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bottom view of B&W PX7s

The Wear Detection feature is very handy when someone speaks to you while you’re immersed in your music – just pull off an earcup to hear what they’re saying and your content stops to wait for you and resumes when you snap the ear cup back to your head.

The competition

The $599 PX7 is part of an impressive crowd of contenders in the premium ANC Bluetooth headphones space. This includes:

While it has a good selection of features, there are few areas missing. First is call quality, where some other headphones come with more microphones and offer greater beamforming clarity, such as the 2 + 2 mic config of the Bose 700.

Also, many of the above have EQ and other customisation settings via their apps.

Sony Bose and B&W headphones together

Lastly, the PX7s do not offer a direct button for commanding your Siri or Google smart assistant. You can still speak to him/her via your headphones, however.

Despite this, the PX7s are laser-focused on delivering outstanding audio performance – and it certainly achieves this aim. This is made possible with the help of impressive adaptive noise cancellation, high-bandwidth / low latency communications (aptX Adaptive), premium components, solid ergonomics and expert tuning.

GadgetGuy’s take:

At the end of the day, musical tastes are subjective, however, we found the PX7s to be a joy to listen to and filled with dynamism, detail, impact and warmth.

The 30-hour battery life, along with clever Wear Detection feature (also on Sennheiser Momentum 3 and PXC 550 II) are excellent ‘quality of life’ inclusions.

Are they the king of the ANC/Bluetooth headphones? They’re certainly deserving, however, which crown depends on your musical tastes and the features you value the most.

Bowers and Wilkins PX7 – Technical Specifications:

Bowers and Wilkins Global Website here and manual here.

Wearing StyleBluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Technical FeaturesAdaptive Noise Cancellation
Ambient Pass-Through
Wear-Detection Sensor
Bluetooth CodecsaptX, aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX Classic AAC
SBC
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP v1.3.1 AVRCP v1.6.1 HFP v1.7.1 HSP v1.2
BLE GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
Drive Units2 x ø 43.6mm full range
Microphones4x mics for ANC
2x mics for telephony (CVC2 – Clear Voice Communication v2)
Frequency Range10Hz to 30kHz
Input Impedance20 kOhms
Distortion (THD)<0.3% (1kHz/10mW)
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium Polymer
Battery Life & Charging30 hrs Bluetooth with ANC
5hrs with 15min charge
InputsBluetooth, 3.5mm stereo jack, USB-C audio
In Box Accessories1.2m stereo audio cable, 1.2m USB-A to USB-C cable, Storage Case
Weight310 grams
Warranty2 years

Bowers and Wilkins PX7 BT/ANC headphones
Name: PX7 Price (RRP): $599.95 Manufacturer: Bowers and Wilkins
Absolutely wonderful and enlightening acoustic performanceSolid adaptive noise cancellation and ambient sound pass through modeLong 30-hour battery life with ANC enabledSupports the cutting-edge Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codecWear detection that pauses and restarts playback
No sound profile customisation in the appThey don’t fold completely flat
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Value for money
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Ease of Use
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4.7Overall Score