• 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Heavenly Sound

    • Written by from OAKVILLE

    I was looking for a pair of headphones to replace a set of Sennheisers for my daily commute. I tried these and some Grado iGr8, and these blew the Grados away. The Grados sound really good, but the bass the P5s produce is unbelievable. These headphones are small enough to carry in a back pack or laptop case, super comfortable (downright luxurious) and the sound is fantastic. I've heard things on recordings I didn't now were there, so much so that I converted all my iTunes to 256K, as the quality can now be appreciated on the P5s. Highly recommended.

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  • 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

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    W O W ! ! Finally The Perfect Headphone

    • Written by from Collierville

    B & W has done it again! I owned Dr. Dre Beats, Bose QC2's and QC15's. I am a very picky about the sound of my music playback. The Beats, were cheaply made and have tons of base and lack mids. The Bose, well, noise canceling distorts the playback in my opinion. Now bring on the B & W's. The sound is perfection, plenty of bass, without sacrificing mids and highs. I absolutely love these cans. The craftsmanship make you feel like you are getting more than your $300 out of these. The Beats, seem cheap and do not travel well. The case is horrible on them and I had a heck of a time with storage while traveling. Not so with the P5's. I finally was able to use them on a flight. I watched a movie on my Ipad, and listened to some music. They really did a great job of blocking out engine noise. I really did not miss the noise canceling. I was very happy with the sound while flying. Nearly as good as the Bose. One other point, while listening at home at a nice volume. They do not "bleed" sound. Meaning you cannot hear very much outside the cans thus disturbing others around you. I hope this helps. These are absolutely 5 stars in every way!!!! You will not regret buying these cans. Enjoy!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the typical headphones

    • Written by from Tucson

    Before I purchased these headphones I read everyone of these reviews. I think people are missing the true goal B&W set out to achieve with this product. What I was looking for in headphones was:

    1) Durability, I could of purchased more expensive like Grado but they are a little on the fragile side. These have a metal frame throughout. Also a 2 yr warranty.

    2) Replaceable parts, you can replace the earpieces easily, they are held on magnetically, also the cord is replaceable.

    3) Comfort, I tried Bose, Studio Beats by Dr Dre and Sony but the B&W headphones are far and away a lot more comfortable. After two hours they can be felt still, but they have a soft equal feel around my head with no pain.

    4) Sound, i know people are looking for B&W's signature sound, but in this day and age people want something that will look good, be durable and sound awesome. So if the sound isn't quite what B&W always put out it could be because they engineered P5's to be used in loud public environments, handled by kids, dragged everywhere attached to a ipod, thrown in backpacks, etc. It would be impossible to get this perfect sound unless they where $800 set or maybe a lot more. I really think for $300 they are a worthy purchase.

    Just my 2 cents

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be 5 star but, I can not find replacement cord

    • Written by from Sandy

    I love these headphones, the sound quality is great. I apparently do not have the most sophisticated hearing. From what I am reading, one reviewer wrote that the headphones are best for Classical, Jazz. I listen to everything from Pop, R&B, Country and most everything but heavy metal or death metal. From what I have heard from my P5's, I think the headphones can handle and provide great listening for anything I throw its way.

    Yes, the price is steep but, I buy quality not quantity and if you are good at keeping things and not destroying them quickly, I would say spend the money for a quality listening experience. If you have the money and want to purchase quality headphones, I don't think you can go wrong with the P5's.

    Here is where I want to submit my lack of providing a fifth star. My single gripe is that I caught the cord to many times on things and my control cord no longer works correctly. I have to push the one end of the cord in to get hearing in the right ear. This was my fault, nothing B&W did however, I can't find a control cord out there on the web for under $60 to save my life, to be honest, I haven't even found 1 pair even over $60. I did hear through the internet of a pair on B&W website for $60 (or close to) but, I wasn't able to link to the B&W page to look at it.

    So my gripe is that if they (B&W) want to sell great headphones, make the availability of the replacement parts available to purchase as well. The best way I can think of is to do this through the Apple Store which I purchased the headphones through.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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!!

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely the best!

