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.
Excerpt: 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.
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.
Excerpt: P7 is best understood as an over-the-ear version of P5, one of very few on-ear headphones we’ve ever enjoyed wearing. Although both models use 40-millimeter speaker drivers, P7 houses them inside earcups that look nearly twice the size, a change that contributes to an added 95 grams (0.2 pounds) of additional weight—not enough to be obvious on your head, but clearly different when both headphones are held in separate hands.
Premium headphones that will appeal to even the most demanding audiophile
Good Gear Guide.au
2 weeks ago
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
Excerpt: B&W has been expanding its range of prestigious headphones since their first arrivals a few years back. We’ve liked most, though not all — we found the little on-ear P3 too soft in the treble for our liking. But here’s the current range-topper of the family, and beautiful indeed is the P7 , a thoroughly luxurious pair of over-ear headphones (the company’s first of this ilk), with earpads made of real leather — and the earpads are easily user replaceable, come that...
Excerpt: When Bowers & Wilkins does something new, we pay attention. It has been going since 1966, in the grand old tradition of British audiophile companies producing and sticking with a very few, very excellent models.