• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get your money's worth!

    • Written by from Coventry

    I spent ages searching for a decent pair of headphones & it soon dawned on me that I maybe paying in excess of £150. At first I was reluctant to part with so much. Yeah you can notice the difference between a £10 pair from your local electrical store & a pair costing 10 times as much but I find it utterly ridiculous that anyone can genuinely hear a difference between say, a £100 pair and a £1000 pair so I really think anyone claiming otherwise is full of... well, you know.

    I been extremely happy with the Monster Tour's ive been using for about a year now so i figured my first stop should be either the Monster Solo's or Studio's... The sound quality of both was great & just what Ild expected, but I quickly discovered the build of both felt pretty flimsy & after a bit more research I found a lot of horror stories from people saying theirs had snapped &/or fallen apart shockingly quickly. So between this, the fact the Studios require batteries & are so big they make you look like Princess Leia, I soon ruled these out.

    Next I happened to stumble across the Bang & Olufsen Form 2's, while browsing through their store & at first glance they seemed ideal. Beautiful design, not too obtrusive & amazing sound quality. The price was also a surprise… £130! Unfortunately I did have a couple of gripes; the ear pads are rough & really not very durable (oh & the replacements will cost you £30). Secondly they didn't have an inline remote/mic. Not the end of the world I grant you, but as im looking for something to pair up with my iPhone & MacBook it was a major flaw.

    So finally I got to the B&W P5's. I adore their Zeppelin iPod player so I was expecting big things from these. Straight from the off I knew I had a winner. With real leather & brushed metal the build quality was not only the best looking (by far) but massively superior to anything Ild ever picked up. Also, they seemed to have thought of everything. The ear pads are not just incredibly comfy but magnetic so if (for reasons that I cant fathom, given the quality) you have to replace one, it couldn't be easier. Plus, if you've ever been like me and plagued with cables/jacks wearing and snapping through vigourous use and your sound cutting in & out as a result, you'll be happy to know the they are easily replaceable. So off to a good start, but I really put these to the test while on a trans Atlantic flight & Ive got to say for about 5 hours of constant use they were perfect! Drowning out engine noise, emitting gorgeous sound & still remaining comfortable. I honestly cant fault the P5's, with just one exception. Since owning these, Ive gone back through my iTunes and re-ripped most of my collection to the highest quality so I can enjoy all the tracks the way they were meant to be listened to.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best I've found...

    • Written by from Bradenton

    These are seriously one of the most well rounded headphones I've ever had the pleasure of owning. Great build quality, excellent sound quality - extremely good range and natural sound, no fake bass and treble enhancement here! Good long-time wearability and with the sound as natural as it is you won't want to take them off. Had my heart set on a pair of Beats Studio headphones but these are really in the same league, if not better according to my ears. Except of course for the lack of active noise cancellation.

    You can't go wrong with these.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    So I've had the headphones for a week or two and I think I'm finally ready to write a proper review.

    Build:
    Very sturdy. You wont be worried about these headphones breaking any time soon. I love the fact that these are only leather and metal. The headphones rotate flat for safe and easy storage. The metal it's self is very sturdy and the leather and memory foam are very soft and plush. They don't hurt my ears at all but then again I have a smaller head. The design is very well engineered. For many of the parts, if they break there is an easy way to remove/replace them. One thing that I'm a bit worried about is the fact that there is a cord covered in cloth out in the open right in-between the speaker and the head rest. It doesn't seem like a big problem but just giving a heads up.

    Sound:
    At first they don't seem like they are all they are made out to be but do not fear, they started sounding better and better with usage. I recommend to keep using them and listen to all your favourite artists/songs and you'll start to head just how amazing they are. The other good thing about these unlike the beats, the sound doesn't leak like crazy. If you have your music up really load then people directly next to you will hear music but theres no need to have your music up that loud because these headphones are fairly good at keeping noise out. By no means are they amazing but they do a satisfactory job. The headphones hit the notes nicely and there isn't any trembling with the volume up high. By the way. The base is rather good. Its not as strong as the Beats by Dr. Dre but you still get more with these headphones overall in my opinion.

    The case:
    Its nice, not great though. Doesn't offer any protection to the headphones but thats not a huge deal because the headphones are pretty tough.

    Some other things to know:
    The headphone jack is very small and will fit into most iPhone 4 cases. I have a Elementcase Vapor Nickle case and they fit like a charm and that was one of my main concerns because my iPhone is my iPod too. Last thing, the remote and mic on the cord works rather nicely unlike the one on the beats which broke for me almost right away. The remote also has a rewind feature via 3 presses of the centre button which is something I've wanted for a while.

    Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. Definitely recommend these to everyone if you have the money. Sorry about the long review but hey, If your spending this much money, you need the info!

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply the Best

    • Written by from Alabaster

    By far the best pair of headphones I have ever owned or even tried. Extremely comfortable to wear for long listening periods and the sound quality is incredible. Although the P5 is not focused on sound cancelation, these headphones do a great job at eliminating outside sound. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and sold on B&W for life.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't go wrong!

    • Written by from Clearwater

    I've had these headphones going on several months now. The sound quality is amazing considering you can use these without a headphone amp. Since I got these, I've been rediscovering my music collection and can vouch that they work in all genre's. However, if you want excessive and unnatural booming bass, look elsewhere. Not that the bass on the B&W's isn't powerful (it is), but don't expect bass bloat. This is an accurate and musical audiophile device - not prone to altering the character of the music it's being fed. The build quality is superb and the aesthetics are impressive. Even the storage pouch they come in reeks class. If there is one drawback, it's that they tend to move when eating. The chewing motion of your jaw tends to move them off your ears, requiring periodic adjustment. A small nit to pick for sure. While $300. is not chump-change, particularly in this economic climate, it's a very inexpensive way to enter the world of high-end audio. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones

    • Written by from Voorheesville

    These headphones have very good quality, but they are very expensive. I recommend these headphones for people who really want great sound without all of the wires.

