• 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great headphones although i cant use them anymore

    • Written by from LONDON

    this headphone are by far the best headphones i have used

    however my brother took them away with him and managed to lose one of the magnetic ear pads so now they are unwearable.

    i have searched the the internet up and down for a replacement pad and cant find one anywhere

    well thats £250 down the drain

    7 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Stockholm

    After reading so many good reviews and comments about these headphones, and because of the very nice design, I took a chance and ordered them without first trying them out.
    Now, I which I hadn't. Sure the bass is OK but they totally miss the midrange and general clarity that you get from brands like Sennheiser. In fact I have a pair of Sennheisers for $70 that sound twice as good. Also they are not as comfortable as you might think and get very warm quickly. I really don't see what everyone is raving about. These headphones are just not that good! Sure they look great, but at the end of the day it's all about the sound..

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rivals Beats by Dre!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    My dad has these and I have the Beats by Dr. Dre studio and trust me these sound just as good, they sacrifice a little bit of the bass the Beats have in favor of a more balanced sound. Realistically at the exact same price the only thing that puts the Beats ahead in my mind is swag factor. The beats just look cooler and maybe seem a little bit more sturdy. I terms of sound quality they are both amazing

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful experience

    • Written by from Framingham

    Solid headphones, perfectly crafted from premium materials. The sound disappointed me, too much bass, distorted midtones. BOSE sound quality is much better in comparison. The biggest issue is the pressure applied to the ears. After 2 hours you feel like you head might explode, and your ears will hurt. Also the cable is too soft and it might broke soon, especially the connector to iPad will be a problem after a while.
    B&W needs more experience with headphones. Good first try, but I have to return these.

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  • 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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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    How Accurate is too Accurate?

    • Written by from WEST GROVE

    Let me start off by saying that these are an extremely accurate, and laid back pair of headphones which may not be to the liking of those looking for booming bass, or more than adequate volume. Let me also say that these headphones boast the very dry, and somewhat harsh sound that Bowers and Wilkins has been known for since the company was founded in the 1960's. However, they do have their sweet spots. I found these to be mostly with classical, jazz, and choral recordings rather than with hip-hop, and rock n' roll. That being said, these are one of the best sounding headphones I have ever herd with an ipod, and they do block out quite a bit of sound. But let me warn you. THESE ARE NOT FOR USE WITH HOME EQUIPMENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!!! Overall, I really liked the B&W P5's they are a fantastic pair of headphones that perform exceptionally well with most recordings.

    Thats gonna wrap it up for this review


    Happy listening

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice equipment

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Pros: great sound, even better looks, phone call clarity due to both ears getting pumped with sound unreal.
    Cons: I've gotten complaints that I don't sound like myself, when speaking through mic. I believe wire to be too frail, and placed on wrong side, when driving it's easy to get wire caught on steering wheel. Wire needs strain reliefs at both ends and a break away plug at end so as to protect phone jack from damage when being pulled to hard

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking and sounding set, but comes with a FATAL FLAW

    • Written by from Austin

    These headphones are truly well made and good looking. I bought them based on the great reviews from the Apple Store and the reputation of the brand.

    However, I just returned them a day after buying them because they did not deliver on as a suitable set of headphones for iPhone usage. Sure they say they are iPhone compatible with mic and easy to use controls. What they don't say is that they are IMPOSSIBLE to carry on a phone call (especially a business call) because you cannot hear yourself talk. You hear yourself muffled and it's too distracting to engage in a conversation. In my opinion, this fatal flaw makes them UNUSABLE with the iPhone. They should either immediately fix this or do not claim to be iPhone compatible. They can still be iPod compatible of course because music listening is a treat with these headphones.

    But for anyone looking for a high quality set of headphones that can serve admirably for both music and phone calls, keep looking...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor execution of B&W colored sound style

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    They carry some design aspects of B&W loudspeakers in being richly voiced, but the execution in this product is lacking in a variety of areas. Bass is over exaggerated and a bit slow, leading into tubby sounding mids that makes voices sound chesty and hollow. The upper mids and lower treble are shelved down until the upper treble, which is then pushed back up to provide some air and sparkle in sound. Almost as if the sound was designed to make an impressive introduction without having any real substance.

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  • 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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed - save your money !

    • Written by from Orleans

    These headphones are overpriced and do not deliver the promised sound quality. Now I am stuck with them, even though I would love to return them to the store, but it is too late now. The headphones do look good and are well made but just like one of the person mentioned on this forum they sound as if the music is muffled. My old Beyerdynamic DT 250-80 ohms headphones sound so much better. The B&W P5 are now collecting dust . . .

    15 of 90 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great desing, not great sound

    • Written by from Helsinki

    Too much bass and overall blurry sound. Try out before buying. You can better sound quality in 50€ headphones. I really liked the design but the sound quality is so bad that I don't recommend these for anyone. Maybe they'll make next version with the same desing with great sound, then I'll definately check them again.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely no durability!!!

    • Written by from Desoto

    The first time I used it, it was *okay*. I say this because i had to amplify the midrange using the equalizer on my laptop which isn't a good sign. It also made my ears hurt but i have big ears and wear glasses so that's understandable. My biggest problem was how depressingly fragile they looked plus the cord looked breakable and it was buried in the left can with a movable jack that could be torn right out. ooh, foreboding... YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS: Second time I put them on, something happened to the electronics in the 'phones. I couldn't hear vocals or bass at all. I put on my beloved Technics (i'm a dj) and they sounded fine (and notably better than the P5 before it lemoned out on me) so it wasn't a problem with my laptop. And i didn't abuse it before, i only used it once while lying in bed and then i disconnected the cord from the left can and nicely stored it in the box. These headphones are grossly overpriced, when buying headphones always remember to buy ones with a design that won't compromise it's durability. I'm returning these and getting some beats by dre.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from Simpsonville

    I read a lot about these and went to my local apple store to try them out. Upon doing so I was throughly impressed by not only the sound but also by the feel. So I purchased them despite the high price figuring I would get what I was paying for. However upon bringing them home I discovered that to use them with my iMac that I would need to use the other cord provided as the cord that was attached was for the iPod/iPhone connection. The cords were relatively easy to switch so I switched them. Upon plugging into my iMac sound only came out on the right side. I removed and replaced the cord and then nothing!! The cord is probably bad which wouldn't bode well for the future even if replaced. I am going back to return them. Headphones that cost this much should work and sound flawless. After so much anticipation I am very disappointed.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no, no, no

    • Written by from Penthalaz

    No, no, no, these headphones are not good in any way. Great design sure, but talking about sound reprod, it's below everything I've tested - and measured till today. The voices look like shadowed thru a towel or something. Well, I measured them with high end measuring instruments just to clarify this. More than 15 dB drop between 1 KHz and 6 Khz, listen, the apple 2 bucks earbuds are far better than that ! So the design is awesome, the apple remote control is fine, but for that price, they could at least have integrated a bose or sennheiser system there, instead. Really disappointed, send back :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a false product

    • Written by from RUSSELLVILLE

    i bought these headphone for in the house not in public... i also have the beats by dr dre studio....the P5's are horrible in comparison if you are going to spend money on a pair of good headphone get the Beats...not only do they sound better the look better.....

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Delray beach

    Good product. Great sound quality, its comfortable, it very good. Except the fact that its $300.00! Who pays that much for headphones??? Why not just save up for an iPad if you have that much money to waste.

    12 of 351 people found this useful