• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound and build Quality B & W P5 headphones

    • Written by from Mitcham

    I have listened to these headphones many a time when ever i visited an Apple store comparing them with The Beats by Dr DRE, the P5's beat the BEAT's hands down for sound quality. The mid range is so detailed they actually show up the short comings of poor quality tracks on my iphone, Macbook Pro or hi fi system. The bass is tight and Punchy. High's are transparent and articulate the P5's let the music shine through they have a very natural presentation. Not an over blown bass with muddy midrange that the Beat's have. The P5's can go extremely loud and will not distort they can handle a variety of music from RnB, Jazz, classical, Rock, Pop and latin. The Build quality is superb with super soft leather removable ear pads and adjustable headband that firmly clamps your head with Great noise isolation. Fantastic design with both form and function they are a thing of beauty with aural delights. Yes i am glad i purchased them.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphone ever

    • Written by from London

    I tried every single product such as in ear , cup , normal, different different brands. Without discussion This is the best , most confortable and durable headphones i have ever seen in my life. Great noise response, tremendous quality, light and luxury.

    I recommend this headphone to everyone. Instead buying headphones every year. Buy this headphone and use it for ages.

    P.S: cover is totally sheep leather which is really cool in cold whether :) seriously there is difference.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love these headphones

    • Written by from Beckenham

    I have a few pairs of headphones, Grado SR325i, Sennheiser PX450 and Bose QC15. Soundwise I would grade them Grado first then Bose then Sennheiser. The B&Ws I would probably slot in between the Bose and the Grados they sound brilliant. I was concerned about whether they would be able to manage depth like an over ear headphone and they do (just not quite as well as the Grado open ears do - but you can't take those out with you they are really an at home headphone).

    I have eclectic taste in music (everything except classical and opera), they may not have quite enough bass for some dance and hip hop fans but it's more than enough for me as I am only a mild liker of dance and hip hop and certainly no expert (tried Snoop Dog, Outkast, Dr Dre, Eminem and Chemical Bros, Fatboy Slim and Prodigy). My primary music collection is probably broadly described as rock/alternative (NIN being a particular favourite and they do pick up on all the NIN depth, New Order and David Bowie sound great too). My husband is a major Opera and Classical fan and seemed to think they were fairly good - although dived straight back for the Grados when he could.

    But for me the real killer factor that makes me love them is the design, I get a lot of discomfort from over ear headphones, I find they press on the area around my ear (especially under my ear) so I can't eat or drink anything whilst I am wearing them and after a while the tips of my ears start to hurt. For me the P5s are the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn, they are light and soft and don't press on my head under my ears - I can wear them all day and be comfortable and the flatter design is easier to sleep in (which I am looking forward to next time I fly). I must add however that I have quite a small head and I could see that perhaps someone with a larger head might not find them as comfortable, and your ears do warm up a little.

    The noise isolation seems to be good, not on a par with the Bose QC15 but I prefer it to the Sennheisers which hiss slightly. I haven't tried them on a plane yet however but on the train they were great.

    All in all my favourite travel headphones, the Sennheisers are going on ebay (hubby is keeping the Bose).

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Incredible!!

    • Written by from Camberley

    Like many others who have thought long and hard about buying these headphones. I had done extensive research into likes of Bose, B&O and the Dr.Dre's Beats. These in comparison are in a class of their own. Not only is the design both classic and timeless. I believe the quality will also do the test of time. The clarity is unbelievable and every song you have ever loved and listened any numerous occasions will sound as if you are listening to it for the first time. This is how music should be heard and nothing sounds as good anymore in comparison. The price is entirely justified your ears can hear where every penny has been spent.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny

    • Written by from Hampstead

    These are a huge but worthwhile investment. The engineering is beautiful, with no cheap plastics to be found anywhere. They are incredibly comfortable and feel secure on the head. Nice slim design means you don't look ridiculous. And most importantly the sound quality is phenomenal. If you listen a lot, do it with these.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive BUT WOW!! Worth every penny.

