• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    amazing

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Incredible sound, clarity, bass, comfort, timbre of voice and instruments. Comfortable, engaging, and seem to be really well constructed with quality materials. Great with acoustic and slower songs, but DO NOT ROCK! Oh well. Mellow out with these.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic headphones

    • Written by from LONDON

    They can look quite expensive but they allow such a new and wonderful listening experience that they are worth it. it is really another way of listening the sound though this brand that i have recently discovered which is the top for audio. Every penny is well spent. Besides the quality/price relation is much better than BOSE products. And keep in mind that the guarantee support from B&W, should you have any problem with the product is very efficient and fast

    6 of 7 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.

    11 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont't waste your time with anything else.

    • Written by from SALEM

    -perfect balance of everything
    -extremely comfortable
    for 300 dollars theres is nothing better

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Like hearing music for the first time

    • Written by from Washington

    Wow . . . Just . . . wow. Listening to a song through these headphones is like listening to that song for the first time. Amazing separation and a full range let's you hear the song like the artist intended. I heard synth parts I didn't know existing, tambourine fills that I never knew were there. After an hour, I didn't want to take them off.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    14 of 114 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    CREAM OF THE CROP!

    • Written by from edmonton

    Perfection, is probably the best way to describe these headphones. I live & work in a downtown area and need headphones that can integrate with my iphone for answering phone calls..etc My first trial was with the beats solo hd and they were not bad. Great control talk feature except it stopped working after only a few days?? Not to mention they really hurt my ears after a short while. So I decided to upgrade to the beats studio..Big Mistake! First time I put these headphones on I realized they must have been designed for individuals with giant heads. Sound quality was just ok, slightly better than the Solo HD but way too large and clunky!l Next I moved on to the V Moda Crossfire LP and loved them! Sound quality was leaps & bounds better than either of the beats, unfortunately I have a smaller head and these headphones are quite heavy and kept falling off my head.. to bad cause I really liked them! Next I tried the Bose AE2, and they were by far the most comfortable headphones that I had tried thus far. But the sound that came out of them made my ears bleed (literally) Super crisp & clear but harsh and no low-end..Plus no control talk mechanism! So after reading many reviews and trying them out at my local apple store, I tried the P5 from Bowers & Wilkins...WOW! Amazingly comfortable, beautiful sound, great build quality & absolutely gorgeous. If Anyone ever tells you these headphones aren't worth every penny, then they really don't care about quality sound & craftmanship. Trust me, these are the Aston Martin of mobile headhpones!!

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Music never sounded so gooood

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I had been looking for a pair of headphones for quiet sometime during which I tried a few different brands such as Bose, Denon and Dr.Dre's. But, there was something different about B&W P5 headphones. These headphones were made of pure leather and stainless steel/brushed aluminum and had no plastic look in ( compared to the others). B&W P5's sound absolutely amazing and you hear things in tracks you never knew even existed. These headphones also work as a mic and if you happen to have an Iphone it works well with the hands free calling. Overall, I'm really impressed with the built and sound quality as it is very comfortable on the ears. When I went to purchase it from the apple store in Manhattan, it was the only head set that was completely sold out ( there were plently of Bose and Dr.Dre left on stock) as it is in very good demand!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Headphones are amazing...my only gripe, the case.

    • Written by from BOTHELL

    As you've read already, these headphones are amazing. The case, for me is a bit lackluster. It's got this diamond quilted pattern and a silver nameplate on the front. It looks more like a Kate Spade bag than anything else. You also have to adjust the headphones back down to their original size in order to fit it back in. I'm using a Waterfield Large iPod Gear Pouch instead. I don't have to adjust the headphones back down and it holds all of my accessories in the side pockets. Perfect.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm Kicking myself for not buying these first.

    • Written by from Gretna

    So I heard a pair of these, and I was blown away. They sound much more natural than my Dre Beats Studios, and have a lot more power and depth than my Audiotechnica's, and in my opinion, even sound more full than Bose QuietComforts. I realize that this model doesn't use active noise canceling, but the noise isolation is just as good (if not better) than Dre's active noise canceling. It's not as good as Bose, but Bose headphones make me nauseas anyway. In my opinion, these are the best for the price.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Headphones

    • Written by from Chicago

    These headphones are outstanding. Defined, warm sound with great definition. The build quality is top notch and they are comfortable to wear. Worth the price. I highly recommended these headphones.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I tried so many headphones to find the right ones and these are from far the best. The built is great and the conception very smart. When it comes to the sound, it is crisp and clear and very close to the music you are listening to regardless of the type!

    I definitely recommend those!

