• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'M IN LOVE!!!

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I finally went for the plunge! I'm in love with these headphones. Very comfortable to wear and the sound is outstanding with the right lows, mids and highs. The classiest piece of headphones I have ever worn. Love the packaging and pouch. Definitely worth the price.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones I Have Ever Owned Hands-Down

    • Written by from New Orleans

    I have had these headphones for a year now. Now I can't say that these are the best headphones in the Apple Store because I haven't tried every headphone. But I would wager they would be. They are certainly the best I have ever owned. Here's the pros and cons:

    - Incredible design; practical, functional and aesthetic. From the adjustment mechanism, to the tangle-resistant and snag-free wire, to the brushed aluminum and supple leather, this product is deliberately and thoughtfully designed and built to last a long time.
    - Comfortable to wear for extended listening sessions indoors. I find I can wear them 2-3 hours before wanting to take a break.
    - Passive noise canceling that effectively blocks out almost all of the surrounding environment.
    - Audio quality; I'm not an experienced audiophile, but the bass sounds spot-on, and I've heard more in my music than I ever thought there was. The sound field is very expansive; sometimes something in my music sounds like it is coming from another area of my house.
    - Phone, iPod and Siri functionality works through the inline controls and my voice is clear to my callers and Siri through the microphone, even while during windy walks in the city.
    - Included suede-lined pouch has been durable after a year of transport in my backpack.
    - The two-year warranty and Society of Sound membership are great bonuses.

    - In warmer weather, while wearing outdoors they can be uncomfortable and get sweaty, so I am going to start using the B&W C5s in these instances.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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

    4 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the price. Best in Class

    • Written by from Pickering

    Anyone in the Audiophile Industry knows about the build and sound quality of Bowers and Wilkens speakers..These headphones are fantastic. Having tried BOSE QC and Dr Dre's in the $300-$400 prince range, the P5's are better in every category. Bulid Design (All stainless steel and NZ leather). Sound is detailed, mids are clear and the bass is clean not boomy. The sound leans a llttle to the warm side but never do your ears get fatigued. If you are looking for headphone in the $300 range. Put the P5's on the top of your list. You will not be disspointed.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK phones. Build quality disappoints. Super cheap cable.

    • Written by from brooklyn

    The phones are good, but the build quality i expected from a B&W branded product is lacking. The headband wrapped in leather hides a cheap piece of plastic where a full metal frame should have been.

    The biggest disappointment is the cable: it is cheap, like airplane free headphones cheap, and really contrasts the phones it's attached to. The build quality of the cable is terrible: after only 2 months of use, the inline mic and controls no longer work, and the jack, if moved around a bit, creates wild variation in volume.

    Basically the cable has to be replaced after just 2 months of use. Not acceptable for a product with a $300 price tag. Curious how fast this "premium" product will fall apart.

    18 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply outstanding product

    • Written by from San Juan

    In short I can say unequivocally that it is the best product I bought in my life after my Mac computers and iOS products. Far better musical quality than the Bose QC 15, the Beats Pro, the Klipsch Image One, Sennheiser etc. If you are a music lover and looking for a headset for your mobile devices, look no further. Get the B & W P5.Your ears thank you.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Headphones

    • Written by from Denver

    By way of comparison, I previously had Grado SR225's as my office headphones. I loved the sound quality, but the foam seamed to deteriorate pretty quickly for a $$250 purchase. I bought the P5's after reading numerous glowing reviews, and I'd have to say that each one of those was pretty much spot on.

    These are perfect for the workplace, due to the noise isolation qualities. This pertains to both blocking out the environmental sounds around you, but also music escaping your headphones and bothering others. The Grado's are an open design, which means that your neighbors get to share whatever it is that you are listening to as well.

    The P5's are incredibly comfortable to wear, and I've not had the "hot ears" issue that others mentioned. Granted I'm in a nice air conditioned office in Boulder, CO, but I am usually susceptible to things like that. No problems whatsoever.

    The design is the most gorgeous one out there, and certainly puts the Grado's "Radar O'Reily" look to shame. They are sleek, unobtrusive, and just ooze quality. Better yet, I don't look like a wanna-be rapper or hip hop star sporting Dre's Beats.

    Sound quality is simply amazing, and I have actually detected certain parts of tracks that I never noticed before. This is a really cool comparison to run these through... pick a song that you know inside and out, and then listen to it with your old cans and the P5's. Crazy, right?!?!

    Anyhow, they are super spendy at $300, but they are truly worth every penny. I splurged on these for my new job, and I'm sure that I'm amortizing the cost daily thanks to increased productivity and happiness. Sure they don't do my work for me, but they make it a heck of a lot more fun to do!

    Buy em... you'll love em...

