Сумочка для переноски PX

Performance

Our initial hands-on with the PX took place in an already quiet room, but conversation was instantly removed from the headphones using the noise-canceling Flight mode, and moderately audible using Office mode. After turning the transparency mode up, when facing someone speaking to us, the voice came through very clearly. When used on flights, the headphones do an excellent job combating the noisy environment.

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While there is a slight difference in the sound signature with noise cancellation switched on, it’s minimal, showing what a great job Bowers and Wilkins has done with the technology. With noise canceling switched off, the headphones have a rich, subtle sound to them.

The midrange response is prominent, and the soundstage very wide and airy. Subtleties in the music aren’t lost when noise cancellation is switched on, with the strumming and slapping of strings in an acoustic guitar-heavy piece sounding very realistic.

The headphones have a rich, subtle sound signature.

In general, the PX have a warm and round sound profile that is best suited to punchy classic rock like Neil Young’s Harvest or The Beatles’ Abbey Road. When playing modern hip-hop and electronic music through the headphones, they tend to lean into the low-midrange, but never so much that it eschews the overall audio performance. You get what you pay for here in terms of sound quality — the PX just tend towards the darker side of the sound signature when it comes to voicing.

Bowers and Wilkins likes to tout its use of the aptX HD codec inside the PX, which it considers the best possible wireless sound format available. AptX HD is excellent, and we found the audio quality when streaming from our OnePlus 6 to be superb. That said, it should be noted that only select phones will benefit from the technology, not including iOS devices.

Вместо вступления

Warning! Если ты приверженец продукции одной калифорнийской фруктовой компании и не собираешься менять привычный уклад вещей, то самое время закрыть вкладку и сберечь свое время. В противном случае автор не несет ответственности за жжение ниже поясницы, которое может возникнуть у тебя от изложенной ниже информации. Без обид.

Дело в том, что компания самого богатого открытого гея в мире не изменяет своим принципам. Главный из которых – замыкать любую пищевую цепочку на себе. От гарантийного сервиса и послегарантийного ремонта до проприетарных форматов и кодеков. В то время, как в лагере зеленого робота царит демократия и прогресс в лице aptX HD, Apple остается верной себе. Купертиновцы предлагают армии своих фанатов, в последние годы все больше напоминающей зомбированную секту, все тот же AAC codec, что и десять лет назад. Таким образом, файлы с битрейтом 256 Кб/с были и остаются железобетонным пределом мечтаний приверженца Apple. Увы, никакого FLAC сюда так и не завезли. А твой новенький iPhone XS Max будет звучать по Bluetooth в точности так же, как побитый жизнью 4S вон того пацанчика в паленых Air Max и с семками. И да, если ты считаешь Apple Music эталоном музыкального стримингового сервиса, то смело можешь сэкономить себе ~$200 и ограничиться какими-нибудь Philips Fidelio M2BT. Разницы ты все-равно не услышишь.

Что? Ты все еще здесь? Тогда скорее всего ты прекрасно понимаешь, зачем тебе понадобились Bluetooth наушники уровня Bowers&Wilkins PX. И я могу не вдаваться в бесконечные технические детали, сэкономив тем самым наше общее время. Продолжаем.

Sound

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At 43mm, the PX7s’ drivers are the largest in B&W’s headphone collection, so what are they capable of? In short, a great deal. We had assumed it would be a tight contest between the PX7s and their Sony WH-1000XM3 and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless rivals, and as soon as the tunes start, it’s pretty much game on.

There’s a shared sonic DNA between the PX7s and their predecessors, with a solid, detailed and tonally balanced sound that prioritises rhythmic precision and communicates music in an entertaining way. But B&W’s engineers clearly haven’t been resting on their laurels in the past two years, as they strive to meet the standards set by the arrival of fresh competition in the market. 

The PX7s retain their predecessor’s character, but the gains they make in terms of clarity and detail are clear. With The Tallest Man On Earth’s There’s A Girl, the PX7s deliver the harmonica with greater dynamic expression while uncovering extra layers of insight into the accompanying guitar plucks and red-raw vocal.

(Image credit: Bowers & Wilkins)

We play Nick Cave’s Waiting For You and his lamentation and the piano melody feel more affecting, due not only to more transparency and clarity but also a bigger, more open soundstage. That contributes to a considerably better all-round performance that’s on a par with its closest competition.

