Best Bowers & Wilkins PX Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020:
It was not until 2016 that the venerable British brand Bowers & Wilkins launched its first wireless headsets, evolutions of the proven P5 and P7 . A year later, the brand presents this time a brand new model with Bluetooth connectivity and another trendy feature: customizable active noise reduction. However the PX (that’s its name), does not yet manage to match the best players in this very populated segment of wireless headsets with RBA
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In broad outline, the PX takes without surprise the emblematic silhouette of the Bowers & Wilkins helmets. However allowing itself some liberties compared to its predecessors, of which it does not exactly adopt either the construction or the luxurious materials. The steel of the frame has given way to aluminum. Plastic is clearly more present on the shell of this helmet. Let us be reassured however: the latest addition to the P range remains a very beautiful object. Perfectly finished, the PX gives an excellent impression in hand, and always retains a touch of prestige. Thanks to the beautifully crafted leather covering its ear cups and its headband.
Better yet, this new construction allows the PX to be by far the most compact over-ear headphones designed by Bowers & Wilkins. A point necessarily very positive for a helmet above all intended for nomadism.
Compatible with Bluetooth 4.1 (SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD codecs), the PX can also be used wired, not only via an analog connection on 3.5 mm mini-jack, but also on a computer via USB. This last mode of operation is done in plug & play on both Windows and macOS. Allows you to use the headset control buttons to adjust the sound level directly at the OS level. An excellent point.
For wireless use, the PX has a proximity sensor in the right ear cup and can therefore pause music automatically when removed. After 2 minutes, the headphones automatically go into a hibernation state and their energy consumption becomes almost zero. When you put the headphones back on, it automatically wakes up again, reconnects to the last device used and restarts the music where it left off.
While it is legitimate to expect from a brand like Bowers & Wilkins products with impeccable audio performance. The manufacturer has so far never managed to fully convince us with its wireless headsets. Unfortunately, the PX continues this trend
We are certainly not surprised that the manufacturer has chosen to equip its headphones with a fairly soft sound. Giving pride of place to the bass and midrange rather than the treble; but we would still have preferred it to be done in a slightly more subtle way. As it stands, the treble extremes, set back by more than 20 dB compared to the low mids, struggle to exist in the perceived sound message. By ear, on some songs, we sometimes even have the impression of not hearing anything above 10 kHz. The result is a dull, fairly metallic, and unnatural sound in its spatialization. Despite the good stereophonic width provided by the angled transducers.
To this is added an accuracy which is far from ideal in the upper half of the spectrum, especially when noise reduction is activated: as soon as the signal becomes a little loaded above 1000 Hz, the sound takes a very turn draft copy. We sometimes come to dread every hit of a tom-tom or cymbal. These instruments becoming not very drinkable for the eardrums. This observation can be verified both wired and Bluetooth, regardless of the codec used – including aptX HD, a codec whose contribution is perfectly insignificant.
Despite the fine arguments that the Bowers & Wilkins PX has to make, it is difficult to overlook its few mistakes (which have the misfortune to relate to the two most important aspects of any headset). A perfectible sound reproduction, and far from universal comfort. We strongly recommend trying the helmet in person before making any purchase decision. The fact remains that it has for its very neat design, its many ergonomic features, and an impressive active noise reduction.
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