Bowers & Wilkins has today revealed four new pairs of headphones – and we've had a first look at their launch event. The PX5 on-ears (£270) and PX7 over-ears (£350) are wireless, noise-cancelling headphones, while the PI3 (£170) and PI4 (£270) are sport-orientated wireless earbuds.
These are all built-from-the-ground-up designs, utilising B&W's custom digital signal processing and all-new housings. Crucially, they are the first headphones in the market to facilitate Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec, which, announced late last year, promises class-leading, 24-bit/48kHz Bluetooth transmission quality and low latency.
The flagship PX7s (successors to the five-star PXs) sport 43mm drivers and promise 30 hour of battery (with a 15-minute quick charge furnishing you with 5 hours of playback), while the PX5s have 35mm drivers and claim 25 hours (you can get 3 hours from a 15-minute charge).
There's now 'low', 'medium' and 'high' levels of noise cancelling, and both pairs build on design of the PXs with carbon fibre composite arms that B&W says have the strength of aluminium but are half the weight.
Available in space grey and silver, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 will be available from next month.
The PI3 and PI4, meanwhile, are sporty neckband-style wireless in-ears, with 8 and 10 hours of battery life respectively. The former feature two drivers, each powered by an amp, in each bud, while the latter has
The PI3 and PI4, meanwhile, are sporty neckband-style wireless in-ears with 8 and 10 hours of battery life respectively. The former features hybrid dual drivers (each powered by their own amplifier) in each bud, while the latter has a bigger driver, active noise-cancellation and magnetic earpieces that automatically pause your music when they're clipped together.
The PI3s will also be available next month, however the PI4s are due in January 2020.