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Disappointing

A Review On: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones

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Pros: Decent looks, New Zealand sheep's leather

Cons: Poor sound, uncomfortable, overpriced

I can't add much to skylab's excellent review. I was so seduced by the idea of soft sheep's leather against my ears that I pulled the trigger on these only to regret the decision and have to sell them. The sound is muffled and dark and without body. They get uncomfortable against your ears after about half an hour. They look (and smell) nice, but that alone can't justify $300. The people giving them rave reviews on the consumer websites have either never heard good cans or are utterly hypnotized by the B&W brand aura and can't stand the cognitive dissonance of having spent $300 on subpar headphones. Back to the drawing board, B&W!

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Exactly the reason I returned mine!
"The people giving them rave reviews on the consumer websites have either never heard good cans or are utterly hypnotized by the B&W brand aura and can't stand the cognitive dissonance of having spent $300 on subpar headphones."
 
Wow, really?!
 
Just because you don't like them doesn't mean that other people will. Audio quality is subjective and different people have different tastes in sound. What you said in your review reminds me of those 1-star reviews on Amazon from people who have listened to them in the Apple Store for 5-minutes or so and then concluded that they suck. You need to give these at least 50-hours of play time before the sound opens up. They are also VERY sensitive to how you place the earcups onto your ears, comfort-wise.
 
I happen to love mine. No cognitive dissonance here.
 
By the way, what you referred to as "cognitive dissonance" is actually called "buyer's remorse", usually felt by people who did not do the proper research before buying something. That is hardly feeling the conflicting stress of having two conflicting beliefs at once, which is the proper definition of cognitive dissonance.
 
Go here and learn something: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance
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