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Bowers & Wilkins P3 On Ear Headphones - Red
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2013
I got these headphones to replace my Bose OE2i headphones, which i sent back due to a faulty cable. I had heard a lot about the Bowers and Wilkins brand and felt I should give them a shot. I am going to compare these with my OE2is as I feel a lot of people may be considering these two

Packaging/Presentation:
To start off with, unlike the Bose OE2i, which arrived in very cheap plastic packing, the P3s come in an Apple-like box with a picture of the product on top. Already looks like quality. When you open the box, you see the white hard case, and the presentation straight away makes you feel like this is an expensive product (as it is). Inside the case, the headphones are folded with the default wire being the iPod/iPhone compatible cable. There is an additional cable at the bottom of the box without the remote for non-Apple devices. The cables can be switched very easily, by gently lifting the earcups off (which are magnetically aligned and held)

Build quality/Looks:
When you take the P3s out of the box, and unfold them, once again you feel like this is an expensive product. The quality feels fantastic, and the twisted metal and brushed aluminium finish is just exquisite. The magnetically held and aligned earcups are also beautifully put together. It almost feels like the P3s are worth £170 for the build quality and looks alone. These are probably the best looking headphones out there: very elegant looking, without being brash such as some artist inspired ones. I would say the only downside would be the cable itself, this does feel slightly flimsy. In addition it comes out of both cans, which some people may not like, but I do not really notice.

Sound:
Despite the great looks and the build, the key feature definitely has to be sound when buying headphones at this price. I must admit here that when I used the P3s on the first day, I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed by the performance. However, after reading some forums, I left the headphones plugged into my laptop for a few hours with music playing at about half volume. This was to let the headphones "burn in".
Now, the sound quality is simply sublime. I can hear bits of the music which I never heard before, even with my OE2i (which I thought were amazing), and everything sounds crisp and sharp, but there is no compromise on the bass; this gently caresses your ears at the required moments, instead of drowning out other bits of the music. These are much better than my OE2i headphones were, and I feel like the extra £20 was definitely worth it for the sound alone.
Noise cancelling is obviously not a feature of these headphones. In general though, the level of cancelling is adequate on most streets, and also on the quieter trains. You can hear music fairly loud on about 70% of the iPhone volume. On the noisier trains such as the Jubilee line and the Victoria line,you may need to turn the volume up to 85-90% of the iPhone to cancel enough noise out. At work I am OK to play my music at 50% volume, still loud enough for a good experience, but does not disturb my neighbours

Overall:
I mainly use these headphones for commuting and using at work. Given their size, and the fact that they fold up into a case makes them very portable. They also look great on the street and The sound quality is exceptionally good for portable headphones, and the build quality terrific. If you are after a great looking pair of good sounding portable headphones, look no further. These are worth the money and more. As I mentioned though, make sure you burn them in before passing any judgement on them...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
Having owned Both Beats Studio and Beats Solo HD headphones I feel like a fool for not buying these earlier. It has vastly superior sound quality with really deep warm bass that you associate with high end hi-fi systems. Don't think twice about buying these, buy them now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2014
I would start by saying that I think that these headphones are great. Fantastic sound and fold away into a box small enough to fit in the pocket of your jeans. I used them mainly whilst travelling and they effectively eliminated the noise of screaming children, bliss!

Unfortunately, after several trips the metal wires connecting one of the phones to the head piece pulled out and whilst you can push it back in it pops out again every time the headphones are folded. Great headphones but need to be designed to be less flimsy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2015
I really love these headphones and use them almost every single day (when they're working). So why the low score? The problem is the headphone leads, which seem to fail on me every 2-3 months. I've literally gone through 7 cables in the 18 months I've had them. They always seem to fail in the same place, around the jack. They start by cutting out if you don't have the cable positioned just right, then they go mono and finally stop working altogether. I've had several replacements from Bowers & Wilkins, but each one suffers the same fate. If you're only using them on occasion you may get more use of of them than me. However if you're looking for a good set of headphones for everyday use, I'd avoid these unless you;re happy paying £30 every couple of months for replacement leads.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
From opening the Amazon box to unpacking them, everything about these headphones says "Quality". I do agree with what has previously been said, that these phones take a little time to 'bed-in'. At first they felt a little bit tight on my head and sounded a little bass heavy, but over a few days they settled and now feel and sound great.
Worth every penny.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
I find the B&W slightly more comfortable than the AKG451 for continoius listening pleasure. The B&W have a softer laid back sound as opposed to the slightly brighter but more dynamic sound of the AKG451. At around £50 the AKG's are a superb bargain and if you can afford the B&W at around £130+ it is worth getting both. You will not be disappointed with either they are both different and at the same time very good headphones for serious listening.Some people say that the B&W's reveal more detail than the AKG451 but I have to disagree . The vocal sound on the AKG sparkle with extra clarity than on the B&W. If the AKG451 were as comfortable as the B&W they may of held their original price of £130. AKG have pushed the boundaries to achieve a lively set of cans that you either love or hate whereas B&W have opted for a safe sound that pleases the masses.
It is misleading to say one is better than the other because it depends on your mood and the type of music you are listening to that determines the right headphones to put on. Since these two reveal different aspects of the same music they compliment each other really well.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2012
I've always had a problem with those awful earbud things supplied with the iPhone so have never really used it's 'iPod' capabilities. I'm a bit of a hi-fi snob too, and didn't really consider 'electronic' music to be worth listening to. Wrong: these B&Ws really do bring out the best in MP3s and make them sound more than acceptable.

