Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless Headphones 2020 Updated Review.
Today, we’ll be taking a close look at the latest addition to B&W’s lineup, the PX5. This is an updated version of their PX headphones, which were their first offering to feature noise-cancelling technology. Here is an updated review for the Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless Headphones.
About Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins is one manufacturer who would never be forgiven for making mistakes as, over several decades, this British brand has earned such a good reputation. As expected, trying out these 254-gram versions of the PX5 didn’t bring any special surprises – except for one little thing, but more on that later.
The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 come in their usual elegant box. In the slipcase, there’s a grey cloth case with reinforced lids and rubber loops next to the headphones themselves. The PX5 in blue is not as delicate as its predecessors but still catches the eye.
The headband, made of carbon fibre composite, not only feels good, but it is also very easy to adjust the size smoothly. The hinges and fixing of both ear cups have a solid appearance. The coarsely woven outer fabric, grey or blue depending on the model, is attractive. Where the cups make contact with your ear and head, the soft faux leather is pleasantly comfortable.
- Rich bass depth balanced with bright highs.
- Quality ANC with in-app controls.
- Sculpted sound signature not for everyone.
- App lacks EQ.
- A modern sound: The Px5 is light and compact while delivering sound quality built on Bowers & Wilkins’ exacting standards. Custom designed 35mm drivers designed and tuned by the same team behind our 800 diamond Series speakers used in Abbey road give you music in all its glory.
- Farewell to noise: from a library to Grand Central station, adaptive noise cancelling automatically adjusts to keep impurities out of the sound.
- Play 25 hours at a time: one battery charge and just over a full day of music. If for some reason you need more power, a 15-minute quick charge provides 3 hours of audio playback.
- Follow your lead: the Px5 obeys your every move. Lift an ear cup to hear what’s happening around you and the music automatically stops. Put it back and the music plays on.
- Inspired by race cars: The carbon fibre composite arms of the Px5 mimics the strength and agility of the fastest vehicles in the world, channelling pure sound to you and holding up against everyday wear and tear. These headphones rest easy in your work or overnight bag so you can driver into sound anywhere.
Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Sound Quality
As we’ve already mentioned, the PX5 is capable of connecting to your phone or iPod with a 3.5mm aux cable. However, it’s primarily designed for wireless use. While it supports standard Bluetooth connections, it also supports the aptX HD codec.
This advanced codec is designed for high-fidelity listening and works with most smartphones on the market.
These headphones are controlled by an app. While the app is by no means required, it’s the only way to adjust the noise-cancelling settings and access other advanced features. Imagine our dismay when we found that this app requires you to enable location sharing.
There’s absolutely no reason your headphone manufacturer needs to keep tabs on your location, and we wish B&W had more respect for our privacy. That said, it’s the 21st century, and this kind of invasive behaviour is becoming more and more normal.
Ultimately, sound quality is one of the most important things you need to look for in a pair of headphones. And as is the case with most audio equipment, you’ll have different performance depending on how your EQ is dialed in. That said, native driver quality is still a big part of the equation, and it’s an important thing to look at.
This is where the PX5 really suffers. The mids themselves are just fine, with clear vocals and instrumentals during movies and videos. However, when you’re listening to music, there’s a lot of action going on in the bass and high-end frequencies that is far more pervasive than you’ll hear in a typical movie. For rap, pop, and most modern music, bass, drums, and cymbals all combine to muddy up the mids, which leads to a relatively sloppy mix.
- Ear coupling: On-ear
- Type: closed
- Transducer principle: dynamic
- Frequency response (headphones): 10 – 30.000 Hz
- Impedance: 20 ohms
- Weight without cable: 241 g
- Cable length: 100 cm
The PX5 is a well-designed pair of headphones that has a lot to offer. The fit is very comfortable, and the construction is of very high quality, with a rugged design that’s tough enough to last for many years, even if you’re prone to forgetting about your headphones and sitting on them.
The sound quality, though, is pretty pedestrian. It’s certainly not bad, but there are a lot better sounding headphones in this price range. That said, the app and customizability are both points in the PX5’s favor, and the stereo quality from the angled drivers offers a sense of space that you won’t get from most other headphones.