• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant sound, but very uncomfortable

    • Written by from Brasov

    I love the sound of these headphones. It's a joy to just close your eyes and get lost in the music. Also, they look amazing. These are the most stylish headphones I have ever seen.

    But.. they get really uncomfortable after just a couple of hours. It broke my heart, but I had to return them. They are beautiful, the sound is wonderful, but they are impossible to wear for more than an hour or so.

    28 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Headset I Ever Own!

    • Written by from Houston

    I been looking for a pair of good headphones for a while. I first went to the Apple Store with my iPhone 4 loaded with my favorite songs and tried Bose Quiet Comfort 3. I was very impressed with quality and noise cancellation. I tried out Monster Cable Dre Beats Solo and the audio quality sounded terrible, honestly. The one issue Bose didn't have in-line remote with mic. I seen Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones with in-line remote. I tested music quality with my tracks on my iPhone 4. I listen to variety of music from Classical, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Rock & Heavy Metal and etc. Massive Attack track "Black Milk" from Mezzanine album and Jill Scott's live version of "Do you Remember" from Experience: Jill Scott 826+ album are what had me sold. I bought iPad 2 , iPhone 4S and I use these headphones everyday. I made and receive a lot of phone calls with no problems. I watch movies and tv shows for hours on my iPad 2 with no ear fatigue. One thing I can honestly say you will zone everything out easily with these. Meaning being in a noisy environment won't bother you. Build quality is very good it's going on 2 months I see no wear and tear. Magnetic and removable pads are great. I liked the headphones so much I bought the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Multimedia Speakers for my MacBook Air. Bowers & Wilkins are now a standard in my household. It's kinda ironic after being a so-called Sony Man. If my review and others is not enough to convince you then load up your iPhone or iPad with your favorite music tracks, test the quality in the Apple Store and find out for yourself.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Break it in first! Almost brought it back, glad I didn't!

    • Written by from Houston

    Held out from getting these headphones for about a year since I already have the Bose OE and IE2 (which, by the way sound great, much more after a year of regular use).

    Love the looks and the entire feel of it. So much sleeker and more premium looking than the Bose OE.
    First week of limited use of maybe an hour a day was terrible. Although the treble was clear, there was no bass. Voices had great detail, but they were piercingly uncomfortable. Almost gave up and was ready to go back to the shop to return it. Thought there was something wrong. For 300 bucks, not worth the money.

    Until I remembered reading reviews which said to 'break it in' or do a 'burn in'. So I did. After about 10hrs of playing a wide range of music in moderate volume, it now sounds great!
    Different sound characteristic than the Bose. Comparatively, the P5 has a 'gentler but firmer' bass and voices are more defined. I believe this is important for extended listening. Too much bass can get tiring after a while.

    If you're thinking of getting it, please do. If you are choosing between this and the Bose OE, either is fine sound-wise. But the P5 gives you a more premium feel and a perception that you're buying something which will last, say 5yrs at least. Hopefully it exceeds that time.

    37 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny!

    • Written by from San Diego

    Absolutely amazing headphones! Not even a hint of plastic. My only gripe would be that they get a little warm after a few minutes. However, it's still worth every penny! Thanks B&W!

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not hesitate

    • Written by from Solana beach

    Short and sweet, if your in the market for headphones in this pricepoint than these P5's are a must.

    They musically are an accurate representation of whatever your listening too. Nothing over bearing or added. They will expose poor mp3's or cd's in your collection and highlight everything recorded within great ones (things you may never have picked up prior). They offer an incredible soundstage and in most recordings you will be able to differentiate each instrument and their place across the range.

    If you love to lie in a dark room with your eyes closed and just get lost in the music than you may find yourself with permanent smile on your face doing so when wearing the P5's.

    Ive yet to find any of the heat issues (I'm sure this is a personal thing that each individual will have to see for themselves).

    They say that running shoes should feel like slippers while on...well I'm not sure what a direct equivalent is but when you forget that your wearing them like I've done before than that might be it.

    That's it...don't hesitate or over-think it the B&W P5's are a class above any other headphones in their price range. They are a sophisticated headphone bottom line...

