Enjoy pristine audio using these Bowers & Wilkins P5 on-ear wireless headphones, which feature dual 40mm Hi-Fi drivers for detailed sound. Bluetooth aptX technology allows you to stream audio from an enabled mobile device.
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What a long strange trip it's been!
Posted by: rmjcv from: on
I tried BT wireless headphones back in 2009 and though very convenient, the technology lacked good audio quality at that time.
After reading about the recent advances in BT, I decided to jump into BT headphones and experiment within $100 to $250 price range. I’ll do my best to not knock other brands but I went through 3 pair before committing to the B&W P5’s wireless almost by accident. Skip to the last paragraph for my thoughts on the P5w’s. If you want to hear how I got to the P5w's and went way out of my price range, start here.
I started with a Sony BT on-ear for about $100. I was quickly disappointed before leaving the BB parking lot so I ran back in and returned them within 20 minutes. They didn’t pair with my iPhone immediately and the Sony’s highs were too high, and the base was very flat.
I then picked up the j-Birds in-ear at $150ish. I was able to leave the BB parking lot as there were a few things to assemble for sizing purposes before I could use them- so I took them home. Again, I was quickly disappointed-they were very close to being mono-toned and no better than the wired headphones you received with your Walkman CD player back in the 90’s-to be clear, I thought they were horrible.
The next day I went back to BB and reluctantly tried the DDre Beats Solo wireless on-ear for $270ish. I say reluctantly only because I’m in my 50’s and rarely see anyone over 25 years old wearing beats… I must say that the Beats Solo sounded the best up to this point but they were too heavy with bass.
There are a few songs I listen to that help me judge headphones. In these songs, you can hear the singer inhaling between verses or the finger drag of a guitarist going up and down the strings all while being played at a reasonable volume. With the DDre solo’s, I was not able to hear what I expected. I returned the Solo’s and decided to stick with my wired Bose headphones. $270 for Solo’s was more than I wanted to commit to anyway.
I then came across an article about the B&W P5’s wireless. At $399, they were way out of my price range but I’d come this far and wanted to see if they sounded better than anything I’d experienced up to that point. Gotta Love BB’s return policy! I went back to BB and picked up their last pair of P5w’s. I cracked opened the case in the BB parking lot expecting that I would return them within the next 30 minutes. Upon opening the box, I was impressed with the minor details of the packaging, the tight leather headband and the plush feeling of the ear-cups. I turned on the headphones and they paired within 5 seconds and 20 seconds later I was listening to Hotel California. Man-was I blown away. No-I was Really Blown Away. I’m not an audio snob by any means but I do appreciate good audio quality. The highs were perfect, the mids were perfect and the bass was just the right amount. I took them home and spent the next 3 days listening to music, movies and audio books. I decided that these were keepers and that perhaps I’d ebay a few things to help pay for my new love affair for the P5w’s .
BTW-the article I referenced early that pointed me to the P5w's had to do with counterfeit headphones. If you're going with P5w's, get them from a reputable authorized seller with a return policy!
The B&W P5 BT wireless headphones are the best set of headphones I've ever experienced including any wired sets!!!
18 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Best Sounding Headphones with iPhone
Posted by: Richg916 from: Sacramento on
I have an iPhone 6 Plus and I had to return my Beats Executive AGAIN because of a "manufacturers defect" (the leather on the cup was separating again). I listened to a lot of headphones. Then I listened to the Bowers & Wilken P5 Wireless (bluetooth) and was amazed with the clarity of the headphones on bluetooth quality on this phone. Enough bass, treble, etc.. They are perfect and were the same price as the Beats Executive. The charge lasts a long time. Itt says 17 hours, and it gets really close to that. The thing that got me wsa that the ear pads are replaceable along with the cord if needed. Best sounding, and I own a few pair including Bose and another beats pair and a Sennheiser.
13 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Best Quality Bluetooth Headphones on Todays Market
Posted by: Dani from: on
1. Bose SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II
2. Dr. Dre Studio Wireless 2.0
3. Sony MDRXB950BT/B
B&W P5 wireless produce the best sound for most types of music.
Bluetooth transmission distance is short ~10ft (cannot walk freely around the house)
Good battery. Sound improves a bit when connected to cord.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Technophile007 from: on
B+W makes great audiophile quality speakers so no surprise their headphones are superb. Bass, tonality, and brightness are well balanced and warm for music. And the iPhone integration is an unexpected bonus... I can take calls seamlessly, and work colleagues say the headphone has a better mic than my iPhone!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Excellent sound quality
Posted by: Pete from: on
Very comfortable. Sounds are great. I've owned beats and Bose and B&W is by far the best.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
I miss my old Bowers headsets....
Posted by: Tiger from: on
I've been running around w/ my original P5 since they came out. They last for years! If i walk 5 steps away front my device it loses connection! I also mad the contorted effort to break them in (100 hrs) but it just doesn't reach the sound level I had in my old pair. It's definitely doesn't go as loud and doesn't hit those bass tones like my old pair. Being able to hit those performance tunes vital when I'm listening to new tracks. So sad. They still feel amazing on.
3 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: amichrissy from: on
Sound is all B&W and what you'd expect from this hi-end manufacturer. However, they really missed the mark on the wireless connectivity. Unreliable connection on multiple sources.
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Good, but not Great
Posted by: Chris from: on
These headphones look pretty stylish and high tech and have pretty good sound, but for $400, I expect a bit more. The bluetooth paired/connected very easily with my iphone 6s Plus and iPad Pro. I took them on a recent flight which of course you cant use bluetooth, so switching to a wired device was quite simple and the cord is plenty long. The sound was much better as a wired device than as wireless. You gain some loudness, but lose the ability to answer phone calls which is a negative for me. The carrying case is very nice and sturdy. I dont think the ear pieces will hold up very long as they seem less durable than the device as a whole. If you dont mind spending the $400 for a set of slightly above average headphones, then these are for you. As for me, my search continues. Ive tried Beats Studio Wireless, Bose QC35's and Plantronics BackBeat Pro. So far, for overall features, quality and sound, ive stuck with the BackBeats. Surprisingly, i like them the best so far.
0 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: crsn from: on
I have had 2 pairs that were defective and won't stay paired.
0 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: coolt from: on
it rocks! perfect gift to someone who likes gadgets. very stylish with quality sound.