• 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.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Brooklyn

    First i will say i dont know anything about headphones but i do know what sounds great
    i just got these headphones and some people complained about the wire and that the edge was to sharp i think they got a bad set nothing wrong with mine
    perfect clear sound bass sounds awesome as if ur whole body shakes confront amazing
    looks awesome
    u cant hear anyone speaking if the music is on its like a speaker if u wear it around ur neck and once its on your ears no one can hear the music its when its off its just as if ur iphone is booming

    overall if u dont really understand headphones and ur choice is one nasty pair thats the size of ur head big mistake in my opinion i love this set no regrets

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BRAVO!!!!! Encore, Encore! Best Headphones. I would've paid More!

    • Written by from SAN LEANDRO

    Now, I'm no audiophile but I had a pair of Sony Studio Monitoring headphones ($300) that lasted me for about 8 years, it was time to replace them. I read several reviews about the Studio Monster Beats by Dr. Dre and the Bose QC15's. After much testing I found the Dr. Dre Beats to have way too much bass and virtually non-existent highs and the mids were sorta drowned out by the overpowering bass. The Bose QC15's had excellent sound with great mids and excellent highs. Bass on the QC15's was "OK" but not very deep and unfortunately it caused distortion on any music that I listened to that had a beat to it. The biggest problem I had with the Bose QC15's was the noise canceling feature. Now, don't misunderstand me, the QC15's have the best active noise canceling in the industry but unfortunately it put a lot of pressure on my ear drums causing me constant headaches so I returned them.

    Someone recommended that I try out the B&W P5's. I never heard of them but after so many good reviews on the web I tried them out at the Apple store. Fell in love with the extra soft calve's leather ear pads and the all-metal construction that's barely found on either the Bose QC15's or the Beats by Dre. There's NO PLASTIC on the B&W's and the build quality is amazing. The sound is what made me take them home. They had the perfect amount of bass missing from the QC15's and the perfect amount of mids and highs missing from the Studio Beats by Dr Dre. Even at the highest volumes the low frequencies never produced any distortion especially when listening to rap music. I can go from listening to Eminem to Jason Mraz and these headphones sound great and there's no sound leakage thanks to the closed-back design. How can B&W charge the same amount for these cans as the Bose QC15's and the Monster Beats and have better build quality and sound than both of them? I would've paid more than $300 if B&W charged more because they are worth it. I also like the fact that the B&W's have noise isolation to dampen outside noises instead of electronically canceling noise which reduces sound quality and which caused me headaches.

    All I can say is these headphones exude class, royalty, style and quality all in one $300 package. Well worth it!!! Thank you, somebody cares about how good music should sound!!!

    43 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    World Class Headphones

    • Written by from BALTIMORE

    I have to say that I do not impress easily. I have had the P5's for a short time. I also own many Shure products, but never got used to in-ear phones. I also have the Shure SRH 840's which are fantastic. The Shure 840's are big compared to the B&W P5's. The Shure's are not so easy to travel with but the P5's without question will travel and is a companion to the laptop or Ipod.

    Integrating the P5's with the Ipod is great and the volumn control on the cord of the headphones controls the ipod's volumn, WOW.

    Next, I have a mac book pro and this also intergrates very nicely. I was just listening to Itunes and the separation of sound is again top notch.

    Last, it stores in a soft case that secures via a magnet.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Undeniably Good!!!!

    • Written by from Nonthaburi

    This review based on Monster Beat Studio and B&W P5. If you are looking for a comparison between these two headphones you shouldn't be, both of them are amazingly good but in a different way.

    Sound wise Beats by Dre has a much much better bass and is very suitable for House, Electronic, Hip Hop, and all other similar type of music. Although when use for movies (HD quality) much of the sound will be muffled and you can't really hear the words.

    B&W P5 is better if you prefer real music!!! music with actual instrument like blues, jazz, rock, live concert and etc. sound is much better in mid and high end and also plenty of bass. As for movies, it's unbelievable good, very clear, sound like a good set of home theatre

    So choose the headphone by the type of music you like and also the application you use. I personally recommend both if you can afford it. But one thing that the P5 is significantly better, The LOOKS its so much stylish all round.

