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
- 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. : 714346313655
- 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. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.
- Warranty : Two-year
- *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
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 nd 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
341 of 364 people found this useful
Excellent - Tested Against Dre and Bose.
Probably like many others, the prospect of forking out nearly 300 notes on a set of headphones does chill me to the bone, so I did a lot of research and more importantly listening to many headphones.
I initially had my heart set on the Dr Dre Studio Beats after checking them out in the Apple Store Newcastle and almost bought them then and there but I am pleased I held my passion.
As much as I liked the Dre's I just could not get away from the fact that they are a little plasticy and then when when you read the reviews on many sites you notice just how many people are having trouble with them breaking... not good.
After really just stumbling across the B&Ws and how well they were being reviewed I thought I needed to audition them.
I am not new to the B&W brand as I have Hi-Fi speakers by them, so my expection was for them to perform well, so it was off to the Apple Store to compare these with the Dre's and the Bose with my iPod and my eclectic musical taste.
I tested all three with tracks by Radiohead, Muse, Jane's Addiction, Kanye, Lupe, Zero 7, David Gilmour and Joe Purdy so a right old bag full.
Out of the three the Bose fell first, the Noise Cancelling is superb but does put a little too much pressure on your eardrums for my liking plus out of all three they were the hardest for the iPod to drive and needed turning up high to get any decent sound level.
The B&W and Dre Studio Beats both are superb but in the end it came down to two main points, firstly the Dre's plastic feel and the poor reviews online backing this up but more importantly sound quality, I feel that the sound is boosted too much in the higher frequencies and once you lock onto this it is hard to ignore. They are very good but the B&W just pips it for me.
So after a long couple of weeks I have decided on the B&Ws. With these beauties there is not plastic just a great leather and metal build. They are very comfy and most importantly they SOUND FANTASTIC. Bass response is very good and the mids and highs are handled very well. Nothing feels forced and you dont need to give yourself a break after listening, you can actually relax while listening and hear the recording as it was intended.
So do yourself a favour and go and audition these and by all means the other brands and see what you think. These things have just breezed onto the scene without a hail of hype or premiership footballers wrapping them around their necks post match and for that demand a listen.
Whichever way you go all these Headphones are fantastic but the B&Ws are just a cut above. …
- Written by Andrew B from SUNDERLAND
218 of 226 people found this useful
Being a bit of a B&W fan throughout the house, I was really looking forward to the P5's release but being their first venture int o headphones I was a little cautious. However, very pleased to say they do not disappoint!
Build quality is as you would expect from B&W, a great piece of engineering and they look great. As for comfort, I thought that the "finest new zealand sheeps leather" was a bit of a marketing speak but they are so comfy!
And as for sound... absolutely sublime and have surpassed my expectations. Tested them with Maxwells track "Ascension" at lossless on my iPhone - Its a track I know very well and I am just speechless. Worth every penny single penny and takes some topping in this price range. …
- Written by Joe J from Chigwell
162 of 181 people found this useful
I can't fault the quality of these headphones, the overall build and sound quality is excellent
The only downfall to the headphon es are being leather this can become uncomfortable on the ears after long periods of time but this is nothing major.
Overall a joy to use and well worth the price …
- Written by James S from Bognor Regis
2 of 4 people found this useful
Brilliant, glamorous and elegant.
It's hard to find the words that would describe how good these headphones are. They are simply exquisite. The quality of the sound is astonishing. When I listen to music with these, I can hear notes and details I have never heard before. But most importantly these headphones can deliver the same sound quality in every situation. It doesn't matter if there is a lot of background noise, I can easily hear every single nuance of music. Also they stay on head no matter what I do. I can longboard in peace when I don't have to worry about my headphones slipping or dropping.
To be more precise, if you like Beats, the P5's are not made for you. P5's don't have the same overly heavy bass sound that makes everything sound muddy. The P5's sound light and deep. They will deliver excellent lows, but the bass doesn't suppress other sounds at all. Also P5's have a lot clearer and sharper highs and mids. I think that P5's beat Beats in every way (no pun intended).
Then there is the looks. Instead of trying to look as modern as possible, P5's are made to look as good as possible. I know that everyone doesn't fancy the retro look of these, but I love it. These headphones look like jewelry when I wear a suit. P5's are like original Wayfarers, they look good with anything, and they will turn heads.
Shortly, P5's will make you feel exquisite, as they sound exquisite and look exquisite. They are headphones for real music enthusiasts who want quality while on the move. …
- Written by Axel F from Heinola
4 of 4 people found this useful
Best headphones I have ever bought
I've always been a fan of Bose headphones but these are much better. The sound of the Bose is boosted and manipulated making it so und artificial. With these, the sound has not been altered at all. Bass is perfect, not too little, not too much. Sound quality is impeccable. And compared to the Bose, the Bowers and Wilkins will last much longer since they are made of metal and leather compared to Bose's flimsy plastic and artificial leather. They are worth every penny. …
- Written by Jonathan C from Godalming
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
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- Asked by Brando L from Queretaro
- Asked about: Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear Headph…
Both headphones sound really great however the Momentums offer a slightly better soundstage due to b eing around the ear headphones instead of on the ear like the P5s. Personally I prefer the P5s as I find them more comfortable and I really like the design. The Momentums are comfortable too they just don't fit my head as nicely as the p5s. You really can't go wrong with either pair. …
- Answered by Chai L from Mount Isa
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how do these headphones sound when it comes to rap music? what about bass heavy tracks? I know these are good for naturalistic sounds. dub step?
- Asked by Alan G from Los Angeles
I got a pair of these the other day. First and foremost - my taste is mostly in the sense of Trance, techno, electro, drum n bass, house and some dubstep.
In terms of sound quality - they are natural and ABSOLUTELY amazing.
But as a bass heavy type enthusiast - you might be disappointed.
The P5's weren't really designed to be bass heavy monster crazy headphones, they were designed for an overall exceptional sound.
Don't let that put you off them, they are immense in terms of sound quality - i notice pieces of instrument like never before and where compression is lacking with these headphones. i'm just telling you what i personally feel as a bass heavy type lover.
At lower volumes - the bass isn't overwhelming... just balanced.
At 70-80% the bass comes alive - but not to the extent that the Beats. But with the beats you do lose the immense sound quality.
In terms of Hip Hop/Rap - i know the bass you want, and they aren't as prominent on these headphones.
What i will regard as rolling bass is a mass drop and phat bassline - the stuff you find in these songs:
36 Mafia - late night tip
Wine O & Paul Wall - Pop my trunk
DMX - Dogs Out
50 Cent - Many Men
Eminem - Under the Influence
Beats handle the bass response with more punch but that's not what the P5s are for.
In terms of Dubstep - the bass is better handled because it is fast paced with brilliant kicks and compressed lo dirty synths and bass synths. It worked very well with:
Avicii - Levels (Skrillex remix)
Calvin Harris - Flashback (Millions like us remix)
Rusko - Hold On (Subfocus Remix) <- technically not dubstep.
Bass is not as immense as the beats - but with that amazing sound quality WHO CARES!!!!!
Overall - if bass is your thing, these headphones may be a let down... BUT REST ASSURE I AM NOT ONE BIT DISAPPOINTED.
it's best you go to apple store and really test them out. overall i'm happier with these than with beats. HANDS DOWN …
- Answered by Ivor C
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