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most excellent

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    Had another brand with active noise canceling. These sound superior, and do a decent job blocking the background noise on an airplane with the soft leather and internal cushioning for a good ear seal.

    Sound is excellent. The quilted bag is nice. They store flat so they don't take up as much space in your briefcase. Nice.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love these headphones!!

    • Written by from Huntsville

    I have a couple of extended trips coming up and decided I wanted a set of comfortable headphones. After reading reviews of the soft leather and quality construction, I decided to buy these. They are great and very portable for this style. They fold flat in a nice carrying case and they have adaptors for different uses. My only criticism would be the need for a better description of the product in the booklets included. There is so much interest in the number of languages in the brochure, that little is actually said.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning performance, 2 flaws

    • Written by from Waterford

    The performance of these headphones is stunning. I've heard better but that was in Sennheiser's costing over 450 quid. For the money this is the best on ear cans on the market. These have so much more sonic subtlety compared with the Dre Beats. There are 2 flaws however and how much of a problem they are will depend on your headphone requirements. 1) these are quite tight. I believe they've redesigned the ear pieces but there's not escaping the fact that these are a much tighter fit than Bose, for example, and you have to wear them for a few days before they start to get comfortable for extended listening. I stretched mine out a bit by leaving them on the top of a conveniently head sized chair back :) 2) the cable is thin and feels flimsy. B&W's C5s have an astonishingly well made and tough cable that appears from some angles like it could be carbon fibre. Something similar would be great on the P5s as the existing cabling feels insubstantial and lets down an otherwise ultra high quality product. Would I recommend them? You betcha. If I lost these I'd buy another pair immediately.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow, these blow Dre Bats Studios away!

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    Well i had the Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones for 4 days and just returned them for an alternative. I listened to these and wow Dre could learn a lot by using this set as a model not only for their robust construction, (metal head band, actual acoustic spectrum AND the overall size.)

    These sound put out by these B&W P5's are a perfect marriage between stunning clear, crisp highs, miss in their right level and bass that doesn't mud up the overall sound. The Beats Studios have WAY to much bass and you lose the overall feel for the song at hand. I am overjoyed at these P5's! So much better than the Beats. Highly recommended these Bowers and Wilkins P5's!!! A perfect 5 in all areas.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    light weight but solid Performance

    • Written by from Anchorage

    The headphones feel excellent on the head even after prolonged wearing. The sound is great even the base is sufficient. The cable could be better, but is removable for replacement. Wish they would put the the beats Dr. Dre cable in the box instead. Maximum Volume output is excellent. Passive Noise Cancelation in the Airplane was on par with my much more expensive Sennheiser PXC 450 active Noise Cancelation headset, which will go on the block. Prior to buying the P5's I compared at the Apple Store with the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio and as much as the base is better at the Studio, the overall sound is more balanced at the P5's.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Moreno Valley

    after 3 months of searching for the right pair i finally made my decision on these B&W headphones. the first thing i love is that these headphones have little to no plastic, the feeling you get when holding them and wearing them is what i call the (man) feel, i think some can understand what i mean by this guys like to grip things and feel it sitting on our hands if it were to be a remote control or even a phone. B&W has build just that like the beauty of the 4th gen. iPhone its design also complements the build, i can tell you it seems like the electronics are going that route now not having to compensate design over technology. I think the Leather idea was just perfect for one you feel like you are holding an expensive piece of audio and the smell of the leather hints those leather goods that you smell in high end clothing stores in shoes or jackets etc...

