Bowers and Wilkins PX8 Wireless Discussion
Apr 21, 2024 at 5:56 PM Post #5,133 of 5,203
Just curious , listening to Tidal which should give you lossless sound I believe , did you try the test posted by streetbeat and if so how did you score ?
FOMO
I confess that with my aging ears, I just go for the best of everything (within my budget), for fear of missing out. Then I can avoid these types of tests.

I find that the recording/mixing quality is more noticeable than any other factor. I have lost my patience with poor recordings.
 
Apr 21, 2024 at 7:33 PM Post #5,134 of 5,203
FOMO
I confess that with my aging ears, I just go for the best of everything (within my budget), for fear of missing out. Then I can avoid these types of tests.

I find that the recording/mixing quality is more noticeable than any other factor. I have lost my patience with poor recordings.
Totally agree the recording/mixing quality is the most important and one of the disadvantages of better equipment is that I can't be bothered to listen to poor Production tracks or albums that I probably used to quite enjoy . For me the value of tests such as the one we are discussing is it convinces me I can't tell the difference between true lossless sound and what I get over Bluetooth with my iPhone and PX8 so no point (for me) in going to any trouble or expense to get true lossless sound . I would be willing to go to the trouble and expense (within reason ) if I could demonstrably tell the difference .
 
Apr 27, 2024 at 1:55 PM Post #5,135 of 5,203
at the end I went for the tacky option xD
I think it looks really nice in person. The gold is subtle and the burgundy color is not too bright or pink
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I really like the way they sound, more than when I tested them along with the PX7s2
Relaxed but not muffled, nice sense of space around the instruments...
Now I have to hope that the battery will be fine and that the headband will not fall apart : D
 
Apr 27, 2024 at 2:10 PM Post #5,136 of 5,203
at the end I went for the tacky option xD
I think it looks really nice in person. The gold is subtle and the burgundy color is not too bright or pink


I really like the way they sound, more than when I tested them along with the PX7s2
Relaxed but not muffled, nice sense of space around the instruments...
Now I have to hope that the battery will be fine and that the headband will not fall apart : D
I've had mine for a week or so and have been using them for a few hours per day at work. I've really enjoyed them, they sound great to me and are very comfortable.
 
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Apr 27, 2024 at 4:47 PM Post #5,137 of 5,203
at the end I went for the tacky option xD
I think it looks really nice in person. The gold is subtle and the burgundy color is not too bright or pink
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I really like the way they sound, more than when I tested them along with the PX7s2
Relaxed but not muffled, nice sense of space around the instruments...
Now I have to hope that the battery will be fine and that the headband will not fall apart : D

Enjoy! And may thy headband NOT chip and shatter 😅

And talking about the headband, I may have found a non-invasive fix, I'll say more in one week, see if it's effective.
 
Apr 29, 2024 at 10:16 AM Post #5,138 of 5,203
Just arranged for my second replacement pair of PX8 to go in for the headband fix or replacement (estimated at 2 weeks). Fortunately the original guarantee is still valid as well as the replacement guarantee!

A pity about this issue, they're great-sounding headphones...
 
May 10, 2024 at 5:25 PM Post #5,139 of 5,203
Headband quick and effective fix:

I have used car double adhesive tape as it is black and thinner than the regular white tape.

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Cut three narrow strips and used them at roughly uniform distance along the affected area. One in the center and two towards the sides.

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First I pushed the leather in place like before, with no adhesive, and then gently slid it back out just enough as to stick one strip to the leather and then use the tool in the photo to push it back in, sticking the other adhesive side to the top part.
Held the two sides firmly together for a few seconds.

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Repeated this for the other two strips.

After I finished (of course...) I thought that the process could be improved by leaving the film over the adhesive side that goes to the top and cutting the strip in a way to have a longer film "tab" to pull from after the strip is in place.

Hope it makes sense.

A month has passed and the headband fix holds well, no problem.
 
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May 11, 2024 at 6:30 AM Post #5,141 of 5,203
My headphones are back - once again, they replaced them with a new pair sealed in their original packing, complete with accessories. After an overnight break-in, they're good to go :wink:

B&W say you don't need to return the accessories when returning headphones for repair, so I now have two sets of accessories, including the travel case/shell (the first time, I returned everything) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
May 15, 2024 at 4:37 AM Post #5,143 of 5,203
Got my second PX8 back in January. This pair is falling apart now too 🥱
I have come to the conclusion that lovers gonna love, haters gonna hate and those of us in the middle that really like the product but recognise its flaws are the ones that are mostly disappointed. Couple that with B&W's really average customer service and I doubt very much that they will see any of my hard earned ever again. Having experience Meze's products and customer service level B&W have a bit to learn about quality control and customer satisfaction. I just don't see this product having longevity unlike my px7 carbon edition which are as good as the day I bought them and they have been all over the world with me. The PX8 I dared not travel with as they were falling apart just using them a couple of times a week in the lounge. Sadly after 3 pairs i gave up.
 
May 15, 2024 at 5:08 AM Post #5,144 of 5,203
My PX8s have been fine so far after 8 months of almost daily use . If I develop the headband issue at some point I wondered about using the leather tape for tennis racquet grips . I know it would not look great aesthetically, maybe a bit home made but it should be functionally ok . I get you should not need to do that with premium product . I also wonder what percentage of customers are affected . Hard to gauge as I suspect only those with the problem tend to mention it .
 
May 15, 2024 at 5:14 AM Post #5,145 of 5,203
My PX8s have been fine so far after 8 months of almost daily use . If I develop the headband issue at some point I wondered about using the leather tape for tennis racquet grips . I know it would not look great aesthetically, maybe a bit home made but it should be functionally ok . I get you should not need to do that with premium product . I also wonder what percentage of customers are affected . Hard to gauge as I suspect only those with the problem tend to mention it .

Still going strong since October 2022 here.
 

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