• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Headphones

    • Written by from Union

    I put these on and didn't want to take them off. The sound is wonderful and they are very comfortable to wear. No boomy headache causing bass out of these headphones. The sound is clean, crisp and detailed. B&W is well respected in the audiophile community and it shows in these headphones. You won't go wrong with these unless you're looking for that booming rap bass.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good VALUE purchase

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I must say I'm impressed by B&W P5's. I read some reviews on here and elsewhere to their performance. I'm a frequently flyer and spend a lot of my time in transit and my Macs listening to music. I've owned two of the Bose QC's and the fidelity of these are far superior IMHO.

    The comfort of the leather earpieces, sound quality, and remote are nicely appointed features that've served me well in the short time I've owned them.

    For many $300 is a lot for a set of headphones but at this price point compared to the other main competitors (Beats by Dr. Dre & Bose), the B&W P5 would be my first choice each time.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Concert for one is right

    • Written by from Nepean

    I got these headphones in the mail just today and although they are set up at my store and I tried them vigorously, when I received my own pair and listened to them with my electro, alternative collection I was more impressed then I already was at work. Every sound is complete and sounds like its own entity. I have tested multiple bose headphones and I don't think they compare at all. I read the review which stated that you can get cheaper headphones that sound just as good for less; although that may be true the kind of comfort and built quality that these headphones offer at the price point that these are sold is equal to none. These headphones are well built, sound great, from my personal hearing experience I am most satisfied with these. Dont regret a single penny I spent on these even if it is just an indulgence for overall greatness because how much is good sound worth if in a year I need to get a new pair looking and listening to these I honestly feel as though these headphones could be around for a long time making them a sound investment

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully made, sound good, but there's much better for the price.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    For mobile use, these look good, sound good and feel like they're well worth the money they cost.
    But for those interested purely in sound quality at this price point, whether mobile or at home or in the studio, there are many headphones that easily surpass these at even a hundred dollars less in price. I think immediately of certain phones from Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica or Sennheiser – not necessarily models to be found at the Apple Store, and not nearly as great to look at, but more suitable for demanding listeners.
    Having said all that, limiting the choice to what is available at the Apple Store, these are far preferable to the Bose and Dr. Dre stuff they are selling.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Seattle

    These are really great. I've got the Bose Quietcomfort but this blows the Bose product away.

    I love B&W products, and these are no exception.

    5 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from NEW YORK

    If you want like natural sounding headphones then these headphones are for you. They are very similar to my AKG K701's. They do not add coloration or noise. If the recording is bass light then these phones will sound base light. This is the way music should be heard. If you want heavy artifical sound these phones will not work for you at all. It's simple whatever music went into the recoding will come out of these headphones the same way. Built quality is excellent and you get what you pay for. No plastic parts spoken here. Give them a try as only you can tell what good headphones should sound like real or imagined. Don't rely on reviews alone.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great build quality, not the best sound.

    • Written by from Southlake

    When you pick the P5's up, they feel like nothing less than $299 headphones. The leather and metal have a really solid quality feel to them. But take a listen to some quality music and you'll hear a lot of range missing. In comparison to my day to day headphones, Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3, you can easily perceive the range difference. Had I looked at the specs ore carefully before heading to the store I would have known what I was going to get. EarSet 3 has a range of 50Hz - 20kHz while the P5's live in 10Hz - 20kHz. I was expecting better from B&W especially for the price and size. They also feel like they a had a touch too much bass. I checked my iPod to see if I had the equalizer on. (I never do.) EarSet 3's come in at $100 less, additional year of warranty, and fit in my pocket. Check them out as an alternative.

    10 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    its like discovering music for the first time

    • Written by from buffalo grove

    I'm listening to the beatles stereo remaster in losless format and I am hearing things I never noticed before. Its like I am discovering music for the first time. The quality of these headphone are unmatched by anything else in its category in sound quality and construction. Put them on and you will disappear into the music and not even know you are wearing headphones.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Crisp vocals, clean bass, natural sound

    • Written by from Reston

    Its like a concert around your ears. I read reviews about these, was toying with the idea of getting a pair of Denon's or Audio Technica's. Its a good thing I waited. For over the ear cans, they have better quality than more expensive fully enclosed ones. Super comfortable. The memory foam ear pads felt great after 2 hrs of wearing. I listened to everything from a capella to classical piano, violin, gregorian chants, santana, axl rose, metallica and then some. Love it!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loving them! They do need a little warm-up though

    • Written by from SAMMAMISH

    Had been keeping an eye on these for the last couple of months since they were getting press. Saw that they were finally arriving at Apple stores, so I called my local store this morning, and sure enough they had them on display and in-stock. Went down and gave them a good 20 - 30 minute run with a variety of songs on their iPods. The comfort and sound are fantastic! I picked up a pair for myself.

    The packaging is top notch and they come with a well made pouch for storage/travel. The headphone fold flat and have a nice and small footprint as compared to a lot of other mainstream over-the-ear headphones. Straight out of the box, the sounds is great overall, but the midrange does sound a little muddy intially. After listening for a few hours today, things have opened up, and I'm quite happy! The fit is really comfortable, and the pads cover my ears nicely. The leather does get a little warm, but not hot at all and I don't feel they be any warmer than my Bose QC 2's are.

