• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    TIME MACHINE FOR THE EARS

    • Written by from ILFORD

    The convenience of digital music had without me realising it superseded the enjoyment of the music itself. Being able to skip around a music collection of tens of thousands of tracks manually or on shuffle had become the defining reason for owning an iPod. Wow my entire record collection in my pocket! Then I treated myself to these gorgeous headphones, the design and build quality alone almost selling me on them. But the purity of the sound and the crispness of the tones has transformed the way I listen to my music. Even the most familiar piece of music that I purchased on vinyl decades ago and re-purchased on compact disc and then downloaded digitally is transformed into a fresh listening experience by these headphones. Dozens of tiny sounds that had been buried within the grooves had been unearthed, and I found myself listening, really listening until the track finished. To close your eyes and hear your favourite music with new clarity is quite astonishing, as if your ears had been syringed ! It reminded me of the first time I put on a pair of prescription glasses, I had always assumed that the world was blurred for everyone, it was as if I had had my eyes removed, cleaned, polished and re-fitted. These headphones will do the same for your ears! I'm not someone who can spend £250 on a set of headphones on a whim, so a lot of thought went into buying them, and I went through the usual apprehension about whether I should have bought a cheaper pair, did I really need a pair at all! But within a few minutes of putting them on I knew that I had made the right decision. I've made myself playlists of tracks I hadn't listened to for ages, it even made me listen to Dark Side of the Moon for the first time in probably fifteen years, I'm from that generation who used the album as a way of setting up a hi-fi and like a time machine for the ears it again made me marvel at the wonders of stereo sound ! :-) If you don't buy these headphones for yourself, buy them for your ears!

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from Chigwell

    Being a bit of a B&W fan throughout the house, I was really looking forward to the P5's release but being their first venture into headphones I was a little cautious. However, very pleased to say they do not disappoint!

    Build quality is as you would expect from B&W, a great piece of engineering and they look great. As for comfort, I thought that the "finest new zealand sheeps leather" was a bit of a marketing speak but they are so comfy!

    And as for sound... absolutely sublime and have surpassed my expectations. Tested them with Maxwells track "Ascension" at lossless on my iPhone - Its a track I know very well and I am just speechless. Worth every penny single penny and takes some topping in this price range.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    HANDS-DOWN better than Beats Pro's

    • Written by from Salisbury

    I previously listened to my music through Beats Pro cans (mainly for the extra bass) but I wanted smaller cans as my main use for headphones are for my commute to work. I was initially apprehensive about buying these as I knew they were not going to be as bass-heavy as the Beats, and I already had it in my head that I would be disappointed with the sound signature of the P5's.

    I have had the P5's for 6 weeks and I can assure you that the sound that comes out of these are better than Beats in every aspect. The bass does not rumble like the Beats, but if bass is your 'thing' I can assure you that these still have plenty of bass and will not disappoint.

    To compare, when paired with an iPhone, Beats Pro's are like a car stereo with a sub woofer in the boot, bass is nearly always over emphasised. The P5's on the other hand are like good quality floor standing speakers in your lounge paired with a good sound system, the bass always ready to kick in when the song requires it. And the bass does not interfere with the mids and highs.

    Another worry I had before purchasing these was the volume output, as I was used to the additional output from the powerful (un-amped) 16ohm Beats. These aren't quite as loud as the Pro's (which go way louder than most other un-amped headphones out there) but the P5's are definitely loud enough for most, and you won't need your iPhone on full volume, like I thought I would prior to using these.

    Comfort wise, there is some pressure in the super-aural design as the P5's clamp to your head, but they don't clamp anywhere near as much as the Pro's, and hopefully after time the clamping may loosen a little. There is little to no sound leakage, and the P5's seem to keep noise out very well (you can feel outside noise cut-out as soon as you place these over your ears before even turning your music on!).

    The only niggle I found was when the P5's are paired with my MacBook Pro, they sound slightly lacking in both volume and oomph than when paired with my iPhone. I guess the P5's were engineered to work fundamentally with Apple's portable products; which leads me to assume that people who give these a bad review are not using Apple's portable devices to power their P5's... strange, as you would have thought the MBP sound chip would easily beat any Apple portable device, this does not seem the case with the P5's though (my Beats are way louder on the MBP than through the iPhone).

    To conclude, if you have Beats (any of the line-up!) and are looking for something new and smaller, or if you are in the market and cannot decide between Beats cans and the P5's, do not think twice, BUY THESE and thank me later (unless you plan to use with a non Apple portable device then I would recommend auditioning these with your device in a store before parting with your cash).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and Perfect

    • Written by from Liverpool

    These amazing headphones are simply a must! I have had them less than a week and they sound better and better every day. They are worth every penny and they are quite simply an investment. Don't forget when you buy these amazing headphones you also get 3 months free of B&W Society of Sound with free Apple Lossless albums by the likes of Peter Gabriel and Charlie Winston! You will not be disappointed by these stunners!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best headphones you will ever need to buy

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Quality. If I could sum up the P5's in a single word it would be Quality.

