• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very competitive advantage to others

    • Written by from Victoria

    I have to say that P5 is the best MOBILE headphones that I have ever owned.
    I have owned the Beats_Studio headphones and they are not comparable to P5 at any stage (I know someone would argue me this with the heavy bass from the Beats).
    I also have the V-moda Crossfade LP and Boss QC15.
    First, the sound on P5 is just beautiful and clear. It is crystal clear especially when the audio files are compressed above 256kbps (mine are all 320kbps).
    Second, the weight is just perfect and it does not require a battery. On the other hand, Beats-Studio and Boss QC15 are a little bit heavier than the P5, especially the Beats.
    Third, the craftsman, it is made of Calf. leather and metal. Also, it is easy to replace the cable and the ear cups.
    Last but not the least, the brand, it is a legendary brand in making hi-end hi-fi audio boxes. I don't need to say much about the brand b/c it's out there, you can google it.
    The only disadvantage that P5 has, if I must pick up some cons, is the level of noise-cancelation. P5 is not doing the same function very well as Boss QC15 does, but the level of noise P5 cancels is quite sufficient.
    All in all, I am very pleased of the purchase, and in fact, I did do a lot of research on the P5 before I purchased, including the experiment of owning the other three headphones, I just have to say that P5 is the best MOBILE headphones out there.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers-Wilkins P5

    • Written by from MOUNT JULIET

    Awesome, awesome, awesome, the best and very comfortable and sound top to bottom is well balanced. Spend the money, and you will not be disappointed.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, questionable comfort and value

    • Written by from RYE

    I have owned the B&W p5's for about a month now, and i have to say that they have OUTSTANDING SOUND QUALITY. I own a pair of $500 Sony's which sound more or less the same as these headphones. However the main reason that I purchased these headphones was for comfort and leisure, which these headphones did not deliver. They feel wonderful over your ears for the first 5~8 minuets then become tiresome and you ears begin to hurt. B&W offers a year long free membership to their Society of Sound( a free program which allows the download of FLAC or lossless( super high quality)files.) which I believe was a nice inclusion from B&W.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!!!

    • Written by from Ramsey

    Ok, so for passive noise cancelling headphones... these are BY FAR the best on the market for this price! I have been through MANY headphones all of them being relatively expensive and for the price these blow all the rest out of the water! Not only is there NO plastic, they are extremely comfortable, and the sound quality is unmatched. Do remember that you will want to buy CD's and rip them in a loss-less format in order to take full advantage of them. I honestly can't say anything bad about them. Simply amazing!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Heaven to the ears (Ex Dre Beats Studio owner + comparison)

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Not an audiophile, but appreciate good music so hearing every note and instrument is important to me. Just sent my Etymotic Research EF2's in for repair and ran to Apple Store after and picked these up. Wanted some comfortable cans when I don't want to shove the EF2's into my ear canal. I have a pair of Dre Beats Studio at home, waiting for a new buyer. I like to compare them to ball players, the Beats are like Lebron, the P5's are like Kobe. They're both good, but Kobe is a better all around player.

    Beats:
    Pros
    - great headphones. Excellent with hip hop, pop, rock. Good with classical.
    - deeper warmer, punchier sound
    - looks
    - Hardcase is excellent

    Cons
    - Some classical music not as well defined
    - Poor build
    - doesn't work without batteries, grrrr.
    - remote mic poor sound and no volume control
    - looks
    - design will get dated quickly

    P5
    Pros
    - Sound is amazing. You can actually hear vocals! All genres shine through.
    - Built to last, feels like a heritage piece ala Dieter Rams.
    - Timeless design, looks and feels more high end.
    - Remote mic sounds much better and has volume control
    - replaceable earcups
    - low profile design, looks amazing on your head compared to the chunkiness of the Beats
    - comfortable even after many hours, unlike the Beats.

    Cons
    - The case is embarrassing, looks like a hand purse you bring to weddings and events. Functionally poor, it's a softcase as opposed to the Beats hardcase.

