The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 headphones are a premium offering from the company, following the release of the Px7 S2 last year. The Px8 boasts a refined aesthetic, with soft leather replacing the woven fabric on the outside of the headband and ear cups, and metal outermost panels on the earcups. The arms and headband slider are also made of cast aluminum, adding to the high-end design.
In terms of weight, the Px8 is 13 grams heavier than the Px7 S2, thanks to the change in materials. The memory foam ear cushions keep things comfortable, but the added weight may be felt over extended periods of wear. The onboard controls are still physical buttons, located in the same spot as the Px7 S2. The right side has a power/pairing slider and a trio of buttons for volume, playback, and calls, while the left side has a single control to toggle between active noise cancellation (ANC), transparency mode, and both off.
The Bowers & Wilkins Music app gives access to all settings on the Px8. The main screen shows up-to-date battery status and noise mode selection, as well as the ability to manage connections since the Px8 supports multipoint Bluetooth with two devices. The app also includes media controls, tone settings, a quick start guide, and product support. The settings section includes battery life percentage, noise mode, treble and bass sliders for basic EQ tweaks, and the ability to manage connections and reassign the Quick Action button.
The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 also has some power management features, including an automatic standby feature that activates a low power state after 15 minutes of inactivity, and the ability to activate or disable the wear sensor for automatic pausing. The wear sensor is supposed to pause music when you lift one earcup, but it doesn’t always work as intended and may take a while to resume audio after a break.
In terms of sound quality, the Px8 offers an improvement over the Px7 S2, thanks to its two carbon units of the same size. The audio profile is warm and inviting, with an almost extreme clarity that keeps chaotic metal tracks organized and allows you to pick out individual instruments. The amount of detail the Px8 exudes from bluegrass and jazz tracks is staggering, making it seem like you’re in the room with the artist as they recorded the music. Overall, the Bowers & Wilkins Px8 headphones are a great choice for those looking for premium sound quality and aesthetic design.