    Quality is clearly apparent in all areas; from the packaging to the product design, the materials used to the sound reproduced. Everything is exemplary.

    I spend most of my time listening to music and so I have had and still have many pairs of headphones. Without question these are the best I've ever owned. They fit my head without feeling or looking bulky. The pads cushion my ears without ever getting hot and sticky. And the sound constantly surprises me. At times I can feel the bass vibrate whilst trebles remain smooth and silky. All the while outside sound is pleasantly blocked.

    I only have two gripes. The first is the cable. I think these headphones will last a lifetime (quality parts) but the cable is quite thin - naturally, they're for portability. Considering the quality found elsewhere I'm guessing B+W haven't compromised here and it's simply me picking out an unnecessary issue. Luckily it's replaceable though there is no indication of the cost for that (yet).

    The only other issue is they're too slick looking - I'm slightly wary wearing them in public - it's an easy £250 to spot on the street. That's not B+W's nor the headphones fault however.

    So overall? Top marks without question. You will not need (or want) another pair of headphones once you own these.

    A++

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for!!

    • Written by from Wigan

    These are by far the best headphones I've ever owned. They are incredibly comfortable and the sound quality is fantastic. There are no crazy "sound enhancing" gimmicks and no need for additional batteries. The solid design that you expect from B&W does a great job of cutting out a lot of the external sound, without being uncomfortably heavy and retaining enough of the ambient sound to ensure you don't get knocked over by a bus.

    With these headphones you get exactly what you pay for and I for one wont be asking for my money back anytime soon.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rolls Royce of Headphones

    • Written by from CHORLEY

    I bought these headphones after testing in the Apple store in Oxford St London, whilst on holiday. They had just come out, and although I tried every set of phones in the shop, none in my opinion came close in sound quality and build construction .

    Like many other’s here I balked initially as spending this amount of money on headphones. In fact I had to save for three months out of my spending money to buy them!

    But boy were they worth it. I have never heard music sound so good no matter what source i’m listing through. Vinyl via Turntable, CD player, Computer, ipod and digital downloads. Everything sounded just so much more alive and with depth.

    I have had them for nearly nine months and they look just as brand new, despite being worn nearly every day, inside and outside the home. They are so comfortable, and you can wear them for hours without your earns going numb from pressure.

    They come with two cables, one a standard cable that fits all 3.5 jacks and can be used with any device with a headphone socket, as well as a remote control lead that allows you to adjust volume (not all devices are supported, but most of the Apple ipods and iPhones are) as well previous and next tracks, as well as stop. On the iphone, you can answer phone calls and speak via the tiny mic built into the cable, when you finish the call, music fades back to the track you were listening to before the call.

    These headphones have so impressed me, that I saved up to buy the Zeppelin speakers, which I got a month ago, and like the headphones, they are pure magic.

    If you are looking for the best sound, followed by good looks and quality of build, then you cannot go wrong with the B&W P5 headphones. Yes, there are others on the market in direct competition, and you might save a few pounds, but believe mew when I say, these are the ultimate headphones and worth every penny. You wont be disappointed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Bristol

    Fantastic build quality, comfort and sound is outstanding, i'm not claiming to be an expert on sound reproduction, but that aside they're better than any other headphones i've put on, the design is also a big selling point, they look very similar to something Bang & Olufsen would put out there with pride..

    The leather ear pads are brilliant, and they make for very good sound isolators, i also have the Bose Quiet Comfort 3 (don't ask why i have two £250+ headphones) and although the B&W don't cut out as much noise such airplane engines as the Bose units it's still very very good, costs less, sounds better and wins hands down on looks!

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    • 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!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!

    • Written by from LONDON

    These cans sound as beautiful as they look! An for me the fit is perfect. Without going into technicals, all my music sounds amazing! This is coming from someone who owns a Sennheiser PXC450 which costs more than the P5. This sets the bar for how all high end products should be made - solid construction, premium material, no plastic no gimmicks! Oh and it has a full iPhone 3-button headset to boot!!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Practical, functional and Stylish = Great Value for Money.

    • Written by from Banstead

    I have been using my P5s for a while before committing to my first review. Not having traveled the high end audio route before, it took while to get used to the sound. Previous headphones have lead to my expectations being set such that the sound experienced from the P5s was wrong. Nope, it was I that was wrong!

    The reproduction of the P5s is astonishing. I fully concur with the other comments here about how different music (albeit compressed 256kbs and better) sounds. My music has never sounded so good (with some exceptions, some music is rubbish to begin with).

