The British luxury automaker’s signature colors are now adorned by the premium audio manufacturing expert who’s produced reliable audio systems for McLaren cars all these years.
Designer: Bower and Wilkins
Riding on the success of the Px8 headphones which have already struck a successful partnership with the James Bond franchise, these special edition pair of cans adorn the papaya orange hues of the rising Formula-1 team. Dubbed the Px8 McLaren Edition, the headphones have a dual-toned finish with the Galvanic Grey dominating the look.
According to Dan Shepherd, B&W’s Vice President of Licensing & Partnerships the Px8 McLaren Edition extends the “appeal of our industry-leading sound performance and McLaren’s DNA to outside the car.” Those subtle instances of McLaren’s iconic color are present inside the ear cups (with matching fabric covers), metal bands on the edges and also on the audio cable running out of the smooth chassis. Of course, the McLaren branding on one edge of the leather headband and the grey case cover top things off in style.
Other than this, these over-the-ear headphones get the same soft napa leather finish and the exact same dimensions as the regular Px8 headphones. Technical specifications are virtually the same with the 40mm Carbon Cone drivers angled at an angle rocking the sound. The regular model has already impressed tech pundits, and the legacy continues on to this special edition model with one of the best (if not the best) active noise cancellation and an impressive 30 hours of battery life on a single charge.
Audiophiles and Motorsports lovers will find the perfect match in the form of these headies that feature aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec. McLaren Edition Px8 headphones can be directly plugged into a DAC or a digital USB-C connection to experience lossless 24-bit audio. When the battery runs dry and there’s no way to charge the cans, you can continue listening to audio with the accompanying 3.5mm cable.
McLaren Edition Px8 will carry a price tag of $800 – which is $100 more than the regular version. For McLaren fans that won’t be a huge price barrier to cross over, since these headphones do actually look good. Matching them up with the automotive brand’s livery is going to be the course for audiophiles.