Get closer to your favourite music wherever you are with P5, the noise-isolating headphones from the makers of the Zeppelin iPod speaker. With remarkably natural sound and a luxuriously comfortable fit, they make longer listening sessions a pleasure.
Hear your music as you were meant to
Get closer to the true, unadulterated sound of the original recording, as you were meant to hear it. The closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed-leather ear pads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, with less interference.
P5 headphones are durable and hardwearing, yet remarkably soft and supple. The ergonomic design boasts a headband and ear pads crafted from the finest-quality New Zealand sheep's leather.
Made for iPod and iPhone
With an in-line remote control and mic, you can get the most out of your compatible iPhone or iPod model.* Make hands-free iPhone calls and control your compatible iPod or iPhone without taking it out of your pocket or bag.
*Note: See compatibility list for iPod and iPhone models that support full Remote and Mic functionality. The cable may also work with limited functionality on non-listed iPod or iPhone models.
- Ultra-linear, neodymium magnets
- Highly optimised mylar drive units for an engaging sound
- Minimum compression and distortion
- Noise-isolating design for use on the move
- Metal and sealed-leather construction
- Maximum comfort, for life-long listening
- Cable with Apple Remote and Mic for speech and device control*
- Audio cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm plug
- 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm adaptor
- Protective cloth storage bag
- Magnetically attached ear pads
- Easily switch between the standard and MFI cable
What's in the Box?
- Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones with Apple Remote and mic
- High-quality standard audio cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm plug
- 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm adaptor
- Storage pouch
- Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20kHz
- Impedance: 26 Ohms
- Other Features: With Remote and Mic
- Form Factor: On Ear
- No. of Microphones: 1
- Power: Max. input power: 50mW
- Height: 7.1 in./180 mm
- Width: 5.9 in./150 mm
- Depth: 2.4 in./60 mm
- Weight: 6.9 oz./195g
- Mfr. Part Number: FP29696
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346313662
Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products
- Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.
- *See compatibility list for iPod and iPhone models that support full Remote and Mic functionality. The cable may also work with limited functionality on non-listed iPod or iPhone models.
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Ratings & Reviews
great value by b&w
I've been an avid user of B&W products for over a dozen years and currently own a pair of sig 805 and 802D driven by classe Delta I've been an avid user of B&W products for over a dozen years and currently own a pair of sig 805 and 802D driven by classe Delta series electronics. When I found out the P5 was in the making, I was anxious to get my hands (and ears) on a pair. Well, I got them and here's the low down...
built: as expected, it is second to none in this price range. I know that many have reservation about the thin cord. I actually like it as it doesn't get in the way when I'm on the go. Thick cords are bothersome and unwieldy. Because it is easily replaced, I don't care if it doesn't last a decade. Aside from this, everything else about the unit is top notch...hard to believe they can sell it for just $300.
comfort: They are light and hugs the head very tightly. You can jog with these. Not as comfortable as bose qc15 because it sits over the ears instead of around. I think it's fine if you wear it for a couple of hours at a time. My ears are a little sore after just an hour.
sound: I own a pair of bose qc15 and I have to admit, these blow them away in every respect. The highs are much clearer. Voices are more opened. Bass is punchy and smoother. Of course, they are not as good at noise cancellation/isolation as the bose, but they are adequate for most settings. Just remember to tweak how they sit on your head. This affects the bass if they are not air tight over the ears. So how do they compare with their audiophile products? Perhaps a little unfair to compare them with a system costing as much as a car, but here goes...as good as they sound for headphones, you can still tell they are...closed ear headphones. There is a distinct coloration that sounds like drivers mounted in a "tube." This is very pronounced in the mid range. There isn't the stage presence and air that I'm used to. The bottom line is, I'm happy with them, but don't expect them to be more then what they are and they are mass consumer grade product just like the zep. …
- Written by Huy D from denver
494 of 564 people found this useful
TIME MACHINE FOR THE EARS
The convenience of digital music had without me realising it superseded the enjoyment of the music itself. Being able to skip arou The convenience of digital music had without me realising it superseded the enjoyment of the music itself. Being able to skip around a music collection of tens of thousands of tracks manually or on shuffle had become the defining reason for owning an iPod. Wow my entire record collection in my pocket! Then I treated myself to these gorgeous headphones, the design and build quality alone almost selling me on them. But the purity of the sound and the crispness of the tones has transformed the way I listen to my music. Even the most familiar piece of music that I purchased on vinyl decades ago and re-purchased on compact disc and then downloaded digitally is transformed into a fresh listening experience by these headphones. Dozens of tiny sounds that had been buried within the grooves had been unearthed, and I found myself listening, really listening until the track finished. To close your eyes and hear your favourite music with new clarity is quite astonishing, as if your ears had been syringed ! It reminded me of the first time I put on a pair of prescription glasses, I had always assumed that the world was blurred for everyone, it was as if I had had my eyes removed, cleaned, polished and re-fitted. These headphones will do the same for your ears! I'm not someone who can spend £250 on a set of headphones on a whim, so a lot of thought went into buying them, and I went through the usual apprehension about whether I should have bought a cheaper pair, did I really need a pair at all! But within a few minutes of putting them on I knew that I had made the right decision. I've made myself playlists of tracks I hadn't listened to for ages, it even made me listen to Dark Side of the Moon for the first time in probably fifteen years, I'm from that generation who used the album as a way of setting up a hi-fi and like a time machine for the ears it again made me marvel at the wonders of stereo sound ! :-) If you don't buy these headphones for yourself, buy them for your ears! …
- Written by Phil B from ILFORD
362 of 385 people found this useful
Incredible in every sense of the word!
