• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great - but hurt after a while

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I bought these when they first came out

    First off nice and small
    2nd off sound great

    BUT... if you wear them for long haul flights or long period of times they give me a headache!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Material > Build Quality > Sound Quality

    • Written by from Falun

    Had mine replaced after a lot of weird problems finally pinned down to these earphones being faulty, probably some grounding issue, made one of my headphone amplifier make crackling noises and to make another USB amplifier hang to be restarted several times a day. Please note that I tried like three different cables with the same results.

    After I had them replaced the sound is different, the new pair has way more bass and lacks detail, the earlier pair had a more flat monitor like sound that I really enjoyed.

    My final conclusion is that these now days look a lot better than they actually sound.

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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.

    27 of 36 people found this useful

  • 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!

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant sound, but very uncomfortable

    • Written by from Brasov

    I love the sound of these headphones. It's a joy to just close your eyes and get lost in the music. Also, they look amazing. These are the most stylish headphones I have ever seen.

    But.. they get really uncomfortable after just a couple of hours. It broke my heart, but I had to return them. They are beautiful, the sound is wonderful, but they are impossible to wear for more than an hour or so.

    28 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK phones. Build quality disappoints. Super cheap cable.

    • Written by from brooklyn

    The phones are good, but the build quality i expected from a B&W branded product is lacking. The headband wrapped in leather hides a cheap piece of plastic where a full metal frame should have been.

    The biggest disappointment is the cable: it is cheap, like airplane free headphones cheap, and really contrasts the phones it's attached to. The build quality of the cable is terrible: after only 2 months of use, the inline mic and controls no longer work, and the jack, if moved around a bit, creates wild variation in volume.

    Basically the cable has to be replaced after just 2 months of use. Not acceptable for a product with a $300 price tag. Curious how fast this "premium" product will fall apart.

    18 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    How Accurate is too Accurate?

    • Written by from WEST GROVE

    Let me start off by saying that these are an extremely accurate, and laid back pair of headphones which may not be to the liking of those looking for booming bass, or more than adequate volume. Let me also say that these headphones boast the very dry, and somewhat harsh sound that Bowers and Wilkins has been known for since the company was founded in the 1960's. However, they do have their sweet spots. I found these to be mostly with classical, jazz, and choral recordings rather than with hip-hop, and rock n' roll. That being said, these are one of the best sounding headphones I have ever herd with an ipod, and they do block out quite a bit of sound. But let me warn you. THESE ARE NOT FOR USE WITH HOME EQUIPMENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!!! Overall, I really liked the B&W P5's they are a fantastic pair of headphones that perform exceptionally well with most recordings.

    Thats gonna wrap it up for this review


    Happy listening

    14 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Espoo

    Dropped the headphones on floor once (1m height, wood laminate floor), lost left channel. No warranty. There is no repair offered to these headphones, no spare parts available apart from the cords and earpads. Great sound quality, against popular belief of full metal/leather construction, P5 has a plastic frame under the leather on the outside.

    35 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat disppointed in the design of the earpieces

    • Written by from Corona

    Disappointed, not in the sound quality which is very good, but in the leather construction of the earpieces which become very warm and rather sticky on my ears. It's like sitting on a piece of leather furniture wearing shorts. They really should have used foam or some kind of material other than leather here.

    Audio quality though is very good. Very flat response, great accurate sound especially in the vocals.

    I also have a pair of Klipsch which I feel are a much better value at half the price. There is very little difference in the audio quality though the Klipsch have a slightly stronger bass. So while not quite as accurate sounding as the B&W, the Klipsch is a real good alternative.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not HiFi

    • Written by from Toronto

    They have tremendous difficulty reproducing mid range and perform only moderately well with vocal. Exceptionally poor reproduction of Muddy Waters... Also, the volume control failed after one week.

    11 of 25 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.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice equipment

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Pros: great sound, even better looks, phone call clarity due to both ears getting pumped with sound unreal.
    Cons: I've gotten complaints that I don't sound like myself, when speaking through mic. I believe wire to be too frail, and placed on wrong side, when driving it's easy to get wire caught on steering wheel. Wire needs strain reliefs at both ends and a break away plug at end so as to protect phone jack from damage when being pulled to hard

    10 of 39 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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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    1st Impression, Average.

    • Written by from Walnut Creek

    I just picked up the P5's for a trail run. With a 14 day return policy, I figured I would give it a shot. I a bit of headphone elitist so this is more a review for those in the "know". I currently have Westone 3s, Shure 530s (broken, stupid cable) Grados i60's and ATH-A700 to compare. I was looking for a portable closed back can as my Westones can start to hurt the ears after a few hours. I wont reiterate what has already been said, build quality (incredible) and price (high), but will chime in with my 2 cents. First I dont have a iphone (broken) listen to them on my HTC HD2 (better music player in my opinion). Overall impressions have been, average. Comfort for me have not been a problem. I can wear glasses, no problems. They do heat the ears a bit, but does not bother me. I wont even compare them to Westones, but will say I do like them better than the grados. I feel there is a better overall richness than the grados, but still think the ATHs have a better soundstage.That being said, the ATHs are HUGE, so not a really option to commute with. Like previous comments, the seem to be lacking a bit of highs, or for that matter, the lows I think are a bit overpowering. I tried a variety of music, and depending on the bit rate and style, it varies. Listened to Pink Floyd on a loseless codec and it lacked the depth that should be there. On the other hand, Blackroc incoded at 192k, sounded really good. Social Distortion sounded good, but vocals seemed distance and not up front. Basement Jaxx at 320k, sounded better than my Westones, so go figure.

    I tried them both amped and no amp, and its very clear these are made for a DAP with NO amp.

    I think if you are thinking about Monster Beats, or Bose, then these are a great option. I hate active nosie cancelling, so these are better than the Bose, but still have the heavy bass signature sound like the UGLY beats.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully made, sound good, but there's much better for the price.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    For mobile use, these look good, sound good and feel like they're well worth the money they cost.
    But for those interested purely in sound quality at this price point, whether mobile or at home or in the studio, there are many headphones that easily surpass these at even a hundred dollars less in price. I think immediately of certain phones from Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica or Sennheiser – not necessarily models to be found at the Apple Store, and not nearly as great to look at, but more suitable for demanding listeners.
    Having said all that, limiting the choice to what is available at the Apple Store, these are far preferable to the Bose and Dr. Dre stuff they are selling.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great build quality, not the best sound.

    • Written by from Southlake

    When you pick the P5's up, they feel like nothing less than $299 headphones. The leather and metal have a really solid quality feel to them. But take a listen to some quality music and you'll hear a lot of range missing. In comparison to my day to day headphones, Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3, you can easily perceive the range difference. Had I looked at the specs ore carefully before heading to the store I would have known what I was going to get. EarSet 3 has a range of 50Hz - 20kHz while the P5's live in 10Hz - 20kHz. I was expecting better from B&W especially for the price and size. They also feel like they a had a touch too much bass. I checked my iPod to see if I had the equalizer on. (I never do.) EarSet 3's come in at $100 less, additional year of warranty, and fit in my pocket. Check them out as an alternative.

    10 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not amazing....and uncomfortable

    • Written by from NORTHPORT

    I bought these on the recommendations of the apple UK store. First off, if you have a big head, forget about these..they are pretty tight fitting around the ears. The construction is well made. The sound is clear, but I tested these against the shure SE530's and no comparison. I will be returning them. I think they are somewhat overpriced. Not a big fan like everyone else.

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