Not only are the PX7s insightful, but their sonic character also prioritises entertainment – they are the headphone equivalent of that friend with seemingly inexhaustible supplies of energy.

We play St Vincent’s Sugarboys and they storm through the pacey, pulsating electronica, bringing the saturated, synthy production to life and giving gravitas to the breakneck beats. They reveal more enthusiasm and drive than their peers, even if the Sonys have a more grounded disposition and sound more authentic in the way they convey music.

Снаружи алюминий, кожа и нейлон

К дизайну своих наушников Bowers & Wilkins всегда подходит основательно, но тут даже бывалые меломаны оценят задумку: чашки наушников и внешняя сторона оголовья обтянуты самым настоящим баллистическим нейлоном.

В сочетании с алюминиевыми дужками и кожаными вставками модель PX выглядит как тактически-премиальный аксессуар. Особенно мне понравилась задумка с проводами, соединяющими обе чашки – они проложены в специальных открытых канавках и являются элементом общего дизайна.

Кожаные амбушюры плотно прилегают к голове, поэтому могут со временем поистрепаться. Так что, как и во многих наушниках B&W, эти элементы можно с лёгкостью заменить на новые, благо они крепятся к чашкам сильными магнитами.

В целом, Bowers&Wilkins PX сидят на голове как влитые, что логично: наушники с шумодавом предназначены в первую очередь для часто путешествующих людей, которым хочется провести несколько часов в самолете, поезде или любом другом транспортном средстве с максимальным комфортом.

На одной из чашек расположились физические кнопки для управления треками, рычажок включения наушников и маленькая кнопка переключения между профилями шумодава.

Отдельно хочу отметить способ зарядки наушников – здесь есть полноценный USB-C разъём, а значит владельцам современных Макбуков можно брать с собой на один провод меньше.

Лично у меня наушники отлично заряжаются от блока питания MacBook Pro.

Чашки наушников разворачиваются на 90 градусов, так что их можно удобно носить на шее. Специальный сенсор автоматически остановит воспроизведение музыки, если снять PX с головы и развернуть чашки.

А если надеть наушники обратно на голову – музыка включится также автоматически.

По поводу зарядки: Bowers&Wilkins PX заряжаются около 4-х часов, но зато потом могут работать до 22-х часов с включённым шумодавом без остановки.

Это отличный показатель – я заряжал эти наушники всего один раз за неделю использования, слушая музыку каждый день по дороге в офис и обратно домой.

Функциональность

Увы, дежурной шутки о кофе в постель за такие деньги не будет. Как, собственно, и кофе. Здесь нет новомодного сенсорного управления на чашках. Нет интуитивного эквалайзера в
приложении-компаньоне. Любителям всего и сразу явно не по пути с PX

ем не менее, все действительно важное и нужное здесь не только присутствует. Но и выполнено в совершенстве

Активное шумоподавление снабжено тремя основными профилями, позволяющими отсекать посторонние звуки в городе, офисе или зале ожидания
аэропорта.

Функция пропускания речи при этом тоже на месте. Более того, слышимость этой самой речи можно еще и усилить. Вещь полезная, но иногда очень сильно искажает звучание.
Благо ее, как и само активное шумоподавление, легко можно отключить. Что я и
рекомендую сделать всем любителям действительно качественного звука в первую же
минуту использования. К счастью, пассивной звукоизоляции хватает практически
для всего. Закрытая конструкция и великолепные фирменные кожанные амбушюры на
магнитных креплениях блестяще справляются со своей задачей.

Присутствует также и возможность обновления прошивки через вышеупомянутое
приложение-компаньон. А сами апдейты прилетают весьма часто, перманентно
улучшая и без того великолепное звучание. Отдельного упоминания достойна возможность подключения B&W PX к ПК посредством USB. В таком режиме наушники играют еще и роль ЦАП-а с разрядность 24/48. Получается это у них весьма и весьма качественно. Но только в том случае, если ты не маковод. Да, с Mac-ами образца 2016 года и новее на хороший результат рассчитывать не приходится. Мало того, что фруктовые ноутбуки традиционно не умеют в aptX, так им еще и нормальное USB audio не завезли. Потому, если ты не хочешь слушать предсмертные крики гиппопотама вместо оперных арий, убедись, что ты не из числа тех самых
счастливчиков.

