• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not overly impressed

    • Written by from Middlesbrough

    I origionally purchased a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5's, but after a week of thorough listening, I wasn't particularly impressed with them, they were uncomfortable after about 30 minutes - pressing tightly on my ears, secondly they sounded distinctly average in some genres of music, particularly dance, house, rap music etc. (If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned then I would advise you to stay clear of the Bowers & Wilkins P5's)

    I returned the Bowers & Wilkins P5's after a week or so, and purchased the Bose QC-15's, which (in my opinion) are far superior to the Bowers & Wilkins P5's in every department.

    1. They sound better.
    2. They are noise cancelling.
    3. They are comfier.
    4. They look nicer.
    5. They come with a better (sturdier) carrying case

    I don't doubt that Bowers & Wilkins (as a company) produce fantastic audio equipment, and I'm pretty sure in the very near future, they will produce some fantastic headphones.

    But for now, they just haven't quite got it right with their fist attempt in the headphone market in the P5's.

    9 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from London

    Nice little b&W thing,I ear you can run with them but I really advice no ..

    3 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound, shame about the comfort

    • Written by from Worcester

    I have been using these headphones for the best part of a year now and although as should be expected the sound is fantastic they become very uncomfortable quickly. I find it very difficult to wear these for any length of time because they just really hurt my ears! For this price and for the Bowers and Wilkins brand I would have expected better.

    11 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from woodford green

    These phones aren't for everyone
    Can hear so much more in a song (have never heard Wonders superstition like this before)
    Pads are comfortable against the ear
    Mildish lack of bass (have bought and tried FII0 mini amp, better but by very little)

    You have to try before you buy (i tested mine in Regent St store), you could be amazed or disappointed.

    6 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Average compared to Bose On-Ear headphones

    • Written by from Pinner

    Was at the Regent Street Apple Store today and tested out the Bowers and Wilkins P5, Dr. Dre Beats Studios and Solos, Bose quiet comfort 15 and Bose on-ear headphones on a variety of music, for example Dubstep, Drum N Bass, R'N'B, Rap, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Classical Music and even Glee.

    Have to say, the P5s were very well made and felt very very comfortable but the audio lacked finesse. All my music is around 1000kbits/second encoded in Apple Lossless and the bass was poor, the highs were crackly and when the iPhone 3G could drive enough sound through the headphones (90% volume on iPhone) the sound was tinny, rather contrary to the “pure” sound that people are reporting. I could get the same quality audio from the in-ear headphones that came with my Sony Ericsson Walkman phone with added bass! Really am quite disappointed.

    The Bose on-ear headphones produced equally as good mids and highs with more punchy bass and would get my thumbs up and for 100quid less, it’s an obvious choice! Be sure to test, but seriously don’t bother with the Bose QC15s, they are RUBBISH, great noise cancellation, no audio quality whatsoever!! The Solos and Studios break, so the Bose on-ears are the ones!

    18 of 57 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound, but...

    • Written by from Ilford

    These cans have great sounds and I have discovered detail not previously heard from my iPod, which is fantastic. They are well constructed and look the business (actually they are the best looking non-ear headphones out there)

    But, and this is a big one for me, the headband is small so if you have a slightly larger head like myself then they are a uncomfortable to wear for prolong periods since it does not sit nicely on top if you want your ears to be properly covered. This is a real shame since it would have gotten the five stars which it no doubt deserves. Alas, if only they made the headband bigger. I recommend you try them on first before rushing to buy.

    60 of 91 people found this useful