    • Written by from SUDBURY

    This is not an impulsive review. I have now owned these for 2 yrs and I love them more and more as time goes by. If you love all kinds of music these are for you. Other headphones have too much bass, others sound too bright. These are just so natural and gorgeous in their sound reproduction. Others sound great in the store but they get very tiresome when you listen for any extended time. The more I listen to these, the more I can't wait to put them on. I never get tired of listening to them. They are comfortable and durable. When I think of how much joy I have gotten out of them and for how long, the price is a bargain. Songs I have listened to hundreds of times, I still appreciate new sounds and textures. I have owned Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Klipsch, Audio Technical, Shure. These are my favorite.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy if You Wear Glasses

    • Written by from Marblehead

    I loved these. The style is exceptional, and I'm not big on form. The sound is outstanding. They were just too uncomfortable. After two hours, they starated to hurt. After four hours, my jaws and teeth hurt. I had to return them. They are no so nice, that if I were a candidate for Lasik, the surgery would be worth it just to be able to wear these. I would have kept them longer to try to break them in, but my state had a tax holiday, forcing a 24 hour decision.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply outstanding product

    • Written by from San Juan

    In short I can say unequivocally that it is the best product I bought in my life after my Mac computers and iOS products. Far better musical quality than the Bose QC 15, the Beats Pro, the Klipsch Image One, Sennheiser etc. If you are a music lover and looking for a headset for your mobile devices, look no further. Get the B & W P5.Your ears thank you.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, but a little too delicate

    • Written by from montreal

    pros: I have owned these headphones for almost 3 years. The sound quality is actually awesome and although they may not have booming bass, they definitely tear the beats by dre a new one in every other department. These headphones also happen to be very good looking and are extremely comfortable when worn in short to medium spurts.

    Cons: I've owned these headphones for 3 years, but am actually on my third pair and have had to replace the headphone jack on countless occasions, they are just too delicate for everyday use. B and W must be aware of the issue, cause when you buy these suckers they actually come with an extra wire! Also the headphones tend to fit a little too snugly for my liking (i have a regular sized head) and can be a little uncomfortable when worn for very long periods. Ordering spare wires for these things has proven to be pretty complicated and the customer support from b and w is almost non existant.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most excellent

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    Had another brand with active noise canceling. These sound superior, and do a decent job blocking the background noise on an airplane with the soft leather and internal cushioning for a good ear seal.

    Sound is excellent. The quilted bag is nice. They store flat so they don't take up as much space in your briefcase. Nice.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful to look at and beautiful to listen to...

    • Written by from TORONTO

    I've enjoyed owning many different pairs of Sennheiser headphones over the years, but, I've always been partial to B&W's. Bought a pair of floor standing B&W's over 30 years ago and still enjoy listening to them on a daily basis. When I heard they were producing their first pair of headphones I had to go and give them a listen. I wasn't disappointed. Clear, crisp sound emanates from these beauties and that's all I hear-no white noise! And they truly are a work of art. They're expensive but worth every penny. Nicest headphones I've ever listend to.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best Headphones, Period.

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    These are the best. The creme de la creme. The cream of the crop. The best of breed. As a former Apple employee, I can only recommend these if you have the money. They are simple the best. They provide the cleanest, distortion free, natural sound available for a headphone. Bose & Dre are simply too bass-y. If you have the money, they are a MUST BUY

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound but last 6 months max

    • Written by from Manchester

    I bought these last september, it is now march and now my second pair have broken, same problem both time, left speaker stops working, although the remote still works, you could say use the replacement cable but why pay £250 to have a pair of headphone (in this case for 7 weeks) for them to break. My £20 sony in-ear still work great, sound is nothing in comparison, but for the cash i question the value if they break after 7 weeks? No water damage, no loud levels, barely used!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Headset I Ever Own!

