Summary: These are not the cheapest headphones. And yes, part of that price does go toward the B&W name. But B&W has created a name for itself for a reason. These headphones are superbly constructed. Not a hint of plastic. Soft sheep's leather on the ear pads and headbands. Sleek metal frame. But unfortunately, my P5s are on their way back to Crutchfield. I bought these for when I travel and want to use them for a stretch of 3-4 hours.
Pros: Beautiful construction. Neutral sound.
Cons: Painful when used for longer periods of time.
Summary: Firstly I'd like to begin by saying that I've owned many many pairs of high quality headphones over the years, and indeed speakers. I'll not reel them all off here, but suffice it to say I've owned (and still do in many cases) Grado, AKG, Beyer, Senheiser and Shure are just a few of the companies I've bought from over the last 35 years. I'd also like to say that obviously everybody's ears are different.
Pros: Beautiful design, comfortable, good all-rounder
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... tried them on... and HATED THEM. Oh my, I hated them so much It was a pain to listen to them... thin, too much harshness, too little bass... they sucked.
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: I have heard that some design mods have been implemented recently on the P5's, but I can't verify it at the moment. I will say this, however, in defense of a very nice set of cans. They feel great, look amazing and have a punchy yet non-fatiguing sound. There is a definite bump in the upper bass register that makes Getty Lee's bass sound like he's playing in your living room--yes I'm listening to R30 on my P5's as I'm writing this.
Pros: Comfortable, good noise rejection, unique tonal palette
Summary: i love how these headphones sound. but i'm not crazy about how they fit me and they are heavy and hot! they cannot be worn during activity (except walking or something that keeps you erect only, no bending over!) and they are not as portable as they look. people have said that these are the best sounding headphones with an ipod or iphone. i agree. however the lightness and wear-ability of the sennheiser px series or the koss portapros are more to my liking.
Summary: Buying headphones is a nightmare, especially if you're in the market for your first proper pair and you're prepared to spend a bit of money on them. I initially went into a shop in Glasgow to try a few sets out - I would have probably bought them from there but I had Amazon vouchers so was kinda tied to using this site. Which is fine, Amazon give great customer service which I'll get to later. So these headphones...very well made, all leather and chrome.
Summary: As a self-proclaimed 'audiophile', I have long been a fan of Bowers and Wilkins, though have been - like many others, I guess - somewhat dissuaded by their recent forays into affordable 'popular' and fashionable gear. Their association with Apple of recent years didn't help things much (too fashionable a market, to my mind), and to be fair I wasn't ready to make any concessions to that 'decadent' range of 'i'products, that includes the Zeppelin, various docks, headphones...
Summary: Right away review: If you have the money and are in the market for great headphones, get them. Prettier review: I've been flirting with the idea of buying these headphones for a year. I have not regretted buying them. I'll describe the major points by order of what came as more relevant: Sound: - It is everything that's being publicized. It sounds great and it's the best way to describe it. You get your very own concert in your ears.