А вишенкой на и без того шикарном торте становится тактильный сенсор надевания, отвечающий за приостановку и возобновление воспроизведения. Более того, его чувствительность можно еще и весьма точно откалибровать через фирменное приложение.

Остается лишь упомянуть более чем выдающееся время автономной работы наушников. Так, на 75% громкости и с включенным в городском режиме шумодавом мне удалось добиться ~20 часов воспроизведения при изначально 100% заряде аккумулятора. При полностью
отключенном шумоподавлении достичь заявленных производителем 24 часов более чем
реально.

Да, PX все еще не хватает NFC. Как и функции парного воспроизведения
через 3.5 мм аудиокабель. Не хватает еще кучи современных наворотов. Однако, для традиционно аскетичных британцев эта модель стала не просто шагом, но квантовым скачком вперед.

Features and Design

As with every other pair of headphones we’ve tested from the classic British audio manufacturer, the PX are astonishingly good looking. Supple leather and cold metal dominate the exterior of the over-ears, met by sleek texturing on the top of the headband and outer edge of the earcups that exudes class. As far as colors go, a choice of either space grey or soft gold is available. We love the latter, where the gold was subtle enough not to overpower the understated design, but no matter what you choose, you’ll look good.

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In terms of sound technology, the PX draw on the acoustic design we first saw in the Bowers and Wilkins P9, especially in the driver units, which sit in angled plates so the drivers naturally point towards the center of each ear for an improved soundstage over traditional driver mounts.

This design helps give the earcups a stiff composite structure, which is also quite light. The drivers are designed to retain their shape, yet still have plenty of room to flex inside the chamber for extra bass. All this was designed to help Bowers and Wilkins carefully tune the PX’s final sound signature.

The PX are astonishingly good looking.

In general, the headphones feel great when they’re on your head. They’re lightweight yet still feel solid, and the headband and ear cups are layered in memory foam covered in smooth leather. There’s a large amount of space between the driver and your ear, and it’s easy to find a great fit. That said, we wished for more cushioning on the band, and we found ourselves adjusting the headband to remove pressure on the top of our head during extended listening sessions. A little more padding up top would go a long way.

The PX don’t fold up, but the cups do rotate to lay almost flat, and the headband is very flexible, making them easy to store. They’re designed to be used wirelessly, but there is a 3.5mm headphone socket for wired use. The battery charges via a USB Type-C connection, and the same port can be used as a digital connection to listen to music from a PC, Mac, or smartphone.

As mentioned, the noise canceling is Bowers and Wilkins’ own, and the company took its time in development, wanting to avoid the drawback of losing the life, verve, and spaciousness often associated with noise canceling. There are no capacitive touch-based controls here like there are on the Sony WH-1000XM2. Instead, the PX’s three noise-canceling modes are engaged via the Bowers and Wilkins Headphones app, including Office, City, and Flight modes. Office provides the least amount of noise cancellation, and Flight the most.

There’s also a transparency mode specifically tuned to let voices through, which varies automatically when you switch cancellation modes, but can also be adjusted manually. This feature is directional, using the microphone array inside the headphones to prioritize voices from people facing the wearer. This means you shouldn’t hear people around you, but someone addressing you directly will come through. The system worked well in practice on a cross-country flight.

Buttons on the outside of the right earcup let you play or pause music and adjust volume, but the headphones also have sensors inside that give the PX a highly intelligent control system. If you lift an ear cup or hang them around your neck, they automatically pause. When you put them back on, they restart your music from where you paused. If you take them off and place them down on a table, the headphones slowly power down into a deep sleep mode to extend battery life.

Used continuously, the PX headphones should return 22 hours before needing a recharge, which measured about right in heavy use. Under normal use conditions where they’re paused and removed repeatedly, this should extend to as much as 50 hours. This grants the PX among the longest-lasting battery life of any noise-canceling headphones we’ve reviewed.

Our Verdict

7.2

Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. The Bowers & Wilkins PX have a sturdy and high build quality and great isolation for noisy environments and busy commutes. They sound above-average depending on the noise isolation profile selected, but they won’t sound as balanced as some of the other wireless over-ear and they have no EQ. Unfortunately, they’re a bit too tight out-of-the-box which may be an issue for some listeners, but on the upside, it makes them somewhat stable enough for jogging. Overall, they are decent for most use cases but are best used as premium traveling headphones or at the office thanks to their strong isolation and low leakage. They just won’t be the most comfortable option for long listening sessions.

