Bowers & Wilkins adds Carbon Edition to PX7 wireless headphones

Bowers & Wilkins adds Carbon Edition to PX7 premium headphones
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It’s been one year since the arrival of the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 premium noise-cancelling headphones and the company has now added a third finish to whet the aesthetic appetite - the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition.

Already available in a choice of black and silver, these five-star cans now scrub up with a custom carbon fibre composite exterior - the same material found in the lightweight arms. The PX7 Carbon Edition will also have a diamond-cut bright edge around the logo on the earcups, for an extra special bit of visual pop.

Otherwise the mechanics and engineering of the PX7 Carbon Edition make them very much the same beast as the 2019 incarnation of these headphones, which feature on our best noise-cancelling headphones guide.

The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 boast 30 hours of battery life, including a 15-minute/5-hour recharge through the USB-C port. They feature the aptX Adaptive Bluetooth standard which combines the 24-bit/48kHz capability of aptX HD with the benefits of aptX Low Latency. The goal is improved audio quality and better synchronicity of audio and video content between your source and the headphones.

The noise-cancellation comes at three levels of intensity and can also be temporarily bypassed with the ambient mode at the touch of an earcup button. The proximity sensors will automatically pause and then play your music should you choose to remove the headphones and then put them back on.

Given that the changes are purely cosmetic, we would expect the same top-end performance courtesy of those extra large, custom-built 43mm drivers.

The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition will begin shipping in September with the same initial price of £350 as the other finishes.

Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.