• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple Enjoyable (MUSIC AUDIOPHILE)

    • Written by from somers

    To Start : I have Had many varieties of headphones in the past 6 months looking for something that was well balanced all around. IN many efforts and failed attempts after going through 5 different types of headphones an many different brands I have found a set that are balanced all around.

    Breakdown: The P5 Mobile may not be for working out and running but come on don't buy headphones like these with hopes that they will be they are very durable and extremely Comfortable all around. They are slightly pricey but for the price that i payed i am satisfied. I have had ALL THREE DRE headphones the Tours, Solo's , Studios and for the price as same as the studios these have a much better sound profile unlike the studios that DRE are way to bass heavy an not true reproduction of sound. These have a wide range of mid's an highs that have made it enjoyable to listen to the diverse genres of music that i listen to daily. Ranging from HIP hop to YO-YO-MA simply incredible.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    W O W ! ! Finally The Perfect Headphone

    • Written by from Collierville

    B & W has done it again! I owned Dr. Dre Beats, Bose QC2's and QC15's. I am a very picky about the sound of my music playback. The Beats, were cheaply made and have tons of base and lack mids. The Bose, well, noise canceling distorts the playback in my opinion. Now bring on the B & W's. The sound is perfection, plenty of bass, without sacrificing mids and highs. I absolutely love these cans. The craftsmanship make you feel like you are getting more than your $300 out of these. The Beats, seem cheap and do not travel well. The case is horrible on them and I had a heck of a time with storage while traveling. Not so with the P5's. I finally was able to use them on a flight. I watched a movie on my Ipad, and listened to some music. They really did a great job of blocking out engine noise. I really did not miss the noise canceling. I was very happy with the sound while flying. Nearly as good as the Bose. One other point, while listening at home at a nice volume. They do not "bleed" sound. Meaning you cannot hear very much outside the cans thus disturbing others around you. I hope this helps. These are absolutely 5 stars in every way!!!! You will not regret buying these cans. Enjoy!!!

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Invatation to the studio

    • Written by from Arlington

    These are the best pair of speakers I have ever had. You will find yourself finding time to listen to your fav albums and discovering layers of music that you had not heard before. And at 300$ they are a steal as music this pure is priceless. Thank you b&w!!

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfection

    • Written by from boulder

    Sound: Absolutely fantastic.

    Aesthetics: Pleasing.

    Mobility: Not good for moving around too much, but excellent at home.

    Wearability: As every on-ear headphone, they can become uncomfortable after 2+ hours.

    Overall, these are fantastic headphones, but don't plan on wearing them for more than 3 hours... they are likely to become uncomfortable, even with the fancy squishy pads.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    1st Impression, Average.

    • Written by from Walnut Creek

    I just picked up the P5's for a trail run. With a 14 day return policy, I figured I would give it a shot. I a bit of headphone elitist so this is more a review for those in the "know". I currently have Westone 3s, Shure 530s (broken, stupid cable) Grados i60's and ATH-A700 to compare. I was looking for a portable closed back can as my Westones can start to hurt the ears after a few hours. I wont reiterate what has already been said, build quality (incredible) and price (high), but will chime in with my 2 cents. First I dont have a iphone (broken) listen to them on my HTC HD2 (better music player in my opinion). Overall impressions have been, average. Comfort for me have not been a problem. I can wear glasses, no problems. They do heat the ears a bit, but does not bother me. I wont even compare them to Westones, but will say I do like them better than the grados. I feel there is a better overall richness than the grados, but still think the ATHs have a better soundstage.That being said, the ATHs are HUGE, so not a really option to commute with. Like previous comments, the seem to be lacking a bit of highs, or for that matter, the lows I think are a bit overpowering. I tried a variety of music, and depending on the bit rate and style, it varies. Listened to Pink Floyd on a loseless codec and it lacked the depth that should be there. On the other hand, Blackroc incoded at 192k, sounded really good. Social Distortion sounded good, but vocals seemed distance and not up front. Basement Jaxx at 320k, sounded better than my Westones, so go figure.

    I tried them both amped and no amp, and its very clear these are made for a DAP with NO amp.

    I think if you are thinking about Monster Beats, or Bose, then these are a great option. I hate active nosie cancelling, so these are better than the Bose, but still have the heavy bass signature sound like the UGLY beats.

    24 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    • Written by from Toronto

    These are decent headphones and the leather pads are very comfortable, but the branding is meretricious and the price is outrageous. I have B&W speakers; the sound from these is not in the same league. Obviously you can't expect speaker sound from headphones, but I've heard better sound from cans 1/3 the price of these.

    24 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank goodness for these cans.