    • Written by from Houston

    I been looking for a pair of good headphones for a while. I first went to the Apple Store with my iPhone 4 loaded with my favorite songs and tried Bose Quiet Comfort 3. I was very impressed with quality and noise cancellation. I tried out Monster Cable Dre Beats Solo and the audio quality sounded terrible, honestly. The one issue Bose didn't have in-line remote with mic. I seen Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones with in-line remote. I tested music quality with my tracks on my iPhone 4. I listen to variety of music from Classical, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Rock & Heavy Metal and etc. Massive Attack track "Black Milk" from Mezzanine album and Jill Scott's live version of "Do you Remember" from Experience: Jill Scott 826+ album are what had me sold. I bought iPad 2 , iPhone 4S and I use these headphones everyday. I made and receive a lot of phone calls with no problems. I watch movies and tv shows for hours on my iPad 2 with no ear fatigue. One thing I can honestly say you will zone everything out easily with these. Meaning being in a noisy environment won't bother you. Build quality is very good it's going on 2 months I see no wear and tear. Magnetic and removable pads are great. I liked the headphones so much I bought the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Multimedia Speakers for my MacBook Air. Bowers & Wilkins are now a standard in my household. It's kinda ironic after being a so-called Sony Man. If my review and others is not enough to convince you then load up your iPhone or iPad with your favorite music tracks, test the quality in the Apple Store and find out for yourself.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Moreno Valley

    after 3 months of searching for the right pair i finally made my decision on these B&W headphones. the first thing i love is that these headphones have little to no plastic, the feeling you get when holding them and wearing them is what i call the (man) feel, i think some can understand what i mean by this guys like to grip things and feel it sitting on our hands if it were to be a remote control or even a phone. B&W has build just that like the beauty of the 4th gen. iPhone its design also complements the build, i can tell you it seems like the electronics are going that route now not having to compensate design over technology. I think the Leather idea was just perfect for one you feel like you are holding an expensive piece of audio and the smell of the leather hints those leather goods that you smell in high end clothing stores in shoes or jackets etc...

    The audio is just soothing to the ears, i normally like to bump the sound on headphones but ive noticed that i get much better acoustic space when turned down at middle or a few swipes higher from the middle volume control. I honestly hear every detail especially detail that never has been noticeable in my Bose headphones. If some of you who are reading this is saying to themselves well i like bose blah blah let me explain bose, there speakers inside there headphones are made with paper, those knowledgeable in sound know that unless coated with a specific solution paper speakers will never produce good audio feed back more muffled sound actually. The P5 actually are made w/ ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimised mylar diaphragms. you can even see the colour of the speaker inside and how it doesnt look like a cheap little speaker even its magnets and design all do part to enrich the sound coming out of them. great great sound, especially when playing stuff from michael jackson, earth wind and fire, george michael, sade, mercedes sosa, gipsy kings, chano lobato and Pavarotti to name a few.

    the only real dislike has to be the thin cord and maybe the slight price tag but i guess at times you pay what you get for and i can tell you this these headphones are sooo beautiful, there sound, the smell of the leather, there design all compliment any portable Apple product, not to mention you get a few turns by people normally the electronic geeks who are into tech stuff, i actually had a guy compliment me when i was flying from LA to San fran and he was hearing his music and showed his wife... it was funny. and you know how it says isolated sound? that is true in some way let me explain while i was site seeing in san fran i took these headphones and outside sound i was literally eliminated, captivated by the sound of the B&W P5's although when at home for some reason i hear everything :-) idk maybe its me. enjoy! and last i know a thing or two about sound im a classical musician... and know alot of my world and its sounds and these by far have given me that solace.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The search is over

    • Written by from Salt lake city

    The second you put on these headphones you know theyr'e something special before even turning them on. Unbelievably comfortable, even for long periods of time. The passive noise cancellation is actually very impressive and ambient noises are blocked incredibly well. Even on an airplane they are sufficiently quiet. As far as sound quality....the range is unmatched. Highs, lows, mids.... everything is crystal clear and incredibly balanced. The best part is, the headphones sound better and better the more you listen to them. I'd say it takes about 200+ hours of listening for them to really hit their stride. Bottom line, if you are willing to splurge, buy these headphones! Worth every cent.
    And the best part is, the customer support/warranty department is awesome. I have broken the ipod controller cord twice in the last year, and after emailing techsupport @ bwgroupusa.com about the issue I simply provided my serial number and a little more info and within 5 days, both times, I had a brand new cord on my doorstep from the company, FOR FREE. (these replacement cords aren't cheap) So not only can I vouch for how unreal these headphones sound, I can also vouch for their awesome support. BUY THESE HEADPHONES!!!

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