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post #931 of 1119

I find the noise isolation on these to be pretty good. Not great, but certainly good enough to use in the office.

 

When I first started listening to the P7, something about the midrange didn't sound quite right. But the more I listen, the more I think these are really fantastic headphones. Sometimes, it's your ears that need to break in!

post #932 of 1119

I wish I still had my Westone 4R's (I lent them to my son months ago) on hand to compare them to the P7's, but beyond that I love these can's, and I'm using them more than any other full size headphones that I own. I haven't used them outside, mainly just around my office so I haven't noticed any lack of noise isolation but I wouldn't expect them to isolate as well as an IEM that's sealing off my ear canal.

post #933 of 1119

That is really interesting. I had the exact same experience.

 

I bought these cans at a local audiophile shop.

 

That is actually a great story. In my city, all the small, specialized, electronics shops went bankrupt due to tough competition from a European (sort of) Best Buy chain store. The chain stores had lower prices, but worse inventory and service.

 

Now like 8 years after my favorite HiFi store went bankrupt, a new shop opened. They have everything on display. From electrostatic headphones, custom IEM’s, massive speakers and obviously these cans.

 

I compared multiple headphones for about an hour. The employee was the absolute best. He showed me, and demo’ed me the difference between closed and open cans. He let me listen to multiple headphones and asked me what I thought about the sound signature. I tried like 10 different pairs of headphones, before ending up with this B&W P7. Then he advised me to try out these headphones in a special listening room on an amazingly comfy sofa for a couple of hours in order to discover if I liked the sound. At first I thought the mids sounded slightly artificial. But then they started to grow on me.

 

Now wearing them for about 5 hours, I have fallen in love. I actually have a 60 day return period just in case I don’t like them. Oh and a 5 year warranty. And if that wasn’t enough, if it breaks in my lifetime after the 5 year warranty, I still get a 50% discount on a new set.

 

I actually tipped this guy. The first time I ever did so in a store. But this was just, amazing. I was completely happy when walking out, just for being treated nicely.

 

But I digress. The mids are really weard. At first I thought they were artificial. But now I have gotten used to that sparkle, and I love it! It sounds kind of like the mids of a proper speaker.

post #934 of 1119

How's the durability for the owners out there? Any visible signs of wear on the leather anywhere?

post #935 of 1119
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Originally Posted by pheerix View Post
 

How's the durability for the owners out there? Any visible signs of wear on the leather anywhere?

 

So far excellent.

 

If I had handed them over to someone telling them I just took them out of the box I'm 99% certain everyone would have believed me.

 

You can see the leather being slightly "smoother" on the ear cups, but I wouldn't call it wear. More the way a high quality leather sofa would look for 20 years.

 

I prefer the HP50 for sound, but in terms of comfort and quality the P7 are exceptionally good (certainly much better than the HP50).

post #936 of 1119
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Originally Posted by pheerix View Post

I'm thinking of getting a pair of these soon. I know the build quality is fantastic but wanted to know if there have been any surprises in terms of manufacturing defects or durability issues. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by pheerix View Post

How's the durability for the owners out there? Any visible signs of wear on the leather anywhere?

Hope you are not going to ask the same question every 4 weeks. wink.gif
Edited by xeroian - 2/28/14 at 6:02am
post #937 of 1119

Mine are holding up just as well as any of my other headphones, and you can buy replacement earpads (and cables) down the road if needed directly from B&W. A couple weeks ago I ordered the 5 meter cable (only $24 and Free Shipping) for my P7's so that I could use them with my desktop amp yet still move around the office which wasn't possible with the shorter cable. 

 

http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Shop/Recertified-Products-and-Accessories/Special-Deals/accessories.html?utm_source=Bowers+&+Wilkins&utm_campaign=76b9ea7290-Valentines_20142_11_2014_US&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22ec1c80b7-76b9ea7290-49608577

post #938 of 1119
I wish there were other coloured earcup replacements since I think anything would match the black just fine
post #939 of 1119

I am enjoying these cans a lot. The sound is incredible. I have one issue though.

 

Do any of you wear them outside? I feel quite embarrassed walking round town whilst wearing them. They are huge, especially coming from IEM’s. Furthermore they look expensive, like a luxury product.

 

I constantly feel like people are watching me.

post #940 of 1119
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Originally Posted by Roadtrip View Post
 

I am enjoying these cans a lot. The sound is incredible. I have one issue though.

 

Do any of you wear them outside? I feel quite embarrassed walking round town whilst wearing them. They are huge, especially coming from IEM’s. Furthermore they look expensive, like a luxury product.

 

I constantly feel like people are watching me.

 

I don't have the P7's, but I know that I would feel the same way. Then again, I have a hard time wearing any headphones out in public. The only ones that I might be able to do so with are the Mikros 90's, but we will see lol.

post #941 of 1119
I don't have a problem with them. They aren't even that big, as you probably know there are even bigger. I consider these medium sized. I'm a guy that came from the pink Sony marqii lol so these are like heavenly smaller
post #942 of 1119

I've been using p7 on street/bus with no problem but I prefer to use my mdr-1r because its more leak-proof imo.

post #943 of 1119

Does ANYONE happen to know if the sheepskin leather used on the P7's is oil tanned?

 

I have a neutral color leather product that I use on all of my nice leather motorcycle jackets and gloves and its kept them looking great for years and I'd like to use it on the P7's but I don't know if its oil tanned or not (it says its safe for all oil tanned leather).

post #944 of 1119
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Originally Posted by KLJTech View Post
 

Does ANYONE happen to know if the sheepskin leather used on the P7's is oil tanned?

 

I have a neutral color leather product that I use on all of my nice leather motorcycle jackets and gloves and its kept them looking great for years and I'd like to use it on the P7's but I don't know if its oil tanned or not (it says its safe for all oil tanned leather).

Might be better to suit B&W an email than to ask here on head-fi, although there's always the chance that someone here knows.

post #945 of 1119
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post
 

 

I don't have the P7's, but I know that I would feel the same way. Then again, I have a hard time wearing any headphones out in public. The only ones that I might be able to do so with are the Mikros 90's, but we will see lol.

Same here, and it really has nothing to do with looks.  I like to hear what's going on around me.  I don't like being oblivious.  Plane ride or something, sure.  But just walking around?  Lol, no.  I'd actually feel like an idiot.  Seriously, you can't just go to the store without listening to music?

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