    The audio is just soothing to the ears, i normally like to bump the sound on headphones but ive noticed that i get much better acoustic space when turned down at middle or a few swipes higher from the middle volume control. I honestly hear every detail especially detail that never has been noticeable in my Bose headphones. If some of you who are reading this is saying to themselves well i like bose blah blah let me explain bose, there speakers inside there headphones are made with paper, those knowledgeable in sound know that unless coated with a specific solution paper speakers will never produce good audio feed back more muffled sound actually. The P5 actually are made w/ ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimised mylar diaphragms. you can even see the colour of the speaker inside and how it doesnt look like a cheap little speaker even its magnets and design all do part to enrich the sound coming out of them. great great sound, especially when playing stuff from michael jackson, earth wind and fire, george michael, sade, mercedes sosa, gipsy kings, chano lobato and Pavarotti to name a few.

    the only real dislike has to be the thin cord and maybe the slight price tag but i guess at times you pay what you get for and i can tell you this these headphones are sooo beautiful, there sound, the smell of the leather, there design all compliment any portable Apple product, not to mention you get a few turns by people normally the electronic geeks who are into tech stuff, i actually had a guy compliment me when i was flying from LA to San fran and he was hearing his music and showed his wife... it was funny. and you know how it says isolated sound? that is true in some way let me explain while i was site seeing in san fran i took these headphones and outside sound i was literally eliminated, captivated by the sound of the B&W P5's although when at home for some reason i hear everything :-) idk maybe its me. enjoy! and last i know a thing or two about sound im a classical musician... and know alot of my world and its sounds and these by far have given me that solace.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sidney

    Absolutely perfect. The sound quality is incredible. Only slight sound leakage but no big deal.
    The fact that you can replace the chord is great, cause that is typically what is first to go on headphones.
    All in all, definitely recommend.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall Pleased With My Purchase

    • Written by from hingham

    I am 16 years old and bought these headphones to wear in my dorm and at home because of the great reviews and company reputation. After using them for a few days I am very impressed with the sound and build quality but my ears do become quite sore after wearing them for more than 90 minutes (only con so far!). The carrying pouch the unit includes was a pleasant surprise and something you would expect from a high end pair of headphones. I would strongly recommend these cans over any monster product. I have been unsatisfied with both pairs of my Beats as their customer service is a joke and their headphones are guaranteed to break within a year. The bottom line is that the Bowers and WIlkins p5 is a high quality, reliable, and fantastic sounding pair of headphones that are compact and mobile, well worth the hefty price tag. You are getting what you pay for!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Now I enjoy hearing music!

    • Written by from Barcelona

    Before buying this, I had the Apple headphones, for me it was ok. When I was seeing people with the Beats Studio or headphones like that I thought that they were wasting their money. Now I changed my opinion. I get this as a present and now I love hearing music. They sound amazing and their design is brilliant. Now I can't stop hearing music. The only thing I want for next generation P5, I think it will be a Wirelless headphone, that will be the best.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A pure and rich sound experience

    • Written by from Linne

    Because I listen to music a lot and got tired of my in ears. I was looking for an upgrade , testing the obvious brands like Bose, Beats, Sennheiser etc. I came across these Bowers and Wilkins P5's. I knew the brand but never tried a product.

    At first sight you already know this is something special, no plastics like the other brands mentioned above. They fit perfectly, there's no pressure on your head and the leather is very comfortable on your ears, which means you can listen for hours.

    So they are comfortable and build like no other, but most importantly is the sound quality, in short: I was blown away with it. The sound is so pure and so rich. I don't think any headphone can reproduce the original sound better than the Bowers and Wilkins P5's.

    I'm really, really happy with my headphones. My advice: If you're about to spend 299 on a pair of good headphones consider these, try them and I think the P5's will blow you away as well.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Way cooler than Dre's Beats

    • Written by from Brookline

    I went to the Apple Store the other day looking for a pair of headphones in the $200-$300. As a non-audiophile, I came in with just two qualifications: they needed to look cool, and sound great. I was about to buy the wireless version of Dre's Beats (via self-checkout-why is there never ANYONE available to check you out?), when a store employee came over and stopped me. He asked me what I was looking for in my headphones, and recommended that I try out the Bowers and Wikins. He said that the biggest difference between the Beats and these was that these didn't have a single piece of plastic in them. Oh, and the sound was way better.

