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B&W P3

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Overall 7

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones

19 September 2012
  • Excerpt: B&W’s design for the P5s coupled a minimalist and luxurious aesthetic — complete with supple memory-foam ear pads swathed in black New Zealand sheep leather — with truly stunning audio performance. They earned a very high rating from Wired (and from most other reviewers) even though they were priced at $300. That’s pretty steep for a pair of on-the-ear headphones. B&W has won many fans who are used to paying a premium for the company’s high-end audio products.
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Bowers & Wilkins P3 review - sublime audio

17 September 2012
  • Excerpt: If you're looking for high-end headphones and like unique design, you should take a closer look at the B&W P3.
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Overall 8

Bowers & Wilkins P3

PC Magazine
10 September 2012
  • Conclusion: The Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones pair a refined bass response with a focus on mid-frequency content for a very positive sonic result.
  • Pros: Excellent audio performance with pleasantly resonant bass response. Does not distort on deep bass at high volumes. Very comfortable. Folds into compact shape. Built-in iPhone controls.
  • Cons: Leaks sound at higher volumes?people nearby can hear. A slightly less-crisp response than some listeners may prefer.
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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones Review

The Gadgeteer
22 August 2012
  • Excerpt: You have to hand it to Bowers & Wilkins . This British audio company makes some of the best sounding speakers anywhere and they charge handsomely for the privilege. But for some reason, when it comes to personal audio like headphones and earphones, they have become somewhat affordable. They don’t charge anywhere near the stratospheric prices of some competing brands, and yet they manage to uphold a quality level worthy of their heritage.
  • Pros: Tuned just right for commuting, Very well built, Classy, Affordable (for B&W), Very comfortable, Foldable, Strong, protective case, Replaceable cable
  • Cons: Too bassy and muffled sounding for quiet environments
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Overall 6

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones Review

17 August 2012
  • Excerpt: Bowers & Wilkins is well known for its renowned, exquisite speakers that have made it the respectable British brand name it is today. When B&W entered the market with its first ever pair of cans, it has made it known to all that is was a force to be reckoned with. The P3 are B&W's latest and second pair of headphones to make a splash at a more affordable price than the company's $300 flagship headphones, the P5.
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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphone (Playback 59)

7 August 2012
  • Excerpt: ). Priced at $100 less than the top-of-the-line P5, the P3 shares many of the P5’s attributes, such as a removable/replaceable cable and Mylar diaphragm drivers. There are two primary differences between the P3 and P5. First, the P3s use smaller 30mm driver diaphragms as compared to the larger 40mm diaphragms used in the P5s.
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Overall 8

Bowers & Wilkins P3

23 July 2012
  • Summary: The Bowers & Wilkins P3s won't cave in your skull with heavy bass, but they deliver a very balanced sound with a delightfully stylish and portable design.
  • Cons: Can be light on bass; a little pricey; cable feels flimsy.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

Top Review Shop
10 July 2012
  • Pros: Retains B&W aesthetic; good build quality; comfortable; very compact & portable; replaceable cable.
  • Cons: Sound lacks a bit in balance and clarity; may not be secure enough on small heads.
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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Review

28 June 2012
  • Pros: Spectacular treble response, Open, uncongested midrange, Sufficient bass for most listeners, Excellent comfort, Sleek, modern design
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Overall 8

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones

21 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Unlike most of the full-sized headphones marketed to Apple device users today, P3 doesn’t attempt in any way to emulate the glossy plastic looks of Monster’s ubiquitous Beats by Dre family; instead, it’s a study in class at a comparable price. Sized to nearly cover average adult ears, P3’s speaker housings combine three materials: brushed black metal ovals sit atop soft-touch rubber-coated rounded rectangles and padded fabric ear pads, joined together by length-expanding...
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