• 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

  • 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.

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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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bravo Bowers & Wilkins

    • Written by from Hamilton

    First off I must say I was a bit skeptical about these new Cans however may I say Amazing!

    All I've owned is two channel systems including a pair of B&W 803 series speakers, Paradigm signature and Reference series, Monitor Audio and the list goes on. These headphones are one of the most pleasurable listening experiences I've had in the longest time. They are very well balanced, neutral sounding there is hardly no color at all which in my opinion is what makes an exceptional headphone or speaker. It detracts the true sound of a recording when a manufacturer designs speakers or headphones with that distinctive color to the sound in my humble opinion. Treble was brilliant very nice clean and musical base those who listen to nothing but base oriented music may be a bit disappointed here. However if you enjoy musical songs of varying genres then these are a great set of Cans for the price you won't find any better in this price point. They also look amazing and feel amazing there very light and you can hardly feel them on your head. The real sheep skin leather is soft and supple and has an amazing smell to them these are the classiest pair of headphones in this price point that I have seen. Try these puppies out im sure you won't be disappointed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    wow!

    • 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

    Better than Sennheiser & Grado at this price!

    • Written by from Perrysburg

    After much deliberation, I decided to buy these for mobile use. I have electrostatic headphones that list for over $1,000, but due to the amp required they are not very mobile. I had my Sennheiser's stolen on after leaving them briefly on an airplane. My wife has Grados.

    Having auditioned many headphones over the years, I have always had to compromise in some area - weak bass, bright treble - always something until I bought the electrostatics. In comparison, the electrostatics have the edge, but not by much. These are much more natural sounding and a complete sound than I had with my Sennheisers or the Grados. I'm afraid to let my wife listen, as she'll want a pair!

    These are not for someone who likes unnatural sound, such as overstated bass - just the music as it was recorded and engineered.

    P.S. I have a hard time finding hats that fit, and I have no problems with these - the most comfortable headphones I've worn!

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good quality and look

    • Written by from Athens

    I like this brand. I got a MM1 speaker and P5. I think it's much better than beats

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    miles ahead of other headphones

    • Written by from Oakville

    these headphones literally improve the quality of my life haha.
    perfectly balanced, clear sound; .... unlike Dre Beats which overemphasize bass/treble... or Bose which just blows.. (except lacks active noise cancelling).
    very comfortable and classy looking!!!
    I would not look any further :)

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!!!

    • Written by from Arlington

    To me as good as bose, the sound is wonderful very comfortable, I can spend hours and hours with him and not hurt my ear ..

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning performance, 2 flaws

    • Written by from Waterford

    The performance of these headphones is stunning. I've heard better but that was in Sennheiser's costing over 450 quid. For the money this is the best on ear cans on the market. These have so much more sonic subtlety compared with the Dre Beats. There are 2 flaws however and how much of a problem they are will depend on your headphone requirements. 1) these are quite tight. I believe they've redesigned the ear pieces but there's not escaping the fact that these are a much tighter fit than Bose, for example, and you have to wear them for a few days before they start to get comfortable for extended listening. I stretched mine out a bit by leaving them on the top of a conveniently head sized chair back :) 2) the cable is thin and feels flimsy. B&W's C5s have an astonishingly well made and tough cable that appears from some angles like it could be carbon fibre. Something similar would be great on the P5s as the existing cabling feels insubstantial and lets down an otherwise ultra high quality product. Would I recommend them? You betcha. If I lost these I'd buy another pair immediately.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'M IN LOVE!!!

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I finally went for the plunge! I'm in love with these headphones. Very comfortable to wear and the sound is outstanding with the right lows, mids and highs. The classiest piece of headphones I have ever worn. Love the packaging and pouch. Definitely worth the price.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Music never sounded so gooood

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I had been looking for a pair of headphones for quiet sometime during which I tried a few different brands such as Bose, Denon and Dr.Dre's. But, there was something different about B&W P5 headphones. These headphones were made of pure leather and stainless steel/brushed aluminum and had no plastic look in ( compared to the others). B&W P5's sound absolutely amazing and you hear things in tracks you never knew even existed. These headphones also work as a mic and if you happen to have an Iphone it works well with the hands free calling. Overall, I'm really impressed with the built and sound quality as it is very comfortable on the ears. When I went to purchase it from the apple store in Manhattan, it was the only head set that was completely sold out ( there were plently of Bose and Dr.Dre left on stock) as it is in very good demand!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You can make them even better

    • Written by from Penfield

    Having owned many "studio" headphones, I have been pleased with the sound, construction quality and overall comfort of the P5s. On my MacBook Pro, they sound pretty good connected directly, but using a dedicated USB audio device like the Griffin iMic makes a dramatic improvement in definition and low end punch.

    On my iMac based home system, I use an M-Audio Transit that completely isolates the audio from computer power supply noise when you use the fiber-optic output connected to a DAC or receiver. You won't realize how much a computer contributes to the noise floor until it is gone.

    If you want even more improvement, try a small headphone amplifier. I would recommend the P5s to anyone who enjoys headphone listening and can hear the difference between OK and exceptional sound.

    12 of 17 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

  • 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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank goodness for these cans.

    • Written by from Chicago

    Recently there has been a rise in prosumer cans around the $200-300 price point. Gone are the days when Bose was the only brand people thought of when looking for a great set of high-quality headphones. When I walked into the Apple Store the other day and saw the much-hyped Beats sitting there in their gaudy plastic housing then subsequently ruining most of the songs I listened to by pushing WAY too much bass into my ears I looked to my right and saw these beauties attached to a 3GS. The design had me skeptical, but the moment I brought out my iPod and listened to Them Crooked Vultures on lossless quality I realized something incredible: I could HEAR the room. I threw every possible genre in my arsenal at it -- even giving it my unscientific "A Milli" bass test to see if they would clip the song (nope). Eventually I broke down and bought them, and I still can't believe how great they sound. You just don't get sound quality like this for $300 from any other brand. No plastic, all high-quality components, and controls for the iPhone. Utter aural win.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Astonishingly Good

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I replaced my Bose headphones, which I really liked, when they broke with the B&W P5. I listen mostly to Baroque, Bach's Cantatas, and was amazed that I could hear every "operatic" word crystal clear and the sound was incredible in the middle and high notes.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good VALUE purchase

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I must say I'm impressed by B&W P5's. I read some reviews on here and elsewhere to their performance. I'm a frequently flyer and spend a lot of my time in transit and my Macs listening to music. I've owned two of the Bose QC's and the fidelity of these are far superior IMHO.

    The comfort of the leather earpieces, sound quality, and remote are nicely appointed features that've served me well in the short time I've owned them.

    For many $300 is a lot for a set of headphones but at this price point compared to the other main competitors (Beats by Dr. Dre & Bose), the B&W P5 would be my first choice each time.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    If you want like natural sounding headphones then these headphones are for you. They are very similar to my AKG K701's. They do not add coloration or noise. If the recording is bass light then these phones will sound base light. This is the way music should be heard. If you want heavy artifical sound these phones will not work for you at all. It's simple whatever music went into the recoding will come out of these headphones the same way. Built quality is excellent and you get what you pay for. No plastic parts spoken here. Give them a try as only you can tell what good headphones should sound like real or imagined. Don't rely on reviews alone.

    10 of 13 people found this useful