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You won't regret it

    • Written by from Hillsboro

    So, you read through all these reviews. Why wouldn't you? This headphone, along with a few others on here, are pretty expensive. Yet, they aren't the most expensive: There are two others on here that are 100-150 dollars more (Sennheiser and Beats Pro respectively). However, the P5s are the best of the bunch. Actually, out of all of the headphones for consumers (not studio procution/recording, etc...) the P5s are hands down the best in audio quality.

    The build quality on the P5 is astounding. Really. For $300, it feels like they are giving you so much more. The sound quality is amazing. It is truly "high fidelity." You can hear things that you never did before. Just be careful not to listen to Pandora too much without turning on the "high quality" option on the stream on your iPhone. The mistake I made was not turning that on and I was thinking my headphones had a defect!

    Also, as previous reviews mention, you need to have them play for a good 15-20 hrs before they really settle in and sound their best. That and make sure your music is encoded at a high bitrate. Mine is all 320. Apple Lossless would be great but it takes up way too much space on my hard-drive.

    Before I purchased these from the Apple store, I did lots of research and made sure that these were going to be perfect. My biggest concern was that the on-ear design would hurt my ears. I had a pair of Grado headphones a while back and they would hurt so much. I ended up giving them away after one of the sides gave out on the bass. These headphones, the P5s, however always seem to take to the brink. I think they are going to hurt and they seem to get a bit warm, but then they never do hurt. Its almost magical. Not sure what is going on. The New Zealand sheep leather is very soft and the padding below it begins to break in to fit nicely.

    The bass really isn't there as much as you would like. This isn't their fault. B&W has produced amazing headphones that don't interfere with the music. They present you the music as it is without meddling with it. There is no equalizer that makes the bass louder or the trebles higher. You can set that on your device yourself if you would like. If there is suppose to be genuine bass, then you will see it. However, most Rap and Hip/Hop songs reduce some of the bass in their songs because they know people will boost it up in their cars, on their headphones, etc...So, with that, the P5s are able to recreate bass just fine (less than the Beats though) but keep in mind that they are not trying to change anything: keeping things as natural as possible.

    Lastly, what you will notice here with the P5s is that the middle notes are really there. Not a combination of bass and treble mixing at exaggerated volumes to compensate for a middle. I mean, truly, that the middle range is present and stands on its own. Its amazing to hear the full violin bow stroke and to be able to hear a single strand of horse hair snap on a down stroke (kidding, but you get the hyperbole : ).

    So, if I were to compare these headphones to a different category of products, I would say that the Apple headphones that you get with your iPhone/iPod are like watching standard definition TV. The Bose/Beats headphones are like watching a DVD on a 720p screen. And the B&W P5s are a Blueray playing on a 1080p. You can really tell the difference. And for the same price as the others, you are better off getting the most stylish, no battery needed, top of the line high fidelity headphones. Plus, they are cheaper than the Beats Pro and the Sennheiser travel set. This is a no-brainer.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    10 of 101 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You can make them even better

    • Written by from Penfield

    Having owned many "studio" headphones, I have been pleased with the sound, construction quality and overall comfort of the P5s. On my MacBook Pro, they sound pretty good connected directly, but using a dedicated USB audio device like the Griffin iMic makes a dramatic improvement in definition and low end punch.

    On my iMac based home system, I use an M-Audio Transit that completely isolates the audio from computer power supply noise when you use the fiber-optic output connected to a DAC or receiver. You won't realize how much a computer contributes to the noise floor until it is gone.

    If you want even more improvement, try a small headphone amplifier. I would recommend the P5s to anyone who enjoys headphone listening and can hear the difference between OK and exceptional sound.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 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.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound, Comfortable fit.

    • Written by from LONDON

    Everything I want to say about these gorgeous cans have been said by most other reviewers.

    They sound incredible. Better than any headphones I've ever used and I've owned my share of studio headphones (AKG, Shure, Sennheiser, etc.)

    Totally modular, replace the chords easily, or the headphone covers themselves.

    Super comfortable. Ultra high quality super soft leather. It drowns out the sound around really nicely. I was actually surprised at how well it achieved this.

    I was looking for headphones to replace the iphone in-ear buds. I go through a pair of those every few months and my ears are such that neither the buds nor the noise cancelling rubber tipped ones stay in my ear very well. I find them uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time and the sound quality was mediocre at best. I had been considering some other ear buds but couldn't find anything that stayed in my ears or gave me the sound quality i was looking for. I then turned to the foldable Sennheisers, but the remote/mic didn't fully support the iPhone 4 and the sound quality wasn't quite there.
    I had done quite a bit of research on the P5's and they seemed like they might be a good alternative. Then I had the opportunity to try 'em out. Within a few minutes of use I knew I would be leaving the store with a pair.

    With the high price tag I am still a bit wary about wearing them around wherever I go, but the more I use them the more I want them with me at all times.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 28 people found this useful