Bowers & Wilkins' new headphones feature one cool audio upgrade

The PX8 headphones feature a carbon fibre and resin driver unit, called Carbon Cone, for more controlled sound

Bowers & Wilkins PX8
(Image credit: Bowers & Wilkins)

Bowers & Wilkins has just revealed its priciest and highest-end headphones product for 2022: the PX8. And if you're an audiophile looking for the best sound quality then you'll be particularly interested in one cool audio upgrade these over-ear headphones bring to the table.

If you've been following Bowers & Wilkins' headphones releases in recent times then you'll have seen the earlier PX7 S2, which we thought were among the best headphones of 2022 – certainly in terms of raw sound quality anyway. 

And that's exactly the area that Bowers & Wilkins' PX8 focuses on improving: these headphones upgrade the 40mm driver unit in each earcup, by building it out of carbon fibre and resin to deliver a more rigid structure (the PX7 is a biocellulose resin, for comparison – here's a side-by-side PX7 S2 versus PX8 feature to dig into more detail. 

This carbon fibre upgrade, which B&W calls Carbon Cone, means the PX8's drivers are therefore stiffer, resulting in 'better behaviour', delivering lower total harmonic distortion (THD), particularly towards the higher-end of the frequency range. 

PX8 are Bowers & Wilkins' 2022 flagship

Bowers & Wilkins PX8

(Image credit: Bowers & Wilkins)

The PX8 is designed much like the PX7 S2 in terms of physical structure, but it's in the materials and finish where it steps things up a notch, as is befitting of its position (and, indeed, its high asking price – which I'll get to at the end of this article). 

With Nappa leather-coated earcups and a diecast aluminium arm, the PX8 exude quality. Choices of finish are black or tan. That finish might not be for everyone, though, given the real leather choice. 

Sound quality is delivered using Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive technology, with the company's own digital signal processor able to deliver on quality sources up to 24-bit for High-Res Audio delivery. There's also 3.5mm support if you prefer a wired connection, while active noise-cancelling (ANC) is also supported. 

So how much will you have to pay for the utmost in audio quality? Well, after revealing an initial price tag earlier in the year, the Bowers & Wilkins PX8 is actually even pricier than expected, at £599/$699. 

But if you're seeking audiophile-grade sound quality and the Carbon Cone feature sounds like a must-have for your at-home listening then these over-ears could be the best high-end option on the market in 2022.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.