HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

The Bow­ers & Wilkins PX is a gor­geously de­signed pair of over-ear head­phones that have a de­cid­edly in­dus­trial look, thanks to the ma­chined alu­minum fin­ish and the lib­eral use of bal­lis­tic ny­lon shell on the ear pad cov­ers. These fold flat for easy stor­age, and also come with a nicely de­signed cloth pouch for travel.

The PX boasts added smarts that al­low it to dig­i­tally up-sam­ple all in­com­ing au­dio to 768kHz, fur­ther en­hanc­ing the de­tail. ANC can be al­tered on the go via a com­pan­ion smart app, so you can choose how much of the en­vi­ron­men­tal noise to let in via a slider, or by choos­ing one of three pre­sets. The head­phone also has smart sen­sors to de­tect when an ear pad is off your ear, and will au­to­mat­i­cally pause play­back, restart­ing it once it de­tects that both ear pads are on once more. This not only saves you bat­tery life, but also saves you hav­ing to back­track to the right spot.

The head­phone also im­pressed in terms of au­dio, as it was eas­ily one of the most mu­si­cal of the group. A record­ing of Eric Clap­ton’s ‘Layla’ from his Un­plugged al­bum was like a free ticket to the con­cert, be­cause if you closed your eyes, you can eas­ily pic­ture where ev­ery­thing was. Clap­ton slightly off cen­ter, with the lead pi­ano and his backup singers to the left. Bass is round and sweet, but not too over­whelm­ing as to take over the track.

This was again re­flected in the PX’s ren­di­tion of ‘Melt My Heart to Stone’ by Adele, as the head­phone gives the bass line in this track good body and ad­e­quate depth. Adele’s vo­cals have good clar­ity, and the drums (and cym­bal work) an­chor the en­tire piece nicely, while the pi­ano work shows off the head­phone’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties on the high end.

Per­for­mance aside, our is­sues with the PX come from the fact that cush­ion­ing doesn’t ex­tend out enough to prop­erly sup­port larger ears, so you may find your ears squashed against the driv­ers. ANC per­for­mance also lags slightly be­hind the Bose QC35 and the Sony WH1000XM2.

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