Bowers & Wilkins has announced that it will launch a brand new flagship headphone later this year, which it describes as “the most advanced noise canceling headphones to date.” Meanwhile, the British audio company has updated the popular PX7 noise canceling headphones to the PX7S2, which is on sale today (June 29th).
Waiting a bit for their successors, the PX7 headphones have been the flagship of the best over-ear headphones and the best audio fan headphones since their launch in 2019. We loved their sound, but the all-new S2 uses an upgraded custom-designed 1.7 inches (43.6) housed in more rectangular earcups than the PX7’s oval earcups. mm) drive unit.
The all-new drive unit has been rearranged and angled within each earcup so that all frequencies reach your ears at exactly the same time. With this, Bowers & Wilkins states that it will enable a more immersive sound stage.
The headphones are lightweight (which is claimed to be 10.8 ounces in the new spec, but means they’re not significantly lighter than the replacement model), and improvements to encapsulate and cushion high-level ears. Equipped with a memory foam. It is comfortable to listen to for as long as possible. It also supports wear detection.
B & W Music App Control
With upgraded device and control integration, the PX7 S2 is the company’s first headphone supported by the Bowers & Wilkins Music App, with improved connectivity, adjustable EQ, noise-cancelling transmission mode, and display of battery charge levels. Provide.
The Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection remains the same, providing support for SBC, AAC, and aptX adaptive codecs. This is a dynamically adjustable audio codec designed to provide robust, high quality wireless audio with high resolution up to 24-bit. This isn’t the same standard as Sony’s LDAC codec support, but the PX7 S2 comes with a 3.5mm audio jack cable for audiophiles to listen to, as well as a USB-C charging port and cable.
Each earcup has physical controls and touch assistant controls are also provided. Battery life is the same for 30 hours, but it’s still pretty good, but Bowers & Wilkins doesn’t say if this has ANC enabled. By comparison, Sony claims a total of up to 40 hours (30 hours with ANC enabled). The PX7 S2’s 15-minute quick recharge is said to achieve up to 7 hours of playback time.
Like its predecessor, the S2 has not been evaluated for sweat resistance or water resistance, making it unsuitable for sports headphones. The PX7 S2 also fully maintains the high quality listening virtues of the company’s Hi-Fi speakers. Music system.
Available for $ 399 / £ 379/429 from the Bowers & Wilkins website (Opens in a new tab) At some dealers, the PX7 S2 is available in three finishes: blue and gold trim, black and silver trim, and a gray version.
The Bowers & Wilkins PX8 flagship will be available in late 2022
Bowers & Wilkins plans to launch a new flagship ANC headphone called the PX8 later this year. The company says it will probably be around September.
Performance is thin at this point, except that the press release expects a “hold-free” reference level “wireless model to bring Bowers & Wilkins headphones to a whole new level of premium design, luxurious materials and audio. “Prices are expected to be $ 549 / £ 499 / € 599 on arrival, but we’ll let you know when we receive an introduction to this exciting range of the company’s expanding headphones.
After the launch of the Sony WH-1000XM5 ($ 399), there’s a lot of heat around over-ear noise canceling headphones right now, and there’s AirPods Max, which is expected around the same time as Apple’s September event. Therefore, the advent of the next generation Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 (also priced at $ 399) will only make the task of choosing one of our best over-ear headphones even more difficult.
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