How good is the ANC in Bowers & Wilkins’ luxe headphones? I wore them at a live gig to find out

Bowers & Wilkins is known for its luxurious high-end headphones that look as beautiful as they sound. We rate the flagship over-ear offering, the Bowers & Wilkins PX8, as the best headphones in terms of design. The only downside is that they are only available in black and brown nappa leather finishes. Not anymore.

There’s now a brand new color up for grabs, which B&W is calling a “Royal Burgundy,” and for good reason. It has a beautiful deep tone and is complemented by new gold detailing on the single cast aluminum headband arm, which extends to the outside of the diamond-cut ear cups.

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Apart from the new finish, the hardware itself of the PX8s is the same, meaning it still has “a ton of detail, agility and expansiveness to offer, all backed by gloriously heavy bass” that we fell in love with in our Bowers & Wilkins PX8 review. However, the team at Bowers & Wilkins have upgraded the firmware within the PX8 range at the same time as the release of this new colour.