Summary: First of all these look and feel like an expensive headphone. They have a nice weight to them and the leather, fine brushed aluminum and memory foam earpads all breathe quality.
They are fairly comfortable thanks to the soft pads, but the moderate clamping force coupled with the leather heats up the ears within 5 minutes.
I expected a little more for the price. They aren't really hi-fi headphones, there just isn't the resolution on offer.
Summary: B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) P5 Headphones
Being a B&W speaker owner, and fan, I was eager to test out a pair of P5’s. The look of the headphone also enticed me – they are very attractive:
So I bought a pair. My reason for buying these was to use them as portables, on the road, with the iQube and an iPod Classic.
Pros: A small and very attractive headphone with great isolation
Cons: A very off sonic signature with very rolled off highs and lots of midbass
Summary: When I first heard that Bowers & Wilkins had entered the mobile headphone market I was very excited. Anyone who knows anything about high end audio has heard the name Bowers & Wilkins. The company has a long distinguished history amongst the audiophile community with their excellent product line of stereo speakers. I've never owned a pair of B&W speakers but I have been lucky enough to hear a set and I was blown away at the sonic signature of their stereo speakers.
Pros: Comfort, Form Factor, Excellent Passive Noise Cancelling
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. They are probably great as a portable can, but I just never liked them enough to keep them around for desk listening. I sold them a month after buying them and have replaced them with a pair of AKG K550's that are more to my liking for comfort and sound.
Summary: Other reviewers are correct in saying the headphones are great apart from the cable. The cable seems flimsy and as its made from rubber, it sticks/catches on clothing. I own other B&W products and this one thing really lets the usual quality down. Come on B&W...this should really have a better cable or at least offer a better replacement "braided" cable!
Summary: My wife bought me a set of these for my recent birthday, to say I was chuffed to ninepence would be an under statement. I have paired them with the Fiio E12 Mont Blanc and straight away the sound was amazing. As others have said I was hearing little bits on music I've listened to for years and not known was there. They can handle all types of music from classics to classic rock and metal. They are also quite comfortable to use for long periods.
Summary: I read a lot of reviews before purchasing these headphones and I have to say they did not live up to the expectations. The sound was very good, but it was only marginally better than what my Klipsch earbuds provided. I liked that it was not too heavy on the bass and more on the bright side. The headphone cable was defective and the sound would cut on and off. Another thing which I found was that it was impossible for me to wear them with eyeglasses.
Summary: My home stereo speakers are bowers and wilkins which promted me to purchase the P5's. I found then to be too tight and uncomfortable after prolonged use. The leather ear coverings while attractive are hot and sweaty if you plan on using these outside in the sun. The sound is balanced and appealing but not amazing. I returned these and bought the QC15's from Bose, which are an around the ear design and much more comfortable.
Summary: Nach über einem Jahr Benutzung ... Klang ist super... Nicht so Baselastig wie die Beats die ich vorher hatte. Detailreich in allen Bereichen. Das Kabel ist für meinen Geschmack zu dünn und nicht wertig. wären aber alles noch 5 Sterne. Zwei Negativpunkte gibt es: 1) Bei dem Preis erwarte ich für Reisen und Transport eine vernünftige Transporttasche. 2) Kabel ist mir in der Ubahn abgerissen worden. Nachbestellen über Internet geht nicht. Hab da kein Ersatzteil gefunden.
Excerpt: Давал эти наушники послушать знакомому звукорежиссеру.Ему тоже не понравилось звучание.Особенно бас.Эти наушники не годятся для воспроизведения тяжелой музыки и классики.А вот попса и электроника звучат вполне сносно.Слишком высокая цена.Даже за 2-3 тысячи можно найти наушники,превосходящие по качеству эти.
Pros: Превосходная сборка.Необычный внешний вид.Уровень громкости позволяет использовать эти наушники в транспорте,в частности в метро.Возможность замены провода на другой,лежащий в комплекте.Добротно звучат средние.
Cons: От столь именитого бренда ждал гораздо большего.Качество звука для наушников данной ценовой категории достаточно средненькое.Слабенький,невнятный басок.Тоненький проводочек,не внушающий доверия.Дужка слишком сильно сжимает уши.Лично у меня началась аллергия на кожаное покрытие амбушюр.