6.6

Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. The sound quality of the PX changes quite a bit when using different noise canceling profiles. They pack a good amount of bass, but their mid-range is a bit muddy and their treble range lacks a bit of brightness. Overall their slightly cluttered and dark sound might be a little disappointing for more neutral listeners. They also can’t create the soundstage of open back over-ear despite having fairly spacious ear cups and angled drivers. On the upside, they should sound good enough for most, and you can always sacrifice a bit of isolation for a better sound by changing the noise canceling profile or disabling it. Unfortunately, they are quite tight on the head which may be an issue during long listening sessions, and it also feels like a missed opportunity that they do not have an equalizer included in their app

See our Neutral Sound recommendations

7.9

Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. These headphones have great noise canceling for noisy commutes, easy to use controls and they barely leak, so you can mask even more ambient noise by playing your audio at higher volumes. Unfortunately, they’re a bit bulky and tight on the head which might not be as comfortable as the QuietComfort 35 II on long flights.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations

7.1

Sports/Fitness

Average for sports. They are tight enough on the head to be stable for jogging, and they’re wireless with an easy to use control scheme. However, they are also bulky headphones that will hinder your movements during more high-intensity workouts, and they do not have the moist breathable design for sports.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations

7.6

Office

Above-average for office use. They have a good noise isolation performance and they do not leak much so they will block a lot of noise in a lively office environment and not distract your colleagues at higher volumes. Unfortunately, they are very tight on the head which will get a bit uncomfortable to wear during long listening sessions at work.

See our Office recommendations

5.4

Wireless Gaming

Below-average for gaming. These headphones have a good wireless range, and they’re easy to use. Unfortunately, they have a subpar mic that is not compatible with consoles, they’re not as customizable as most gaming headsets, and the high latency will be a deal breaker for gaming.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations

6.9

Wired Gaming

6.1

Phone Call

  • 7.2

    Mixed Usage

  • 6.6

    Neutral Sound

  • 7.9

    Commute/Travel

  • 7.1

    Sports/Fitness

  • 7.6

    Office

  • 5.4

    Wireless Gaming

  • 6.9

    Wired Gaming

  • 6.1

    Phone Call

+ Create your own

Pros

  • Great build quality.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Great isolation and low leakage.

Cons

  • A bit too tight on some heads.
  • Slightly bulky and cumbersome design.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019:
    Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019:
    Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 10/31/2019:
    We’ve updated the and the after some retests.
  4. Update 7/22/2019:
    We’ve updated the comparison to better reflect a typical user’s expeirence.

Комплект поставки

Должна ли комплектация современных наушников быть богатой? Если да, то что же должно в нее входить? Вопросы сложны, т.к. однозначных критериев оценки попросту нет. Bowers&Wilkins PX снабжены мягким чехлом для транспортировки. Да-да, это та самая штука, которой ты никогда не будешь пользоваться. Но все-равно приятно, что он тут есть. А довершают картину два кабеля: 3.5 мм и USB-C-на-USB-A.

Практика показывает, что вторым ты будешь пользоваться куда чаще. А 3.5 мм можешь смело засунуть в тот самый ящик с кабелями. И не спрашивай, откуда я о нем знаю. На этом все. Ну не думал же ты, что я буду здесь восторженно описывать качество полиграфии фирменной макулатуры, которую ты даже из пластикового блистера ни разу не
достанешь, правда?

Comfort

(Image credit: Bowers & Wilkins)

The PX7s are clear evolutions of their predecessors, with a branded badge and fabric finish on the elliptical earcups. There have also been some revisions to the design in the name of improved comfort.

Most crucially, the arms are now made from a custom carbon fibre composite that is lighter than the metal used in the PXs’ design. While we’ve always found the PXs comfortable, they were heavy enough to take a toll on your head during longer periods of listening – but at 310g, compared to 335g, the PX7s do feel notably lighter. The headband is well padded, while earpads clamp with a calculated pressure and provide a good seal. 

Elsewhere, the cables are now hidden within the band, and the earcup’s central oval badge is now flush against the new, softer fabric for a more streamlined aesthetic. The Space Grey finish survives, although the PXs’ Soft Gold has been swapped for a sophisticated Silver. We’re pleased to see big ‘L’ and ‘R’ graphics inside the respective ear cups, too.

