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Bower and Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones User Manual

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Bower and Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones User Manual

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Welcome to Bowers & Wilkins and Your Px8 Headphones

Thank you for choosing Bowers & Wilkins. When John Bowers first established our company, he did so in the belief that imaginative design, innovative engineering, and advanced technology were keys that could unlock the enjoyment of audio in the home. His belief is one that we continue to share and inspires every product we design, tailored for new audio experiences outside of the home.

The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 are high-performance over-ear headphones designed to deliver the highest quality mobile personal audio experience combined with the convenience of wireless operation and the serenity of noise-cancellation. This manual will tell you everything you need to know to get the most from your Px8 headphones. Your Px8 can play music streamed wirelessly from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth, or conventionally connected by a jack cable to a suitable analog headphone output.


Px8 can also play audio via a USB connection from a computer and can be used for wireless telephony. Px8 Real World Listening features include our latest innovations in Active Noise Cancellation, Ambient Pass-Through, and enhanced Wear Sensing technologies. Our latest generation noise cancellation feature delivers an uncompromised listening experience. Ambient Pass-Through enables external sounds, such as conversations or safety announcements, to be heard clearly without any need to remove the headphones. The Wear Sensing feature enables Px8 to respond naturally, pausing and resuming the music simply by lifting either earpiece on or off your ear.

Getting to Know Your Px8

We recommend installing the Bowers & Wilkins Music app on your iOS or Android device.

PX7 Carton Contents

  • PX7 headphones
  • Storage case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • 3.5mm audio cable
  • Document pack

Switching On
The power switch is located on the right earpiece. Slide the power switch up to the middle position. An audible cue will be played and the LED indicator will light up.

Switching Off
Slide the power switch to the bottom position. An audible cue will be played and the headphones will power down when the LED indicator is no longer lit.

Bluetooth Pairing
Slide the power switch to the upper position and hold for 5 seconds to enter Bluetooth pairing mode. Refer to section 6 for further information on pairing your headphones to a Bluetooth source.

Intelligent Features

Active Noise Cancellation
Noise cancellation is a series of advanced technologies that aid in removing undesired noise from the surrounding environment. The Px8 headphones use built-in microphones to pick up and cancel out ambient sound for a more comfortable listening experience.

Noise cancellation requires a good seal between the headphones and your head for optimal performance.

Ambient Pass-Through
Px8 also features an ambient “Pass-Through” mode, which allows in some external sound from the surrounding environment, allowing safety announcements or conversations to be heard without taking the headphones off. By default, the Quick Action button on the left earpiece will cycle through the following modes, but the button can be customized from the Bowers & Wilkins Music app. See Diagram 2 for button location.

  • Noise Cancelling On
  • Pass-Through On
  • Noise Cancelling and Pass-Through Off
Wear Sensors

PX7 incorporates our latest enhanced wear detection sensors in both earpieces, see Diagram 4, enabling intelligent battery conservation by entering standby when removed from the head. When worn again, PX7 automatically wakes and connects to the last connected Bluetooth device. During media playback, PX7 will auto-pause when either earpiece is lifted from the ear. Playback will auto-resume when the earpiece is placed back on the ear. The auto-resume has been further optimized so it is ready only when you are. This means the headphones will not attempt to resume playback during the following conditions:

  1. Headphone powers on from the off state.
  2. The headphone wakes from the standby state.
  3. Headphone reboots (such as after a factory reset).

Wear sensor and standby can be adjusted using the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones App.

Take care when wearing your headphones; hair or accessories trapped between your ears and the earpieces, or wearing glasses that distort the profile of your ears, may interfere with the performance of the proximity sensors.

Battery Charging and Power Saving

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Your PX7 comes with a battery partially charged and may be used immediately. For best practice, we recommend fully charging the headphones before first use. Please allow up to 3 hours for full charge. The headphones can be used while charging.

