Bowers and Wilkins launch new products in a trendy new location

Legendary audiophile speaker company, Bowers & Wilkinsjust launched their latest on-ear flagship Px7 S2 ($399 retail) wireless headphones at a hip event in downtown Los Angeles. With influencers and hipsters packed to the Soho Warehouse in a once unsavory but now hip and gentrified area of ​​LA, Bowers & Wilkins hosted an event to launch a very important element of their line and one of the first very important product launches for Bowers & Wilkins since Sound United has been acquired by publicly traded Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) only a few months ago.

Bowers & Wilkins is a brand well known to audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts as well as mastering engineers and Hollywood types in places such as Abbey Road Studios and the Skywalker Ranch, but in recent years it has expanded its reach to more traditional tech sites. The famous speaker brand is now found in new cars, including Volvo, Jaguar, Maserati, BMW and McLaren. To work alongside these automotive/luxury brands, Bowers & Wilkins has upped its game in terms of performance, fit and feel, form factors, packaging and more. There’s no better example than the new Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 headphones.

What’s so great about these new Bowers & Wilkins P7 v2 wireless headphones?

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As the person who owned and loved the first Bowers & Wilkins Px7 Helmet (until I accidentally killed them on a pre-COVID trip – damn it, United Airlines and your flat bed seats – long story) there are some significant upgrades.

• The fit and finish of the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 is even more improved than before, including color matching with Apple products. I want one of these new, dark blue Apple MacBook Pro with the M2 chip. Bowers & Wilkins has this color with a standard black and an almost white gray. They are simply magnificent.

• 40mm speaker performance covers most of the audible range. While still slightly advanced in bass (every headphone in this category tends to sound that way), these headphones sound simply fantastic and modestly improved over the One series.

• The actual fit on your head is even more comfortable in the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 than in the S1. Not that the Series One headphones were uncomfortable, but it was obvious from the first second you put these headphones on your bean that they were even more comfortable.

Bose and Sony (old school audiophiles are about to have a stroke, I know) have historically had the best performance for noise cancellation in wireless headphones today. I’ve reviewed both brands’ high end products in the past (and I’ve owned the Series One Bowers & Wilkins Px7) and I can tell you that the Px7 S2’s must be in the best noise cancellation talk from now on. What I love about what Bowers & Wilkins has done is how they’ve added three levels of noise cancellation from light at moderate at “there’s a crying baby in seat 1D and I can’t take it anymore!

• Adjusting the volume, changing tracks on your device, or tasks such as changing your noise canceling level are done easily and without looking to the side of the Px7 S2s. It’s so easy you can do it without looking.

Learn more about the Bowers & Wilkins event…

I’ve been to many audio events over the past 25 years and one thing is consistent is that they’re normally populated by the same familiar baby boomer writers every time. This event had a very different demographic. The room was filled more with writers and tech influencers than old-school, septuagenarian audiophile writers. How refreshing (and scary)? I think I was maybe one of the older people in the room. Gone is the gender split from 98 to 2%. Finished the 58-year-old writer with a stained and worn Dark Side of The Moon t-shirt that he proudly wears in public. There were young women. Back then, people were into music and technology, eager to learn new ways to incorporate entertainment into their lives. For me, that was the most important part of the event because it was a bit of a proof of concept for the public of my new (“soft launch” later this summer or early fall and without advertising until December) Online Magazine FutureAudiophile.com. We need new blood in this hobby more than anything. This event showed that visionary audiophile companies can see it. Thank God.

The event ended with a rooftop concert by Omar Apollo at the Soho Warehouse pool. You could say I was too old for said party, but when you see the picture I took and consider the spread of COVID in LA at the time, I took my cue to get out, even if the concert was outside. It was packed and people were having a good time, networking and grooving.

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The biggest lesson for me was the idea that these people spreading the word about an important audiophile AND lifestyle product were more into the music than the nth degree of tweak-dome of the audiophile realm. Can the Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 keep pace with the best pure audiophile wireless in-ear headphones on the market today? Absolutely yes. With enthusiasm, yes. But the idea that they are addressing a new audience of audiophiles (younger, more feminine and avid music lovers) is the event’s most encouraging message. Maybe this hobby won’t die out with its first generation of consumers after all? This is simply great news!

Alejandro L. Myatt