    The passive noise canceling works quite well. In the Apple store, I couldn't hear any of the chatter around me and the store was quite busy. Also at home, my kids are watching movies and playing, and I can hardly hear a thing around me.

    Would definitely recommend giving these a try!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones for $300

    • Written by from West Lafayette

    I own some good headphones and this is definitely my favorite one for now. It's way more comfortable and sounds better than my Grado SR325 or B&O Form 2. Compared to Shure SE530, I prefer the SE530 over this one for listening jazz, but otherwise I prefer the P5.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chicago

    These headphones are absolutely great. The sound is fantastic. They are extremely comfortable. They beat the the Bose QC3 and QC15 across the board: 1) equivalent in noise canceling, although do not require batteries. 2) sound better and 3) are far more comfortable. Worth every penny. My QC3s are now on eBay.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great value by b&w

    • Written by from denver

    I've been an avid user of B&W products for over a dozen years and currently own a pair of sig 805 and 802D driven by classe Delta series electronics. When I found out the P5 was in the making, I was anxious to get my hands (and ears) on a pair. Well, I got them and here's the low down...

    built: as expected, it is second to none in this price range. I know that many have reservation about the thin cord. I actually like it as it doesn't get in the way when I'm on the go. Thick cords are bothersome and unwieldy. Because it is easily replaced, I don't care if it doesn't last a decade. Aside from this, everything else about the unit is top notch...hard to believe they can sell it for just $300.

    comfort: They are light and hugs the head very tightly. You can jog with these. Not as comfortable as bose qc15 because it sits over the ears instead of around. I think it's fine if you wear it for a couple of hours at a time. My ears are a little sore after just an hour.

    sound: I own a pair of bose qc15 and I have to admit, these blow them away in every respect. The highs are much clearer. Voices are more opened. Bass is punchy and smoother. Of course, they are not as good at noise cancellation/isolation as the bose, but they are adequate for most settings. Just remember to tweak how they sit on your head. This affects the bass if they are not air tight over the ears. So how do they compare with their audiophile products? Perhaps a little unfair to compare them with a system costing as much as a car, but here goes...as good as they sound for headphones, you can still tell they are...closed ear headphones. There is a distinct coloration that sounds like drivers mounted in a "tube." This is very pronounced in the mid range. There isn't the stage presence and air that I'm used to. The bottom line is, I'm happy with them, but don't expect them to be more then what they are and they are mass consumer grade product just like the zep.

    495 of 565 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible in every sense of the word!

    • Written by from New York

    I was looking for an alternative to the bulky Monster Beats. I've owned the monster beats ever since they first came out and although the sound is very good, i found them really large and disliked the fact it required batteries. I picked these up to try out because I was very impressed with the slim size and industrial design (they are built with metal and leather).

    I am a huge fan of these Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones. I’m no audiophile but these headphones deliver the whole package - best sound I’ve ever heard and an amazing retro design. I was a bit worried about the discomfort of the pads pressing on my ears but after about 3 days of use, the high quality leather pads “break in” and they are really comfortable.

    I found these to be worth every penny. However, if you have a music collection with lower bitrate (under 256 kbps) I wouldn’t advise investing in high-end audio equipment.

    343 of 398 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So sweet

    • Written by from Toronto

    These are so natural sounding, second only to my Grado RS2 which are twice as expensive and not potable friendly at all.

    I have had them on for 8 hours straight since they arrived with no fatigue from wearing or listening. I have worn them walking outside where they isolate well enough to listen to spoken word podcasts and the stay firmly in place.

    With music the definition is excellent with many different types of music.

    They also sit very firmly on the head, I'm a champion couch potato but I suspect these would even work fairly well in exercise situations.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best headphones

    • Written by

    i own a pair of Bose QC15 and i swear by them. I viewed them as the epitome of sound quality. However, i tried these B&W headphones today and within 3 seconds of listening, i was sold. I bought them on the spot and haven't stopped listening to them. Easily, the best headphones i have ever used. Extremely comfortable. Extremely well engineered. It's like hearing music for the first time

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not amazing....and uncomfortable

    • Written by from NORTHPORT

    I bought these on the recommendations of the apple UK store. First off, if you have a big head, forget about these..they are pretty tight fitting around the ears. The construction is well made. The sound is clear, but I tested these against the shure SE530's and no comparison. I will be returning them. I think they are somewhat overpriced. Not a big fan like everyone else.

    7 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Menlo Park

    These are by far the best over the ear headphones if ever owned. Better than the $300 Denons I own or the Bose or Sony's I've used. They fit great, I usually find most are too big, are really comfortable, compact beautifully designed and more importantly sounds awesome -- I'm hearing things in songs I hadn't noticed before. If price isn't an issue do yourself a favor and treat your ears to these headphones.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the premium!!

    • Written by from Miami

    I've had these for a few days and after breaking them in, I can say that the quality is much improved. While still not fully broken in, it's a night and day difference from when I first listened to them out of the box. Build quality is perfect, no plastic pieces here, and the packaging is brilliant. Unlike the Zeppelin Mini which I was not impressed with, these headphones are excellent and well worth the price!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price.

    • Written by from Tulsa

    If you are a fan of their home audio, you will love these. Very natural sound reproduction and very comfortable.

    241 of 344 people found this useful