Just when we are about to settle on a benchmark for audio, someone throws a pebble in the water to disturb the calm. Bowers & Wilkins might just have done that with their latest, the Px7 S2e, an evolved edition of its award-winning active noise-cancelling wireless headphones.
The core of these headphones is, according to the brand, the extensively upgraded Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engine. The DSP has been optimised for top-notch performance with a wide range of streamed music, including 24-bit high-resolution sound quality. Working up from the upgraded DSP, the engineers at B&W have re-tuned the headphones’ acoustics to bring out fine detail and deliver excellence in dynamics and spaciousness.
Using custom-designed 40mm drive units as before, the Px7 S2e combines this engineering finesse with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive wireless technology to automatically optimise wireless music transmission from compatible phones, tablets and computers. If you choose the reliability of a wired connection, you are covered too. USB-C and 3.5mm cable connections are supported, with both cable types supplied with the unit.
The Px7 S2e uses six high-performance mics to achieve the best ANC profile, shutting out unwanted noise without affecting your music, and for crystal clear calls. The Bowers & Wilkins Music app offers ultimate control, configuration, and user experience. The app lets you personalise audio via adjustable EQ in addition to activating or deactivating the noise-cancelling and transparency modes and monitoring charge levels. Physical controls are also available on each earcup in addition to compatibility with your phone’s Voice Assistant.
The headphones hold enough juice for up to 30 hours of playback on a single charge, while a 15-minute quick recharge provides up to seven hours of additional listening time. Google Fast Pair and Find My Device are supported. Available in four finishes, the Px7 S2e is on sale for £379 (approx. ₹39,000).