• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best headphones ive ever heard

    • Written by from White Plains

    Everything about these headphones is near perfect. Aside from the fact that they're incredibly comfortable and not overly bulky, the sound quality is simply incredible. no overpowering bass like the incredibly overpriced beats, and a much more well rounded sound than anything from bose. And I really feel like these were built to last, unlike too many products on the market today.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Then Bang & Olufsen

    • Written by from Carlisle

    When I was told of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones from a friend, my curiosity was peaked due to the fact that I was on the prowl for a new pair of headphones. So I went down to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue and tested them out. For those of you who have been to said store, you can imagine how busy it can be during August and when I put the headphones on, I was shell-shocked to find they completely canceled out the crowds. I hit play on the iPhone 4 they were connected to and I don’t think I have ever heard Louie Armstrong any clearer. The treble and base were perfectly in sync, unlike the notorious “Beats” by Dr. Dre which have an obnoxiously high base, and there was not even the slightest rattling sounds from the speakers. This is a big deal for me because after a year, my Bose headphones began to disintegrate. For those of you who are audio professionals, audiophiles or just love the Bowers & Wilkins bran, I strongly recommend them (and if you ask, they give my Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3’s a run for their money!).

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B+W Sound, but requires break-in!!!

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Since most people don't know this, I wish that B+W had said this in the manual included in the box, but just like any great speakers and headphones, these do need about 10 hours or so of break-in. Just figured I'd post a review to help people out who may not be blown away at first listen.

    All great speakers and headphones need to be "broken in," where the rubber and cones and parts get a little more flexible and ready to perform. From the factory, the parts are stiff and don't move as easily to reproduce sound. A simple 10-15 hour break-in fixes all of that, though. Just leave them playing through the night when you first get them at a moderate volume. Try to use a mix of music (bass-heavy, jazz, classical, heavy vocals, techno is great if you have it - to "exercise" the drivers and everything).

    I've owned Grado 225s, Sennheiser HD 650's, and an assortment of incredible headphones, and while an open-air set of cans will always sound a little more "free" (think spacious), these are hands-down the best pair of closed phones I've ever heard. Although, I'll admit to a bias with B+W at home...

    Absolutely recommended headphones, but do remember to break them in.

    38 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound

    • Written by from PATTERSON

    For years I've been using Sennheiser HD580 headphones. I enjoy them so much I have two sets, just in case one has to go back for service. (the pads need replacing as they wear with use.) After reading the reviews from others here, I decided to try the P5's out. B&W's reputation for studio monitors is excellent, and I was hoping that experience would transfer to their headphones.
    After a week of ownership I can say that they are indeed excellent. The sound is very neutral and clear. My ears tell me that nothing is added or subtracted from the audio being pumped into them. Being closed to outside noises, I get the impression that I'm hearing more than with the Sennheisers.
    The only minor issue is while wearing glasses, the pads place too much pressure on my temples. I have to raise my glasses up above the pads to alleviate those pressure points.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W the best by far

    • Written by from Old Tappan

    High quality construction and sound.. Comfortable and not oversized.. I tried them all and owned more than few these are the best by far.. $300 is expensive but they really are as good as $5000 speakers . I have a pair of B&Os which are good for running etc but do not touch these in terms of quality and sound.... A MacBook Pro , Touch and these and you are good to go

    5 of 5 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Milton

    I purchased this a few weeks ago after plenty of research and i have to say it definitely went way above expectations. The sound quality is absolutely amazing and it is very comfortable. Thanks to everyone who wrote a review and helped me decide on these headphones!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good quality, good isolation

    • Written by from Mississauga

    Overall these are great looking comfortable high quality phones, they isolate great and also don't bleed out a lot of noise.
    The sound signature however is very very tight, best if you are on a noisy bus but not so good for watching a movie or playing a game. These sound like many higher end IEMs and seem to work best with tight enclosed music, not airy Jazz or Classical. However that is just my opionion others may vary

    6 of 10 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking and sounding set, but comes with a FATAL FLAW

    • Written by from Austin

    These headphones are truly well made and good looking. I bought them based on the great reviews from the Apple Store and the reputation of the brand.

    However, I just returned them a day after buying them because they did not deliver on as a suitable set of headphones for iPhone usage. Sure they say they are iPhone compatible with mic and easy to use controls. What they don't say is that they are IMPOSSIBLE to carry on a phone call (especially a business call) because you cannot hear yourself talk. You hear yourself muffled and it's too distracting to engage in a conversation. In my opinion, this fatal flaw makes them UNUSABLE with the iPhone. They should either immediately fix this or do not claim to be iPhone compatible. They can still be iPod compatible of course because music listening is a treat with these headphones.

    But for anyone looking for a high quality set of headphones that can serve admirably for both music and phone calls, keep looking...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Every other headphone I have access to (in my line of work, pretty much ... anything) pales in comparison to the B&W's for audio quality, build quality, and comfort. I have worn them on flights halfway around the world and been more than comfortable the whole trip. These headphones will show a clear difference between music coded properly and lower-bitrate rips.

    No noise cancellation means no batteries. I will happily take noise isolation and fantastic sound in lieu of active noise countermeasure. Not having one more device to babysit with a charger is a win!

