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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Reviews

starfly

Full and detailed sound from a great headphone

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Pros: Full and rich sound, comfortable fit, very detailed, wide soundstage

Cons: Slightly heavy, some might find the sound a bit on the warm side, a tad expensive

I've been looking for a decent pair of headphones that sound great, but also look nice enough that I'd be willing to be seen in public with them. And importantly, I want them to be comfortable. Before this I've always used IEMs, mainly the Shure SE530 which I've had for about 4-5 years now.   In my search for a decent pair of headphones, I've also tried out the KEF M500 and Sennheiser Momentum (over-ear). I loved the sound of the KEF, very detailed and spacious, but because it's an on-ear model the pressure on my ears would create great discomfort after about 2-3 hours, so I returned the KEF. I also like the sound of the Momentum, but again it gets uncomfortable for longer...
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Lan647

Another world-class portable headphone!

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Pros: Superb sound quality. Gorgeous design. Luxurious build. Excellent isolation. Excellent comfort. No need for amp.

Cons: A tad large for a portable.

Just as I thought it couldn't get much better than the KEF M500 as far as headphones to plug in your smartphone goes, Bowers & Wilkins update their range with the P7.      Design & build quality   When you first unbox the P7 and see it laying there folded in its tilted presentation, you instantly know you are dealing with quality of seldom seen measures. The all leather and metal built P7 smells like a brand new car when you take it out of the box and B&W have paid attention to every little detail. The design is basically a larger and slightly refined version of the P5. The quality of the leather, the precise stitching, the steel...
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eightbitpotion

This is a surprising headphone....

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Pros: Clarity, Bass Extension, Soundstage, Design

Cons: Price, Propriatary Strainrelief Design

I started this review with the intention of pointing out the things I don't like about it, but man, there really isn't much I don't love about these.   Out of the box they sound very thin and anemic, but still good transparency.  I took them off immediately, and put them in the included case, then turned the volume up pretty high for 30 minutes.  When I returned to check on the status of them, I was stunned.  Coming from a pair of UE Triple Fis and some K701s, I knew it was a downgrade, but at the moment up putting them on after the 30 minutes..... I realized I shouldn't have assumed.  In a nutshell, they remind me A LOT of my old silver cabled K701s (after burn...
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leadbythemelody

Top-of-the-line Portable Headphones (Best for: Rock, Metal, Jazz, Electronic, and Pop)

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Pros: Very-detailed, Speed, Musicality, Beautiful/Unique Design, Build Quality, Folds up, Inline Volume Control.

Cons: Thin midrange, boosted treble, unnatural representation, Coloured-sound, Loosey-loose midbass, Isolation.

I did not like the B&W P5's b/c of their dark/bloated sound but the P7's changed everything! It may be because it's not an on-ear headphone like the P5's that "muffles" out the higher frequencies, I don't know. But regardless, these have an exciting and detailed sound that is very engaging. Some disadvantages the P7's face is its slightly thin midrange, boosted treble, and unnatural representation. The soundstage is great for a closed headphone but that means nothing because the presentation is very unnatural; and it sounds somewhat synthetic because of the boosted treble and flabby loose bass. I'll admit the P7's imaging is great, but the resolution and tonality is nothing special...
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reeltime

High quality headphone. Probably the best-in-class at its somewhat steep price point.

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Pros: Glossy sound. Easy to drive. Extreme comfort.

Cons: Pushes size limit for a 'portable'. Soundstage a bit tight.

I was a happy P5 owner and I've been a huge B&W fan for quite a while.  Their products always fall into that "Bose done right" category.  B&W makes the consumer grade products which Bose SHOULD be making.  Extreme high quality without sacrificing sound quality.   Enter the P7.  I'm happy to report with the P7, B&W took everything they learned in the making of the P5, and improved upon it.  The prime difference between the P5 and P7 is the P5 is on-ear, where the P7 is over-ear.  The P5 were very picky when it came to ear placement.  You could get 5 different sound signatures out of the P5 by simply changing how they sat on your ear. ...
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