    • Written by from London

    First had Beats by Dr.Dre solo HD and I did really liked them. However, thought they felt little bit too fragile. Refunded them and bought these headphones instead, put them on and WOW!

    Sound is inch of perfection just brings the music level into another dimension, you can suddenly hear every detail of instruments playing in the background you've never heard before and vocals are very crisp and natural. These headphones will without doubt not let you down.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So good I might…

    • Written by from London

    just re-rip all of my iTunes library to Lostless quality!

    They tend to mould to your ear instantly and that creates a simple vacuum and blocks out most unwanted sound.

    Beautifully built with top quality materials. These are simply amazing - a bar raiser

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb headphones that justify their asking price.

    • Written by from Darwen

    The thought of spending £250 on a pair of headphones might give some an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of their stomach, especially considering you get no active noise cancelling. But let me tell you why these "cans" really are justifiably expensive.

    First of all, the branding. While the brand alone absolutely does not define a product, in this instance it does give you an indication of what to expect: pure unadulterated quality. Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) consistently put out some of the finest audio products money can buy, and these are no exception.

    Everything here is an experience. From the Apple-like packaging, to the stunning design and remarkable build quality, they simply ooze quality. But these headphones don't just look the part, they sound the part. When you first put them on it's hard not to be impressed by how effective the noise isolation is. The world around you all but disappears. Things get even better when you fire up some music.

    One thing I will say about the P5's is that they sound very neutral and unbiased towards any given genre. This is a rarity among headphones and it's what makes them outshine others in their class. Bass is tight and responsive but is never allowed to dominate, and the mid-range succeeds where so many fall. Higher frequencies are a pleasure to listen to. Other headphones may offer deeper bass or a richer high-end, but none balances all three as effectively as these.

    In all, the B&W P5's are a remarkable set of headphones that are well worth the asking price. It took me a few weeks of reading review and testing several high-end alternates to finally reach my decision, but I couldn't be happier. Thank you Bowers & Wilkins.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    There's Always Another Treat!

    • Written by from Preston

    That's my motto in life. These cans are the Über Treat for my ears.
    Re-ripped all my music to Apple Lossless to get the maximum audio experience.
    Coupled with a Fiio E1 Headphone Amp (£17) to further maximise audio joy.

    As Shakespeare would say:
    If music be the food of love, play on,
    Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken, and so die.

    P5's, iPod Classic, Apple Lossless, Dock Audio Amplification - Perfection!

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    try be4 you buy

    • Written by from London

    right first of all these headphones look and sound great appear to be comfortbale but for me after wearing them for more than an hour they became very uncomfortable! if you are thinking of buying a pair makesure you try them out first or youll be sending them back like i am now. if they are comfortable for you theyl be worth the money.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Solihull,

    Loved the previous review, just wanted to point out to the reviewer that the P5 does have a volume control on the inline cable switch, which like the rest of these cans, works flawlessly, in years to come these will undoubtable called classics, B W you nailed it with these beauties, hard to believe there is no apple logo on them.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality, pure quality

    • Written by from South Chailey

    Been pondering a pair of these for ages. Finally made it to an Apple store and was blown away with the fit and feel. The sound quality is good too; rich and clear.

    Anyway, the point of this review is to add some information that I feel is lacking in other reviews.

    The cable is replaceable and the unit comes with two cables; one with the mic/switch unit, one without (as shown on the Apple photos). The ear cups are held on with magnets; utter class! Therefore should a cable be snagged or the ear cups wear, both would be trivial to replace -- I'm sure B&W will sell spares.

    The mic/switch unit is very similar to that of the Apple headphones; switch in the middle for pause, etc. and two other switches for volume (on 3Gs+, iPad and MacBooks). Works fine with my iPhone 3G (but no volume control).

    The fit to my ears is by far the best I've ever felt in comparison with other headphones. Tight and attenuates extraneous noise.

    Finally the case is really classy; quilted effect with a magnetic catch to hold the flap closed.