The PX7s look and feel a little cheaper than their predecessor, but we’d take them for their extra comfort. Ultimately, they’re still one of the more striking pairs of headphones on the market.

Apart from the noise-cancelling button, the playback buttons are located on the right earcup in a logical configuration. The power slider initiates Bluetooth pairing mode, as well as play, pause and skip track and volume controls in a three-button strip. As with the PXs, the PX7s have a proximity sensor, so when you lift an earcup from your head, music is automatically paused – while returning it to your ear conveniently restarts playback.

What’s less convenient is the PX7s’ inability to fold into a more compact form for slinging in a bag. The cups only twist flat to fit into their oval carry case.

Bowers Wilkins PX Design

The B&W’s design doesn’t stray too far from previous models. That is, you get ample leather-lined padding and sculpted metal elements – the headphone equivalent of an executive armchair. There are some fresh, contemporary features, but the the overall aesthetic is unmistakably B&W.

The ear cups are elliptical in shape, creating a better seal around your ears than those that are round in shape. A wiry metal frame and exposed cables connect the ear cups to the headband.

In the past, B&W headphones have been overwhelmingly clad in leather. Here, however, it’s been limited to the replaceable ear cups and the underside of the headband. On the outside, the PX is lined with ballistic nylon. The metal elements are still made of aluminium, only now much of it is anodised instead of highly polished. The overall effect is more Aston Martin; less Bentley.

Related: best noise cancelling headphones

As noise-cancelling headphones go, these are some of the nicest I’ve tested. The PX are beautiful headphones. They’re far more luxurious than the plastic – and, admittedly lighter – Bose QC35, and more interesting than the Sony MDR-1000X.

The B&W PX are available in two colour combinations: black with ‘space grey’ aluminium or dark blue with ‘soft gold’.

Sound

So, the B&W PX appear to be making all the right noises so far (and cancelling a few out), but how do they actually sound?

Those of you who want transparency, detail and an even tonal balance from their headphones won’t be disappointed.

In fact, it’s difficult to call the PXs out on any aspect of their audio. Their presentation is different to the Sony WH-1000XM2s and Bose QC35s, but it’s just as appealing.

They paint music in a clear and clean manner, which helps where resolution and detail retrieval are concerned. Poorer quality recordings sound just that, but that’s the trade-off you get for the PX’s honest approach.

Music sounds like it’s coming at you head-on rather from the sides, which seems to validate the design of those angled drivers.

MORE: Best wireless Bluetooth headphones

«The PXs upscale all audio to 768kHz — B&W claims doing this helps improve noise-cancelling and DSP performance»

The B&Ws follow the melancholic melody of Linkin Park’s Leave Out All The Rest with expert precision. The shift from fragile and emotional verse to explosive chorus is delivered with both finesse and purpose.

The big bass kick that hugs the track as it moves along has a nice heft to it, without overpowering the track. The PX’s punch and precision ensure an impeccable sense of timing.

We switch to the London Symphony Orchestra’s adaptation of Swan Lake and the PXs reveal a sophisticated, elegant side. As the track reaches its climax, they do a great job of balancing the impact of the powerful rumblings on the percussion section.

All the individual elements such as the harp, violins and oboe are exquisitely rendered and track has no trouble captivating the listener.

MORE: Best noise-cancelling headphones 2017

Features

«The PX’s are one of the first pairs of Bluetooth headphones we’ve seen with a USB-C connector»

As wireless noise-cancelling headphones have become more common and desirable, increased emphasis been placed on the user experience – issues such as the pairing process, the reliability of the Bluetooth connection, ease of controlling audio playback and the performance of the noise-cancelling.

We’re pleased to report that the B&W PXs fare extremely well across the board. Pairing is achieved through the slider-cum-button on the edge of the right earpiece. A row of three slimline buttons controls volume and playback. The middle play/pause button has a slight bump to help you feel your way around.

The noise-cancelling for the PXs comes courtesy of B&W’s own algorithm. There’s no automatic test tone and measurement-taking like there is with the Sony WH-1000XM2’s but the B&Ws still do a great job of cutting out office chatter and the drone of your daily commute.

«A proximity sensor in each earpiece allows you to play and pause music automatically»

Fire up the B&W Headphone app and you can fine-tune the PXs’ Environment Filters. Labelled Office, City and Flight, each one tweaks the noise-cancelling and amount of external audio allowed through.

