Gear Review – Bowers & Wilkins P5

Bowers & Wilkins P5

Bowers & Wilkins P5

I bought Bowers & Wilkins P5 some time ago now, so this is rather a longterm review than anything else.

Headphones are a very personal thing to me, as to many other people I guess. Especially in times where we consume music and media more then ever and especially on the go. There are a lot of different headphone concepts in a huge price range and styles. From In-ear to over ear to on-ear. With cables, Bluetooth, Noisecanceling and so on. For me two things in deciding which headphone to get where very important and one factor a little less. First of all good sound quality of course, but on a wide spectrum. So not only for one genre of music, but also spoken word as podcasts and also movies. Second point would have to be that they needed to be very comfortable to wear. It happened way to often that I bought headphones on looks alone and I couldn’t use them for long stretches of time. One thing that also crystallised was that the very popular In-Ear headphones are not for me when it comes to useing them for a longer listen, like on 12 hour plane trip. For shorter use I love the Bowers & Wilkins C5, but I’ll have a post about them soon,too. The third and smaller point I mentioned was looks. They have to look nice, especially when you are paying a good sum lf money for them. A few years back I bought a pair of funky looking KOSS headphones just based on their styling alone and for 40 bucks I am still very happy I bought them, but the sound is just not good enough.

Over-Ears are very nice to wear, but also quite large in size and whne travelling alot or even just going for a photowalk I don’t want to be burdened by them. So there weren’t a lot of alternatives. One came from Bose, but mainly it didn’t fit my head-size (maybe shape) very well and also the Sound was not very much to my liking. At least not at that price point. I also dismissed the Senheiser …, as I had looked at them way before and besides the funky green color wasn’t too keen on the fit of them. So this left me with two models of the very popular Beats headphones and the P5s. The biggest problem I have with the Beats so far, and I know there are new models on the way, is the feel of the plastic. It really feels cheap to me, especially for these prices. The other problem I have with them is probably one of their best advertised features, the bass. For my taste they have too much bass and that might be your preference, especially if you listen to bass heavy music a lot, but if you listen to many different genres and spoken word its not really desirable. Again, please keep in mind, this is all based on my personal preference.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Bowers & Wilkins P5 Bowers & Wilkins P5

So here we are with the Bowers & Wilkins P5. It basically was love at first sight (even-though I don’t belive in that). A homerun, everything seemed to be a perfect fit. Fantastic sound on all levels I can think of, no matter what volume, genre or type of media you listen to. They are very comfortable to wear thanks to mainly detachable leather ear-pads. The leather of the the ear-pads and the frame is so soft, beautiful to touch and look at, but still quite durable. The P5 certainly are not cheap, but in this class, audio- and price-wise, I think they are unmatched.

Bowers & Wilkins P5

There are two perks with the P5 that I have come to love which I didn’t really think about too much in the beginning. The ear-pads and the cable are detachable. The ear-pads magnetically clip on and off the frame and on one side show the 3.5mm jack. Bowers & Wilkins also provide a second cable when you buy the P5 attached with a microphone and audio controls for your iPhone for example. Also very beneficial when you damage the ear-pads, by for example getting them into your backpacks zipper, not that that ever happened to me, but I was very happy to just purchase an ear-pad and just clip it on.

Bowers & Wilkins P5

The pouch that comes with the P5s is very beautiful and also very well made, looks great and offers a certain level of protection, especially for the leather in a bag full of gadgets and so on. I would though prefer a more rigid case though (as you get with the newer P3), where you don’t have to think about throwing it into your bag and just forget about it. The only other thing that I am not too happy about, when wearing a cap or beanie on cold days, it becomes a very close fit. Obviously only important to people with big heads, but for me I need to extend the frame to the max for it to be a perfect fit and with a cap or so on my head it becomes quite close, also depending on how thick it is.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Bowers & Wilkins P5

If the P5 are too expensive for you and/or you would prefer headphones that you can fold together, you should most certainly have a look at the P3, which seem to be quite close sound-wise to the P5. And as I mentioned before have a hard case that comes with them.

My buddy Thomas Reimann has a nice review on the Bowers & Wilkins P3 over on his blog, in german though.

Looking forward your comments and maybe even questions and so on.