    3 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    P5 by B&W is just amazing

    • Written by from Baltimore

    P5 is just..awesome. Amazing sound, quality material, really comfortable, unique design.... The only down side is that it is little pricey. But it is worth it

    5 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones without a Headphone Amp, PERIOD!

    • Written by from Yellow Jacket

    If you’re going to listen to headphones without a headphone amp, these are without doubt the best there is. They are very low ohm load, which is crucial if you want accurate sound, with a device like iPod, iPad, or any computer. I have far too many high costly headphones such as Sennheiser 650, top of the line AKG’s, Beyerdynamics, amongst others. Yes these expensive headphones sound better with an $1000 amp. They are designed to be used with an expensive amp. However if you care to move around, or don’t plan on investing in VERY expensive headphones and an expensive amp, you’d be insane not to grab these incredible B&W’s, nothing comes even close!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 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.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones I Have Ever Used

    • Written by from Carrollton

    I recently purchased these headphones after a very long and drawn out saga where I waffled back and forth between these and the Bose QC-15 headphones.

    I eventually chose these for their superior sound quality, build quality, and materials.

    Yeah, I lose out on the active noise canceling, but these fit so well and block out so much, it hardly seems missed at all.

    If you can afford them, and you want the best sound you can have, without overly processed bass, then these fit the bill. Now if only iTunes store music where not so compressed...

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes Bose look like cheap toy manufacturers

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    I've always loved the sound of the Bose Around-Ear headphones, but was never happy with the low quality of their product. The main problem I always had with them was how the cord eventually breaks from the audio jack.

    These Bowers & Wilkins headphones look great, they sound even more amazing, and have beautiful top-quality construction. The cord is even changeable when you pop the cushion off the headphone!!! (My favorite feature, aside from the brilliant sound)

    I know these will be a great investment to last a long time (longer than the 1 year Bose headphones so) and are worth every dollar.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so comfy on an XL head

    • Written by from Anchorage

    I so wanted to buy these headphones; the sound is as good as other reviewers have attested. Alas, like so many others, they don't expand large enough to be comfortable on me. In order to fit on my 7-5/8 hat-size head (also tall; think John Kerry shape head), the band had to be too far forward; thus, they kept falling off the front of my head. They were also tight enough on the ears that they were uncomfortable after just a few minutes. I guess I'm stuck with Bose. Whatever shortcomings they may have, the QC-15s are comfortable on a big head beyond compare.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Listen To Music the Way It Was Meant To Be Enjoyed

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    The sound quality and dynamic exceeds anything I've heard from another headset. Extensive listening is comfortable. Crisp bass, mid, and treble are perfectly balanced. Worth every penny of three hundy. Get down on these.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Smooth operators

    • Written by from bradford

    Comfort. Quality. Class.
    I had no idea what I was missing - the sound is magnificent. Upper and lower end equally strong. Rich bass without the boom.I look forward to re-discovering my entire collection.
    You get what you pay for.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    They've changed how I listen to music

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I just have to say that they are worth every penny. Not only am I hearing things in my music I never heard before, but listening to my music with these headphones has become an experience in itself. No longer is music just for the car ride to work and back, but with these headphones, I would gladly sit for hours on end just listening.

    Insanely comfortable and the sound quality is stellar. Even though they're not noise canceling, the memory foam is so thick that you can't hear anything anyway.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pain is intense

    • Written by from Greenwood Village

    I wanted so badly to like these headphones. They look fantastic and the build quality is incredible. There is so much attention to every detail in the design of the headphones. They are lust-worthy.

    The sound is phenomenal. I will echo others who've described the sound as being warm. The bass is present but not overwhelming. I heard details in my digital music that I've never heard before. I will now be on a search to find something that delivers similar sound fidelity but with more comfort.

    Unfortunately the pressure applied by the P5s is simply too uncomfortable. The cartilage around my ears begins to hurt after about 10 to 15 minutes. Once my ears begin to hurt they are practically unusable. I have to constantly adjust them to relieve pressure. I bought them for a recent flight to Boston and while they were very good at isolating noise and producing good sound at lower volumes, my ears hurt for about a day after my flight. For this kind of money, I simply can't keep them and try to "break them in."

    56 of 75 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound is killer, pain from wearing them is killing me!

    • Written by from Manchester

    I love these headphones so much, but after 10-12 hours of wearing them my head feels like it is just pounding. The sound is really great but whenever I wear them my head just feels like it's going to explode. They really sound great though and I highly recommend a pair if you enjoy loud clear music with vice clamp comfort. They sound really good.

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound... but...

    • Written by from San Carlos

    I bought these cans as soon as they came out. A bit pricey, but I was hoping for the B&W standard of sound... They don't disappoint in that area.

    My only "complaint" is that the over the ear design gets a tad uncomfortable after long listening... and that may be due to the shape of my own ears, but something to consider.

    Using them on the iPhone when a call comes in is a tad strange too, cause the mic is excellent, but you can't hear your own voice through the phones... making it hard to hear yourself talk.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bigheads beware!

    • Written by from Vaudreuil Dorion

    They sound gorgeous, but if you have a large head and wear glasses, you might not find them as comfortable as others do.

    Because they "clamp" to your ears, I have to remove every 15 minutes or so because my upper ear feels like it's burning.

    They might loosen up over time, and the sound quality is worth the pain!!

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 14 people found this useful