• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Sound

    • Written by from Chatham

    If anyone had said to me that they had spent £250.00 on a pair of headphones my immediate comment would have been more money than sense. However, after trying the P5 headphones, how wrong is that statement!

    I tested them on some of my favourite music tracks and wow - there were sounds and detail that I just had never heard before. I have made some impulse purchases that one later regrets. But this is not one, they are brilliant and I now find I listen to music more than ever before.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot praise them enough!

    • Written by from Glasgow

    Originally had the Beats by Dre Solo HDs and canont explain how happy I am upgraded -they were so flimsy and they weren't durable at all - not to mention the sound quality ended up going all fuzzy and crackly, in short they just DIDNT LAST.

    The P5s on the other hand, wow. They are not only beautiful with the leather and aluminium design that is miles ahead of any other headphones i've seen in terms of class, but the sound wuality is perfect. The bass is really defined and you can really hear it but it doesnt shake and make that grungy vibrating noise in your ear. No to mention they are so comfortable! The leather is padded and so soft on the ears so you can wear them for hours on end (as I do) and still be totally comfortable.

    They're a little on the pricey side for headphones but they're so amazing that they're worth it! If you haven't gottem, gettem!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    They'll handle anything you throw at them...

    • Written by from london

    I've got a varied taste in music and they bring out the best in almost everything. They're sound very balanced so don't expect just pure bass, but don't get me wrong when the bass kicks in when necessary YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED. The comfort is deceptive though, initially yeah they feel great...but my biggist gripe with these phones is after an hour or so's use my ears feel pretty sore. Maybe it's just my head :( The customer service is second to none by the way. Called the manufacturer for a replacement cable and they shipped 1 out no questions asked.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    the one to buy

    • Written by from EDGWARE

    I have owned , klipsch one (too much bass). Sennheiser PX200i (best for crisp sound and good bass). Apple in-ear (great backup set). Sony EX in-ear (best for £20) Bose AE2i (great sound and bass but cable broke) Bose OE2i (nice sound but half volume people can hear, bad leakage)
    Never used the one's in the box, but now Bowers & Wilkins P5 (wow! comfortable full bass, crisp sound, memory foam stopped leakage, secure fit and they look sexy)
    BUY THEM NOW!!!! even though they are £250, well worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant - iPhone 4s

    • Written by from Ormskirk

    I only needed 10 minutes in the store to decide these were the headphones for me. Very comfortable, sound incredible and work with Siri like a charm. Not cheap but very good quality. Very pleased.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from swindon

    These headphones are brilliant, good looking, comfortable great sound, and there British, and don't cost a fortune, and to top it all there British what more can I say, the sound s say it all

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have a pair of these headphones--

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    How can I replace the cable? I have checked many sites, including apple, but I cannot seem to find a single place that sells a replacement wire!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Solihull

    Very good Headphones! First off the look off the boxing is very professional well that's not the point! Unortunately I haven't been able to see the Studio's but I have seen the Solo's and I have to say te Solo's look like a very cheap plastic has been used and considering that they are on ear headphone's like the P5's they are not that comfortable. So over to the P5's now they have a very nice clear crisp sound also they are very good looking too however there is one thing there lacking - the amount of bass it lacks a hole load of bass furthermore there's no sound isolation, it's very important to have sound isolation but the Sheep skin leather is very comfortable which leads it to stop most of the outside from coming in. So of I had to eat these Headphones out of 10 I would rate them 9.5 out of 10 only because of the lack of bass and no sound isolation overall there fantastic! Keep it going B&W!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best!!!

    • Written by from Lonon

    These headphones are excellent and very comfortable for everyday use or long periods of time listening to music. I especially like the noise reduction, excellent for traveling on the tube.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Strawberries & Cream for the Ears

    • Written by from New Malden

    At the risk of submitting a clone review; for B&W to pull off such an accomplished design at first shot is remarkable.
    I've had a lot of high end headphones in my time, many legendary. And yet this is the most complete set of cans I have ever had.
    Why? An almost total lack of sound colouration - no nasal or boxy artefacts. The sound reflects the recording. The frequency response is very even. The bass is warm, full and detailed, but not aggressive. The mid range is smooth and rich. Vocals are fantastic. Cellos sound like cellos. Violas like violas, violins etc. Treble is clear and defined, but not forward - MUCH more like hearing real unamplified musical instruments. Imaging is rock solid and wide, acoustics are captured with an uncanny sense of being there - a hard trick for cans. All in all, worth every penny.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Headphones

    • Written by from SALISBURY

    I bought these to replace the Bose QC3 (my husband is going to use them for flying). I have had them for a week now and the clarity of music is far superior. I love them and am getting much more pleasure from my music collection than when using the Bose. I seem to be able to hear so much more now - all the small notes I hadn't noticed! A couple of people have mentioned the thin cord - yes, it is thin but it adds to the elegance of the headphones. It certainly doesn't affect the sound quality and if you look after the headphones then the wires shouldn't cause any problems.
    I also think that they look fantastic... so cool, classy and elegant. I am so delighted with my purchase and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm very picky when it comes to hi-fi

    • Written by from Wokingham

    I've lost track of the number of pairs of headphones I've had over the years: mainly Sennheiser which I've always thought were particularly good. Like many of the other reviewers, I'd heard of these headphones and tried them out in an Apple Store while I was on holiday.