    I'm not an audiophile I just like my music and movies and I use it like every day so that me and my girlfriend won't fight and really if you looking to buy only one buy B&W P5 its much better and it won't bleed your ear

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top notch

    • Written by from Bedford

    Just got the B&W P5's today. After throughly researching, testing and comparing Bose, Crossfade and the P5's I can say without a doubt that the P5's are the perfect fit and finish I was looking for. Someone once said beauty is in the eye of the beholder ....to me these are beautiful. If the noise isolating worked a little better then they would be just about perfect. Let me explain: on my iPod the volume level is 0 to 16 dashes...in order to completely drown out the volume of the TV I have to have the volume up to 8-10 dashes. So that's a little over half volume which isn't bad but I like to listen to my tunes at around 5-7 dashes (more comfortable to me). I tested the Bose QC15, Crossfade LP, and with out a dought the P5's were a perfect match between sound, beauty, portability, and build quality. I almost opted for the Crossfade LP's but the P5's won out in the end. As fas as sound quality all 3 were pretty close but the P5's were the best, a very close second was the Crossfade LP, and way behind in third place were the QC15's. As stated everywhere the QC15's were hands down the best at noise canceling. But then again the P5's and Crossfade LP's are only noise isolating. I would highly recommend the P5's but if you want to save $50 and only have a 1 year warranty then I would highly recommend the Crossfade LP's.

    My ratings

    Bose QC15- 8.2 plastic feel, nice $299
    Crossfade LP- 9.5 pretty cool, very nice $249
    B&W P5- 9.7 work of art, 2 year warranty, very nice $299

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Marina Del Rey

    Well worth the price. Amazing sound and aesthetic.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    astonishingly good

    • Written by from North Vancouver

    take some time with these...like all great audio gear, the sound field first seems quieter, wider, apparently slower and, at first listen, somewhat dull. You're just hearing more information, and a soundstage that is far more faithful to the music and the musicianship. With high res music files the level of definition is beguiling and seductive. I am using them with my new iPad (which I believe has a better D to A than earlier iPods) and am very pleased. They really do block out extraneous sounds as I've missed a few phone calls from a phone two feet away.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Fantastic + Work's with iPad too

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I am not an audiophile but these do sound great to me!

    They look great, feel great, and go from iPhone to iPad wonderfully.

    I watched the most recent Star Trek movie on my iPad last night and was amazed at the quality (AND, I didn't wake the baby even when I had it turned up loud... no complaints from the baby's mom either!!!).

    I love these... I was looking for a good headset for so long and was hesitent to spend the money... but these were worth the price tag.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price!

    • Written by from Naples

    These Bowers & Wilkins headphones are definitely worth the price! Amazing sound quality, beautiful, comfortable & stylish design, comes with its own storing/carrying case and is a definite steal at this price!!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd review - still 5 stars

    • Written by

    After reviewing these earlier today when I first got them out the box, tired as I am I have decided to add some more detail.

    I wouldn't call myself an audiophile at all, I just know what I like, but after buying a number of headphone sets (and returning them) I eventually decided to buy the P5's on the basis that the zeppelin I have is a permanent fixture in the kitchen.

    I have now been listening to my collection for most of the day (8 hours in fact) and they are still not uncomfortable, albeit a little warm!

    I know that HiFi speakers get better over time, not sure if it applies to headphones but these are so much better now than when they were out the box. Bearing in mind I gave them 5 stars this morning I wish I could give them even more now, they are truly excellent.

    The mid ranges are beautifully represented, the treble crisp but not overbearing and the bass really can thump when it needs to without distortion or being overly produced. The main thing though for me is that you can hear all the ranges simultaneously, a guitar strum at the same time as a bass drum for instance.

    Sound reproduction is very subjective, B&W have always done it for me and once again with the P5's they have delivered everything I could have asked for which is warmth of sound, crisp clear ranges throughout (I have even heard things on the P5's that my HiFi or the Zeppelin didn't show) and a big big smile on face.