Have a great day, Teymur.

 

I bought Bowers & Wilkins P5 some time ago now, so this is rather a longterm review than anything else.

Headphones are a very personal thing to me, as to many other people I guess. Especially in times where we consume music and media more then ever and especially on the go. There are a lot of different headphone concepts in a huge price range and styles. From In-ear to over ear to on-ear. With cables, Bluetooth, Noisecanceling and so on. For me two things in deciding which headphone to get where very important and one factor a little less. First of all good sound quality of course, but on a wide spectrum. So not only for one genre of music, but also spoken word as podcasts and also movies. Second point would have to be that they needed to be very comfortable to wear. It happened way to often that I bought headphones on looks alone and I couldn’t use them for long stretches of time. One thing that also crystallised was that the very popular In-Ear headphones are not for me when it comes to useing them for a longer listen, like on 12 hour plane trip. For shorter use I love the Bowers & Wilkins C5, but I’ll have a post about them soon,too. The third and smaller point I mentioned was looks. They have to look nice, especially when you are paying a good sum lf money for them. A few years back I bought a pair of funky looking KOSS headphones just based on their styling alone and for 40 bucks I am still very happy I bought them, but the sound is just not good enough.

Over-Ears are very nice to wear, but also quite large in size and whne travelling alot or even just going for a photowalk I don’t want to be burdened by them. So there weren’t a lot of alternatives. One came from Bose, but mainly it didn’t fit my head-size (maybe shape) very well and also the Sound was not very much to my liking. At least not at that price point. I also dismissed the Senheiser …, as I had looked at them way before and besides the funky green color wasn’t too keen on the fit of them. So this left me with two models of the very popular Beats headphones and the P5s. The biggest problem I have with the Beats so far, and I know there are new models on the way, is the feel of the plastic. It really feels cheap to me, especially for these prices. The other problem I have with them is probably one of their best advertised features, the bass. For my taste they have too much bass and that might be your preference, especially if you listen to bass heavy music a lot, but if you listen to many different genres and spoken word its not really desirable. Again, please keep in mind, this is all based on my personal preference.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Bowers & Wilkins P5 Bowers & Wilkins P5

So here we are with the Bowers & Wilkins P5. It basically was love at first sight (even-though I don’t belive in that). A homerun, everything seemed to be a perfect fit. Fantastic sound on all levels I can think of, no matter what volume, genre or type of media you listen to. They are very comfortable to wear thanks to mainly detachable leather ear-pads. The leather of the the ear-pads and the frame is so soft, beautiful to touch and look at, but still quite durable. The P5 certainly are not cheap, but in this class, audio- and price-wise, I think they are unmatched.

Bowers & Wilkins P5

There are two perks with the P5 that I have come to love which I didn’t really think about too much in the beginning. The ear-pads and the cable are detachable. The ear-pads magnetically clip on and off the frame and on one side show the 3.5mm jack. Bowers & Wilkins also provide a second cable when you buy the P5 attached with a microphone and audio controls for your iPhone for example. Also very beneficial when you damage the ear-pads, by for example getting them into your backpacks zipper, not that that ever happened to me, but I was very happy to just purchase an ear-pad and just clip it on.

Bowers & Wilkins P5

The pouch that comes with the P5s is very beautiful and also very well made, looks great and offers a certain level of protection, especially for the leather in a bag full of gadgets and so on. I would though prefer a more rigid case though (as you get with the newer P3), where you don’t have to think about throwing it into your bag and just forget about it. The only other thing that I am not too happy about, when wearing a cap or beanie on cold days, it becomes a very close fit. Obviously only important to people with big heads, but for me I need to extend the frame to the max for it to be a perfect fit and with a cap or so on my head it becomes quite close, also depending on how thick it is.

Bowers & Wilkins P5

Bowers & Wilkins P5

If the P5 are too expensive for you and/or you would prefer headphones that you can fold together, you should most certainly have a look at the P3, which seem to be quite close sound-wise to the P5. And as I mentioned before have a hard case that comes with them.

My buddy Thomas Reimann has a nice review on the Bowers & Wilkins P3 over on his blog, in german though.

Looking forward your comments and maybe even questions and so on.

Have a great day,
Teymur.

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