    My only bone to pick is that the line in to the phone/iPod is a bit delicate. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the unit! I wish they had adopted a similar design to Bose's in-ear headphones which are nearly impossible to shear or bend in normal usage.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    REAL audio for REAL ears

    • Written by from Pelham Manor

    As anybody who's worked in audio production and engineering will tell you, 99% of the audio products on the market are junk. Instead of concentrating on accurate reproduction of the midtones: the vast spectrum of sound where most of the audio information is contained, everything gets thrown into the bass to make it seem "fat and wet" and most of the midrange - if discernible - is just there as a skeleton to hold together a piece of music.

    B&W is does not qualify for the junk-box test. These are reference grade headphones: flat tonal response up and down the curve, a beautiful, natural decay (something very difficult for closed headphones; the sound energy has to go somewhere!

    Put these on, and you'll realize that you've been missing 70% of the acoustic data from your audio products. Sure, they may not be as amazing as a handmade open-back, wooden-framed set from Brooklyn, but for cans that fit wonderfully, are designed for all-day comfort, never get slimy, sound amazing and have an inline mic AND audio controls — well, there's really not much more to ask for. Thank you B&W for creating a product that is worthy of it's price point, that is functional to boot, and is a beautifully designed piece of gear. I will never leave home without 'em.

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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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W P5's

    • Written by from Jackson

    Incredible product! Sound quality is outstanding and well-balanced. After purchasing a pair of B&W speakers, I concluded that their headphones would be of equal quality, which was validated after purchasing. Couldn't recommend more highly.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones for the money!

    • Written by from Great Falls

    I owned a pair of the beats studio and they do not compare to the P5's. The P5 headphones offer a much wider range of sound than the beats offer in my opinion. Great buy!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Candy for the Senses

    • Written by from WAYNE

    The design, fit, finish and feel is nothing short of astounding. The sound is breathtaking. I have tried many high end buds but these blow them all away. The bass is tight, the mids are smooth and the high end is crystal clear. On high end recordings (Apple Lossless or similiar) you can hear nuances not previously discernible with headphones compatible with IPod/IPad/IPhone type devices. The sounstage is convincing. They are comfortable for long term wear. No fatigue during extended listening. Yes they are expensive but worth it if you love your music. By the way, the IPad is head and shoulders above the IPhone and IPod in terms of sound quality, just in case anyone was wondering.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect compliment to an iPhone

    • Written by from San Leandro

    Look I'm not an audiophile...and really if you are, why are you bothering auditioning these since you're just going to bash any "mainstream" product anyway.
    All I know is for 299, these are some really good cans. I've tried Senns, Grados, Beats, Denons, etc. and have sold or returned most of them But paired up w/ an iphone; nothing can beat these BW's. They have a short flexible cord w/ mic, comfortable earpads, great sound quality, and so far excellent durability and construction.
    At this price point, it's the best headphones for use with an iPhone. I don't care if I could spend $XXX less on Brand X and add a headphone amp and it will sound amazing or that the P5's don't reproduce music accurately enough to make my dog wet himself. These make me happy when I use em.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Possibly the best headphones for the price!

    • Written by from Houston

    First of all, these will work with the Macbook Air! They feature a very thin audio plug that fits into the slim audio jack of the macbook air.

    Second: I went to my Apple Store where they had three on display. I tried the first pair and they sounded horrible! Then I moved to the second one and only one side worked. I then moved to the last set and they worked perfectly. They were also plugged directly into an ipod from the headphones. So if you are trying out these headphones, make sure you try several of them or ask an Apple Genius to plug them directly into an audio device. Their other wiring was a mess!

    Now onto the review! Before I purchased these headphones from the Apple Store, I was using noise canceling Sennheiser PXC 250 for travel and Bang & Olufsen A8 for quality sound. I must say the the P5's sound way better than the B&Os! I am hearing parts of songs that I never noticed before. Also, the P5's are more comfortable than the PXC's and offer amazing noise isolation. However, on planes, the PXC's offer more noise canceling. I compared these to my brother's $1k Grado GS1000i and the P5's are on par, but the Grado's have a more "open" sound. I have been listening to them for 5 hours or so and they are breaking-in and sounding even better. Bowers & Wilkins always suggest to play their floor speakers for 10-15 hours to break them in. I would suggest doing the same for these headphones, but for maybe 5-10 hours or so. They are truly worth every penny!

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant in every way

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I exchanged some rubbish Dre headphones for these
    (BTW NEVER buy those Dre Tour headphones you will regret it)

    These P5 are astonishing, nearly as good as 800 dollar Grados

    Beautiful clarity , bass, mellowness
    They swamp you in beautiful sound
    10 times better in every way than those Dr Dre headphones

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no, no, no

    • Written by from Penthalaz

    No, no, no, these headphones are not good in any way. Great design sure, but talking about sound reprod, it's below everything I've tested - and measured till today. The voices look like shadowed thru a towel or something. Well, I measured them with high end measuring instruments just to clarify this. More than 15 dB drop between 1 KHz and 6 Khz, listen, the apple 2 bucks earbuds are far better than that ! So the design is awesome, the apple remote control is fine, but for that price, they could at least have integrated a bose or sennheiser system there, instead. Really disappointed, send back :(

    15 of 188 people found this useful