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New ANC headphones unveiled: the Px8 from Bowers & Willkins

Livia Gamper

With the Px8, Bowers & Wilkins presents its latest over-ear headphones, which are said to deliver very good sound with Active Noise Cancelling.

The Px8 had been announced by Bowers & Willkins for some time and was now presented with all the details. The over-ear headphones are the new flagship and the most expensive headphone model of the British manufacturer to date.

For good sound, B&W has installed 40-mm drivers with carbon-fibre diaphragms that are positioned at an angle in the ear cups. This is to ensure the same distance to the user's ear everywhere and to create a particularly spatial and precise sound stage. . The headband is made of aluminium and the cover of nappa leather. B&W has also incorporated shiny cut-outs around the ear cups.

Bowers & Willkins setzt auf hochwertige Materialien.
Bowers & Willkins setzt auf hochwertige Materialien.

Hi-Res sound via Bluetooth

The integrated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) can handle 24-bit audio from popular streaming services via Bluetooth, according to Bowers & Willkins. 24-bit audio means higher resolution than CD quality (16-bit). Whether the difference can be perceived, however, has been disputed for some time. For Bluetooth transmission, the manufacturer uses the aptX Adaptive codec - but the Px8 does not support aptX Lossless. . The manufacturer does not specify which streaming services are supported for Hi-Res sound. However, according to B&W, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal are available in the app and the tracks can be played directly.

The Px8 does not support Hi-Res sound.

For control on the headphones, B&W relies on buttons on the ear cups and a slider. With the introduction of the Px8, Bowers & Wilkins' music app is also set to be revamped.

Bowers & Wilkins' music app is also set to be revamped with the introduction of the Px8.

By the way, the Px8's little brother, the Px7 S2, has been around for a while. In terms of design, it is very similar to the Px8.

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 (ANC, 30 h, Wireless)

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

ANC, 30 h, Wireless


The specifications of the Px8 at a glance

Summarising the most important specifications of the new over-ear headphones:

  • Active noise cancelling and Aware mode (transparency mode) .- 30 hours of battery life,
  • Quick charging (15 minutes of charging gives seven hours of runtime)
  • USB-C port, Aux port
  • Weight: 320 grams
  • Controls: buttons and sliders
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • Bluetooth codecs: aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, AAC and SBC
  • Microphones: Six per earpiece .- Available in black or tan colour

The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 can be pre-ordered in the next few days. In Germany it costs 699 euros, the Swiss price is not yet known. As soon as the headphones are available, I will link them here.

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