New top headphones from Bowers & Wilkins

B&W promises even better headphone sound thanks to new drivers with carbon diaphragms.

Published 2022-09-28 - 10:00 am

Bowers & Wilkins hit the nail on the head with their Px7 S2 noise-cancelling headphones. And now there’s an even better top-of-the-range model from the British hi-fi company.

Logically called the Bowers & Wilkins Px8, the new model builds on the technology of its predecessor, but with upgraded sound, design and finish.

Inside the ear cups we find specially designed and angled drivers with carbon diaphragms that should provide lower distortion and even higher sound quality.

The new over-ear headphones are available in light brown and black finishes, and promise “luxurious new materials with die-cast aluminium arms, diamond-cut metal details and nappa leather trim.” Which you also should expect, as the price has been given a considerable bump upwards.

The Px8 features the same active noise cancellation technology as the Px7 S2 model, and like that, the Px8 uses Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive and aptX HD wireless technologies to ensure better audio quality over Bluetooth. However, the new AptX Lossless is not supported as far as we can see. It also comes with both a USB-C cable and a 3.5mm minijack cable, so it’s also possible to plug the headphones directly into a hi-fi amplifier.

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The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 is available in black and light brown. (Photo: Bowers & Wilkins)

Px8 uses the same active noise cancellation technology as Px7 S2 to effectively eliminate unwanted noise. A total of six microphones work together to deliver the best results. Among other things, the two external microphones have been moved closer together and the angle of each microphone has been adjusted to improve voice pickup and reduce wind sensitivity.

Updated app gives more options

Along with the launch of the Px8, a major update to the Bowers & Wilkins Music App is being rolled out. The app allows Px8 users to stream music directly from their mobile devices to their headphones, with Deezer, Qobuz and TIDAL all supported. The same functionality is also being rolled out to owners of the Px7 S2.

Price and availability

The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 is available a price of €699.


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