To charge:

  1. Please use the supplied charging cable and connect the USB-A plug to a wall charger or a powered computer USB-A socket.
  2. Then connect the USB-C end to the headphone’s USB-C socket.

During charging, the headphone indicator will flash green. When fully charged, the indicator will remain illuminated. See Diagram 3 for status indicator details.

Standby Power Saving
PX7 wear detection sensors intelligently conserve power. When taken off your head, PX7 will automatically enter standby which will pause media playback, disconnect Bluetooth, and switch to a low-power state. When worn again, PX7 will wake and reconnect to the last connected Bluetooth source. Note that both earpieces must detect wear for proper functionality. If wear sensors are disabled using the app, this feature will also be disabled. With the app, you can customize how long the headphones will wait before switching to auto standby, Please see Standby Timer under Settings in the app.

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Wearing Your Headphones

Wearing your headphones correctly will help ensure the best possible experience. See Diagram 6.

  1. Identify the left and right earpieces by finding the identification legends located on the interior of each earpiece.
  2. Wear the headphones accordingly with the headband adjusted so that they rest comfortably on your head.

Wearing glasses that distort the profile of your ears may interfere with headphone performance. Similarly, hair trapped between your ears and the headphone earpieces may interfere with the wear sensor performance.

Bluetooth Connection

PX7 is designed to stream media wirelessly from Bluetooth audio devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or personal computers. To do so, the headphone and device (source) must first be paired.

  1. The first time you switch on your headphones, Bluetooth pairing mode will be enabled, and the indicator will flash blue. If pairing mode is not enabled, please slide and hold the power switch to the upper (Bluetooth Icon) position for 5 seconds, and let go when the indicator blinks blue and when an audible cue is presented.
  2. Ensure the Bluetooth feature is enabled on the audio device, PX7 will appear in the discovery list, select it to pair.
  3. The indicator will flash blue while pairing is in progress, this will change to solid blue, and an audible cue presented when pairing is successful.

Your headphones will remember up to eight paired Bluetooth devices. Repeat the above steps to pair more devices. Note: Your headphones will automatically exit Bluetooth pairing mode if no device is paired within 5 minutes. If pairing fails, the indicator will rapidly flash blue, please try pairing again.

Multiple Bluetooth Connections

PX7 can connect up to two devices at the same time but note that you can only play audio or take calls from one device at a time. To switch between two devices:

  1. Pause audio on the first device, or use the PX7 multi-function button.
  2. Play audio from the second device and the headphone will switch over.

When streaming audio, receiving a call on the second device will automatically pause playback and the call will be routed automatically to your headphones. Ending the call will automatically resume playback from the first device.

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Disconnect from a Device
You can quickly disconnect PX7 from a device by sliding the Power Switch to the upper (Bluetooth Icon) position two times in quick succession, an audible tone will be presented indicating successful disconnection. Alternatively, you can manage connection in further detail using the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app under Connections.

Auxiliary Connection

In addition to Bluetooth, your Px8 can also connect to audio sources using the supplied 3.5 mm audio or USB cables.

Connecting with the 3.5 mm Audio Cable
The 3.5 mm audio cable enables your Px8 to be used with a device supporting an analog output, such as a conventional headphone socket on airplanes, smartphones, or a traditional hi-fi system.

  1. Insert the supplied USB-C to 3.5 mm audio cable into the headphone’s USB-C socket on the right earpiece.
  2. Insert the other end into the appropriate socket on your device.
  3. Your Px8 will automatically disconnect from any Bluetooth devices.

Your headphones must have sufficient charge and be switched on to play audio from an analog source device. The volume and play/ pause buttons will not function when you are using the 3.5 mm interface.

Connecting with the USB Cable
The USB connection enables your Px8 to function as a USB sound output device when connected to a capable computer.

  1. . Insert one end of the supplied USB-C to USB-C cable into the Px8 USB-C socket on the right earpiece.
  2. Insert the other end into the appropriate socket on your computer.
  3. Px8 will automatically disconnect from any Bluetooth devices.
  4. Find and select your headphones from the computer’s audio output control panel.

