• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, stylish and above all else faultless sound quality.

    • Written by from Halifax

    Comfortable, stylish and above all else faultless sound quality.

    The P5's sound reproduction is warm but flat—these cans are capable of reproducing a full low-end; but only if it exists in the recording.

    As others have mentioned these headphones will reveal differences in recordings that might be masked by other headphones. If you audition them in the Apple Store, bring your own iPod device with an album worthy of the P5's capabilities—I suggest the remastered recording of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Radiohead's Kid A is also a worthy contender.

    It's not that lesser recordings sound bad through the P5's, but they won't give you an accurate idea of the their abilities.

    The binaural recordings that B&W commissioned to celebrate the launch of the P5's show them off to best effect. You'll get access to these recordings, and other losslessly encoded albums. Since you get these albums for free (and there are many albums available for download, with many genres represented), access to them has the effect of significantly discounting the price of the 'phones—that is if the music is of interest to you (Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back is one of the albums)

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones for the iPhone

    • Written by from The Woodlands

    I love these headphones. They're light and comfortable and sound great with the music on my iPhone. They were a great replacement for a famous brand in-ear phones I was using. Way better sound. Also include an in-line mike so I can answer calls. I have been surprised at how good the noise isolation works. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing audio

    • Written by from Aurora

    For the price I don't think you can beat the sound and build quality.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfort meets Quality

    • Written by from Mandeville

    The build and design of these headphones sets them apart from any other. The leather on my ears feel like little clouds. These Bowers & Wilkins bring out sounds in songs that I never knew existed before. Everything is crisp and clear unlike some competing headphones cannot do.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best headset

    • Written by from Scarborough

    this is perfect headset, best sound and best looking

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried Every Pair of Headphones, these are King!!!

    • Written by

    For starters, the headphones are a bit pricy but so far I have no complaints. Piece of advice, look at reviews, specs, comparisons, look at headphones and test before purchasing and you'll be a happy customer. I checked out Monsters, Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, etc. and these seem to have everything I was looking for. Clarity, Reliability, Convenience, Sound, Style, Durability, etc. These headphones had it all, I needed them for production purposes (I do music, if you haven't guessed yet), they're perfect for the placement of instrument process during the mixdown. They're also good for simply listening to music, brings the songs to life, noticed sounds and instruments I didn't notice before. Have friends who own Monsters and Bose (more popular brands) and after a few months, are now busted (broken headband, earpad fell off, etc.) and that made my decision clear. If you have the money to spend, this will be a worthy purchase. Step ya headphone game up!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W Bliss

    • Written by from Bunkerville

    I have owned all the headsets that Bose makes, and love them... but these P5's are by far much better than the Bose ever were, in lows and in highs. I really bought these because I was looking for a headset with a mic, and these deliver there as well. Unbelievable. Very well paired with my iPhone4, and my iPad, and sound great on my Macbook Pro as well.

    The only compliant is my head is very large... and after a LONG time, these need to be adjusted so it doesn't hurt my ears. But VERY well worth it. If I had known that before I bought them, I still would have purchased. Exceptional.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's not Memorex...

    • Written by from Toronto

    I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of little wing with these. I can now say I was standing right there in the studio... You may want to re-rip your stuff in full quality this time around. Good buy for the quality you get if you can appreciate the sound.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superior Sound and Comfort

    • Written by from MILLERSVILLE

    Compared to the other headphones made for the iPhone this is superior in every way. Maybe if you are a DJ the Monster Beats would be a superior headphone because it sacrifices the midrange for overwhelming bass. The P5, however, is a serious hifi headphone. It responds sharply to the music and gives recordings clarity that no other headphone can reproduce with an iPod as a source.

    They are noise isolating and very good at doing so. They effectively shield you from the outside world. Compared to Bose's sound cancelling, it may let a little more noise in but the sound quality is still far superior. Moreover, there is no pressurized feeling that the NC feature creates that leads to listening fatigue. I compared these to some open-air models like the Grado i80 which audiophiles laud as the best value headphones. These sound better with my iPhone as the source. Perhaps a real amplifiers headphone jack would reveal some imperfections but for use with an iPod it simply does not get better than the P5.

