• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply outstanding

    • Written by from Salford

    i recently purchased these headphones from the apple store in london. i had put off the purchased because £250 is quite a lot of money, and i was tempted by the bose on-ear which are about half the price...

    after i bought these, boy was i glad that i didnt get the bose!

    the build quality of these cans is simply fantastic. there are no other headphones that look or feel so well built and solid. even though they are technically on-ear headphones, the lovely pads create a good seal between you and the noisy outside world. they are very comfortable to wear as well, even over long periods of time

    as for the sound... AMAZING! i also have a pair of Bang & Olufsen earset 3's which sound great, but are nothing compared to these. the clarity is fantastic. what impressed me was how well these handle bass. when listening to red hot chili peppers, you can make out the notes of the bass guitar clearly, something which you cant normally as most headphones just blend them into one bass note.

    you will not be disappointed by these! buy them!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    At last

    • Written by from Sevenoaks

    At last I have a pair of headphones I am happy with!

    Tried a number of in ear options including the completely overrated Etymotic hf2 and Atomic Floyd HiDef.

    Having been over the moon with my zepplin I decided to spend the extra and get the P5's and am so glad I did. Such an awesome and rounded sound.

    If your thinking about buying a set - you honestly wont regret it, not until you get your credit card statement at least!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny

    • Written by from Salisbury

    I was not a great headset wearer except when travelling but these headphones have changed my thinking. They are truly outstanding in every respect. Beautifully made they exclude most extraneous noise without completely isolating you. But it is the rich, natural sound reproduction where they really score. Test them out on your favourite Pink Floyd, Massive Attack or Puccini track and you will understand why they are being raved about. Look no further - if you want great sounding and comfortable headsets on the move these are the ones to buy.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    justifiably expensive

    • Written by from Cardiff

    I'm new to B&W and had read a lot of the reviews as I wasn't getting on with the in-ear headphones - particularly the standard ones you get with your mp3 players... The fit is excellent, they're designed for longevity and the sound is wonderful. I found myeslf re-listening to a lot of my old music to find out what detail I had been missing.

    The only con is that there is some noise leakage but you'll be too engrossed to care. The other con is that I need to upgrade my car hi-fi as it's nowhere as good as the B&W P5s...

    18 of 20 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    30 mins in and I'm very happy with my pair

    • Written by from MANCHESTER

    This my first purchase of anything made by B&W and I'm a convert. As you'd expect from anything at this price, the attention to detail is fantastic...even the packaging is gorgeous. The headphone leather is very soft and comfortable and they sound really great (replacing a faithful pair of in-ear Shure SE210s which are just about to die). There's no sound leakage or distortion, even at volumes louder than I can stand to listen. I love the modular nature of these things too - the earpads are attached magnetically and the cable can be easily replaced (the box contains one with and one without an inline mic/remote)... so if anything does go wrong most repairs should be pretty simple. Count me as another very happy customer. Now, where can I put a zeppelin...?

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent - Tested Against Dre and Bose.

    • Written by from SUNDERLAND

    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.

    231 of 239 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent pair of headphones

    • Written by from Streatham Vale

    Tried this together with the Dr Beats studio headphones, have to say the sound quality is amazing, having now fully tested them at home can say these are well worth the money and defo have no regrets in getting them. The build quality and comfort of the headphones are 2nd to none and would recommend these to those who seek a quality product and for those who seek crisp base and treble.. 9/10

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from GATESHEAD

    Went along to the apple store in Newcastle to try these headphones after reading all the great reviews. To say i was disappointed would be an understatement, they just sounded way too tinny, poor bass sound and not that comfortable, i can not understand how these phones have had all these great reviews, very poor in my opinion, and i have tried many many various headphones.While i was in the apple store i tried a pair of Monster Beats by Dr Dre,, wow i was blown away instantly, mega bass sound realy comfy, the best sound i have ever heard from any phones, needless to say i bought them instantly, a zillion percent better than the B&Ws,,don,t be fooled try them out then try the monster beats you will be amazed by the difference in sound quality,,

    7 of 144 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from St Helens

    I tried these headphones at the Apple Store,
    They did NOT dissapoint! comfort and exelent sound quality are clearly packed
    into these amazing headphones!

    Overall: Brill! (bit expesive though!)