I was looking for an alternative to the bulky Monster Beats. I've owned the monster beats ever since they first came out and alth I was looking for an alternative to the bulky Monster Beats. I've owned the monster beats ever since they first came out and although the sound is very good, i found them really large and disliked the fact it required batteries. I picked these up to try out because I was very impressed with the slim size and industrial design (they are built with metal and leather).
I am a huge fan of these Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones. I’m no audiophile but these headphones deliver the whole package - best sound I’ve ever heard and an amazing retro design. I was a bit worried about the discomfort of the pads pressing on my ears but after about 3 days of use, the high quality leather pads “break in” and they are really comfortable.
I found these to be worth every penny. However, if you have a music collection with lower bitrate (under 256 kbps) I wouldn’t advise investing in high-end audio equipment. …
- Written by Imam S from New York
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A pair of headphones you'll be proud to wear
I actually bought these headphones around 12 months ago and have never had a moments thought of returning them or regret.
I was I actually bought these headphones around 12 months ago and have never had a moments thought of returning them or regret.
I was initially lead to the purchase for the looks and feel of these stunning headphones. Something about a pair of headphones that have not one piece of plastic on show really just to me oozes class and style. I still find myself running my fingers along the brushed stainless steel Bowers and Wilkins logo along the sides of the cups. Combined with New Zealand lamb leather for the interchangeable pads makes the P5's probably some of the best looking and feeling headphones I'll come across for a very long time.
The sound is every bit as beautiful as the design. Bowers and Wilkins have crafted the P5s to carry a very warm, yet true sound signature. All genres sound amazing with no aspect being to exaggerated. As you can expect for a pair of headphones this price, they will not disappoint those who may even be into classical music, all the way up to some more of the bass heavy stuff. With this kind of audio quality and some decent noise isolation, you'll find yourself in a world of your own.
I'd call the P5s the perfect pair of headphones if it wasn't for a couple of draw backs. Firstly, the cable is pretty flimsy and thin. It didn't take more than a couple of months before it snagged and broke. As you'd expect in a pair of headphones for this price, the cable is indeed interchangeable and third party cables can be bought online. My second reservation is that although the memory foam is very comfortable to the ears, the clamping force of the P5s can cause my head to hurt after more than an hour of listening time. I wouldn't say my head is any larger than average.
Other than that, I'd rate them a 4.5 if I could. I'd recommend them to anyone who is in two minds about on ear headphones to try them out in an Apple Store first and have that 14 day return policy to fall back onto. However I'm pretty sure you'll appreciate every moment you spend with the Bowers and Wilkins P5s. …
- Written by Matt S from Point Clare
Worth every penny
I've had mine for more than a year, and it still works as if it was new.
Excellent sound quality, comfortable fit, sleek and b I've had mine for more than a year, and it still works as if it was new.
Excellent sound quality, comfortable fit, sleek and beautiful design, and above all, highly-reliable.