Set it to Flight and the noise-cancelling is at its most potent with no audio pass-through. When you’re walking through town, switch to City and you’ll still get the benefits of noise-cancelling, but with a greater awareness of your surroundings.

It’s similar to the system used by the Sony WH-100XM2s with the exception the Sony app can switch modes automatically, depending on your activity, while the PX’s require you to open the app and switch manually.

Built into each enclosure is a proximity sensor that B&W has used to supercharge the PX user experience. Lift the headphones off your head and the music pauses automatically. Put them back on and the music kicks back in.

MORE: Best headphones 2017

If you leave them on a desk or round your neck for a couple of minutes, the headphones will go into standby or what B&W refers to as a “low-power state”, which should help conserve some of the claimed 22-hour battery life.

Come back after a couple of minutes, put them on your head and the headphones ping out a couple of tones to signify they’ve woken up and they’ll start playing without you having to press a single button. Very slick.

We were surprised by just how well this feature worked in practice and how often we used it. But there’s more.

Lifting just one of the earpads can also pause the music, which is ideal if you need to have a quick chat with a work colleague or order another gin and tonic from your friendly flight attendant.

It’s a smart and neatly executed feature that helps the PXs stand out from the current crowd.

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Особенности Bowers Wilkins PX

Наушники PX от Bowers & Wilkins заимствуют акустический дизайн от P9 Signature — звуковые драйвера расположены в них так, чтоб звук выходил прямо в центр уха.

Конструкция жёсткая и прочная, но одновременно лёгкая и удобная. Параметры звука настраиваются, басы здесь мощные и глубокие.

Обычно, при подавлении шума звук теряет объём и насыщенность, но Bowers & Wilkins несколько лет дорабатывала свою технологию исправляя недочёты, чтобы свести недостатки к минимуму.

У новых Bowers & Wilkins PX есть три режима шумоподавления, от минимального до максимального: Office, City и Flight. Тут также есть отдельный режим, в котором микрофонная решётка в наушниках используется для передачи голосов людей, напротив — благодаря этому владелец PX слышит, когда к нему кто-то обращается.

Воспроизведение музыки автоматически прекратится, если наушники приподнять или повесить на шею, и моментально продолжится, когда вы обратно наденете их на уши. Если PX положить на стол, они перейдут в глубокий спящий режим для экономии энергии.

При непрерывной работе гарнитура разрядится за 22 часа, но большинство пользователей не будет так долго слушать музыку. В нормальных условиях PX продержатся 50 часов — это практически лучший результат для наушников с шумоподавлением.

Build

To anyone acquainted with B&W’s line of on- and over-ear headphones, the PXs will look familiar. But while they share some of their DNA, they’re also quite distinct in their own right.

The Space Grey finish of our review sample may look like an attempt to appeal to Apple fans, but it also highlights the PXs’ more industrial design.

That’s not to say the headphones don’t have shelf-appeal, but the optional (and much more flamboyant) Soft Gold finish shows off your PXs better.

The headphones are constructed predominantly from lightweight aluminium and use what B&W refers to as “ballistic nylon shell” to cover the outer earpads and the top of the headband.

This means the PXs feel both reassuringly solid yet perfectly portable.

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Subtle details like the way the headphone cables run down their carefully machined channels and into each earpiece, the smoothness with which the earpads rotate, and even the texture of the Bowers & Wilkins logos all give the impression of a quality product.

The elliptical earpads are quite narrow compared to those offered by some rivals and we were a little concerned comfort could be compromised. But once in place, they actually do an excellent job of surrounding your ear and creating a seal with the outside world.

The PXs exert more pressure than rivals such as the Sony WH-1000XM2s and the pads aren’t quite as soft, but we don’t find our lengthy listening sessions any less enjoyable.

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The only slight compromise is that you can’t completely fold them up. Instead, the earpads fold flat so you can slide them into the snazzy, quilted carry pouch.

Pull away the magnetic pads and you get a better look idea of the PX driver design. The headphones use a 40mm full-range driver, which is based on technology developed for B&W’s high-end P9 Signature headphones.

Like the P9s, the drivers inside the PXs are angled to fire directly into your ears. B&W claims this helps you get more of a traditional stereo image.

