B&W vs Sony: Which are the noise-cancelling kings?

We pitched the B&W PX headphones against Sony's WH-1000XM2 to crown the ultimate champion

Wireless headphones are now firmly in the mainstream, but to really treat your ears you'll want to go down the noise-cancelling route too.

The good news is that there are two new premium options available in the form of the Bowers & Wilkins PX and the Sony WH-1000XM2. The bad news is that choosing between them is nigh-on impossible. 

We'd rate both above the Bose QuietComfort 35s, themselves a superb pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones, but which pair do we ultimately think is best? We put the pair head-to-head to find out which deserves a place in your travel bag.

B&W PX vs Sony WH-1000XM2 Verdict

Choosing between the B&W PX and Sony WH-1000XM2 requires you to answer one question – how much do you need noise cancelling? If you’re a regular traveller, the Sony WH-1000XM2 get our vote. They’ll do the best job of silencing the hubbub, have an outstanding battery life and sound really good while they do it.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a stylish pair of wireless headphones that can chip in on noise cancelling every now and then, or you’re not bothered by the absolute quiet offered by the Sonys, the B&W PX offer the best overall sound.

Some compromises either way then, but the Sony WH-1000XM2 make the fewest. If it’s a pair of noise-cancelling headphones you’re after, that is where your money is best spent.

Winner: Sony WH-1000XM2