• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the $199 headphones.

    • Written by from Tinley Park

    For the past month I've been on a mission to find the best pair of headphones under $200. I've tried the Bose OEI2, the Harman Kardon CL's and the Beats Solo. As a previous owner of the P5's I couldn't wait to give these a try.

    I'm at about 8 hours of listening, and they definitely need a bit of a burn-in, but once they opened up I was amazed at the quality.

    It seems to be more and more difficult to find headphones that do not "color" frequencies (The beats do this terribly. Far too much bass. Gives me a headache.) Even the HKCL's did this. I'm glad that B&W do their best to deliver the music as naturally as possible without adding harsh treble or pumped up bass. The music the P3's deliver is exceptional. Even the midrange (which is the most difficult frequency to deliver in headphones) is exceptional.

    The build quality is on-par with the audio quality. Amazing. They fit well, look great, and the case (although a bit plasticy and not "high end") will certainly keep them safe. They're easily portable (much more so than the HKCL's) and seem to be built to last.

    Without a doubt these are the best $199 headphones I've ever owned.

    138 of 151 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Sound and Design

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    This was my first purchase of high-end headphones, and I could not be happier with my decision. After testing out Harmon Kardon, Bose, and Beats, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 had the perfect mix of highs, mids, and lows. It is not overpowering with bass like the Beats Solo HD. I listen to a variety of music spanning from Jazz to Progressive House, and these headphones fit the bill wonderfully. Futhermore, these headphones are portable and incredibly comfortable. Mixed with elegant looks and durable construction, the B&W P3 was the perfect combination of sound and estethics. I highly recommend these headphones to anyone looking to truly appreciate quality audio.

    71 of 78 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous

    • Written by from Telluride

    In the past 2 months I have tried so many headphones it makes my head spin. On ear, over the ear, open, closed, it's rediculous how many there are and all fail at some measure. Uncomfortable, no highs, too much base, no mids, it goes on and on. The P3 get its right at every turn. Comfort, oustanding definition ( I found the base a bit strong but easy to adjust for). Rich full sound, controls and mic on cord, compact and sturdy. I do not think for portbale use there is another product even close.
    You owe iot to yourself to at least try these beauties!

    71 of 83 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it better than P5

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    First of all, I want to say I'm wearing glasses. I'm sure that all of you who wear glasses think again before you buy 'on ear' headphones. Yup, I tried my friend's P5 for about an hour and it was total disappointment. I liked the sounds of course but my back of the ears hurt like heck! I just received my P3 today and unlike P5, it is super comfortable. Of course P5 has a better sound (P3 has a bit of foggy sound and I think its because of their pads), but it is so much more comfortable, lighter. Not as luxury as P5 but it still looks very luxurious.

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You have to hear it to believe it!

    • Written by from Orleans

    Just tried these at the Apple store and the sound quality is phenomenal! It is light, comfortable, and fits well! Compared to the P5 (fortunately they were side by side at the store), they both sounded amazing but the P3 was more lively and balanced and it delivered warmer tones. The P5 sounded thinner and lacking on the bass. Not knowing the price and model numbers at first, I actually thought the P5 was the cheaper and lower model! I then tried the Beats Studio and the P3 simply blew it away! You have to hear it to believe it!

    43 of 49 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the Best for $200

    • Written by from Rio Rancho

    Pros - style, comfort
    Cons - Sound quality

    Other headphones compared to:

    Bowers and Wilkins P5 - better HIs and Lows, more defined, more efficient, less comfortable if you wear glasses cost $100 more than P3

    *Sennheiser HD25-1 - better HIs and Lows, more defined, more efficient, more secure, less comfortable if you wear glasses ... one of the 2 best $200 headphones

    *V-Moda M80 - better His and Lows, more defined, more efficient, very tough, customizable, less comfortable if you wear glasses ... The other best of the best $200 headphones

    Soul by Ludacris Sl150 - inferior in almost every way but one of the best "celebrity" headphones for under$200

    49 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bye bye Bose, Hello B&W!

    • Written by from Verdun

    If you are looking for sound quality and do not care about price, design and weight, by all means, go with Bose Quietcomfort 15. But B&W P3 is one of the best headphones under $200, it has passive noise cancelling as compared to Bose's active. Personally, I didn't see a huge difference, I used it in Metro, Gym, and coffee shop, B&W P3 performed beautifully. As for sound quality, if you are a fan of electronic music, you are in for a treat! As for comfort, it is so light, sometimes you don't even feel it, I was wearing for 3 hours straight, I didn't feel any discomfort. Last but not the least, the design is just breathtaking, especially the white one.

    If you are still hesitating, I would say go for it! You would not regret your decision!