    • Written by from Chicago

    Recently there has been a rise in prosumer cans around the $200-300 price point. Gone are the days when Bose was the only brand people thought of when looking for a great set of high-quality headphones. When I walked into the Apple Store the other day and saw the much-hyped Beats sitting there in their gaudy plastic housing then subsequently ruining most of the songs I listened to by pushing WAY too much bass into my ears I looked to my right and saw these beauties attached to a 3GS. The design had me skeptical, but the moment I brought out my iPod and listened to Them Crooked Vultures on lossless quality I realized something incredible: I could HEAR the room. I threw every possible genre in my arsenal at it -- even giving it my unscientific "A Milli" bass test to see if they would clip the song (nope). Eventually I broke down and bought them, and I still can't believe how great they sound. You just don't get sound quality like this for $300 from any other brand. No plastic, all high-quality components, and controls for the iPhone. Utter aural win.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    With these you hear your music in a whole new way!

    • Written by from Manhattan Beach

    So I decided to spend the money even though im a college student on nice pair of headphones and OMG its was well spent. After listening to a sample file from B&W and some of my own music I can tell you this, you began to pick up on sounds in which you've never heard through headphones when listening to music. Very well balanced and nice overall music sound quality some of the best I've ever heard from headphones. having experienced B&W I can tell you this its going to make you want to reimport all your music in a lossless format. In which I well be doing in fact. Overall design is beautiful and very well built. if your debating on weather to get these stop it and just get these trust me!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Francisco

    I went to an Apple Store at San Francisco, and I tried every single headphone !
    This one is the best !
    If you want the best sound quality, this is your headphone !
    But if you want to spend less money, i recommend Bose !

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, worth every penny!

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    Went in to the local Apple Store twice to try these out, just to make sure I really wanted to invest in these, after the second try, i walked out the door with them. They make lossy music on an iPod or Mac sound incredible
    These are by far the best sounding headphones I've encountered. Clean, rich, full sound, nothing overpower the other. No thumpa thumpa bass overpowering the other sounds. Some headphone are too bass heavy, and some like the Bose have a very fake sound, these sound clean. pure and realistic. They are incredibly comfortable, can wear these for hours and not notice they are on. Good at isolating outside sounds. They are compact, yet seem sturdy. What are you waiting for? Go out try them out, you will end up buying them.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Birmingham

    A little pricey but equal to others in the category but with much better sound. Clean and crisp and very natural. If you like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young , you should hear the vocals on these. And on Bach Cello Concertos you can feel the individual strings vibrate. I have had them for a week and can't take them off. My wife feels I am ignoring her so beware these may effect your marriage.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Cherokee

    I have been in dire need for a new pair of headphones ever since my Apple earbuds started peeling and the wires began loosening. I wanted to get a decent pair of headphones, but I wasn't sure I wanted in earbuds again. They have always become very uncomfortable after extended periods of use. I also wanted a pair of headphones that would work not only with my iPhone 3GS, but also my iPad. That's when I found the B&W P5's.

    After doing some research on Apple's site and reading other online reviews, the P5's made it to a short list. However, I was distressed to learn from Apple's website that the headphones weren't listed as being compatible with the iPad. After a quick research of the iPad specs and the P5 specs, I determined they would, indeed work. Just to be sure, I called Apple and was pleased to find that they would indeed be compatible. The Apple rep said it was most likely due to the relative newness of the P5's and the iPad.

    The P5's arrived today and they are simply impeccable! The leather and brushed steel is completely sexy and quite modern yet with a tasteful flair of retro. The leather these cans are wrapped in is absolutely buttery soft. It is apparent from the moment you remove these headphones from the box that these are indeed special. Without a doubt, these are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. The memory foam in the ear cups has been been neither uncomfortable or hot now after wearing them for over an hour and a half.

    Arguably more important than comfort is the sound quality of the P5's. Believe everything you've read on these reviews. Initially, I wasn't looking to spend more than $125 for my headphones, but I'm glad I spent the extra money to get this set. I've thrown everything at them from my iTunes library. Everything from Beastie Boys to the Doors and these have handled them with great ease. The sound is just unbelievably clean, crisp and vibrant. The bass isn't overpowering or artificially thunderous. It's precisely as it was intended to be heard when it was recorded. The highs are just soaring and sweet. The full spectrum of my music can now be fully appreciated. Since there is a glaring difference between songs with a bit rate of 128 kbps and 256 kbps, I guess I'll spend the weekend importing my CDs into iTunes again, but this time with Apple Lossless!

    The P5s arrived with the cord installed that contained the remote for operating iTunes and for making phone calls from the iPhone. I tried making a phone call with the mic and found the sound to be far superior to the mic on the standard issue Apple cans. The party I called said they couldn't even tell I was on the headset. The sound was perfect. The only thing that was a little off with the mic was that I couldn't really hear myself in my headphones very loudly if at all. I haven't read the instructions yet, so perhaps there is something I need to adjust, but even if there is no input into the headset from the mic, I had no trouble carrying on a conversation and that's a trade-off I'd be willing to accept to have such an exceptional pair of headphones.

    While these aren't noise cancelling, they do an outstanding job of reducing ambient noise. I can see that these will be the perfect headphones to wear on my long car trips with the family when I don't care to listen to music in the car, but would rather watch a movie on my iPad. I won't have to crank the volume up to an uncomfortable or dangerous level in order to drown out the background noise. It's a very sequestered and peacefully isolated feeling inside the velvety smooth leather lining of these P5's!