Sidenote: If the B&W C5 ear-buds ever crossed your mind, I highly suggest you don't buy them--they break too easily. I shouldn't be writing this in here, but I can't emphasize enough how unreliable they are. I've had both products, and the P5's have been, undeniably, more reliable. …
- Written by Jasper L from Bexley
Concerning Quality Issues Despite Great Sound
As has been echoed many times in the review section, I was thrilled with the quality of sound with these ear phones but was very d As has been echoed many times in the review section, I was thrilled with the quality of sound with these ear phones but was very disappointed when one side stopped working after only months of use and good care of the product. After this happened, I took them to the Apple store and was able to acquire a replacement. However, in only a couple of months, the same problem occurred with the replacement pair. I like the feel and sound of the headphones, but would not recommend purchasing them unless Bowers & Wilkins is able to release a statement on how this problem can be fixed or avoided- as it seems to have occurred for many customers. …
- Written by John S from Beavercreek
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Do these headphones work for someone wearing hearing aides? (Not able to get enough amplification with ipad volume alone)
- Asked by Mary W from Milbank
- Asked about: Bowers & Wilkins P3 On-Ear Headphon…
I'm not sure if these headphones will give higher amplification as the apple products all have a vol I'm not sure if these headphones will give higher amplification as the apple products all have a volume limit. You probably need to investigate an external desktop amplifier that you put between the ipad and your headphones. For example, check out the Fiio range of amplifers. They have a range of desktop and portable amplifiers that should do the job. Warning! Check the connections as I understand the ipad has a different connection than the ipod. The Fiio range normally connect using USB ports, although I connect a Fiio amp to my ipod using the standard ipod connector port (its a connector also sold by Fiio). With the P3's this set-up gives excellent sound quality. …
- Answered by Michael H
well the Bose are around-the ear type so in a way the enclosure will make them sound louder and use well the Bose are around-the ear type so in a way the enclosure will make them sound louder and use the noise cancelation that they have but if its comparing the sound then no they are the same, they both offer a 40mm driver so the only difference is how they manipulate the sound. I have to be honest i dont like the Bose. Bose has a decent design to give you that added noise cancelation effect but in reality they dont do much justice to me and they feel cheap...they are almost fully made of plastic and really don't see reasoning in spending $300 bucks for them. The P5's have little to no plastic its Leather and metal not to mention the metal gives speakers added bass to a speaker and the speaker cones are made out of Kevlar woven which was engineered by B&W to reproduce high quality sound in all their speaker systems while all bose are made out of paper so you see that price tags starts looking alot more of a rip off compared to the P5's. …
- Answered by Anthony V from Moreno Valley
Can't speak for dubstep, but listen to a really broad range of music, from drone, krautrock, techno Can't speak for dubstep, but listen to a really broad range of music, from drone, krautrock, techno to death metal, thrash, hardcore and a lot of points in between. These are great, as they eliminate a lot of the overbright, crashing highs in many other brands that can make listening to metal at volume painful. Good detail and separation means double kicks are punchy and riffs crunchy without any greater distortion that that intended by the band and their producer. I'm yet to find a musical style that doesn't sound great on these …
- Answered by Benjamin A from Elsternwick
Anyone used these (or the P3's) for air travel yet?
- Asked by Josh W from Wadsworth
Don't write off noise canceling too quickly if you're a regular air traveller...
Funny, I'm readi Don't write off noise canceling too quickly if you're a regular air traveller...
Funny, I'm reading these reviews of the P5 because I'm looking at getting a pair...however, reading your question about flying - I've done a lot, domestic and international.
Unless you've experienced that moment with a pair of Bose QC15 when you have them on, hear the roar of the engines underneath, then "click" and it all goes away. I can't tell you whether they are as good pure sound wise as the P5s and you may be a Bose disliker on principle, but they sound is very good indeed and the ability to knock out all that cabin noise is worth every penny. They are also extremely comfortable and I often sleep on overnight flights in them, with no music, just the cord unplugged and the noise canceling on - for flying it is a first class experience. My only comparisons between the two have been in Apple retail stores and frankly I don't think there's a big sonic difference between the two. (I say this as the owner of a pair of B&W speakers which I love...).
If I can I tend to use them with a Total Bithead portable headphone amp and the pure sound of the vocals on e.g my Celtic Woman album is quite incredible - clean, involving, not a hint of harshness.
I'm looking at the P5s because I want a good quality (incredibly well built the P5s appear to be) headphone for use in a studio setting. Drums and noise canceling doesn't work and you can't turn off the noise canceling in the Bose and still have them work.
Just something to bear in mind... …
- Answered by Simon C from Raleigh
Does the remote and mic work on an iPhone 5.
- Asked by Robert P from New York
are they compatibles with iPhone 5 ?
- Asked by Raul F from Concord
yes. despite not being mentioned on the page, i can confirm my P5 are curently playing fine on an iP yes. despite not being mentioned on the page, i can confirm my P5 are curently playing fine on an iP5, and ff/rew/play/pause/up/down all operate as expected.
- Answered by Damian M