• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    True to the recording

    • Written by from Newton

    Having been raised in a music-oriented household, B&W was a name that was equated with top-of-the line. I remember about 12-15 years ago when my dad set up our B&W home surround sound system.... I was blown away by the richness of the sound and the loyalty to the actual recording. The bass wasn't excessive and I could tell that what I was hearing was how the artist and sound engineers wanted the track to sound. The first time I put on the P5s at the Apple Store, I was blown away just like I had been years ago.

    While these cans will not deliver the most intense bass possible (if you're looking for those try the Beats by Dre) and they aren't truly noise-cancelling like the Bose QC 15s (they are noise-isolating though, which actually gets rid of a lot of noise naturally), they are the richest sounding headphones I've tried at this price point. Again, B&W has focused on making the sound as true to the recording as possible. And when sitting at work, on the subway, or walking around in the city, I couldn't be any happier with a pair of headphones.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from carlton north

    wow, i have been intrigued by B&W ever since i purchased a zeppelin for my ipod (a year ago)... subsequently, i can't help but to get the panorama for my TV but, i have never thought i will have something to take with me on my hours of travels in planes and airports (also by B&W) accompanied by my ipod touch + ipod nano i must admit... a bit of a crazy shopper, but a serious apple addict at heart...
    if i were to sum it up, i would say it has the signature B&W stamp on its sound and regardless if u are an audiophile or just enthusiastic with beautiful un-distracting clear clean sound, this is definitely one of the better choices for headphones... as a shopaholic (not unlike myself) would tell you, i have also tried the noise cancelling BOSE and DR. DRE (yo - mann -), and as much as i love the idea of noise cancelling and deep heavy bass beats it recreates, i immediately second guess my needs for such features (god is the dj, i'm just a listener)... on top of that, having to switch it on and the extra chore of rechargeable batteries (i like to think i love the environment), and then put it back into the headphones + the slight heat and very quite but OHM like buzz sound, are just not part of my repertoire as i have too much charging already going on with my laptop(S), phones, ipad, ipod(S), iphones... gosh... it's time for a solar charge my friendS! B&W however, you have done it again :-D

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Phoenix

    I bought these as a replacement to my numerous pairs of in ear headphones. They are great? You notice stuff in the music that you've never heard before. They are expensive so if you want a bass heavy headphone get the Beats but these are the best all around portable headphones made. Great for movies also.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, stylish and above all else faultless sound quality.

    • Written by from Halifax

    Comfortable, stylish and above all else faultless sound quality.

    The P5's sound reproduction is warm but flat—these cans are capable of reproducing a full low-end; but only if it exists in the recording.

    As others have mentioned these headphones will reveal differences in recordings that might be masked by other headphones. If you audition them in the Apple Store, bring your own iPod device with an album worthy of the P5's capabilities—I suggest the remastered recording of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Radiohead's Kid A is also a worthy contender.

    It's not that lesser recordings sound bad through the P5's, but they won't give you an accurate idea of the their abilities.

    The binaural recordings that B&W commissioned to celebrate the launch of the P5's show them off to best effect. You'll get access to these recordings, and other losslessly encoded albums. Since you get these albums for free (and there are many albums available for download, with many genres represented), access to them has the effect of significantly discounting the price of the 'phones—that is if the music is of interest to you (Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back is one of the albums)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a false product

    • Written by from RUSSELLVILLE

    i bought these headphone for in the house not in public... i also have the beats by dr dre studio....the P5's are horrible in comparison if you are going to spend money on a pair of good headphone get the Beats...not only do they sound better the look better.....

