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. I don’t remember a pair of cans as stylish as these; they’re glamourous without being gauche, and while they look delicate they’re surprisingly strong.
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. It’s hard to fault them as such, yet the natural sound isn’t going to suit all tastes and won’t match up as well to modern, bass-heavy music.
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"