P3 headphones reveal whatever you listen to in detail with pristine highs and lows, an open midrange and all round balanced and natural performance.
Constructed from lightweight aluminium and durable rubber, with specially designed acoustic cloth ear pads with memory foam, P3 headphones are light and comfortable.
P3 headphones are highly portable, folding up for easy storage, with a hardshell carry case to protect them in your backpack or rucksack.
Made for iPad, iPod and iPhone
With an in-line remote control and mic, you can get the most out of your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Make hands-free iPhone calls and control your iPod without taking it out of your pocket or bag.
- High-definition Bowers & Wilkins sound
- Dynamic driver
- Mylar-damped laminate diaphragms
- Acoustic cloth earpads
- OFC cables
- In-line mic and remote
- Hard shell carry case
Did you notice?Dynamic 30-mm drivers and Mylar-damped laminate diaphragms with acoustic cloth earpads all combine to make these truly high-definition headphones.
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What's in the Box?
- Bowers & Wilkins P3 On-Ear Headphones
- Hard shell carry case
- Universal cable
- Quick start guide
- Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 34 ohms
- THD: <1%
- Other Features: Foldable, With Remote and Mic, Sound Isolating
- Form Factor: On Ear
- Cable Length: 120 cm
- No. of Microphones: 1
- Mfr. Part Number: FP33545
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346315000
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Ratings & Reviews
Best of the $199 headphones.
For the past month I've been on a mission to find the best pair of headphones under $200. I've tried the Bose OEI2, the Harman Kar For the past month I've been on a mission to find the best pair of headphones under $200. I've tried the Bose OEI2, the Harman Kardon CL's and the Beats Solo. As a previous owner of the P5's I couldn't wait to give these a try.
I'm at about 8 hours of listening, and they definitely need a bit of a burn-in, but once they opened up I was amazed at the quality.
It seems to be more and more difficult to find headphones that do not "color" frequencies (The beats do this terribly. Far too much bass. Gives me a headache.) Even the HKCL's did this. I'm glad that B&W do their best to deliver the music as naturally as possible without adding harsh treble or pumped up bass. The music the P3's deliver is exceptional. Even the midrange (which is the most difficult frequency to deliver in headphones) is exceptional.
The build quality is on-par with the audio quality. Amazing. They fit well, look great, and the case (although a bit plasticy and not "high end") will certainly keep them safe. They're easily portable (much more so than the HKCL's) and seem to be built to last.
Without a doubt these are the best $199 headphones I've ever owned. …
- Written by Joe P from Tinley Park
146 of 159 people found this useful
Beautiful Sound and Design
This was my first purchase of high-end headphones, and I could not be happier with my decision. After testing out Harmon Kardon, B This was my first purchase of high-end headphones, and I could not be happier with my decision. After testing out Harmon Kardon, Bose, and Beats, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 had the perfect mix of highs, mids, and lows. It is not overpowering with bass like the Beats Solo HD. I listen to a variety of music spanning from Jazz to Progressive House, and these headphones fit the bill wonderfully. Futhermore, these headphones are portable and incredibly comfortable. Mixed with elegant looks and durable construction, the B&W P3 was the perfect combination of sound and estethics. I highly recommend these headphones to anyone looking to truly appreciate quality audio. …
- Written by Nathan J from Pittsburgh
76 of 83 people found this useful
In the past 2 months I have tried so many headphones it makes my head spin. On ear, over the ear, open, closed, it's rediculous ho In the past 2 months I have tried so many headphones it makes my head spin. On ear, over the ear, open, closed, it's rediculous how many there are and all fail at some measure. Uncomfortable, no highs, too much base, no mids, it goes on and on. The P3 get its right at every turn. Comfort, oustanding definition ( I found the base a bit strong but easy to adjust for). Rich full sound, controls and mic on cord, compact and sturdy. I do not think for portbale use there is another product even close.