    I wholly enjoy listening to music more than I did before I owned the P5s. Listening to low quality music is a low quality experience. Listening to high quality music with high quality equipment reveals an entirely different activity. The quality and emotion that musicians put into their work shines through when using the P5. Ballads suddenly convey the emotion of the singer in a way that lower quality gear cannot. I highly encourage these; all I can say is you'll never know how much fun listening to music can be until you experience a little hifi.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely Awesome

    • Written by from Homer Glen

    Okay, so they are a little pricy but, you definitely get what you pay for. They sound great. The bass is just right and mid-range is not weak. Overall very good sound. They are extremely comfortable could easily be used for long listening. They provide just the right amount of noise isolation. If you want to spend 300 on headphones these are definitely it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Resisting these is like a rip-tide..

    • Written by from Seattle

    ..Struggle as long as you can, then relax and succumb as the waves of sound wash over you.

    Bowers and Wilkins suckered me in with the desktop computer speakers which give blindingly awesome sound. Compared with the $50 PC speakers I'm accustomed to it was a universe of difference in sound.

    It was just a matter of time before I got in my car, things got kind of hazy, and when consciousness kicked back in, I was standing in the Apple Store with a set of P5s in my hands.

    Sound Quality
    I'm not an audiophile, and don't know the lingo - but I can say that it's far easier to pick out the details in a piece of music with these over the standard earbuds you get. When I crank up the volume, it's great. No distortion, just a wall of amazing sound.

    Noise Isolation
    This is not active noise cancellation where the earphones do crazy sound wave collapsing. The P5s have thick padding, a large enough surface area to cover the entire ear, and a firm, snug, fit that keeps a lot of noise out. On a bustling street with cars and trucks in the city, you can hear your music fine without having to raise the volume much.

    What you get with it:
    They come with two cables: one special iPod cable that has an inline remote (press 4 times to go back!), and a regular cable for other players which I'm using with my Zune (though the ipod cable works with it fine, you just lose the inline remote functionality).

    The replacement method for the cables really showcases the extremely high quality and attention to detail here. To change the cable, you remove the black padded section that usually rests against your ear. I assumed it would be clipped on and I'd have to squeeze somewhere. No - it's fitted magnetically and just pulls away with a firm tug. Inside, the cable attaches to the P5s with a smaller version of the regular cable jack. The socket inside even rotates slightly out towards you when you remove the cable to make it easier to get out. Brilliant engineering here.

    Also included is a pretty nice storage pouch with a magnetic closure. Inside the pouch you can store the P5s and there's a separate little sub-pouch for storing your player. I'm not sure if I'll be using this. Seems like more baggage to carry around, but the P5s are an investment and something you don't want to get scratched and buffeted around in the main section of a bag.

    I've had them on for two hours now and have yet to rip them off and rub my ears back to life like with my old headphones.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best headphones ive ever heard

    • Written by from White Plains

    Everything about these headphones is near perfect. Aside from the fact that they're incredibly comfortable and not overly bulky, the sound quality is simply incredible. no overpowering bass like the incredibly overpriced beats, and a much more well rounded sound than anything from bose. And I really feel like these were built to last, unlike too many products on the market today.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Then Bang & Olufsen

    • Written by from Carlisle

    When I was told of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones from a friend, my curiosity was peaked due to the fact that I was on the prowl for a new pair of headphones. So I went down to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue and tested them out. For those of you who have been to said store, you can imagine how busy it can be during August and when I put the headphones on, I was shell-shocked to find they completely canceled out the crowds. I hit play on the iPhone 4 they were connected to and I don’t think I have ever heard Louie Armstrong any clearer. The treble and base were perfectly in sync, unlike the notorious “Beats” by Dr. Dre which have an obnoxiously high base, and there was not even the slightest rattling sounds from the speakers. This is a big deal for me because after a year, my Bose headphones began to disintegrate. For those of you who are audio professionals, audiophiles or just love the Bowers & Wilkins bran, I strongly recommend them (and if you ask, they give my Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3’s a run for their money!).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B+W Sound, but requires break-in!!!

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Since most people don't know this, I wish that B+W had said this in the manual included in the box, but just like any great speakers and headphones, these do need about 10 hours or so of break-in. Just figured I'd post a review to help people out who may not be blown away at first listen.

    All great speakers and headphones need to be "broken in," where the rubber and cones and parts get a little more flexible and ready to perform. From the factory, the parts are stiff and don't move as easily to reproduce sound. A simple 10-15 hour break-in fixes all of that, though. Just leave them playing through the night when you first get them at a moderate volume. Try to use a mix of music (bass-heavy, jazz, classical, heavy vocals, techno is great if you have it - to "exercise" the drivers and everything).

