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 $599 PX7 is part of an impressive crowd of contenders in the premium ANC Bluetooth headphones space. This includes:
- Sony WH-1000XM3 (best all-rounder $353)
- Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (best ANC and call quality $489)
- Bose QuietComfort II (outdated but excellent travel headphones $366)
- Sennheiser PXC 550 II (the new reigning travel kings $549)
- Sennheiser Momentum 3 (the best sound by far $599)
- AKG N700 (now $300)
- Jabra 85h (an interesting take on adaptive noise-cancelling $379)
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.
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.
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:
|Wearing Style||Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones|
|Technical Features||Adaptive Noise Cancellation|
|Bluetooth Codecs||aptX, aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX Classic AAC|
|Bluetooth Profiles||A2DP v1.3.1 AVRCP v1.6.1 HFP v1.7.1 HSP v1.2|
BLE GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
|Drive Units||2 x ø 43.6mm full range|
|Microphones||4x mics for ANC|
2x mics for telephony (CVC2 – Clear Voice Communication v2)
|Frequency Range||10Hz to 30kHz|
|Input Impedance||20 kOhms|
|Distortion (THD)||<0.3% (1kHz/10mW)|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium Polymer|
|Battery Life & Charging||30 hrs Bluetooth with ANC|
5hrs with 15min charge
|Inputs||Bluetooth, 3.5mm stereo jack, USB-C audio|
|In Box Accessories||1.2m stereo audio cable, 1.2m USB-A to USB-C cable, Storage Case|