Conclusion: Even with all the headphones I review, there are times when I need a break and return to a reference headphone. For me it was the Bowers & Wilkins P5—incredibly comfortable with great sound. No more. The B&W P7 headphone have replaced the P5. The P7s are more than just a bigger P5.
Pros: First-rate design and construction, Exquisite audio quality, Replaceable cord, Easy to drive, Foldable
Cons: Expensive, Not as much long-term comfort as less expensive P5 or P3, Carrying case
Excerpt: Over the last few years, we’ve seen quite a few speaker companies dip their toes into the headphone market, with inconsistent results. Sure, it’s easy to slap your logo on a pair of generic headphones, but Bowers & Wilkins didn’t do that.
Summary: I was a happy P5 owner and I've been a huge B&W fan for quite a while. Their products always fall into that "Bose done right" category. B&W makes the consumer grade products which Bose SHOULD be making. Extreme high quality without sacrificing sound quality.
Enter the P7.
Pros: Glossy sound. Easy to drive. Extreme comfort.
Cons: Pushes size limit for a 'portable'. Soundstage a bit tight.
Summary: I'd just like to mention that this is my first review for headphones (or anything musical) and probably isn't going to be the best thing you've ever read. Still getting used to putting what I hear into text so the sound section might be a bit shorter than expected too.
Pros: Refined sound, well extended treble, nice punchy bass, fantastic build quality, great isolation, gorgeous looks, folds into a rather compact shape
Cons: Sound a bit boomy on first impression, initially not the best comfort
Summary: These have been a real dream to listen to. They have a really good range of sound not artificial sounding at all. They have have as a matter fact excellent tremble. They don't pull the mids to upfront they throw them a little bit in the background for a more natural approach.
Pros: Clear, spacious, very accurate bass does not distort Great construction with classy look of their own
Cons: A bit pricey ear pad replacements a little pricey as well
Summary: For some reason these reminded me of my DT990s when I put them on in terms of sound signature, not as sparkly treble (which is sorta sibilant on the DT990s) with a nice low end. Mids are a tad recessed I wouldn't say it really takes away from it though. The earpads seem like a perfect size and fit.
Pros: Build quality, Present bass, Comfortable, Portable, Nice treble sparkle, Good soundstage for a small can
Cons: Pricey compared to a lot of other models, style is love or hate, mids are slightly lacking.
Summary: That's right, I mentioned build quality as a "pro" 5 times. These things are sexy.
Until the P7's, I went back and forth between Senn Momentums and Beyer DT770Pro-80's. The reason I went back and forth so much is because they both had features I liked, but were lacking in other areas.
Pros: Build quality, looks, build quality, refined/controlled bass, build quality, great mids/vocals, build quality, not too harsh, and build quality
Cons: can feel a bit heavy, clamping is pretty tight when new, head band numbs my bald head without periodic breaks
Summary: I paid 270 Euros for a used set of B&W P7, and I've compared it to the following headphones (in various price ranges):
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
NAD VISO HP50
Sennheiser Urbanite XL
To make a long story short:
I pretty much...
Pros: Powerful, punchy sound makes the P7 a treat for use with classical music - nice warm tone - beautiful design - high quality construction
Cons: High price (but worth it!) - not 100% comfortable out of the box, at least for me
Excerpt: In the vast jungle of fancy headphones, some trees stand taller than others. The Bowers & Wilkins P7 , a gorgeous $400 pair of over-the-ear headphones, is one such specimen. I use “fancy” in the way one would speak of a Bentley or a Morgan.
Pros: Excellent sound; a big bottom without sacrificing anything up top. Wonderful clarity. Comfortable, with beautiful leather and stylish design notes. They fold up nicely. User-serviceable pads, cables, and drivers.
Cons: Price — all that hand-stitched leather ain’t cheap. Designed for portability and isolation, so unless you have a noisy home, they aren’t as desirable for home listening.