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Bowers & Wilkins P5 On-Ear Headphones B&W - Black


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  • Specially developed ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimised Mylar diaphragms keep music sounding rich, pure and incredibly detailed, with no need for artificial adjustments
  • Closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place. Perfect for listening to music on the golosed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place. Perfect for listening to music on the go
  • The ear pads and headband are crafted from incredibly soft sheep’s leather, which ensures longer listening sessions are a real pleasure
  • P5’s cable comes with a remote/microphone attachment, so it works seamlessly with your iPhone. And because the cable is so easy to detach and swap, P5 is also compatible with all other mobile phones and MP3 players

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.3 x 7.1 cm ; 871 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 930 g
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  • Item model number: P5
  • ASIN: B003IHUHGE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

  P5 Headphones

B&W P5 Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins P5 mobile hi-fi headphones deliver natural, highly-detailed audio on the move.
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B&W P5 Headphones
The P5 headphones are the perfect partners for your iPhone, but the interchangeable cable means you can use them when any device.
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With P5 mobile hi-fi headphones, the sound you hear is completely natural – as close to the sound of the original recording as we can possibly take you. Bowers & Wilkins call it true sound, and believe that you will know it as soon as you hear it.

Noise isolation

A closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place. Perfect for listening to music on the go.

Luxury materials

P5's high-quality sound and luxury materials are supported by smart design and user-friendly features. The Made for iPod cable allows easy control of an iPod, and the microphone facilitates calls on an iPhone. The leather earpads are magnetically attached, and can be quickly removed to swap the supplied cables.


  Advanced technology

B&W P5 Headphones
The specially designed drive units inside P5 are created to produce as natural, true-to-life sound as possible.
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B&W P5 Headphones
P5's earpads are crafted from high-quality leather for a gloriously luxurious fit that aids noise-isolation and audio performance.
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Some of Bowers & Wilkins' most pioneering technology has found its way into the MM-1. The tweeters, for example, incorporate the tube-loaded design first developed for the famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds. You'll find the same technology in Bowers & Wilkins' studio-standard speakers, used by the likes of Abbey Road Studios.

  Which headphone is right for you?

On-ear
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In-ear
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Foldable
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Hard Carry Case
Yes
Soft Carry Case
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Yes
iPhone Compatible
Yes
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Yes
Weight
195g
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  Bowers & Wilkins history

Bowers and Wilkins history
The control room of Studio 1 at London's Abbey Road Studios, which uses Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series loudspeakers.
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Bowers and Wilkins history
Nautilus was the result of a five-year research into creating the perfect loudspeaker. Many technologies developed in this project, are now found in all Bowers & Wilkins products.
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In leading recording studios around the world, music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. In London's world-famous Abbey Road Studios, all three main studios use Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series speakers to capture the output of the world's biggest selling artists.

Engineering innovation

Every discovery Bowers & Wilkins' scientists make in their dedicated Research and Development facility make influences how speakers all over the world are designed and built. Technologies such as Nautilus Tapering Tubes and Flowport start life in their high-end loudspeakers, but are also important factors in the likes of Zeppelin Air and their headphone range.

Doing it from day one

When John Bowers set up Bowers & Wilkins in 1966, experimentation in sound and recording was escalating rapidly. It was the time of Sergeant Pepper and Pet Sounds, and Bowers had a pioneering spirit to match. His ambition was revolutionary for the day, and remains so: to create a loudspeaker that neither adds nor takes away from the music. Bowers & Wilkins has been exploring the world of sound ever since. And they'll never settle for less than perfection.


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Box Contains

P5 Headphones with detachable remote cable attached
Paded fabric carry case
3.5mm to 1/4 inch jack adaptor included
Quickstart instructions guide
standard headphone cable
Safety and Warranty booklet

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. R. Johnson on 27 Sep 2011
I thought long and hard before buying these headphones, and did quite a bit of research because I don't want to hand over £250 of my hard earned cash without knowing I'll be happy.
And I couldn't be happier. The P5 headphones from Bowers and Wilkins are just incredible.

