B&W's P5 headphones get a smaller sibling in the P3
Good Gear Guide.au
25 July 2012
Summary: B&W's P3 earphones are smaller than the brilliant, premium P5 model, but still pack in excellent sound quality that's rich and exciting. Treble isn't quite as crisp as you'd expect, but mid-range and bass response is excellent and the headphones are extremely well built.
Pros: Excellent overall sound, Good bass response, Excellent build quality and design
Cons: Treble is slightly overshadowed, Can leak sound at high volumes
Summary: Brighton-based soundmeisters Bowers & Wilkins’ first pair of cans, the P5s, were as popular as they were excellent, but B&W hasn’t rested on its laurels. Not only are the new P3 on-ears more advanced and more portable, they’re also more affordable.
Conclusion: These great-looking, uber comfortable headphones might cost a pretty penny, but they’re more than up to the job where demanding users are concerned. Audio fans can cheer, as can design fans, heck we all can – these are tip-top headphones that are even on a par with the P5s in our opinion.
Pros: Elegant, comfortable, carry case included, good and neutral sound
Cons: Sound spreads to those around you at mid-high volumes, neutral sound may not suit all genres or tastes, pricey, could do with some more top end "sparkle"