    As I said, I'm very picky. I don't particularly like any of the Bose headphones I've ever tried (although the expensive ones are good) and I really like Sennheiser headphones: I have some ageing HD485's and some PXE250's which I love and I've been lucky enough to try out some of the high-end Sennheisers as well.

    These P5's though are in a different league. It' true that they cost a fair bit more than the current incarnation of the PXE250's but the difference is staggering. Depending on what you listen to it will either be the bass or the clarity that hits you first. How anything so small can produce so much bass (provided you have them properly over your ears of course) is a mystery. The clarity is amazing: there's so much that I haven't heard before. On one track not only could I hear the backing vocals I wasn't previously aware of but I could also count the number of voices (four).

    The headband is nicely adjustable so it's easy to get a good fit over your ears. As you might expect for headphones that sit on your ears you can lose almost everything by sitting them too far forward, back, up or down. However, unless you have really odd ears it's not at all difficult to get them right (I've never had any problem).

    They're also very comfortable. I've had them on for hours at a time with no discomfort at all.

    You should try them out though. They're expensive and if they just don't fit your head and ears or you can't get on with them you should get something else. If they do fit though I'm sure you'll be buying them.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from lund

    great sound quality
    great comfort
    beautiful to look at and use
    and worth the price tag!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 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 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Harrow

    As the owner of a recording studio, I am used to working with very high end signal paths, and I can certainly highly recommend these headphones.
    Unlike many other headphones, the B&W don't overly accentuate the low end. They are certainly flattering to music, but in a very balanced and transparent way. Transients are clearly represented and there is a beautiful 'air' in the sound reproduction that almost gives the impression that you are listening to the music through speakers rather than headphones.
    Great job B&W!

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    like ronseal, does what it says on the tin!

    • Written by from Dagenham

    I have own many pairs of headphones, Bose on ear mobile headphones, Solo Beats by Dre, Sennheiser in ear headphones but theses are by far the best i have had the pleasure of owning. I spent the best part of two hours in Regent Street Apple store bouncing between, Beats studios and solos, bose Q3s and these and the P5s. Like it says on the box these offer the most natural sound and i have to agree, nothing is exaggerated, each song sounds as it should. I listen to R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, vocal (frank sinatra, nat king cole, etc), and others and i have yet to find a genre that these headphones do not handle well. You hear every sound in ever song, the noise isolation is very good and manages to even block out the noise of the central line. all in all I love them and have yet to find fault.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you love music, there is no other choice.

    • Written by from Reading

    I bought these headphone with a little trepidation, simply due to the large price tag. I went to the Apple Store & tried a few different pairs, including both Bose, some Sennheisers, and the new Beats headphones. Most people looking at headphones of this level will probably be faced with a similar assortment to choose from. I used Hot Chip, the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, and Leonard Cohen to test them.

    Beats headphones were out of the question quite early on. Whilst the bass was good and punchy, the midtones were lost, particularly when listening to classical music, where the tones can fluctuate quite rapidly from bass to treble.

    Sennheisers were next to go, purely because they couldn't handle treble at all. I tried listening to a track called Evenstar on LOTR soundtrack, and the poor girl's voice was simply ruined by every set of Sennheiser headphones.

    I was therefore left with Bose and B&W. The Bose headphones are, of course, appealing. The noise-cancellation is brilliant, it really is; it quite literally eliminates everything going on around you - do not even go there if you cycle!! The B&W do not have built in noise-cancellation, but, in all truth, they do the job anyway. Since getting them, I have realised that when you walk with them on, they do, slightly strangely, amplify your footsteps through your body in a really quite ephemeral way, but after 2 or 3 days I no longer noticed it.

    After that, it came down to noise quality where there was only one winner. The B&Ws let you hear every last twang of a guitar string, every last beat of the drum, you can hear musicians breathing inbetween lines of a song. They are quite simply breathtaking, and look awesome too.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Joy

    • Written by from Brighton

    These headphones are everything I hoped they would be. The detailed sound is a joy and the noise cancellation is remarkable - easily as good as the active noise cancelling headphones I have had before but without the annoying background hiss or the interference from mobile 'phone signals. I listen to them every day on my 1.5 hour commute and all day at my desk and find them very comfortable, although as another reviewer noted, they do tend to press my glasses painfully into the back of my ears unless I carefully adjust them. Although the quilted carrying pouch looks nice, I would have preferred a stronger, rigid case to protect the headphones when in my bag. Still, minor gripes aside, I am delighted with them.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bristol

    The decision came four months ago after a long period of fact finding and deliberations.

    £240 plus is not an cost to take lightly. Especially when in the past one has suffered many disappointments with headphones of all shapes and sizes, for a whole range of reasons.

    When it comes to my P5's however the cost is a distant memory and the last four months have been a Brilliant listening experience. Thank you Bowers & WIlkins.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing build quality, even better sound quality!

    • Written by from Formby

    These headphones took a lot of thinking about for me due to the cost, however after trying them out in the local Apple Store it was a no brainer. Crystal clear sound, very good noise isolation, very comfortable to wear (even on a big head like mine!). These headphone are absolutely second to none. I am now hearing sounds that I've never heard in music i've owned and listened to for years. The balance of tones is perfect and as a first time buyer of B&W products I now fear that nothing else will suffice in quality of sound. I just have to save for a Zeppelin speaker now!

    2 of 2 people found this useful