    I can not recommend these highly enough!

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphone

    • Written by from Austin

    Classy design with great sound. Great detail in instruments and vocals. Great ear pads with iPhone compatible remote. Also comes with regular cable if you don't want the mic/remote in normal use.

    Solid built, warm and full sound, comfortable fit. Sold my Bose QC3 and got this one...totally satisfied...now I know whey Audiophiles don't prefer Bose.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, clear and well-balanced sound. Excellent build quality.

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I purchased the P5s after my Beats by Dre Solos snapped. To be fair, Monster was nice enough to send a free replacement. While I liked the looks and sound of the Beats Solos, I was a little turned off by the fact that they broke so easily. I read so many positive things about the P5s, and after trying them out in the store, I had to have them.

    While the Beats Solos sound very good, I feel that the P5s offer a more balanced, clean and "non-fatiguing" sound. It delivers great sound through all ranges - bass, mids and the highs, so you'll be happy no matter what kind of music you listen to. I listen to everything, from pop, r&b, jazz, classical, hip-hop, instrumental to spoken word (audiobooks and podcasts), and they all sound great.

    I also downloaded some higher-bit (16-bit, Apple Lossless) music from B&W's "Society of Sound" website and the P5s really shine. I wish I could download higher bit songs on iTunes!

    Last but not least, you'll be thrilled with the build quality. Strong metal, fine sheep leather, memory foam padding... They seem durable and definitely make you feel like you got your money's worth.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you're going to splurge, you won't be disappointed.

    • Written by from Nepean

    It's a lot of money for a set of headphones, but if you have the means to do so, you will not be sorry. They are quite simply a joy to own. Far and away the best blend of comfort, build quality and acoustic richness I have experienced to date. I've been burned spending big money on accessories before only to have regret. But this purchase is not one of them!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & wilkins

    • Written by from Hanover

    very, very nice.... natural sound, excellent build and quality.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal Sound & Build Quality!

    • Written by from Portland

    After reading a review of these cans a couple weeks ago I knew I had to take a listen. I read through a 35 page thread on them and overall they got great reviews. Normally I would not think about paying $300 for a set of headphones but I listen to headphones while I'm at work at least 3-4 hours/day. After listening to them for a couple days I can honestly say this is one of the best purchases I have made in a very long time. The quality of these things are amazing. When you hold them in your hand you know right away that they are something special. All this marketing hype about the New Zealand sheep's leather has some true merit. They feel wonderful and sound even better. Very bunchy, clean bass. Incredible mids and prominent and clear highs without being too harsh.

    I took my iPod into my local apple store to try them out for a good 20 mins with my personal music before buying. They sound great playing all types of music including electronic and rap music despite them having such a clean and defined tone.

    The only "bad" things I can say about these cans is they are made in China. Very surprising considering the build quality but I was hoping they would be made in the UK. Also since they are an on-ear design instead of a over ear "cup" design they may not seal correctly for you. Try them on and play with the position of them as I find them to sound best by moving them back a little further than I felt was natural initially. A co-worker tried them on and he has very large ears and mentioned very weak bass since they did not fit his ears.

    The closed back was chosen since they are designed as a mobile headphone. The memory form is very comfortable and does a fantastic job of sealing. I work in a quiet office and these do not leak sound at all. The downside of the closed back design is they can sound a little "in your head" at higher volumes. Overall though a terrific value so try them out for yourself since apple has a 14 day return policy. They sound good out of the box and great after 50 hrs of burn in. Happy listening!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from McLean

    Bowers & Wilkins has delivered the perfect pair of headphones, the craftsmanship is bar none..
    The sound is amazing you can hear every instrument in detail..compared to DR..DRE BEATS no disrespect they are great as well but the P5's are made for all conditions. Weather on the go or at home theses headphones are perfect, it is worth $300.00 the craftsmanship of the these headphones will last you a lifetime the best I have seen and stylish too perfect five stars.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than Sennheiser & Grado at this price!

    • Written by from Perrysburg

    After much deliberation, I decided to buy these for mobile use. I have electrostatic headphones that list for over $1,000, but due to the amp required they are not very mobile. I had my Sennheiser's stolen on after leaving them briefly on an airplane. My wife has Grados.

    Having auditioned many headphones over the years, I have always had to compromise in some area - weak bass, bright treble - always something until I bought the electrostatics. In comparison, the electrostatics have the edge, but not by much. These are much more natural sounding and a complete sound than I had with my Sennheisers or the Grados. I'm afraid to let my wife listen, as she'll want a pair!

    These are not for someone who likes unnatural sound, such as overstated bass - just the music as it was recorded and engineered.

    P.S. I have a hard time finding hats that fit, and I have no problems with these - the most comfortable headphones I've worn!

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Astonishingly Good

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I replaced my Bose headphones, which I really liked, when they broke with the B&W P5. I listen mostly to Baroque, Bach's Cantatas, and was amazed that I could hear every "operatic" word crystal clear and the sound was incredible in the middle and high notes.

    8 of 9 people found this useful