than an important feature, the PX Wireless will blow you away with their other features.
First comes the design. Unlike plastic headphones from Bose and Sony, the PX Wireless won’t make creaking sounds. The PX has an aluminum industrial design with magnetic pads that squeeze your ears. They are heavier than the other plastic headphones on the market, but the extra weight is worth it. In fact, I feel comfortable sleeping with the PX and using them to cancel out noise that usually wakes me up.
But what makes these stand out from the rest is the sound. It’s safe to say that the PX Wireless have the best sound stage out of any wireless headphones on the market. There is slightly less bass than there is in the P7 Wireleless headphones, but the sound still satisfies hard-core hip-hop or dance music listeners. If you are mostly into slow rock or classical music, the PX Wireless may still be a little too strong for you.
The PX wireless work very well to make phone calls, although my voice sounds higher than usual when listening to a message I made to another phone number with the headphones on. Others tell me that with the exception of the slightly robotic sound, they can’t really tell I’m talking on a pair of headphones.
Bowers & Wilkins claims a 22-hour battery life. With one test, I’ve been able to use them for 18 hours, which is still fantastic. They are right in line with recent offerings from Bose and Sony. Keep in mind that unless you actively use the headphones for several hours a day, you’ll only need to charge them once every three or four days. And they charge rapidly.
The Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones cost $399, while the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000MX2 cans cost $349. The $50 extra is certainly worth the price for the best-built and best-sounding wireless headphones on the market.