You owe iot to yourself to at least try these beauties! …
- Written by Gerald C from Telluride
77 of 89 people found this useful
I had previously used Beats and was looking for a new pair of headphones. I decided to do some research and read reviews of severa I had previously used Beats and was looking for a new pair of headphones. I decided to do some research and read reviews of several pairs in technology websites and magazines and eventually settled on the Bowers & Wilkins P3's, they were maybe a bit more pricey than I was initially looking for but having read the reviews online I decided to take the plunge and I was also won over by the style of the headphones. The headphones arrived in packaging that immediately tells you that they're an expensive product and they come in a hardshell case and the cable comes complete with a remote for adjusting the volume and pausing / moving to the next track on iOS devices, the P3's also come with a cable which can easily be changed if it is being used with non iOS devices, MP3 players etc. The headphones themselves take a while to get used to as initially i didn't find them the most comfortable but after a few days of use they became less springy and more comfortable, the sound was initially underwhelming and I was wondering if i had made the right choice but I read that they needed a bit of time and I left the headphones on playing with the volume at about halfway for a few hours while I was at work and i found once i did that the sound improved dramatically. In short they are excellent headphones and when the time comes to buy new headphones I will definitely be going back to Bowers & Wilkins again. …
- Written by Mark O from Cork
2 of 2 people found this useful
Great Sound, Comfort Leaves a Bit to Be Desired
The sound on these is great-while the bass definitely isn't lacking, there is a bit more emphasis on the mids and highs, but the o The sound on these is great-while the bass definitely isn't lacking, there is a bit more emphasis on the mids and highs, but the overall balance is good. I've used these for music, podcasts and movies, and all have been enjoyable. As another reviewer noted, sound leak is an issue over ~50% volume, but the only reason to go that high with these would be to drown out background noise that would probably be loud enough to mask the sound leak anyway.
My only real gripe is comfort-after about an hour my ears start to get physically sore from a combination of the pressure (the band is pretty tight) and the harder material under the super soft but super thin foam in the cups.
Overall, these are some of the better headphones in this price range, and worth a shot. …
- Written by Christopher D from Boston
1 of 1 people found this useful
Great travel companion
I bought these headphones in Helsinki airport on my way to Japan. I wanted a high fidelity experience in a compact travel friendly I bought these headphones in Helsinki airport on my way to Japan. I wanted a high fidelity experience in a compact travel friendly design. I was not disappointed in the least. The audio clarity is excellent and the moderate noise blocking design is enough to isolate noisy airplane or train background noise from your listening experience while still permitting some noise in (like if someone is yelling at you or there is a natural disaster). Lastly, I found the customer service department quick and responsive. I ripped off my cable from an airline seat and was given a replacement in Sydney for free. I then later purchased another one, along with replacement ear pads online and received them very quickly. I like being able to easily repair the wearing parts.
Sound fidelity is excellent, bass not over blown
Moderate noise isolation strikes a good balance
Responsive customer service
$200 (or more overseas)
in-line microphone easily damaged
Case a bit wonky …
- Written by Jordan M from Arcata
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Anyone use these while working out? Are they uncomfortable when you're sweaty?
- Asked by Richard V from Irvine
Are they wireless?
- Asked by Joanna F from Dubai
P3's are not wireless but they are one of the best sounding headsets...EVER !! If you're looking f P3's are not wireless but they are one of the best sounding headsets...EVER !! If you're looking for bass thumpers, go find something else. These will let you hear music as the artist intended. Clear highs, bright midrange and deep bass if that's what is supposed to be heard. I've had mine for 5 years and they're still going strong. …
- Answered by David M from Chicago
Can you change the ear pads on the P3 once they become dirty or is there any leather switch outs available?
- Asked by Erica M from Cibolo
The earpads are acoustic fabric. They're quite comfortable. My friend has the P5s which have leath The earpads are acoustic fabric. They're quite comfortable. My friend has the P5s which have leather. They offer a bit better sound isolation but he complains that they get a little hot in the summer. Replacements should be available through your local B+W dealer. …
- Answered by Michael C from Toronto
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
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
How much sound do these leak?
- Asked by Voytek G
they leak a little bit but nobody will hear what you are hearing.
- Answered by Cheol C from Ithaca
Do these headphones sound good?
- Asked by Adam H
Yes. Out of the box they sound muddy and very bass loaded. Burn them in over a weekend by playing lo Yes. Out of the box they sound muddy and very bass loaded. Burn them in over a weekend by playing loud music and they transform - the treble opens up, the midrange comes through and they sound very nice indeed. They remain slightly bass-forward, but nothing like the Beats headphones. They also drive nicely from an iPhone or iPod/Pad without separate amplification. …
- Answered by N D R N