    All I can sat is that if you are reading this and are wondering whether the £249 price tag is worth it, all I can say is, every penny, seriously - go try them...

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from plantation

    No cheap but well worth the price. Indeed, a deal. I'm sure there are better sets out there but at a higher price. I would buy them again at the same price with out hesitating.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    All Around The Best

    • Written by from Columbus

    Like many, I've been through scores of headphones over the years. These present the best combination of design and sound that I've encountered. Sound reproduction is outstanding across the spectrum. Tight yet mellow. The included microphone cord is a real plus. The build qu thatality is outstanding, and the carry case is good looking and functional. I was afraid I was overpaying (again) for a piece of technology, but these headphones are worth every penny.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best headphones ever made

    • Written by from littleton

    great comfort
    best sound in biz as always with B&W

    5 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Delray beach

    Good product. Great sound quality, its comfortable, it very good. Except the fact that its $300.00! Who pays that much for headphones??? Why not just save up for an iPad if you have that much money to waste.

    12 of 349 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them, great sound, nice case and worth every penny.

    • Written by from Stockholm

    They look good, sounds great and fits perfectly over your ears without hurting hour after hour on a long plane trip. Shuts out sounds from around pretty good too and lets you focus on the music instead. Great buy. Love them.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    I own many sets of in ear, and on ear cans.. AKG, Shure SE530's , etc etc etc... I have the P5's and they are my FAVORITE to listen to, to wear for lengthy periods.. and musically FANTASTIC for the $300.00
    made beautifully, work with Iphone mic, Volume and track remote... just really really nice.
    here is a tip.. if you listen in the store... you will NOT NOT get the best results from these cans.. you MUST listen on a direct Ipod connection, preferably LOSSLESS tracks.. to really appreciate the musicality of these astounding phones..
    I LOVE EM!!

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If 6 stars were possible...

    • Written by from Gilbert

    Easily the best sound quality I have ever heard. I am listening to them as I write this review and they still amaze me how good they sound. I went on a headphone hunt about a month ago and I found these recently released beauties. I read the reviews and had to test and compare. I do not like shoving the earbuds into my ear canals so I did not even look at in-ear headphones.

    I found the Dr. Dre on-ear beats very poor, they sacrificed sound quality for bass and it sounded terrible to me. The Dr. Dre over-ear sounded really good but I was looking for something more portable and I was not convinced that the beats were as good as advertised. They are overrated.

    The Bose over-ear noise canceling sounded really good but the ambient noise made my ears pop and it annoyed me. Also, again, I was looking for portable. The Bose on-ear sounded great and they were portable. The construction was not as sturdy as the BW P5 but these were a very close second.

    The Sennheiser headphones had really good sound quality but they folded up awkwardly and wearing them was uncomfortable and they provided nothing in blocking outside noise.

    The Bowers and Wilkins are everything that is advertised and more. Nothing disrupts your ability to hear the music. You can hear the background noise in busy areas but it doesn't distract you from truly enjoying the perfect sound quality. Comfortable wear and easy portability made these headphones an instant favorite. I wear them while riding my bike to school and I was afraid the sound of the wind rushing by would destroy the sound but they do a very good job of maintaining your ability to listen to the music, even though I can still hear the wind I don't have to turn the volume up to full to listen to the music or my podcasts. They get better the more I wear them

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I am not an audiophile, but just a bloke who listens to variety of music (Beatles, Oasis, Classical, Folk, Electronic, etc.). My main music device is my iphone 3G and my MacBook Pro. I initially was looking for active noise canceling headphones. However, having listened to Bose QC 15 bunch of times and then listening to the B & W P5 bunch of times, I choose B & W P5. My reason was that it cut out enough noise via passive method, but delivered much better sound. Bose QC 15 definitely has better noise canceling. However, Bose QC 15's sound is very tinny in my ears. Honestly, try them both out at the Apple Store. B & W P5 sounds so much better! Just my two cents.

    8 of 9 people found this useful