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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones Reviews

chrislovin

Dissapointed

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Pros: looks, iPhone compatible

Cons: sound, comfort

I really wanted to like these. I pushed through the ear pain from wearing them for more than hour, I defended them from haters and then eventually I realized that I just didn't want to listen to them anymore. They are probably great as a portable can, but I just never liked them enough to keep them around for desk listening. I sold them a month after buying them and have replaced them with a pair of AKG K550's that are more to my liking for comfort and sound.
Bossatiger

Epitome of Consumer-Targeted Design

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Pros: overall design (pads, comfort, looks), build quality

Cons: non-audiophile sound, mediocre (detachable) cable

Intro: From what I understand about the P5 headphones, they were not designed with the audiophile in mind. There are two "versions" of the P5: the first with the untrimmed foam earpads and the second with the trimmed foam earpads. The second had improved clarity across the range by removing the foam that blocked part of the earpad canal.  I purchased this headphone as a durable, stylish, portable, and isolating headphone to use across the streets and such. The design and durability is what caught my attention. I have enough audiophile-oriented headphones and few are portable. The "portable" closed backs are not of durable build quality, are very uncomfortable, do not isolate...
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gibbo76

VERY PLEASED OVERALL

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Pros: Beautiful design, comfortable, good all-rounder

Cons: Price, finding sonic sweet spot

Firstly I'd like to begin by saying that I've owned many many pairs of high quality headphones over the years, and indeed speakers. I'll not reel them all off here, but suffice it to say I've owned (and still do in many cases) Grado, AKG, Beyer, Senheiser and Shure are just a few of the companies I've bought from over the last 35 years. I'd also like to say that obviously everybody's ears are different. What seems blatantly obvious to some will be missed by others, and also everybody's taste is different. Just look through all these reviews. Many decry the rolled-off treble whilst others say the p5's have a crisp, defined top end. How can this be? Well because as stated, everybody likes...
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NO CARRIER

Depends on what you're looking for

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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...
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reeltime

Kind of mucky, but I use them often...

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Pros: Comfort. Like-- you can sleep in them.

Cons: Loose low end, Treble lacks definition and soundstage.

I bought these at an Apple store after jumping around between a few display models, and they certainly were the best of the lot that they had, in both sound quality and comfort.  I didn't want to take them off, so that told me something.   What's wrong with them-- Well the mids can get mucky-- like there's a film over them.  The bass is loose on the extreme low end-- it gets really slappy in the extreme lows below 200hz.  The treble gives me the most bother.  There's a real lack of imaging in these phones-- they bowl over the transients and there's little soundstage anywhere.  Compared to my UE Reference Monitors, well, there isn't really a comparison. ...
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Thraex

B&W P5: Love at second sight...

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Pros: Overall sound, look, easy to drive, good noise isolation

Cons: difficult sweet spot for best sound, needs lot of break in, cable quality, maybe a little bit more detailed on top?

FIRST: don't believe any reviewer who listen to the P5 only few hours or a couple of days, they need minimum 60 hours of break in to start sounding decent, at 100h they sound ok. At first they're so closed in like listenin' with a big and heavy curtain in front of your head, no detail in any frequency, no dynamic, just ugly sound with boomy bass and not even punchy. I was shocked the first time I hear them, "who could ever buy this crap?" was my first impression.   SECOND: pjoliver182 mod http://www.head-fi.org/t/576341/b-w-p5-modifications is essential and the cheapest and easiest upgrade to gain bass detail, dynamic and better definition in any freq. Just add a little...
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DevilGin

More relaxing than audiophile

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Pros: comfort, can be used for long periods of time, warm sounding, isolation

Cons: price depenable

If you are a serious audiophile then these arent for you. Goods :   very very comfortable a very relaxing sound very well presented looks (iphone cable/detachable cable)    6.  very good for travel, easy to drive. ISOLATION   Cons:   expensive (but varies) can get hot on your ears case a bit large (but is very nice) can get scratched. THAT GOD **** TREBLE ( improved .... look at the edit.)     When i first listened to these cans i thought they were not worth it. But after long periods of time and travel then i find these to shine in a place of their own. Their sound is subtle and not...
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radioplay

Disappointing

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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!
bengewarmer

Excellent Headphones

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Pros: Very comfortable, seems durable, sounds very good

Cons: Expensive

I think the best way I can describe myself is an aspiring audiophile. I haven't the money, or the time to audition high end gear. That being said, I do scour the internet for information and save up my pennies for things I really want, and that's where the B&W P5s come in. I was able to experiment with them several times in an Apple store before finally exchanging two previous pairs of headphones I had bought there; one being the Skullcandy Aviators (which sounded surprisingly good despite their track record) and the other being the Klipsch Image One headphones. While purchasing these at their 150 dollar price points, I still knew I was making a mistake in not saving up and just...
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fella

The best ipod solution

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Pros: Beautiful design, beautiful sound

Cons: Same price might get you higher SQ if portability is not a concern

First of all shouldn't these be classified as on-ear headphones?   Second, I defy the previous reviewer to say where the "cheap plastic" was located on these headphones.  These are great sounding headphones.  Their competition in terms of portability and sound basically comes down to the Sen HD25s, which are slightly ridiculous looking DJ headphones.  Perhaps when beyer releases their portable, there will be competition in the market, until then, B&W owns their segment.    Edit: I've heard that phiaton have some offerings in this segment as well, so perhaps try both and see what you prefer.   You will not find a bad review of these outside of head fi.  There's either...
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