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice equipment

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Pros: great sound, even better looks, phone call clarity due to both ears getting pumped with sound unreal.
    Cons: I've gotten complaints that I don't sound like myself, when speaking through mic. I believe wire to be too frail, and placed on wrong side, when driving it's easy to get wire caught on steering wheel. Wire needs strain reliefs at both ends and a break away plug at end so as to protect phone jack from damage when being pulled to hard

    10 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones for the iPhone

    • Written by from The Woodlands

    I love these headphones. They're light and comfortable and sound great with the music on my iPhone. They were a great replacement for a famous brand in-ear phones I was using. Way better sound. Also include an in-line mike so I can answer calls. I have been surprised at how good the noise isolation works. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing audio

    • Written by from Aurora

    For the price I don't think you can beat the sound and build quality.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfort meets Quality

    • Written by from Mandeville

    The build and design of these headphones sets them apart from any other. The leather on my ears feel like little clouds. These Bowers & Wilkins bring out sounds in songs that I never knew existed before. Everything is crisp and clear unlike some competing headphones cannot do.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best headset

    • Written by from Scarborough

    this is perfect headset, best sound and best looking

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried Every Pair of Headphones, these are King!!!

    • Written by

    For starters, the headphones are a bit pricy but so far I have no complaints. Piece of advice, look at reviews, specs, comparisons, look at headphones and test before purchasing and you'll be a happy customer. I checked out Monsters, Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, etc. and these seem to have everything I was looking for. Clarity, Reliability, Convenience, Sound, Style, Durability, etc. These headphones had it all, I needed them for production purposes (I do music, if you haven't guessed yet), they're perfect for the placement of instrument process during the mixdown. They're also good for simply listening to music, brings the songs to life, noticed sounds and instruments I didn't notice before. Have friends who own Monsters and Bose (more popular brands) and after a few months, are now busted (broken headband, earpad fell off, etc.) and that made my decision clear. If you have the money to spend, this will be a worthy purchase. Step ya headphone game up!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W Bliss

    • Written by from Bunkerville

    I have owned all the headsets that Bose makes, and love them... but these P5's are by far much better than the Bose ever were, in lows and in highs. I really bought these because I was looking for a headset with a mic, and these deliver there as well. Unbelievable. Very well paired with my iPhone4, and my iPad, and sound great on my Macbook Pro as well.

    The only compliant is my head is very large... and after a LONG time, these need to be adjusted so it doesn't hurt my ears. But VERY well worth it. If I had known that before I bought them, I still would have purchased. Exceptional.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, but lacks bass

    • Written by from Bjerringbro

    I tried these and i have to say, they sound like pure awesome, but if you listen to hard rock/metal i wouldn't recommend them, becuase they lack punch/bass to heavy guitar riffs and the drums, for Jazz, classic ans son on they shold be pure awesome

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Natural sound headphone

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I broke my old Klipsch in-ear phone and was looking for a replacement. I want to get a mobile on-ear phone this time, so I tested drive the Bose, V-moda & Monster Beats Solo but were scared by the unnecessary heavy bass. I think I am so used to the more balanced sound headphone since Kipsch is the same kind of headphone as B&W, going for a more balanced sound. When I tested this one, I like it very much. While I am saying this is a balanced sound headphone but it doesn't mean its bass is not good. It actually procduced powerful but comfortable bass, just not the DJ type bass.

    My major concern of this headphone is comfort. It's on-ear phone and that means it will produce some pressure on your ears, especially if you are waering glass like me. I have to give my ears a break every 30 mins or so. The carrying case isn't that good too and I prefer a hard case with better protection.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's not Memorex...

    • Written by from Toronto

    I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of little wing with these. I can now say I was standing right there in the studio... You may want to re-rip your stuff in full quality this time around. Good buy for the quality you get if you can appreciate the sound.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed - save your money !

    • Written by from Orleans

    These headphones are overpriced and do not deliver the promised sound quality. Now I am stuck with them, even though I would love to return them to the store, but it is too late now. The headphones do look good and are well made but just like one of the person mentioned on this forum they sound as if the music is muffled. My old Beyerdynamic DT 250-80 ohms headphones sound so much better. The B&W P5 are now collecting dust . . .

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superior Sound and Comfort

    • Written by from MILLERSVILLE

    Compared to the other headphones made for the iPhone this is superior in every way. Maybe if you are a DJ the Monster Beats would be a superior headphone because it sacrifices the midrange for overwhelming bass. The P5, however, is a serious hifi headphone. It responds sharply to the music and gives recordings clarity that no other headphone can reproduce with an iPod as a source.