    Summary:
    For those deciding between the two, if you're looking for a more punchy heavy sound, go with the Beats. If you're looking for a well balanced clearer sound, go with the P5's. Let me be clear, this does NOT mean the P5's lack bass. They just don't overwhelm. The breaking point for me with the Beats was the battery consumption. They're died so many times on the train, and unless you're always carrying spares with you, you're screwed.

    The only reason I deducted a star is the poor excuse for a case. Seriously, you spend $300 and they couldn't include a hardcase like the Beats?

    Give them a week to break in. They sound tight in the beginning, but loosen up as you use them more.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Overall I find that these headphones are superb. The audio sounds gorgeous with really nice range. They are really well designed and the finish is lovely. The leather is super soft and you can get away with wearing them for extended periods of time. A little expensive, but worth every penny. Definitely superior than the Dr. Dre Beats, in my opinion.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Bose

    • Written by from Oceanside

    I had my heart set on the Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones (same price) for as long as I could remember. The day I was ready to purchase I went into the Apple store and gave them a demo. Good. Solid. Noise Canceled. (as expected). For some reason I picked up the P5s and gave them a try- same song, same volume. I was blown away. Sure, they don't have 'active' noise cancelation, but the sound was so superior that it did not matter. Love my P5 headphones.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stupidly good

    • Written by from Toronto

    I have tried Monster Beats, Bose, Sennheisers...nothing compares to the Bowers and Wilkins - I listen to everything - from Metal to Stoner to Doom to Post Rock...most other headphones couldn't deal with the drony bass that Doom is s full off - these headphones can. Buy them. Yeah, they're expensive, but they'll last forever and they sound amazing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING

    • Written by from CLECKHEATON

    Look great and no plastic, durable. only made of aluminium and leather. it gets better. these beauties sound amazing from the highs, midds and the lows are perfect. And the cable can be changed if u ever need to but stick with this one, got iPod remote and mic. really comfortable. beats are no where near as good as they are true perfection. when i plug them into my mac, the sound really comes out and i am blown away, much louder. a protective case is included and it really is a great case. don't buy a pair of beats, get a pair of true amazing sound quality headphones. Worth every penny

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    the best sound

    • Written by from vancouver

    I have owned lots of brands for headphones like B&O, Bose, Denon, but these are the best sound.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers and WICKED

    • Written by from Rigaud

    first off, these things are pretty...gorgeous actually.

    First time I saw these at the apple store, I fell in love and I knew I had to own them.

    Audio: 10/10
    Design: 10/10

    Real metal, real leather. The leather that touches your ears (black) are held on my strong magnets. Inside the left ear piece is the jack where you can switch between the two cords included. The switching of cords has become very easy.

    I've used these headphones everyday since Boxing day and nothing about these beauties is lacking.

    I almost forgot about the sound quality! I'll put it this way; after obtaining these headphones I INSIST on FLAC audio quality (which is lossless) or higher then average Mp3.

    (Using an terminal app called (FLUKE) will allow you to add your FLAC files to itunes)

    Sound is incredible. A MUST buy for anyone who listens to music.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Real world scenario

    • Written by from MAMARONECK

    Bought these during the Black Friday sale and used them for a few weeks. Here's a candid real world usage report.

    Build Quality
    Simply amazing piece of metal and leather, this is one of the most beautiful looking piece of tech I've owned. Truly ingenious industrial design. Other headphones may provide better sound quality for the price, but this is simply worth getting just for the build quality alone.

    Sound Quality
    Excellent as advertised. Very true to the original sound of music. Straightforward mids with clear highs, and a strong bass that doesn't intrude more than it should. The noise isolation is just right so you could hear every instrument that's recorded.

    Great for indoors and trains,
    Mostly use this at the office and home, this almost completely blocks off the white nose system and chatter at the office and can help in giving a nice quiet time at home. I commute via train and I can say this blocks surrounding noise well enough to still enjoy the audio.

