Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 (review): Swanky on-ear headphone looks the same but sounds even better
1 October 2014
Summary: The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 has the same winning design of its highly rated predecessor, but now it sounds even better.
Pros: The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 headphones have excellent build quality and rich, well-balanced sound that's now more transparent and accurate. Its earpads are removable and the two included cables are detachable (one has a built-in Apple friendly remote/microphone). The tight seal shuts out a...
Cons: Somewhat pricey; leather earpads will cause your ears to get steamy on warmer days; not all remote features will work with Android and Windows devices.
Excerpt: Curiosity got the best of me when the assignment came to listen to B&W’s new headphones. As far as I knew, Bowers and Wilkins was not a name I had previously associated with headphones. The P5 is their first headphone and is part of a new group that B&W calls Mobile Hi-Fi.
From what I understand about the P5 headphones, they were not designed with the audiophile in mind. There are two "versions" of the P5: the first with the untrimmed foam earpads and the second with the trimmed foam earpads.
Summary: I really wanted to like these. I pushed through the ear pain from wearing them for more than hour, I defended them from haters and then eventually I realized that I just didn't want to listen to them anymore.
Summary: I bought an open box model B&W p5. Got warranty. But just 1 working cable. It's typically british. Luxury high end item. Like a Jaguar or Rolls Royce. Or a B&W speaker set.
Always have been intrigued by B&W.
Pros: Build, Looks , looks when you wear it, Sound, comfort
Cons: Thin cable, Silly purse, High high price, sound, to many top end competition
Summary: This is a review of Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 (updated 2014 version!!!) on-ear premium portable headphones. http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Headphones/Headphones/Headphones/P5-Series-2.html
When it comes to B&W headphones, they are considered to be among the top brands combining quality and...
Summary: I got these at a mac store... when I heard them in the store I liked them... shows that listening in a store environment doesn't really give you the chance to focus and notice the problems a headphone set can have. I took them home, burned them for about 24 hours with regular music...
Pros: Very comfortable, very nice driver definition (needs burn-in), stylish
Cons: The final audio imaging is not audiophile, but can be fixed, quite expensive
Summary: Design/durability: The P5 is a truly gorgeous headphone. The all leather/metal construction and the "timeless and vintage" make it a winner in the looks department. The construction and finish of the product is very convincing and feels absolutely premium.
Pros: pleasant warm sound; premium looks and feel; good passive isolation; comfortable
Cons: Not for critical listening; average soundstage and detail; disappointing durability
Summary: OK, firstly these headphones aren't for everyone. They have a very warm, lush, upfront and colored sound which i personally love. They have strong crisp bass with smooth mids and clear highs. I find that this sound signature nicely compensates for my iPhones slightly anemic line out.