Bowers & Wilkins has introduced its newest flagship pair of wi-fi over-ear headphones. The Px7 S2 include a raft of upgrades making them the agency’s ‘greatest lively noise cancelling headphones but’, however the Px8 have already been given a sneak preview.
As soon as once more taking up the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM5, Bose QC45 and Apple AirPods Max, the Px7 S2 arrive with an improved design, new drivers and an upgraded lively noise cancelling (ANC) system.
The brand new design is available in black, gray and blue colors and is each smaller and lighter than the unique Px7 – albeit solely by 3g. Importantly the acoustic seal is healthier because of improved match and reminiscence foam ear cups.
Buttons on the ear cup offer you management, together with a customisable button you’ll be able to set to both ANC modes or your smartphone’s digital assistant.
The primary upgrades come within the audio division, with customized angled 40mm drivers much like the P9 Signature. They’ve an ultra-fast response whereas retaining distortion low because of new magnets. The inclusion of aptX Adaptive and B&W’s DSP (digital sign processing) means in addition they assist 24-bit Hello-Res audio.
A complete of six mics are onboard with 4 devoted to ANC, which supplies you a 30dB minimize, and there’s additionally a transparency mode so you’ll be able to hear what’s occurring round you when wanted.
As you’ll count on from flagship headphones, there are many different options out there. Highlights embody Multipoint so you’ll be able to join to 2 units, in addition to put on sensors so music could be robotically paused whenever you take away the cans.
That is disabled by default, however you’ll be able to change it on within the B&W Music app the place you can also alter the sensitivity of the sensor in addition to entry EQ to regulate the sound to your style – though solely with primary bass and treble sliders.
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The headphones nonetheless final for 30 hours, which the agency says must be lots for many customers, however charging is quicker so now you can absolutely cost them in two hours (33% faster than the earlier mannequin) and a 15-minute cost will now get you seven hours of playback as an alternative of 5.
Notice that the headphones don’t assist wi-fi charging like B&W’s Pi fashions. Charging is finished by way of USB-C and a USB-C to three.5mm jack can also be included if you wish to plug into one thing – maybe that doesn’t supply Bluetooth – however the headphones will nonetheless want battery energy to work.
The B&W Px7 S2 go on sale at this time from the official retailer in addition to choose retailers priced at £379, US$399 or €429.
Px8 teased for later in 2022
There’s, nonetheless, a purpose to not purchase these headphones, as Bowers & Wilkins has additionally teased the upcoming Px8 noise cancelling wi-fi headphones set to reach later this 12 months, though at the next worth of £499, US$549 or €599.
B&W is retaining its playing cards to its chest, not publicly revealing its design or many key specs, however the flagship headphones will include “model new drive unit tech”.
“This no-holds-barred ‘reference-level’ wi-fi mannequin will take Bowers & Wilkins headphones to all-new ranges of premium design, luxurious supplies and audio efficiency,” mentioned the agency.