• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Concerning Quality Issues Despite Great Sound

    • Written by from Beavercreek

    As has been echoed many times in the review section, I was thrilled with the quality of sound with these ear phones but was very disappointed when one side stopped working after only months of use and good care of the product. After this happened, I took them to the Apple store and was able to acquire a replacement. However, in only a couple of months, the same problem occurred with the replacement pair. I like the feel and sound of the headphones, but would not recommend purchasing them unless Bowers & Wilkins is able to release a statement on how this problem can be fixed or avoided- as it seems to have occurred for many customers.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great song But very uncomfortable

    • Written by from Doral

    I purchased these headphones yesterday at an Austin Apple store. As the title says they sound very good and truly isolate all outside sound. Unfortunately after having them on for around 10 minutes my ears could not tolerate the pressure.

    I returned them and purchased the B&O headphones. They cost another $100, but sound as good and are very comfortable.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product, horrible tech support.

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I've owned my pair of P5s for just over a year now. They sound (or sounded) great. Unexpectedly, the left earpiece stopped working last week. Good luck trying to get in touch with B&W for warranty support - they have been unresponsive to my emails for 3 days and their phone system has transfered me to a dead line all the times I have called. This is not the level of support I would expect from such a premium product.

    17 of 25 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.

    8 of 31 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."

    57 of 76 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Stockholm

    After reading so many good reviews and comments about these headphones, and because of the very nice design, I took a chance and ordered them without first trying them out.
    Now, I which I hadn't. Sure the bass is OK but they totally miss the midrange and general clarity that you get from brands like Sennheiser. In fact I have a pair of Sennheisers for $70 that sound twice as good. Also they are not as comfortable as you might think and get very warm quickly. I really don't see what everyone is raving about. These headphones are just not that good! Sure they look great, but at the end of the day it's all about the sound..

    27 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    • Written by from Toronto

    These are decent headphones and the leather pads are very comfortable, but the branding is meretricious and the price is outrageous. I have B&W speakers; the sound from these is not in the same league. Obviously you can't expect speaker sound from headphones, but I've heard better sound from cans 1/3 the price of these.

    24 of 91 people found this useful