    I tried them on, and couldn't believe my ears. Whereas the Beats seemed to just blare out the bass, the P5's managed to bring out sounds I had never heard before. I plugged in my iPhone, and tried out different songs, trying to find any weaknesses. From Matisyahu to Kanye West to The Beatles to Miles Davis, these headphones did it all. I really couldn't believe what I was hearing. The Beats did a great job with the first two songs, but couldn't handle the rest. They are also way more comfortable than any of the Beats. I strongly recommend these headphones to anyone looking for a comfortable headphones with incredible sound.

    Quick note about style: Looking at the box, I was a little worried about how these would look. As an 18-year-old male, I guess I've been brainwashed to believe that things must be flashy to be cool. When I tried these on and looked in the mirror, I realized that I was wrong. It's hard to describe the look exactly, but these are the kind of phones that clearly will still look cool in 10 or 15 years. Beats may look cool right now (if you define cool as looking like a wannabe rap star or gangster), but true quality never goes out of style.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Headphones

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    I purchased these headphones one year ago after trying them out in the apple store. After listening to them for about 30 minutes in the store I was very impressed with the sound quality. These are easily the most expensive headphones I have bought; but after the sticker shock wore off I came to the conclusion that the materials and build quality in addition to the warm, balanced sound were enough to justify the steep price.

    After a break-in period of a few weeks, the sound got audibly warmer, the bass deeper, and the highs more crisp and accurate. The bass is now perfectly adequate and TIGHT, not overstated or sloppy in any way. The mids are probably the best part of the sound with these headphones; velvety smooth and rich in tone. My first impression of the Treble was that it was lacking but upon further listening(and break-in) I realized it is well accounted for, but not to the point where it would fatigue the ears during long listening sessions. I tested these out listening to a wide array of jazz, some chamber music, and quite a bit of symphonic as well. From my experience, these are the genres to listen to with these headphones. Female jazz vocalists sound STUNNING through these.

    Having tried out the Beats based on several recommendations, these headphones DO NOT have the amount of bass that the Beats headphones have. That being said the Beats DO NOT have the build quality, material quality, or overall sound quality these headphones offer. To me, it was a no-brainer buying these over any of the Beats. I would, however, suggest you listen to both makes before you buy either of them. I can't comment on any of the Bose headphones compared to these, as I didn't listen to any of their offerings.

    I would venture to guess that both the Bose and the Beats lines would not be as durable as the P5 have been for me. One year into ownership of the P5, I have absolutely no complaints about their durability. They have accompanied me on 6 flights, 4 road trips, and many daily commutes. Yes the cable is a bit thin, but assuming you aren't a complete neanderthal it should be sturdy enough. I have been using the cable with the in-line remote since the day I bought these, and it has no signs of wear to date.

    Overall, 5 stars despite the steep price. I feel the sturdy yet luxurious materials and borderline bulletproof construction are well worth the extra money.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Design - except for a couple of things

    • Written by from Fort Lee

    If you're a long-distance traveler like me, you may have experienced discomfort with having earbuds in for extended periods of time. I wanted to move away from "inner ear" headphones to something with great sound, a low profile and the ability to take and answer calls on my iPhone.

    The Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones fit the bill, offering Zeppelin-like sound in a portable package. I've tried these with a wide range of music styles and from classical to opera; indie to pop, the sound is natural with good base definition and acceptable (albeit noticable at times) high-end clipping.

    Construction is sturdy steel and leather - the earcups are held in place magnetically, not a problem if you use the included soft bag for transporting them. Included are two cables - one with iPod / iPhone controls, the other without. I don't advise you change the cable a lot though; the little tab on the inside of the earcup that holds the cord is sharp and can nick the cable, and the molded plug feels cheap - of more concern is there is no flex of the cable at the plug end so over time the cord may internally fray and break.

    Overall, these headphones are value for money exhibiting good performance and a solid design. With a fold-flat design and passive noise-reduction earcups, the Bower & Wilkins P5 fit that bill matching style and performance in a minimalistic over-the ear package.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones - cheap nasty cable

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Like a couple of other reviewers here, I love these headphones but don't understand why B&W would attach such a cheap, flimsy cable to it. I've owned my P5s for one year, and I'm on my 3rd cable already.

    11 of 19 people found this useful