Excerpt: The release of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones was a shot across the bow to other headphone makers that the high-end audio industry had woken up and taken notice of a coming trend in personal listening. That trend has now become a wave as other high-end speaker makers have followed B&W’s lead. We are living in the golden age of headphones right now and it’s pretty darned cool.
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. Their elegant design sense was immediately apparent with their very first headphone—the P5—and the sound was what you’d expect from Bowers & Wilkins.
Summary: The Bowers & Wilkins P7 may not the best headphone you can buy in its luxury price range, but it certainly is among the best, with excellent build quality and rich sound that works well with a wide range of music genres and sources.
Pros: The Bowers & Wilkins P7 offers impressive build quality, good comfort, and smooth, rich, well-balanced sound in an over-the-ear headphone design that shuts out a lot of external noise. The earpads are removable and there's an extra cable with a built-in mic and volume control that turns the P7 into an Apple-friendly headset, and a protective carrying case.
Cons: Expensive; leather earpads will cause your ears to get steamy on warmer days; some remote features may not work with Android or Windows devices.
Excerpt: It almost impossible to describe the auditory feeling derived while listen to music with the Bower & Wilkins P7 headphones. Everything is balanced and clear, it feels like you are in a cloud of music that fills you auditory senses. When I say balanced, I truly mean every thing. I didn’t find one genre of music that the P7’s didn’t excel in, with the highs, mids & lows matching in sequence.
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. It gets you there just as well as any other performance-minded piece of equipment, but it does so with a unique flair, and with great attention paid to the luxurious bunting. B&W is a British hi-fi company.
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.
Conclusion: The Bowers & Wilkins P7 match their elegant and graceful design with a luscious display of clarity, power, and dynamic expression that was a joy to explore. We would absolutely love to have these phones as our go-to choice both for travelling, as well as to kick around the house listening to our favorite tunes. That said, we wish their $400 price tag would come down a bit.
Excerpt: We always give bonus points for good L/R markings, unmissable yet subtle here! Designwise our only less than delighted observation was that they exert a bit of constant inward pressure, which certainly helps seal these closed designs off from the outside world (there’s no noise-cancelling here), but it sometimes felt a relief to both skull and hairstyle to remove them after extended use, especially on humid Australian days above 25 degrees C when the earpads were prone...
Premium headphones that will appeal to even the most demanding audiophile
Good Gear Guide.au
7 July 2014
Summary: Bowers & Wilkins' P7s sit amongst the best electronics products Good Gear Guide has had the fortune of reviewing. Matching the mind-blowing achievement in design is its audio prowess; music is loud, clear and enveloping no matter the song and the genre. Wear them and you’ll discover that magical dimension where nothing else exists other than you and a song.
Pros: Exquisite design, Portable headphones, Fantastic sound for almost every genre