Before buying I did some research on the internet and these came out on top in everything I read. But I also listened to numerous different sets in the shops.
I used my noise cancelling Sony's as a benchmark and gauged from these how good other sets were. My Sony's were good but not in this league, but I was used to them so I found this a good test.
I tried the Dr Beats Studio and didn't find them a big jump over the Sony's, although they were better, but not as much as I was expecting.
I tried the P5's and had to buy them.

I found them to be far superior to my Sony's and the Beats, as well as the various Senheisers I had tried. I tried the Bose quiet comforts and they were good. But not as good as the P5's.
The sound has a richness and a depth that blows me away. You can hear the layers of music, and they give a clarity I've not heard before.
I have spent quite some time listening to the same songs on my old Sony's and my new P5's just to confirm that they really are that good. And they are. On some songs I can hear music I hadn't heard before. And on other songs, parts of the music I knew where there have been brought to life.
Like I said, the sound has an incredible depth, richness and clarity.

Everyone who has listened to them seems to agree.
Comfort wise, they are great. They are made with high quality materials and it shows. I could keep them on for several hours at a time with no discomfort.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josephpino07 on 19 Sep 2012
I am what could be addressed to as an audiophile and I have owned or tried a number of headphones in my life. Grados, Sennheisers, AKGs, Beyrdynamics, Shures, Denons, Boses and many others. I must say that some of the headphones I owned or tried sounded better than these b&w (not by a lot though), but I have never come across this combination of sound quality and portability. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser hd650 and no, these don't sound as good as those, but these can be plugged into just anything and can be used to go jogging or on the train, whereas the Sennheisers can't. I also have a glorious pair of Denon ah-d2000s and in my opinion these b&w compete, with regards to sound quality, to those. Maybe the soundstage on the b&w is a bit smaller but then again the mids are better on the b&w, so I'd say it's a tie overall. But again, the Denons are huge and cannot, by ant means, be used on the go.

Bottom line: Full size headphones have always been on a different league in comparison with portable headphones. These B&W P5s, however, are such an amazing combination of sound quality and portability you will think that the gap between these two types of headphones is not as wide as it was in the past.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By fracture on 13 Aug 2011
Forget all the frankly irrelevant nonsense about aesthetics. The P5s are good looking and exceptionally well made, it cannot be denied, but the whole point of blowing 250 smackers on a set of headphones is - or at least should be imho - sound quality. And, judged solely by the criteria of sound quality, the P5s are the best headphones I've ever heard.

Now, it's easy to fall into the trap of writing a lot of gushing, fawning drivel about a really excellent product, but in this case it might just be excusable; the P5s are simply exceptional. I mean really, really, really exceptional. Plenty of bass, treble that can easily induce a nosebleed, in short the kind of reproduction that makes grown men weep.

The best headphones? Dunno, never tried 'phones costing over a grand so can't say. The best headphones under £[]? No question. And they *do* look superb...
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Murphicious on 15 Mar 2011
I was lucky enough to be given a pair of these headphones when they first came out. I've owned Sennheisers, AKGs and Beyers, but the P5s are probably the best headphones I've ever owned. Two signs of how good they are: my wife (no geeky audiophile, but a real music lover) asked for some for Christmas after using mine. She never asks for anything like this. It's normally clothes or jewellery! Then at the other end of the scale, a BBC radio producer and voice-over artist friend asked for part payment for a piece of work she did for me with a pair of these headphones (after borrowing my P5s for a field recording). Everyone loves them because they're just stunning. Clear, detailed sound, well made and beautifully designed.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tom P on 4 Feb 2011
I got tired of wearing my Shure in-ear 'phones (uncomfortable, kept falling out etc) and so found I wasn't listening to music on the move anymore. I have owned a pair of these P5s for a couple of months and have been extremely impressed. Sound quality is awesome and they are extremely comfortable. Net result is that I'm listening to loads more music again!

Tip: Audio source iPhone: although the P5s do go loud enough without additional amplification, you'll notice quite a difference in depth of sound and won't be pushing the iPhone volume right up if you pair the P5s with a Fiio E5 Headphone Amplifier. http://www.amazon.co.uk/FiiO-E5-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B001PYZYI8
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