    46 of 47 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding performance for the price

    • Written by from Honolulu

    The P5's are excellent headphones. Bowers and Wilkins is a company that knows what they are doing. The clarity and warmth of the sound is just hard to beat for the price and they are exceptionally comfortable for "on ear" headphones. These beat the QC2/QC15's hands down in audio clarity and quality. These headphones are a great deal for the price.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    makes me smile

    • Written by from Lillestrøm

    The B&W p5 is fulfilling my need for headphones. I am a headphone geek, and have Grado, Dr Dre, Koss, Bose and Etymotics in my posession. The P5 from B&W are simply awesome. They reproduce the music you play, be it heavy on bass or heavy on vocals or jazzy tunes, in an intriguing, reliable and entertaining way. Details are correct and will reveal the quality from the source. Use lossless or high level mp3`s and you will be in soundheaven. Play 128 mp3 and they will sound like ..........128 mp3! Build quality is awesome! Metal and leather will never be wrong. If your ears are divided by some distance, they might feeel a bit tight. But if you consider yourself normal,they will fit snuggly. Run and buy!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be 5 star but, I can not find replacement cord

    • Written by from Sandy

    I love these headphones, the sound quality is great. I apparently do not have the most sophisticated hearing. From what I am reading, one reviewer wrote that the headphones are best for Classical, Jazz. I listen to everything from Pop, R&B, Country and most everything but heavy metal or death metal. From what I have heard from my P5's, I think the headphones can handle and provide great listening for anything I throw its way.

    Yes, the price is steep but, I buy quality not quantity and if you are good at keeping things and not destroying them quickly, I would say spend the money for a quality listening experience. If you have the money and want to purchase quality headphones, I don't think you can go wrong with the P5's.

    Here is where I want to submit my lack of providing a fifth star. My single gripe is that I caught the cord to many times on things and my control cord no longer works correctly. I have to push the one end of the cord in to get hearing in the right ear. This was my fault, nothing B&W did however, I can't find a control cord out there on the web for under $60 to save my life, to be honest, I haven't even found 1 pair even over $60. I did hear through the internet of a pair on B&W website for $60 (or close to) but, I wasn't able to link to the B&W page to look at it.

    So my gripe is that if they (B&W) want to sell great headphones, make the availability of the replacement parts available to purchase as well. The best way I can think of is to do this through the Apple Store which I purchased the headphones through.

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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

    14 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I've used!

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I have been using these p5 headphones for 2 days straight! I mean they have not come off my head since I got them. Now I have been through just about every pair of headphones you can imagine. I have used Bose QC15's, Beats by Dr.Dre, and a pair of Sony's I picked up a while back. Now I did like the fact that all of the other headphones where noise canceling, but they were so big and clunky. But I was surprised to find while driving with the windows down to my car I did not hear a thing! I guess the P5's rally do cqncle noise. Now for sound quality these blow the compition away! They sound so much clearer than the Beats and more balanced than the Bose.

    I would rate them in the following 1-P5, 2-Bose QC15, 3-Beats by Dr.Dre, 4-Sony

    P5 Ratings
    Sound quality 10/10
    Build quality 10/10 (all medal and leather!)
    Comfort 9/10
    Overall rating 10/10

    41 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome headphones

    • Written by from Bratislava

    I own these headphones for two months and I just have to say one word: AWESOME! Their sound is really natural and clear! I love and really recommend them to everyone!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flat response - great sounds and retro style

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    First off I am not an over the ear headphone guy but I wanted something for work. The sound is flat and very realistic. If you are a base head forget it but for sure listing these are great.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely No Buyer's Remorse

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    The Bowers & Wilkins P5 is the first "real" headphones that I purchased.

    The remote control features work just like the Apple in-ear headphones that I have and work with both my Mac Pro and the iPad that my children gave me for Christmas. The noise isolation is much better than the Apple in-ear headphones. (My ear canals don't conform to Apple's standards as their headphones keep falling out.) The sound is excellent and sounds more natural on both the iPad and the Mac Pro.

    The one complaint is the length of the cord. I can't lean back in my chair and relax while I listen to music or watch a movie on my 30" Apple Cinema Display.

    Does anyone know a source for a 4-conductor extension cable that allows one to use the remote controls and the microphone?

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Espoo

    Dropped the headphones on floor once (1m height, wood laminate floor), lost left channel. No warranty. There is no repair offered to these headphones, no spare parts available apart from the cords and earpads. Great sound quality, against popular belief of full metal/leather construction, P5 has a plastic frame under the leather on the outside.

    35 of 56 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but expensive

    • Written by from Jersey City

    The sound quality is really good, seems to be a lot more balanced than the Beats and the tone through mid and high are much clearer. Construction is solid and the headphones have a cool retro vibe to them. It took me a couple of times to figure out how to sit them on my ears for best sound quality, but once I did the sound was great. Beats are awesome if you like real condensed solid bass type sound, but if you want to run through the sound spectrum these are a much better option. They're a bit expensive, that and the fact that the headphone cables a little flimsy in feel, stop me giving them a 5. But overall I rate these higher than Beats solo HD and Bose, both of which I've used.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfort +++++, Audio Quality +++++

    • Written by from Reno

    For me the comfort is great, I have a pair of older Bose noise canceling units and these are superior, and the on-ear design is exceptionally comfortable. The audio quality is top notch especially on vocals, The dynamic range is really good, and make these units stand out. I don't like heavy bass drowning everything else out, these have great balance, the bass is good just not the only focus. No disappoints, these are good high quality headphones.

    9 of 12 people found this useful