These were a present to myself, during the Christmas of 2021. I’ve had a year and a bit with them.
So what do I make of them?
This is not a sponsored review.
I purchased the Px7’s in Space Grey for myself, & this is an unbiased, transparent review as a consumer.
The thoughts and views in this publication are honest & my own.
As far as I can see, the Px7 “Series 1” are not available on the Bowers & Wilkins main website, however they can be found on B&W’s Amazon shop.
At the time of this review they have been reduced and retail for £230.92 for the Carbon model, £227 for the Silver model, & £271.82 for the Space Grey.
However, you can still purchase accessories and download the manual from B&W’s website.
Bowers & Wilkins:
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Review equipment & software:
Bowers & Wilkins Px7 (Space Grey)
iPhone XS Max.
Apple TV 4K.
Samsung Galaxy Note Ten+.
Samsung M5 Smart Monitor.
Astell & Kern AK70 (wired).
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music (lossless).
Apple TV Plus & other streaming services.
Various games on the Switch.
B&W companion app on all devices apart from the AK70, Switch, Apple TV & MacBook.
Music & other media:
I tried to use lossless media whenever I could, however, in some cases this was not possible.
What’s in the box:
B&W provide all that you would need or want, including the headphones of course.
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 True Wireless headphones.
USB charging cable.
3.5mm audio cable for wired use.
|Product Dimensions||17.5 x 7.49 x 19.99 cm; 335 Grams|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Item model number||FP39683|
|Compatible Devices||iOS, Android|
|Hardware Interface||Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm Audio|
|Material Type||Leather and ballistic nylon|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Weight||335 g|
Build and finish:
These headphones are the first product I have bought new from B&W.
I’m not including my speakers which were bought used and modified.
I’ve spent a bit of time with various Bowers & Wilkins products at shows, or in shop demos and I have come to have a high regard for them.
I’ve also come to expect nothing but the finest quality & sound.
The PX7’s do not disappoint!
Build quality is premium throughout, and this goes for the included accessories as well.
I don’t know what B&W’s other headphones are like, however, if the PX7’s are anything to go by, then they are going to be extremely comfortable.
Easily managing a 4 hour or longer Listening session with no fatigue or discomfort.
The clamping force and adjustment is just right for my head and ears.
Bowers & Wilkins have used a very plush and form fitting leather on both the ear pads and the head band.
On most of the devices in the list above I installed the companion app.
On the other devices, The AK70, Switch, Apple TV & MacBook Pro, which don’t have an app, the PX7’s work really well, and the ANC is still accessible on the headphones using a side button on the left ear cup.
The app is really easy to use and quite intuitive. The ONLY 2 things that I have a complaint about in this whole review is the lack of EQ settings & another thing I’ll mention later.
I believe having EQ settings would make these headphones even better than they already are, & would quite possibly make them my absolute go-to for nearly every use case.
As for bluetooth pairing, it’s very straight forward and, I love that I can have these headphones paired to multiple devices without needing to unpair and re-pair each time I swap sources.
I’ve mentioned that I wish there was the ability to use EQ.
This for me, would be in order to tweak the sound a touch when required.
They really don’t need any EQ out of the box.
Before I confuse you further, let’s get into the sound and why I feel the need to tweak it.
Highs are super crisp, going as far as clinically sharp.
Lending a beautifully defined high end.
Mids are slightly subdued, but still manage to produce an organic, neutral presentation.
This is where the EQ would be required in some cases.
The PX7’s are a powerhouse, which deliver a fast, hard hitting bass that doesn’t skip a beat.
They go low.
Listening to some bass test tracks was enjoyable to say the least, & impressive, very impressive!
But, I found when listening to some tracks or watching certain movies or episodes, they could be a touch on the heavy side. Otherwise, they pack a wallop and keep on packing!
Whether you want to utilise their full wireless capability, use them wired with say a portable source, or use them with the USB cable, utilising the onboard DAC,
Bowers & Wilkins have you covered, & there is no discernible difference in sound quality either way.
ANC, or, Active Noise Canceling:
ANC is something that has grown on me over the past few years. It was something I didn’t miss until I had it.
Now it always feels like a headphone or IEM is missing something when they don’t have ANC.
And throughout my time as a reviewer I’ve found that some brands hit the nail on the head, where others miss the mark entirely.
Bowers & Wilkins have well and truly hit the nail on the head.
The three levels of noise cancelling are perfect and when I activate the highest level, with the headphones having a great seal, I can hardly hear anything outside of the ear cups.
I’m also extremely happy with the transparency mode.
The only wireless device up until now with a really good transparency mode, has always been the Apple AirPods Pro.
The PX7’s transparency mode is phenomenal! I’d even go as far as saying it’s slightly better than the AirPods Pro.
In calls I’ve been told that the mic sounds really clear and cuts out a lot of background noise.
Listening to voice or video calls is a pleasure and each session has been crystal clear, and I’ve not had any experiences of interference or latency.
IF the PX7’s were waterproof, and had EQ settings, they’d be getting 5 stars across the board.
I’ve searched online, looked at the manual and emailed B&W, but found no evidence that mentions water proof.
Putting those two complaints aside, the Bowers & Wilkins are superb in every way and they sound every bit as pricey as the price tag.
When you include their flexibility and stability, along with a sublime aesthetic & premium finish…
They are a phenomenal pair of wireless headphones that are lively yet articulate.
And worth every pound, dollar, euro etc.
I look forward to reviewing further products from Bowers & Wilkins. I have well and truly caught “the bug”.
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