The headphone battery will also charge when connected to a capable USB port.

Bowers & Wilkins Music App

The Bowers & Wilkins Music app is available for free on iOS and Android devices and provides extended setup and adjustments to features such as Active Noise Cancellation, Ambient Pass-Through, and EQ settings. The app also provides further functions such as device naming, connection management, and headphone software updates.

Controlling Your Headphones
Commonly used features of your headphones are accessible directly on the app homepage:

  • Battery status
  • Environmental controls (Noise Cancellation, Pass-Through)
  • Device connections (refer to the C

Environmental Controls
Set the desired environmental control from the following options:

  • Noise Cancelling On
  • Pass-Through On
  • Noise Cancelling and Pass-Through Off

Care & Maintenance

Storing Your PX7
Taking care of your PX7 will ensure they continue to deliver the best performance and experience. When not used, stow your headphones using the included storage pouch. It is recommended the headphones are first powered off:

  1. Retract the headband on each side so they are in the smallest position.
  2. With the buttons facing you, rotate the earpieces inwards so they lay flat.
  3. Place the headphones into the storage case.

Cleaning Your PX7
Your PX7 can be cleaned by a soft, damp microfiber cloth, gently wipe or dab clean. The fabric on PX7 has been specially coated with moisture and stain repellent. If dirt, stain or fibre residue accumulate on the fabric surface, please clean as instructed above.

  • Do NOT aggressively rub or use an abrasive tool to clean, especially the fabric.
  • Do NOT use paper towels, napkins, or tissue as they will leave residue.
  • Do NOT use cleaning detergents, soapy water, polish, or chemical cleaners.
  • Ensure that no moisture gets inside the earpieces, buttons, and interface ports.


  • Wearing Style Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
  • Technical Features Adaptive Noise Cancellation
    Ambient Pass-Through
    Wear-Detection Sensor
    Bluetooth® audio – Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX™ Adaptive
    USB-C charging & audio interface
    3.5mm auxiliary audio interface
  • Bluetooth Codecs aptX™ Adaptive
    aptX™ HD
    aptX™ Classic
  • Bluetooth Profiles A2DP v1.3.1
    AVRCP v1.6.1
    HFP v1.7.1
    HSP v1.2
    BLE GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
  • Drive Units 2 x ø 43.6mm full range
  • Microphones 4x mics for ANC
    2x mics for telephony (CVC2 – Clear Voice Communication v2)
  • Frequency Range 10Hz to 30kHz
  • Input Impedance 20 kOhms
  • Distortion (THD) <0.3% (1kHz/10mW)
  • Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Life & Charging 30 hrs Bluetooth with ANC, 5hrs with 15min charge
  • Inputs Bluetooth, 3.5mm stereo jack, USB-C audio
  • In Box Accessories 1.2m stereo audio cable, 1.2m USB-A to USB-C cable, Storage Case
  • Weight 310 grams
Power Cycle and Reset

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Power Cycle
You can power cycle your PX7, simultaneously hold the Volume + and Volume – buttons for 10 seconds until the indicator LED extinguishes, and let go when the indicator lights up again. Rebooting your headphones will not reset their internal settings or clear the paired device history.

Reset to Default
You can clear the paired device history and restore all settings to their defaults. With PX7 powered on, simultaneously hold the Volume +, Volume – and Noise Cancellation buttons for 10 seconds until the indicator LED extinguishes, let go when the indicator lights up again, and the headphones will be ready to pair to a device. Alternatively, you can reset from the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app, Please see Reset under Settings in the app


Should you require further help or advice regarding your Px8, please visit the Bowers & Wilkins support site:

Environmental Information
This product complies with international directives, including but not limited to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and the disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Consult your local waste disposal authority for guidance on how properly to recycle or dispose of this product.



Bower and Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones User Manual

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