    They are also very practical. The iPhone integration means they are superb for conference calls. The fact they are comfortable means they don't have to leave you head during the working day! Their multifunction, and the quality at which it delivers it, is fantastic value for money!

    Design wise, I cannot fault them. Stylish, contemporary and positioned just right.

    I would fully recommend these cans to anybody...tuck in.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh my word, I think I've found Paradise!!

    • Written by from Bristol

    Bought the P5's this morning after about 20 mins auditioning them in the local Apple Store and I've spent a very interesting afternoon listening to them "open up".

    Out of the box, they were very good if a little congested and "dull", but after about four hours of initial running in, they're beginning to come to life. The bass is deepening beyond belief and the treble and midrange are blossoming into something really special.

    They deliver raw aggression and pace throughout The Prodigy's 'Omen' and 'Thunder' tracks from the Invaders Must Die album, yet there is a true delicacy to Rachel McShane's excellent No Man's Fool. Andre Previn's reference recordings of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris demonstrate the P5's ability to separate the various parts of the orchestra allowing you to track what they are all doing irrespective of their relative volumes.

    To sum up, the P5's are an astonishing pair of headphones. Only 4 hours listening so far and they're bedding in beautifully, the brilliant thing is that with use, they're only going to get better. They're build like the proverbial brick outhouse so durability shouldn't be a problem, yet they are probably the most comfortable closed back headphones I've ever used.

    Worth the £250??? Oh yes, no question!!! I'm one very happy bunny. :D

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally the search is over.....Sound as it was intended to be heard

    • Written by from Borehamwood

    I must have been through at least 5 different headphones starting from the reasonably cheap to the tres expensive ones. All the while hoping I could find something that would play sound in a manner the musician truly intended and not enhanced or diminished in its essence. I am no audiophile but I can sense purity when I see it or hear it. And now my search is over with the discovery and finally possesion of these magnificent headphones.

    As I write this review I am listening to music on the P5 and the quality I feel is assuring my conviction that this is the one for me and I will not settle for anything else after this.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality Headphones

    • Written by from Scunthorpe

    To put it simply the quality of these headphones is outstanding. The sound quality is amazing. Listening to the P5 Headphones I could hear subtle aspects of the music on my ipod that I did not know existed. The carry case is also of the highest possible standard. The headphone are expensive but worth every penny.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Class Pure British Class!!!!!

    • Written by from redhill

    Ive owned these headphones for a good few months now and now they are broken in i can write my review with accuracy unlike MS From Bourne!!!!
    These are by far the best iphone/ipod headphones on the market. MS you should realise that there is no need at all for bass and treble adjustment and stupid equalizers!!! this is hifi at its most pure not some rubbish covered in lights and pointless gimmicks!!!
    As for looks and quality im sure im not alone when i say these are the best looking best made headphones you can buy specifically for iphone/ipod.and for that matter most other headphones struggle to keep up with these.
    MS you clearly have very little knowledge of quality hi fidelity equipment or music, maybe you should listen to some high quality lossless audio and then make your judgement. these are not dr dre beats that hammer out ridiculous levels of bass! ive owned them so i can comment.
    these are refined high quality audio headphones from a name that is synonomous with producing the best loudspeakers known to man(nautilus) to name just one. they are used by abby road studios who im sure have an idea of what music should sound like.
    as for the headphones they are brilliant never sounding harsh or tinny. always on the money with highs and mids, even on bass heavy tracks the vocals are clear and rich involving you and drawing you in as if your sat in the studio where the track is being produced.
    i cannot praise these headphones enough to be honest, what with the memory foam ear pads that are wrapped in the softest leather i have ever felt, to the solid highly polished chrome and aluminum they are a joy to look at as much as to listen to.
    i also have the FiiO E7 headphone amp and this really brings them to another level!!!
    if you want to look like an idiot who thinks hes cool buy the beats, if you want real understated track proven quality and the most natural sound you will hear at this money its a no brainer the P5s are the kings/gods/ daddy!!
    go to the apple store and please listen to them for a while not 30 seconds you will be blown away!!!!

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  • 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. :-)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A revelation in sound quality

    • Written by from London

    I have been lucky enough to purchase a number of expensive headphones, these however are a sonic revelation. Its really hard to see how they achieved such results in such a compact form and with such a poor musical source.

    The headphones reward better musical sources, I'd recommend recording at 250kbps or greater. The first thing you'll notice is more depth to the music and detailed bass, not boomy lose bass. I mean real base where you know the instrument being played and can separate bass guitar from drums. The decay is there on guitars and sound resonates correctly, finally the vocals are clear. If you couldn't quite catch every lyric in a song, listen to it on a pair of these.

    Finally these headphones produce a natural sound basically what you'd hear in the recording studio, they're not everyones taste. Try them before you buy the fit is good for me but no headphones fit everyone and this is a serious investment.

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  • 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.

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