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from armagh

    I bought these headphones the day they came into my local Apple Store. Having heard the other Bowers & Wilkins systems, i knew that their headphones would sound good, but not this good!

    Firstly they are very comfortable. Not as light as my HD-25 headphones, but then again, theres not 1 piece of plastic on them, mostly leather, metal and speaker cone. One big factor for me buying these was the fact they sit very tight against your head and don't sit out much. Plus i love the retro styling.

    The sound these headphones produce is flat, smooth and detailed. I have burned my set in for over 50 hours now and they sound so warm and bass sounds like honey,lol. The detail and stereo image is bright, something my HD-25's lacked.

    The iPhone support cable is brilliant and replaceable cables at ease is another plus (i can see people making custom cables at some point :-)

    All in all, i love these. Yes they are expensive, but worth it. I have several sets of headphones around this price, but these are my everyday set now, and will be for a long time i think! Enjoy.....

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow, and wow again!

    • Written by from Somerton

    I have never in my life bought a pair of headphones costing this much - but what a true delight - they are comfortable to wear and the quality of the music / audiobook is truly amazing..... a good buy.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    joy to my ears

    • Written by from Belfast

    absolute joy to my ears new to bower & wilkins and don't think ill ever go back to my old headphones an they where still about £100. they are so comfortable have even forget i have headphones on, and for the sound i'm hearing things i never new was there. definitely worth the investment.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous design and great sound

    • Written by from Sevenoaks

    Expensive but worth it. I'm new to B&W and have only owned these headphones for 3 days but I'm now a convert to their brand and a real advocate of the quality of the product. A significant improvement on the BOSE headphones that I've been using over the past 2 years.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    top marks

    • Written by from Hexham

    bought these on a review in a paper i had seen have now had them for 3days they are brilliant
    its like having a speaker on each ear the sound is so good nothing like headphones 5stars for the right side 5stars for the left 5stars for the middle ,after over 45 years playing and listening to music
    these cans a worth every penny you spend on them go on spoil yourself you know your worth it

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Earley

    Have owned and tried a lot of headphones in my time, but these are by far the best!! Great design, obviously a lot of thought went into how these would fit and look and what to make them with, but this is surpassed by the sound...incredible, these are something that I will not regret buying, true value for money even with the price.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Canvey Island

    OK I have only actually had these beauties for a few hours now (the 1 - 2 weeks estimated delivery time was in fact a wonderfully short 3 days), but I am already totally hooked.

    If what other reviews say is accurate and the phones need a few days to bed in properly, I am in line to be further amazed. Straight out of the box they sounded fantastic and now they are warmed up nicely the sound is nothing other than incredible.

    I have never spent more than about £50 on headphones before and so these needed a lot of thought. Testing them on a noisy and very busy Saturday in my local Apple store showed me their strengths, but taking the time to lose myself in everything from Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden via Schostakovich and Schoenberg to Tubular Bells and Oxygene at home has shown me what I have been missing all this time!

    Extremely comfy, sleek and elegant with 100% B&W quality through and through. Well worth the money!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely worth the cost

    • Written by from Bournemouth

    I received these today and have only spent an hour or so listening so far. But my previous earphones were the Shure SE530s and for headphones I've been using the Denon AH-D2000 so I've got a basis for comparison ....

    First impressions? I'm keeping them! The whole unpacking experience is like when you get a new iPhone/iMac/MacBook (I know I'm lucky), so you gape at the quality of what's being revealed. Then you plug them in - and the sound is truly excellent. There's depth and clarity throughout the highs, mids and lows, and nothing dominates - the whole listening experience is mellow and delicate at the same time.

    I don't often write reviews of new toys but these have seriously impressed me. I've only tried them on the iPhone so far and if I hadn't already sold the Shures I'd be doing so now: even though they sound great on the iPhone they lack the depth of the P5s.

    Almost as good as the P5s themselves is the fact that, despite the Apple Store showing a 1-2 week delivery delay, I ordered last Friday and they arrived today, Tuesday.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW, WOW, WOW !

    • Written by from LYMM

    I think that these headphones are the most comfortable ones that I have ever used. I have Bose headphones, but the Bowers & Wilkins beat them hands down.

    After reading the other positive reviews I went to the Apple store to test them out and the reviews where right. What more can I say that the other reviewers have said, but they are BRILLIANT, worth every bit of the price. :-)

    23 of 26 people found this useful