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Bowers & Wilkins teams up with McLaren for new Px8: Here’s how to buy the stylish headphones

The British audio company already produces sound systems for McLaren supercars

Alistair Charlton
Wednesday 07 December 2022 12:19 GMT
The headphones feature papaya-orange detailing
The headphones feature papaya-orange detailing (The Independent)

Bowers & Wilkins is on a bit of a roll at the moment. First it announced a pair of new flagship headphones called the Px8, which we gave a score of 9/10 in our review. Next came a partnership with the James Bond franchise, and a pair of 007-branded Px8 headphones (£699, trimmed to match Bond’s suit from his first cinematic outing, Dr. No.

Now, Bowers & Wilkins has announced another pair of special-edition Px8, this time in partnership with McLaren.

Called the Px8 McLaren Edition, the headphones feature the same soft leather as the regular model, but in ‘galvanic’ grey instead of black, and with highlights in papaya-orange, McLaren’s signature colour and used by its Formula One team.

These highlights are found inside the ear cups, on metal bands around the edges and subtly on the colour of the audio cable running through the Px8’s aluminium chassis. Finishing off the headphones is a McLaren logo on the outside edge of the leather headband.

Continue reading this article to find out how to buy these special-edition headphones.

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Bowers & Wilkins Px8 McLaren Edition: £699,

(Bowers & Wilkins)
  • Noise cancelling: Adaptive ANC
  • Weight: 320g
  • Battery life: Up to 30 hours with ANC
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive, USB-C

As well as McLaren colouring and branding, the headphones come with a matching grey carry case, complete with a McLaren logo on the front.

These headphones are technically the same as the Px8 model (£593.72,, which we recently described as “premium headphones that sound as good as they look”.

Our reviewer said: “These are luxury headphones with a capital ‘L’.. Comparing them with cheaper models from Sony and Apple is tricky, because, clearly, Bowers & Wilkins believes it is operating on a different level, and has priced its new flagship accordingly. The build quality and comfort of the Px8 is superb, and their acoustic abilities make you want to revisit your entire record collection over and over again. They produce a jaw-dropping sound that is as confident as it is detailed; as precise as it is powerful. Whatever the genre, the results are seriously impressive.”

Famous for its audio equipment being used in Abbey Road Studios, Bowers & Wilkins has also produced sound systems for McLaren supercars since 2015 – including the three-seat Speedtail and new Artura hybrid.

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