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    These headphones are astounding overall. These B&W are great for their price stylish, comfortable, compact, and deliver great sound. These are very small and easy to carry. They are also very comfortable and because of their lightweight design, you can use them for hours without them hurting your head. They have a brushed aluminum on the side of the speakers and actually provide some noise cancelation These really do, sound great, but at times I felt the sound wasn't quite there with the bass. These headphones really shine on songs with acoustics. The P3's are a step down from the P5's, but for ultimate sound quality, I'd recommend you go with the P5's.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressive sound quality, reasonable price

    • Written by from Coquitlam

    I've been using the standard Apple white ear buds in an open office for a whilte to listen to music and block noise. These B&W P3 headphone are a huge step up from the ear buds. I was thinking of getting the P5, but thought they were too expensive, and didn't really want total noise blocking. The P3's are a nice trade-off, not totally isolating, with fantastic sound, and a reasonable price. Very cool styling as a bonus..

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Sounding and Looking

    • Written by from Lockport

    I bought these for travel / work and they truly deliver. The sound is warm and comforting because of how natural and untainted they've made it. The acoustic cloth transmits sound with perfection while sitting so comfortably on my ears that it's hard to tell that I'm wearing anything.

    Other perks include the hard shell case that will certainly protect the things, the magnetic ear cups, incredibly elegant design and the useful and pointedly understated control-talk (not so in-your-face like many other headphones).

    If you want to look professional while receiving perfect sound and comfort, I highly recommend these.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound; not so comfortable fit

    • Written by from Summerfield

    I ultimately chose these headphones over Klipsch's excellent-sounding Image One headphones. These headphones have nearly equal sound but I compromised so I could have headphones that are more portable and less conspicuous for public listening.

    These headphones look great too but aren't comfortable. I am still fussing with their adjustment to find a sweet spot that doesn't create pressure on my scalp and jaw hinge. They are tighter than other headphones (I wear a medium hat size) and the padding is almost nonexistent on the headband. The earpads sport a coarse fabric covering rather than the typical sheepskin leather. Interestingly, the fabric allows air to penetrate and don't cause One's ears to get as warm as with leather.

    I'm very impressed with how compact these headphones become when folded. The inline mic and controls are very responsive. These probably sound as good as they possibly can considering how small the drivers are. You can turn the volume down somewhat since the speakers are much closer to the ear because of the pads' slim profile.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase!

    • Written by from Long Beach

    The sound is very balance and natural sounding. You have to break them in like a pair of shoes for optimum sound. You can hear the depths of songs a lot better than regular Apple earbuds. You won't want to go back to your little earbuds! The bass is just the right amount. The headphones are really tight on your head and can leak sound if you go over 50% of your sound since fabric is used. It doesn't do well in terms of noise canceling. It's best if you're listening indoors or in a place where it's near quiet. It travels well.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb Headphones!!!

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I purchased the Bowers and Wilkins P3 headphones around a month ago. Let me start off by saying that the sound quality is second to none. I have tested almost every option from Beats to Bose, and Bowers and Wilkins as a company stands apart. Being an avid user of the more expensive Bowers and Wilkins P5, ($300), I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. While comparing the two, (P5 & P3), there is a subtle difference in the music clarity. However, in every other way, the P3's match the P5's. Constructed of rubber and medal, the P3's build quality excellent build quality is evident. Everything you touch and feel is impeccable; these headphones are tuned to reproduce crisp sound regardless of the genre. Well done Bowers and Wilkins!! The P3 and P5 are the best headphones on the market.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and rich sound!

    • Written by from Belo Horizonte

    Hello, I recently bought this headphones in the white version.

    They are beautiful and the sound is amazingly good and detailed.

    I also own a Bose Quiet Confort 15 headphones, and is hard to tell which one is better. But the B&W is more pleasant to use since the noise canceling feature can cause some annoying feeling.

    I recommend this product to everyone who wants to enjoy rich, balanced and detailed sound. In order to extract the maximum potential I recommend use with high quality sources, like Apple Lossless Audio, Flac or 320 kbps mp3.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Comfort Leaves a Bit to Be Desired

    • Written by from Boston

    The sound on these is great-while the bass definitely isn't lacking, there is a bit more emphasis on the mids and highs, but the overall balance is good. I've used these for music, podcasts and movies, and all have been enjoyable. As another reviewer noted, sound leak is an issue over ~50% volume, but the only reason to go that high with these would be to drown out background noise that would probably be loud enough to mask the sound leak anyway.

    My only real gripe is comfort-after about an hour my ears start to get physically sore from a combination of the pressure (the band is pretty tight) and the harder material under the super soft but super thin foam in the cups.

    Overall, these are some of the better headphones in this price range, and worth a shot.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great travel companion

    • Written by from Arcata

    I bought these headphones in Helsinki airport on my way to Japan. I wanted a high fidelity experience in a compact travel friendly design. I was not disappointed in the least. The audio clarity is excellent and the moderate noise blocking design is enough to isolate noisy airplane or train background noise from your listening experience while still permitting some noise in (like if someone is yelling at you or there is a natural disaster). Lastly, I found the customer service department quick and responsive. I ripped off my cable from an airline seat and was given a replacement in Sydney for free. I then later purchased another one, along with replacement ear pads online and received them very quickly. I like being able to easily repair the wearing parts.

    Pros:
    Sound fidelity is excellent, bass not over blown
    Moderate noise isolation strikes a good balance
    Responsive customer service
    Portability
    Classy style

    Cons:
    $200 (or more overseas)
    in-line microphone easily damaged
    Case a bit wonky