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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Over Ear Headphones

by Bowers & Wilkins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • • Bowers & Wilkins first over-the-ear headphones are designed to allow you to lose yourself in music, become completely immersed in your listening.
  • • The P7 headphone driver works more like the drive unit in a hi-fi speaker, for a giant leap forward in sound quality. This is true "Mobile Hi-Fi".
  • • Highest build quality and finest materials including stainless steel, brushed aluminium and luxuriously soft leather, making P7 a delight to wear even for long listening sessions.
  • • Wearable and portable – the ingenious new folding mechanism uses a highly durable stainless steel hinge P7 folds up like a pair of sunglasses.
  • • Made for iPhone remote/microphone cable, plus a generic cable that works with all smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.3 x 13.2 cm ; 290 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 862 g
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  • Item model number: P7
  • ASIN: B00F6PRSMW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Sep 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

  P7 Headphones

B&W P3 Headphones
P7's ingenious folding mechanism and soft carry case make for supreme portability.
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B&W P3 Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins first over-the-ear design, with a revolutionary new driver, lets you lose yourself in music.
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Welcome to "Mobile Hi-fi" – Bowers & Wilkins first "over-the-ear" headphones, P7 provides a truly immersive sound, combined with the impeccable build quality and luxurious comfort you expect from Bowers & Wilkins. P7 uses the finest materials including stainless steel, brushed aluminium and luxuriously soft leather, making P7 a delight to wear even for long listening sessions.

Total immersion

With P7, everything is designed to allow you to lose yourself in music. Bass is tight, vocals are precise, and there’s a wonderful sense of space, balance and clarity across the whole frequency range. And Bowers & Wilkins first over-the-ear design and snugly-fitting ear pads ensure you become completely immersed in your listening.

Foldable design

Wearable and portable thanks to an ingenious new folding mechanism using a highly durable stainless steel hinge, P7 folds up like a pair of sunglasses, and comes with a soft-cover carry case perfect for messenger bags or briefcases.


  Advanced acoustics

B&W P3 Headphones
P7 features a revolutionary "Mobile Hi-Fi" driver that works more like a speaker drive unit – for a giant leap forward in sound quality.
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B&W P3 Headphones
Dual cavity ear pads that mould perfectly to your head mean better sound quality for everyone.
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P7 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones are Bowers & Wilkins first over-the-ear model. They are designed to raise the bar for mobile sound quality with a revolutionary new approach to headphone drive units, drawing on everything Bowers & Wilkins knows about speaker technology.

Hi-Fi drive units

Bowers & Wilkins P7 features a headphone driver that works more like the drive unit in a hi-fi speaker with a diaphragm focussed purely on the job it’s supposed to do: generate sound. The result is a drive unit with a more precise, controlled movement – and a giant leap forward in sound quality.

Dual cavity ear pads

P7 ear pads feature a dual cavity cushion design that helps the pads mould more perfectly to the contours of your head. The result is more consistent air volume between the drivers and each ear. Not only is stereo imaging enhanced, but the sound is better for every listener, with a better fit to the shape of your head.


  Which headphone is right for you?

On-ear
Yes
Yes
In-ear
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Hard Carry Case
Yes
Soft Carry Case
Yes
Yes
iPhone Compatible
Yes
Yes
Yes
Weight
195g
130g
20g

  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. At George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound in California, music is put to movies on the ultimate sound system, featuring Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series speakers. And at London’s world-famous Abbey Road Studios, all three main studios use Bowers & Wilkins 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.

We’ve done 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

P7 Headphones with detachable remote cable attached
Carry case
Quickstart instructions guide
MFI Cable and Standard headphone cable
Safety and Warranty booklet


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless 5 Nov 2013
By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A few years ago, I bought B&W's first headphones, the P5 - I use B&W's speakers in my home hi-fi system, and I like both the sound and the build quality, so I was interested to see how they would do with headphones.

The P5 sounded great, but I found them almost unbearably uncomfortable to wear; they clamped your head extremely tightly to achieve noise reduction, and the pressure on your ears was just too much, so I hardly use them. When I saw that B&W were bringing out a version of the P5 which sat around the ears instead of on them, I was hopeful that this would give me both the sound quality and comfort.

Having owned a pair for a few days now, I am delighted to say that they do - the P7 is a joy to wear for extended periods of time. The ear cushions are perhaps less soft than on some competitors, but the lack of clamping force makes up for it. The headphones are comparatively light in weight, which helps a great deal in terms of comfort, and you do genuinely forget you are wearing them after a few minutes.

The sound quality is, if anything, better than the P5 - deep, solid bass and well-integrated treble that doesn't sear your eardrums like some cheaper headphones. It's not as good as listening to a pair of B&W speakers, but it's pretty close. The headphone amp built into an iPhone or iPad can drive them to ear-damaging volumes - I've not yet tried them with my hi-fi and lossless files, but AAC files from my iPhone sound superb.