    But not on a plane
    Last week I took this on a trip from JFK to LAX. Unfortunately this didn't come close in terms of noise cancellation compared to a Bose QC2. Airplane noise was very noticeable and I had to turn up the volume to get the music to an audible level. Understandable since it's not noise-canceling, but if it would have, the Bose would have become a Christmas gift. In a quiet environment I'll use the P5 than the Bose, but I'll continue to carry the Bose on the plane.

    Even though, this still deserves 5 stars with the excellent build and sound quality. Not a whole lot more gadgets under $300 will make you happier than owning a pair of P5s.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better then the Bose On-Ear headphones

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I recently purchased the B&W P5 headphones and I am more then happy with them. I have owned the Bose On-Ear headphones for 2 years and while satisfied with its sound I could not resist the P5.
    Comparing the two, the sound quality of the P5 is noticeably better from the start then the On-Ear. The sound of the P5 is much more clear and natural. The build quality of the P5 is also much better then the On-Ear. It's kind of like comparing Bentley (P5) to a BMW 3 series (On-Ear). The P5 is made of leather and steel while the On-Ear is plastic & synthetic fabric. The only benefits of the On-Ear are is it is a little lighter, (but I do not notice the weight difference when on my head) and the On-Ear folds up, making it a little bit more portable.
    I was told the mic on the P5 sounded natural when on the phone and the controls are very convenient for basic iphone controls.
    Overal the P5's are great headphones that sound great, look great, and are very comfortable. I highly recommend them.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really solid performance with iPhone & iPad - not on my MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I picked these up from the Apple Store and I must say, I am very impressed. The P5's produce a very rich and solid sound.

    I am not an audiophile by any means, but I do enjoy good headphones and earbuds and have invested in a few different "higher-end" pairs. For the "average" music listener, these headphones are worth the money, if you have it to spend.

    However, I have been testing them all day, and I'm not sure why, but, the P5's do not seem to re-produce the same sound from the iPhone/iPad on a MacBook Pro. I've tried a number of different genre's of music, and tested them from iPhone to MBP and iPad to MBP using the same song, and they sound different. The mid's seem really loud and the bass seems to be flat. But, switching them back to the iPhone or iPad and the sound is once again rich and full.

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the different power output that each device can produce and how it works with the impedance of the P5's, but there is a difference.

    All-in-all, a good investment for the right device.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing headphones but has one major flaw

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I've had my p5s for a little under 3 years now, and I have to say they are amazing headphones. The sound quality can't be matched (doesn't compensate any mid frequency sounds with high levels of bass or treble), and they work great at isolating sound so all you really hear is the music. They are also quiet comfortable headphones will leather for both the ear pads and headrest.

    However it does have a major flaw in that its cables are cheaply made. At least B&W thought about this ahead and made it so that the cables (and ear pads) are easily replaceable, but I've gone through 6 of them already and going to my 7th now (my 6th one just broke, when a friend of mine tugged at cable while it was attached to my iphone in my pocket. I haven't had any problem with B&W to get replacements but still its a minor annoyance that shouldn't be happening.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Verry good

    • Written by from Lansdale

    I have this headphones,sounds it's verry natural,loud,bass perfect. Note 10+

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Stunning

    • Written by from Yorba Linda

    When I purchased the Bowers and Wilkins P5's I knew they would not disappoint. These are by far the best pair of headphones I have even owned or seen. The build quality is unheard of these days, all metal and leather. The sound is absolutely beautiful. There is no obnoxious bass, everything is perfectly balanced. These headphones are also extremely comfortable to wear, with their plush earpads with memory foam. The case that is included with the P5's is very stylish, and has outstanding build quality. By far the best purchase I have made in a long time! I definitely recommend these to anyone who likes amazing sound. You will be satisfied with the build quality and sound! Thank you Bowers and Wilkins for making such an outstanding product.

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