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Что со звуком Полный порядок

Хоть Bowers&Wilkins PX и позиционируются как «беспроводные», музыку с их помощью можно слушать 3-мя способами:

1. Bluetooth-соединение. Наушники работают с кодеком AptX HD, так что музыку «по воздуху» можно слушать в HD-качестве, с параметрами 24 бита/48 кГц.

2. Проводным способом. В PX есть вход для стандартного 3,5 мм аудио-кабеля, на случай если вы не доверяете беспроводному методу, или наушники разрядились.

3. Через USB-C. Да-да, разъем для зарядки тоже может служить для передачи звука – можно подключить наушники в USB порт компьютера и слушать музыку, одновременно заряжая их.

В каждой чашке инженеры разместили по одному 40-мм динамику, причём динамики чуть развёрнуты в сторону ушной раковины, для более комфортного звучания.

Переключаться между профилями можно как с помощью физической кнопки на одной из чашек, так и в специальном приложении-компаньоне, которое можно скачать из App Store бесплатно.

В приложении также можно настроить чувствительность сенсора, который следит за положением наушников и останавливает музыку, когда вы снимаете PX с головы.

А еще можно активировать специальный режим Pass-Through, который дозированно пропускает окружающие вас шумы в наушники, с помощью встроенных в чашки микрофонов.

Представьте себе классического представителя туманного Альбиона: спокойный, уверенный в себе, слегка надменный и изящный – точно такой окрас приобретает любая композиция, если вы слушаете ее в наушниках Bowers&Wilkins PX.

Верхние и средние частоты кристально чистые, без ярко выраженных акцентов. Причем, качество звука не страдает даже при включенном шумодаве в режиме «полёт»: во многих моделях от конкурирующих компаний именно при таком условии режутся верхние и средние сигналы.

Низкие частоты могут показаться недостаточно «жирными», но на дворе уже 21 век, потребитель стал привередлив и скрывать за ухающими басами плохое качество аудиопанорамы никто не рискует: или чистый звук, где все частоты звучат максимально правдиво, или всеобщее презрение и дисреспект плохо настроенным динамикам.

Я очень рекомендую всем любителям не экстремальных жанров послушать именно эти наушники, потому что такого сбалансированного звучания я давненько не слушал. Учитывая, что я использую Apple Music, где качество аудиопотока не самое лучшее, мое восхищение беспроводными PX очень велико.

Bowers Wilkins PX Features

Good-looks alone can’t cut it, so thankfully the B&W PX sport a long list of features. These are no ordinary wireless noise-cancelling headphones.

I’ll start with the wireless. The PX use Bluetooth, but not your garden variety Bluetooth – they’re compatible with aptX HD. That’s an upgraded version of the already-superior aptX codec, and it can transmit hi-res audio up to 24bit/48kHz. AptX HD can be found on many of the top portable devices, such as the LG V30 smartphone.

The drive units are derived from B&W’s flagship P9 Signature headphones, so you know the PX mean business. The 40mm drivers are slightly angled to create a more convincing soundstage.

As for noise cancellation, you get a choice of NC modes with different levels of ambient audio passthrough. The ‘City’ setting lets in traffic noise so you don’t risk being run over when wearing the headphones out and about. The ‘Office’ setting lets in voices so you’ll know if you’re needed. ‘Flight’ has maximum noise cancellation to block out engine noise. It’s controlled by the Android/iOS app.

Most impressive about these headphones are B&W’s smart sensors, designed to minimise the faff that tends to accompany Bluetooth headphones: power and pairing.

After your initial setup, the PX are able to automatically power up, connect and resume playing music – you just need to put them on your head. Take them off, lift up an ear, or put them around your neck, and they’ll automatically pause. Leave them unattended and they’ll go into standby, waiting for the next time you put them on again.

There are onboard controls to override the smart sensors – they aren’t flawless – but, generally, I find myself just using the buttons to skip or change volume. I rarely hit pause/play, and I’ve managed days of use without once touching the power button. This is hugely impressive. More impressive is the fact that this wizardry doesn’t appear to come at the cost of battery life.

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B&W claims a rating of 22 hours with both Bluetooth and noise cancellation switched on, and this seems about right to me. You get 29 hours with BT on and NC off. Turn everything off and revert to using cables, and you’ll achieve 50 hours.

When you’re out of juice, the B&W PX recharges via USB-C cable, which is unusual; most rivals use micro-USB. USB-C can also be used to play music digitally from USB connections, in case you don’t have your (analog) 3.5mm cable handy.

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