    They are noise isolating and very good at doing so. They effectively shield you from the outside world. Compared to Bose's sound cancelling, it may let a little more noise in but the sound quality is still far superior. Moreover, there is no pressurized feeling that the NC feature creates that leads to listening fatigue. I compared these to some open-air models like the Grado i80 which audiophiles laud as the best value headphones. These sound better with my iPhone as the source. Perhaps a real amplifiers headphone jack would reveal some imperfections but for use with an iPod it simply does not get better than the P5.

    I wholly enjoy listening to music more than I did before I owned the P5s. Listening to low quality music is a low quality experience. Listening to high quality music with high quality equipment reveals an entirely different activity. The quality and emotion that musicians put into their work shines through when using the P5. Ballads suddenly convey the emotion of the singer in a way that lower quality gear cannot. I highly encourage these; all I can say is you'll never know how much fun listening to music can be until you experience a little hifi.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Transparent, even, and comfortable

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I record and listen to music more than anyone I know, and these headphones are a great representation of what you play through them. In NYC, as a music engineer and producer, it's hard to do the "car test" unless you own a car. Most of us don't, or don't always get a chance to use them. These headphones take the place of that "car test" for your mixes. I listen to them all over town... If your mix if off, they'll let you know it's not that good sounding. They're pretty noise isolating but not completely, which I dig because I don't want to get hit by a bus. They're super comfortable, streamline, built to last and sound noticeably better then ear-buds and other small mobile head-sets. They just feel nice. Like a BMW over a Honda... In my studio I've got fantastic Focal audio monitors and awesome Ultrasone headphones... These B&W P5s are another great way to listen to all kinds of music. Save your up your money, they're worth every cent!!!

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely Awesome

    • Written by from Homer Glen

    Okay, so they are a little pricy but, you definitely get what you pay for. They sound great. The bass is just right and mid-range is not weak. Overall very good sound. They are extremely comfortable could easily be used for long listening. They provide just the right amount of noise isolation. If you want to spend 300 on headphones these are definitely it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Resisting these is like a rip-tide..

    • Written by from Seattle

    ..Struggle as long as you can, then relax and succumb as the waves of sound wash over you.

    Bowers and Wilkins suckered me in with the desktop computer speakers which give blindingly awesome sound. Compared with the $50 PC speakers I'm accustomed to it was a universe of difference in sound.

    It was just a matter of time before I got in my car, things got kind of hazy, and when consciousness kicked back in, I was standing in the Apple Store with a set of P5s in my hands.

    Sound Quality
    I'm not an audiophile, and don't know the lingo - but I can say that it's far easier to pick out the details in a piece of music with these over the standard earbuds you get. When I crank up the volume, it's great. No distortion, just a wall of amazing sound.

    Noise Isolation
    This is not active noise cancellation where the earphones do crazy sound wave collapsing. The P5s have thick padding, a large enough surface area to cover the entire ear, and a firm, snug, fit that keeps a lot of noise out. On a bustling street with cars and trucks in the city, you can hear your music fine without having to raise the volume much.

    What you get with it:
    They come with two cables: one special iPod cable that has an inline remote (press 4 times to go back!), and a regular cable for other players which I'm using with my Zune (though the ipod cable works with it fine, you just lose the inline remote functionality).

    The replacement method for the cables really showcases the extremely high quality and attention to detail here. To change the cable, you remove the black padded section that usually rests against your ear. I assumed it would be clipped on and I'd have to squeeze somewhere. No - it's fitted magnetically and just pulls away with a firm tug. Inside, the cable attaches to the P5s with a smaller version of the regular cable jack. The socket inside even rotates slightly out towards you when you remove the cable to make it easier to get out. Brilliant engineering here.

    Also included is a pretty nice storage pouch with a magnetic closure. Inside the pouch you can store the P5s and there's a separate little sub-pouch for storing your player. I'm not sure if I'll be using this. Seems like more baggage to carry around, but the P5s are an investment and something you don't want to get scratched and buffeted around in the main section of a bag.

    I've had them on for two hours now and have yet to rip them off and rub my ears back to life like with my old headphones.

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