The balance is neutral, verging on the lean, so none of the terrible bass-heavy thickness of Beats and similar variants. Just fantastic quality sound. That's before you even consider that they are a quality piece of kit, and look great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
Arrived quickly and earlier than advised. The sound out of these is better than headphones you buy for £250, highly recommend them
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
I did not purchase from Amazon as price went up after Christmas, However these headphone are great they do need to be run in as the ones that I tried in John Lewis had a better sound quality to them leave connected to sound output on half volume for five hours. If is there is a down side the case is quite large.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Forget about looks for a bit - needless to say they're gorgeous and ooze quality, but we know all that.

Let's talk sound.
I don't know where I stand with these.
Initially, plugged into the iPhone 5 straight I was underwhelmed by the muffled sound, too much bottom end and not enough mids and highs and an average sound stage.

Things improved when I plugged them into my iPod 2nd Generation Classic (2002) and even more so in the best iPod I think exists (Classic 5th generation Video) with the Wolfson DAC and far more powerful internal amplifier than the iPhone 5 the headphones started to shine and I really enjoyed listening to them, though they were still bottom heavy and lacked a certain sparkle.

BUT, (there's always a but) how good are these really?

Plugged into an iMac, through a Roland Cakewalk UA-1G sound card and through a Teac A-H500 Amplifier those were decent, again too much bottom end and lacking on mid and top though.
For comparison I plugged in my Shure SRH750DJ headphones (which costs LESS than these B&W) and the Shure's are in a different league entirely on all levels (apart from material and build quality and size) - the Shure's are some of The Best headphones I have ever used and they absolutely KILL the B&W and make them seem so poor and second rate that I was about to give these to the Missus.

I then plugged them into my iPod 5G again, but this time through my Fiio E17 Headphone Amplifier/DAC- the Fioo/iPod 5g Combo is awesome, it really makes any half decent headphones shine to their full potential and relays ever flaw or discrepancy in the recordings.
These B&W's sounded pretty good - still too much bottom end for my liking, but the top and middle were more pleasing with some Jazz and Hip Hop.
but that was before I used the Shure SRH750DJ again, the B&W were second rate in comparison.
I then tried the same combinations comparing the B&W's to my JVC HA FXD-80 (which cost me £30) and the B&W were a long way second best - the JVC exceeded the BW in every possible way, far superior depth, bass, soundstage, balance, tops and middle - it's laughable as these B&W are more of a fashion accessory and pretty looking (beautifully built too) rather than a decent pair of headphones.

Finally I compared these to my Shure SE315 in ear phones, and again, the B&W are poor in comparison.

So, these B&W P3's, they look utterly superb, built beautifully, use replaceable cables and iPhone compatible, they sound decent too, with good bass and for someone who wants a quality pair of over the ear phones, which are compact, foldable, look the business and great to pose with and don't mind spending the cash - get these - far more Class than any 'Beats" type.

if you're looking for great sound rather than looks,avoid and go for something else.

LOOKS - 5/5
BUILD - 5/5
SOUND - too bottom heavy, muffled top and middle, lack depth and separation, narrow soundstage. Good for pop and chart stuff or Dance music - very poor if listening to rock, Jazz, hip Hop (old skool), Blues, folk or classical, strings and horns. And poor if listening to Dance/Chart/pop and wanting immersion in the music and definitely not for Audiophiles 9I'm no audiophile, I just have had the chance to compare these to cheaper headphones/earphones and these are seriously lacking in a few departments) 2/5

iOS compatibility - 5/5
Sound isolation - 3/5 ok, not great.
Noise leakage - 2/5 people can hear your Music!
Overall 3/5 - decent and worth owning if you like the look of them and can live with the drawbacks and can afford them.
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