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Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Flagship Headphones Unveiled

The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 wireless noise cancelling headphones are the new company flagship model for $699.

Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Wireless ANC Headphones Lifestyle in Tan

It would appear that all of the rumors surrounding the Bowers & Wilkins Px9 were possibly a diversion with the launch of the Px8 headphones earlier today.

At first glance the Px8 seems like a premium version of the Px7 S2 that we just reviewed, which sells for $399. The headphones look nearly identical and share many features in common, including the same active noise calling wireless platform. The main difference should come down to sound quality if the all-new bespoke 40mm Carbon Cone drive units in the Px8 are as good as suggested.

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Bowers & Wilkins claims the Px8’s new Carbon Cone drivers deliver an unparalleled combination of ultra-fast response plus exceptionally low distortion throughout the frequency range. The company claims they’ll reproduce resolution, detail and timing that surpasses the high bar set by the Px7 S2, ensuring an even more engaging and natural musical performance.

The carbon cone drive units in Px8 are carefully angled inside each ear cup to ensure a consistent distance relative to the listener’s ear from every point across the surface of each driver, to produce a more immersive and highly accurate soundstage.

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Design

The Px8 headphone is available in two finishes, black leather or tan leather, and now has a cast-aluminum arm structure that references Bowers & Wilkins signature design language, plus a diamond-cut bright edge on each elliptical logo plate. The earcups, memory-foam cushions and headband are trimmed in soft, luxurious Nappa leather for the ultimate, premium feel.

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Comparison

Px7 S2Px8
MSRP$399$699
WirelessBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.2
Hybrid Noise CancellationHybrid Noise Cancellation
Wear-Detection SensorWear-Detection Sensor
USB-C chargingUSB-C charging
Bluetooth CodecsaptX Adaptive
aptX HD
aptX
aptX Adaptive
aptX HD
aptX
AAC AAC 
SBC SBC 
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DPA2DP
AVRCPAVRCP
HFPHFP
HSPHSP
BLE GATT (Generic Attribute Profile) BLE GATT (Generic Attribute Profile) 
Drive Units2 x ø 40mm dynamic full range bio cellulose driver 2 x ø 40mm dynamic full range custom carbon driver 
Microphone4x mics for ANC4x mics for ANC
2x mics for telephony 2x mics for telephony 
Distortion<0.1% (1kHz/10mW) <0.1% (1kHz/10mW) 
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium Polymer Rechargeable Lithium Ion 
Battery Life30 hours playback 30 hours playback 
ChargeUSB-C USB-C 
Charge Time2 hours2 hours
15 min charge for 7 hours battery life 15 min charge for 7 hours battery life 
InputsBluetooth, USB-C Audio Bluetooth, USB-C Audio 
In-box Accessories1.2m USB-C to 3.5mm stereo jack audio cable
1.2m USB-C to USB-C cable
1.2m USB-C to 3.5mm stereo jack audio cable
1.2m USB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions (Carry Case)189mm (w) x 63mm (d) x 233mm (h)189mm (w) x 63mm (d) x 233mm (h)
Weight (without carry case) 307g320g

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Usability

Physical controls on each earcup provide full control without touching your smartphone. Users can also use the Px8 to seamlessly launch their phone’s Voice Assistant at the touch of a button.

With 30 hours of battery life, Px8 can play all day long on just one charge. Meanwhile a 15-minute quick recharge is sufficient to provide up to seven hours of additional listening time.

Improved App

The Bowers & Wilkins Music App has been upgraded to coincide with the release of the Px8 (and also works with Px7 S2). The Music App simplifies connection of the Px8 to a mobile device, supports fine-tuning of the sound through adjustable EQ, and allows owners to configure their preferred noise-cancelling mode, all while monitoring the headphone’s charge levels.

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Price & Availability

The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 wireless noise cancelling headphones are available today (September 28, 2022) for $699.

For more information: bowerswilkins.com

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  1. ORT

    September 28, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Hmmmm…They are gorgeous! They have BUTTONS!

    I am listening to Porter’s Beguin the Beguine (by Artie Shaw & Co.!). It conjures up Astaire and Powell’s most excellent and with out a doubt to such as I, the bestest dance routine ever filmed from “Broadway Melody of 1940″…

    Like the loverly Eleanor Powell in that B&W film, everything about these new B&W headphones are classic in their physical beauty and timeless in their presentation of the possibles of what lay ahead.

    How does this figger into me buying a pair of these beautimus ‘phones?

    Time to…”Begin the Begging”.

    ORT

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