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.: 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 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
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 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
231 of 239 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 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 into 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
173 of 192 people found this useful
I bought these but had to return them.
The sound was very crisp and bright...nothing mind blowing but very good...possibly a t I bought these but had to return them.
The sound was very crisp and bright...nothing mind blowing but very good...possibly a tiny bit thin sounding at times but the sound was not the issue.
The issue for me was the comfort.
The sound isolation is achieved by getting a tight fit onto the ear but after about five minutes it actually starts to ache.....the leather is clamped against the ear by the ultra tight headband. they are comfy at first but soon become very uncomfortable.
Make sure you give them a good try first if you really want them. …
- Written by Matthew F from essex
4 of 7 people found this useful
Superb looking and sounding headphones
Bowers & Willkins have come up with another great new product, and I have to say, I'm literally blown away by the P5, in every dom Bowers & Willkins have come up with another great new product, and I have to say, I'm literally blown away by the P5, in every domain :
+ Outstanding built quality : genuine leather, aluminium, stainless steel, ... miles ahead of the competition. Cable and ear pads are replacable, and the design of the headphones really feels sturdy and reliable, meaning you're gonna spend quite some time with these lovely headphones.
+ Good looking : I didn't expect less from B&W. The most beautiful cans I've ever come across. They're sleek, pure and elegant. Luxury and simplicity.
+ Fair noise isolation, some of the best passive isolating headphones on the market. They'll put you in a "bubble", leaving you alone with your music.
+ Of course, amazing sound quality : A balanced, warm, rich and detailed sound.
Bass aren't too invasive, mids are simply magical and clear, highs are precise without being agressive. They get you a relaxed yet accurate listening. Truly a concert for one !
+ And finally, a very convincing packaging : a replacement cable, a soft travel pouch, an adaptor, ... Plenty of stuff included with the headphones.
Certainly one of the best choice for mobile use, and great value for money. The Porsche of headphones. …
- Written by Olivier M from la madeleine
5 of 5 people found this useful
i have had these headphones for 6 months now and all i can say is amazing. they truly do not let you down. build quality amazing a i have had these headphones for 6 months now and all i can say is amazing. they truly do not let you down. build quality amazing and sound. definitely recommend it to anyone who sees this. please get them will never be let down …
- Written by mr B from slimbridge
4 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i buy the cable that connects to the sound source?
- Asked by Daniel M from New York City
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
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
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
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