    I've owned Grado 225s, Sennheiser HD 650's, and an assortment of incredible headphones, and while an open-air set of cans will always sound a little more "free" (think spacious), these are hands-down the best pair of closed phones I've ever heard. Although, I'll admit to a bias with B+W at home...

    Absolutely recommended headphones, but do remember to break them in.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound

    • Written by from PATTERSON

    For years I've been using Sennheiser HD580 headphones. I enjoy them so much I have two sets, just in case one has to go back for service. (the pads need replacing as they wear with use.) After reading the reviews from others here, I decided to try the P5's out. B&W's reputation for studio monitors is excellent, and I was hoping that experience would transfer to their headphones.
    After a week of ownership I can say that they are indeed excellent. The sound is very neutral and clear. My ears tell me that nothing is added or subtracted from the audio being pumped into them. Being closed to outside noises, I get the impression that I'm hearing more than with the Sennheisers.
    The only minor issue is while wearing glasses, the pads place too much pressure on my temples. I have to raise my glasses up above the pads to alleviate those pressure points.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W the best by far

    • Written by from Old Tappan

    High quality construction and sound.. Comfortable and not oversized.. I tried them all and owned more than few these are the best by far.. $300 is expensive but they really are as good as $5000 speakers . I have a pair of B&Os which are good for running etc but do not touch these in terms of quality and sound.... A MacBook Pro , Touch and these and you are good to go

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Milton

    I purchased this a few weeks ago after plenty of research and i have to say it definitely went way above expectations. The sound quality is absolutely amazing and it is very comfortable. Thanks to everyone who wrote a review and helped me decide on these headphones!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bravo Bowers & Wilkins

    • Written by from Hamilton

    First off I must say I was a bit skeptical about these new Cans however may I say Amazing!

    All I've owned is two channel systems including a pair of B&W 803 series speakers, Paradigm signature and Reference series, Monitor Audio and the list goes on. These headphones are one of the most pleasurable listening experiences I've had in the longest time. They are very well balanced, neutral sounding there is hardly no color at all which in my opinion is what makes an exceptional headphone or speaker. It detracts the true sound of a recording when a manufacturer designs speakers or headphones with that distinctive color to the sound in my humble opinion. Treble was brilliant very nice clean and musical base those who listen to nothing but base oriented music may be a bit disappointed here. However if you enjoy musical songs of varying genres then these are a great set of Cans for the price you won't find any better in this price point. They also look amazing and feel amazing there very light and you can hardly feel them on your head. The real sheep skin leather is soft and supple and has an amazing smell to them these are the classiest pair of headphones in this price point that I have seen. Try these puppies out im sure you won't be disappointed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Every other headphone I have access to (in my line of work, pretty much ... anything) pales in comparison to the B&W's for audio quality, build quality, and comfort. I have worn them on flights halfway around the world and been more than comfortable the whole trip. These headphones will show a clear difference between music coded properly and lower-bitrate rips.

    No noise cancellation means no batteries. I will happily take noise isolation and fantastic sound in lieu of active noise countermeasure. Not having one more device to babysit with a charger is a win!

    My only bone to pick is that the line in to the phone/iPod is a bit delicate. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the unit! I wish they had adopted a similar design to Bose's in-ear headphones which are nearly impossible to shear or bend in normal usage.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    REAL audio for REAL ears

    • Written by from Pelham Manor

    As anybody who's worked in audio production and engineering will tell you, 99% of the audio products on the market are junk. Instead of concentrating on accurate reproduction of the midtones: the vast spectrum of sound where most of the audio information is contained, everything gets thrown into the bass to make it seem "fat and wet" and most of the midrange - if discernible - is just there as a skeleton to hold together a piece of music.

    B&W is does not qualify for the junk-box test. These are reference grade headphones: flat tonal response up and down the curve, a beautiful, natural decay (something very difficult for closed headphones; the sound energy has to go somewhere!

    Put these on, and you'll realize that you've been missing 70% of the acoustic data from your audio products. Sure, they may not be as amazing as a handmade open-back, wooden-framed set from Brooklyn, but for cans that fit wonderfully, are designed for all-day comfort, never get slimy, sound amazing and have an inline mic AND audio controls — well, there's really not much more to ask for. Thank you B&W for creating a product that is worthy of it's price point, that is functional to boot, and is a beautifully designed piece of gear. I will never leave home without 'em.

    51 of 54 people found this useful