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A Review On: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones

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Pros: comfort, design, sound

Cons: cord, price

I've had these cans for a few weeks to give them a fair trial.  To keep this short and sweet.  These are one of the best sounding portable headphones you can purchase, perhaps not the very best, but one of them.  Make sure you're comparing apples to apples.  These won't compete with Grado's or similar open headphones, but for portables, they are VERY impressive.


A few things to note:

  • These do have a very lengthly break-in period before they really warm up, especially the treble.
  • These are very sensitive to placement on the ear.  I find putting them a little further back on the ear sounds best.
  • It will take around two weeks before they loosen up physically, they may hurt your ears at first, especially if you wear glasses.
  • These are closer to reference headphones in terms of input required.  Most MP3's will sound horrible unless they are lossless---and even then it really depends on what was used to rip them to MP3 in the first place.


As long as you keep those things in mind, you'll have an incredible listening experience.  Ignore one of the above, and you'll find they're just mediocre at best.  Once you hear what they're really capable of, you'll be tossing your Bose QC'a and Sennheiser HD's in a box.


Just a quick note: ther is no such thing as "lossless" mp3, as mp3 is naturally a lossy format
Correct. I'm playing FLAC and APE files (not actual .MP3 files).
I should have been more clear in my comment.
I owned the p5s and thought they were very good. I moved up to the t5ps. Like most people, the bass was off in my opinion but the mids and highs were very nice.
they sound like music, ie. you do get that high end audio response where the world disappears
and auditory vibration turns into synthesis....expensive but worth it...drblue
i meant to say turns into synthesis...seeing the music in colors, experiencing the texture of music as shapes and the music
telling a story beyond the lyrics...bravo b & W.
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