• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Sense a Winner!

    • Written by from WALTHAM CROSS

    These Headphones appeal to all senses. They look fantastic with no plastic used, they smell good with the Soft Leather, they even feel comfortable but most importantly they Sound Wonderful to.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful aesthetics

    • Written by from Green ST Green

    May have the sound quality but that will be lost with the UK volume set on new UK ipods, the first bit of airplane cabin noise or road rumble and its lost.
    As for the looks, have seen better looking headphones lying discarded in skips at the BBC.
    Ugly as sin - surprising considering how right they got the zeppelin.

    9 of 205 people found this useful

  • 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.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 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.


    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W have a classic here.

    • Written by from Lidlington

    I wanted headphones for my Walkman (Sony x series) and iPhone. I wanted to treat myself and saw B&W were releasing these. Choices between Sennheiser 380 pros and Audio Technica A700s. Chose B&W through experience of their speakers.

    Pros: Sound quality is fantastic - very open and precise; passive noise isolation is effective, build quality is excellent and they're very portable.

    Cons: Only con is they're not that comfortable for spectacle wearers. I find myself adjusting them occasionally if I've got my specs on instead of my contact lenses.

    I'd say worth the £250.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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!!!!

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 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!

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 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.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 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.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Pair

    • Written by from colomiers

    What an excellent pair of headphones.
    They are very comfortable. I don't even notice them on my head after about 5 minutes.
    I can even say that I've heard sounds in a particular song that I didn't notice before with my B&W 704's!
    The size is perfect. i was expecting them to be much bigger and was worried I would look like a DJ, not so, and I also don't find the head strap too small as reported by another reviewer.
    I've been listening to them all day so far and have nothing bad to report.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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!

    362 of 385 people found this useful

  • 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.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Built

    • Written by

    Very comfortable and good sound, real hi-end headphone with B&W quality

    10 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    La Classe!

    • Written by from London

    Great sound. Solid construction. Flex is lightweight and a tad thin (it's the single feature that has killed all my previous 'phones but it's detachable & replaceable. Nice!

    Loving the magnetically attached and comfortable leather ear-pads.My head and ears usually get too hot but not with these. Volume control and mic for calls work well but are on the left hand side, getting used to that is a minor foible.

    It comes with a decent carry pouch and stylish packaging. When you drop this much for a product it's reassuring to get a 2 year warranty. I'm looking forward to using these for a long time.

    51 of 64 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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.

    173 of 192 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