The build quality is as good as on the P5 - leather and anodized aluminium on the phones themselves (the black anodized earpieces look particularly classy) and a real leather storage pouch with a concealed magnetic clasp. The P5 cable was on the flimsy side; this is much improved on the P7.

I really can't find anything to fault on these headphones; yes, they aren't cheap, but they are beautifully-built, extremely comfortable, easy to drive and sound superb. Recommended without reservation.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best closed cup over the ears I have used 31 Jan 2014
By Ian
My day-to-day headphones are 900 custom IEMs from Heir Audio, the 8.A. I usually play these through an HRT microstreamer offboard DAC / headphone amp. I was looking for something with a relatively affordable price that I could use over the ear at home (sub 500, said price being relative to my 8.As as no doubt some would consider 329 anything but affordable) . I wanted something easy to get on and off my head - inserting and removing custom IEMs is not a 1 second operation. Anyway, needless to say, these P7s had some serious audiophile competition to live up to.

I'd listened to both the P3 and P5s. and frankly, they both suck. I was not impressed. I went to audition the P7s with my DAC and my Heir 8.As in hand and a whole bunch of FLACs. I was simply amazed by the clarity. The treble and mids are perfectly clear with no hint of harshness and the bass is tight and powerful. Overall presence and punch lacks a little by comparison to my 8.As but not a huge amount and I was alternating between the two to compare the sound on each track I played. Given the nature of my custom IEMs, I'd be very disappointed if they were not superior to the P7s. But, do the P7s lack 600 of quality? Hell no. These cans, despite costing north of 300, still punch way above their price range and are astounding for a closed cup design. And now having purchased them and listened to them for longer, my impression is only reinforced. Their sound is neutral and requires no EQ adjustment, the mark of a good pair of cans as far as I am concerned.

As an added bonus, they are so luxurious that wearing them feels positively decadent. Swathes of leather and stylish design coupled with hours-long comfort. You won't be disappointed if you opt for these.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Update 22.3.14: Quick summary - a fairly strong bass and treble, mids that are clear and clean, and overall a great all-around headphone for serious listening. Definitely worth the price given the physical quality and sound quality.

Sources: iPhone5 alone, iPhone5 with FiiO E07k using LOD, iPhone5 with v-moda Verza DAC/amp, various computers using the v-moda Verza DAC/amp.

First impressions of the B&W P7: Average soundstage for a closed headphone, which is actually good since the recording makes a much bigger difference than the headphone.The overall signature is what I would describe as slightly dark, influenced mainly by the midrange. The B&O H6 for example has a lighter than average sound, so the P7 is a perfect alternative to the H6. The P7 has an excellent treble - lots of detail and harmonic extension, but no tendency for harshness or sibilants. The bass of the P7 is strong low down, up through the mid-bass, but the upper bass is not inflated, so the wide variety of music genres that I play have a decent amount of warmth and impact without getting muddy or overly boomy. I'm aware that burn-in with headphones is a controversial subject, but I would strongly recommend giving the P7 at least 12 hours of burn-in with fairly loud music before making a final judgement of the sound.

Most headphones that I've tested and used sound better with real headphone amps and DACs than with just an iPod or iPhone, but other than an obvious improvement in soundstage and a better sense of "air" around the voices and instruments, the signature doesn't change that much with most headphones when switching from the i-device alone to the various amps. The P7 is one of those headphones where it makes a big difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets for reasonable money.
Once run in ( after about 20 hours ) these have spellbinding sound quality, nice bass reproduction, not overblown, and a mid-range and treble response to die for. Read more
Published 9 days ago by CheezyPeas
1.0 out of 5 stars ... the security tape was broke and the headphones looked like they'd...
Was returned as the security tape was broke and the headphones looked like they'd already been worn!
Published 17 days ago by DONNA LUND
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Published 1 month ago by Jimmyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply the best. What can I say?
Published 1 month ago by S. Coad
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Received these two days ago, all i can say is WOW. Best cans i've ever listened too for under a grand. Forget the marketing of Beats and buy quality!
Published 1 month ago by Bryn Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
These are incredibly detailed and sonically involving headphones. I use a FiiO Dac and a Macbook Pro and the sound is superb. They are really comfortable and get better with time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Brennan
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An excellent British manufactured product of quality materials and technology. Comfortably padded to grip the scull without distorting the shape of the ear yet excluding the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sparkest
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock my world baby
Best headphones ever! Now my B&W speakers sound less good than my cans! Dawww... seriously didn't know headphone could sound this good Maybe they didnt until they started making... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Godfather
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Amazing!
So, having recently had a very poor experience with the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones I did some research and settled on these B&W P7 headphones. Read more
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