    If I didn't know otherwise, I'd think that Apple designed these headphones as such is the attention to detail and the unboxing experience:-)

    I have no hesitation in recommending them.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Set of Headphones

    • Written by from Leatherhead

    At home I have Beyerdynamics DT770 Hi Fi that I use with my system. Amazing sound.However the phones are far too big for mobile use and with an I Pod you would need a headphone amp, more luggage!
    So what to get for my I Phone, I pad and I Pod. Looked at Bose on ear and these B & W's.
    The Bose are great. I found the sound very good, if very slightly muffled. Very comfy and mobile.
    However I have B & W speakers at home so had to try the P5's even if I did not want to spend that much. Bought them on the fourteen day trial from Apple in Kingston together with the Bose on ear, also on thirty day trial from Bose. After listening for a few days to my collection, jazz, classics and rock, I just had to have the P5's. Clarity of sound absolutely amazing, just the right amount of base.. For the extra £100, definitely worth it. Also the build quality compared to the plasticy Bose is a revelation.
    I now have, in my opinion, the best of all worlds. Beyerdynamic's at home and P5's on the move.
    Pure unadulterated bliss.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Close to tears

    • Written by from Poole

    First I will admit to a B&W bias having had speakers paired up to a Cyrus system for many years, however, for their purpose these headphones are simply phenomenal. What makes them outstanding is the way they work so well with iPods and iPhones. The audio quality may not be up with the best open back phones, but i haven't heard a better closed back set that can be worn on the tube!

    I did audition the usual suspects for comparison, the Bose are OK but too closed in, and the Beats are great if you like huge bass, over active treble and poor mid range.

    For the first time I am really enjoying listening to music on the iPhone, before now (with Shure scl3's) I've had portable music but really never connected with it, the sound had no warmth or emotion. The P5's reverse all that, close to a tear with Nirvarna live. Don't buy these for pumping bass, or true audiophiles cans, but do buy them if you listen to an iPod or iPhone because they are a revolution.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sevenoaks

    These headphones are an excellent buy! The sound quality simply blew me away the first time I heard these. Capable of giving any genre the rich, and natural sound it was always intended to be portrayed in. It has simply brought my music to life, bringing out subtle sections of the music that I had never heard before. I compared these with the Bose QC15 before i purchased them and have to say that the sound quality on the B&W's tops the Bose by a long shot. However, the Bose obviously have a much better noise reduction. The build quality of the B&W is by far the best I have found. The sheep's leather and metal construction feels sturdy and is very comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time. Unfortunately, they are not the most stable headphones, and can slip off your head rather easily. The included hands free set also works perfectly. On top of a superb set of brilliant sounding headphones, you receive three months free subscription to B&W's Society of Sound, allowing you free downloads of high quality lossless audio album's from some brilliant and understated artists. Worth every penny.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from London

    I can't speak highly enough of these headphones. They never tire me out and let me enjoy music the way it is supposed to be enjoyed. Despite the price tag, the cost of these headphones is actually quite low.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from COLERAINE

    After months of searching I just found the perfect set of headphones with these.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Manchester

    I am a musician & have studied sound engineering. To get straight to the point if you can afford these, buy them. Excellent design, perfect quality, extremely comfortable, (even if you are wearing glasses or for long periods of time) and not too big neither. I have got a pair of Sony V700DJ headphones which were realised in 99/00, (I think), which I used to wear out as a teen. I used to wear them out but now I'm a bit older they just don't look right. Anyway for those who know your headphones, these B&W ones, in my opinion, fall in the same basket as the Sony V700DJ's.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My best audio device ever

    • Written by from Lübeck

    This is the best audio device I've even owned, and since I am writing this from the heimat of Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic, it probably means I like the P5. The most important things have been already said, I can actually just second them: not getting tired by equipment even after hours, re-discovering the music I thought I knew, I am now enjoying the cool, wet German May walking a lot around and listening to my very own open air concert everywhere. B&W gives you an extra 3-months bonus access to their fine recorded 16 bit music store, so enjoy Apple Losless. Great!

    5 of 6 people found this useful