Bowers & Wilkins’ PX is its first wireless, noise-cancelling smart headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins launches its very first pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. The PX relies on Bluetooth for wireless connectivity while offering 24-bit AptX HD audio for “better than CD” sound quality. It’s complemented by an active noise-canceling (ANC) feature and has a set of intelligent, user-friendly sensors.

The Bowers & Wilkins PX uses the same drive units found in the P9 Signature headset. The PX also offers the same angled design that allegedly improves its sound-staging capabilities. It uses soft leather for its headbands and nylon for its ear cups, with a frame, finished in etched aluminum.

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According to Bowers & Wilkins, the PX’s ANC “has been refined to provide optimum isolation without ‘crushing’ the music.” Folks who are familiar with higher-end ANC headphones would have experienced that dampening effect that’s caused by active cancellation, which Bowers & Wilkins claims has been mostly avoided by spending thousands of hours on R&D.

Adding on to its efforts are three “adaptive noise-canceling modes” that can be selected via Bowers & Wilkins’ proprietary mobile app. The ‘City’ setting allows traffic noise for a safer commute, and ‘Office’ enables conversation with colleagues, while ‘Flight’ offers total silence. The app is also instrumental if you want firmware updates for your PX, too.

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The PX also packs a set of sensors that automates its core functionality. By picking up the headphones, the PX will power on, and resume your current track. Putting them away relegates it to standby mode. Lifting up or hanging the PX on your neck will help pause the music. While all these aren’t new to headphones, it’s a helpful set of smart features to have. The smart headphones offer up to 22 hours of wireless playback with ANC, and up to 33 hours when wired, but with ANC powered up.

Available in Space Grey and Soft Gold variants, the Bowers & Wilkins PX now retails at S$569 in Singapore, at its showrooms in Millenia Walk and Lavender Street.

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Story originally appeared on HardwareZone.

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