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Bowers & Wilkins - P5 On-Ear Wireless Headphones - Black

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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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$299.98
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • P5 On-Ear Wireless Headphones
    • USB charging cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (50 out of 56)

    Features


    On-ear design

    With an adjustable headband for comfort and optimal fit during extended listening sessions.

    Dual 40mm Hi-Fi drivers

    Deliver lush, powerful audio.

    Bluetooth aptX technology

    Pair your smartphone, tablet or computer to stream your personal audio collection.

    Ergonomic 3-button control

    Located on the right earcup makes it easy to pause, skip tracks and take calls.

    Removable ear pads

    Allow you to plug in the included USB cable, so you can continue listening after the battery is drained.

    Rechargeable lithium battery

    For hours of playback.

    Carrying case

    Enables easy portability and storage.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 56 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a long strange trip it's been!

      Posted
      rmjcv
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good, but not Great

      Posted
      Chris
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Sounding Headphones with iPhone

      Posted
      Richg916
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing sounding headphones

      Posted
      Nick05
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      These cost more than I thought I would spend on a pair of headphones, but they sound incredible. My primary use of them is for watching movies whether on my iPad or in my apartment on the TV where I cannot have loud sound. You can hear every detail of the movie clearly and they have strong bass for things like explosions. I also use these for listening to music where everything sounds amazing and you can hear the smallest details in the song. I listened to many different headphones before purchasing these. The only pair that sounded better to my ears was another pair of Bowers and Wilkens, but they were larger and didn't fit me as comfortably. I highly recommend giving these a try.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome sound!

      Posted
      MikeTea
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I love these bluetooth headphones. I have to say, I've never been a headphone guy really before using these, because the on ear headphones hurt my ears. These are so soft; you just have to be patient for the first few days or so of wearing them so the headband can stretch to your head size and not squeeze too hard. The reason why I'm only giving 4 stars - sometimes the bluetooth disconnects from my phone/computer, and makes a quick popping noise in my left ear when it happens. I updated my bluetooth drivers and the issue has gone down, so I don't know if its the headphones or the drivers. Weird. But still, these headphones are amazing. I've already recommended these to a bunch of my friends.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Exceptional Combo

      Posted
      John
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      As many of the other reviews have stated, these headphones have a perfect combination of superb build quality and wonderful sound. The bluetooth has also been flawless in the month or so that I have been using these and does not seem to degrade the exceptional sound in any way. I would highly recommend these headphones to anyone looking for great sound and a quality build that will hold up over time. I am not going to get technical as sound is obviously very subjective but I like to think I have a pretty good set of ears and I couldn't ask for any more than what I hear when I put these on and get lost in some music.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sounding and very confortable

      Posted
      Rdweiss
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I'm very impressed with these headphones. The quality is awesome - they sound great, comfortable, and are very well made. I was originally planning to buy the BOSE QuiteComfort headphones, since I wanted something with Noise Cancellation for when I'm traveling on airplanes. None of the B&W headphones have Noise Cancellation, instead they have Noise Isolation. While Noise Isolation is not nearly as effective at blocking background noises as active Noise Cancellation, I found the sound quality with the B&W P5s was much better and as long as you have music playing they do a great job at blocking out background noises.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Overpriced and uncomfortable

      Posted
      Mike
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Overpriced and uncomfortable I bought these headphones because they had an attractive design. At the time I was searching for some Bluetooth wireless headphones from Bose and now I regret purchasing these . These compress your ears and after a while it hurts so no matter what it sounds like it doesn’t matter and by the way they don’t sound that good. They sound average.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about soundstage, mids quality, treble quality and noise isolation. Editors are less positive about price and size and have mixed opinions about reliability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
    • Reviewed.comRating, 4.5 out of 5Nick Schmiedicker on February 24, 2016
      Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones Review
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    • which.co.ukDecember 11, 2015
      Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless review
      These Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones are pricey and instantly recognisable thanks to their rectangular ear pads. Does the price indicate quality, or are these headphones punching above their weight? Find out in our full review.Full Review
    • Pocket-lint (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Rik Henderson on November 3, 2015
      Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones review: Class without the cables
      When Bowers & Wilkins released the T7 wireless Bluetooth speaker , its quality considering its portability was outstanding. It was also the first time the company had opted for that specific wire-free technology, having only dabbled with AppleFull Review
    • GizmagNick Lavars on September 30, 2015
      Review: B&W P5 Wireless headphones offer crisp and clear cable-free listening
      Many companies have leaped gleefully into the choppy, Bluetooth-tinted waters of personal wireless listening, but Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has made a more measured entry. Citing advancements in Bluetooth technology, namely the aptX standard, theFull Review
    • Digital SpyRating, 4 out of 5David Moynihan on September 27, 2015
      Review: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones
      High-end Bluetooth audio technology makes cutting the cable a treat.Full Review
    • avhub.com.auJez Ford on September 24, 2015
      Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones REVIEW
      It’s not hard to make a wish-list for a pair of Bluetooth headphones - Bowers & Wilkins doesn’t put a foot (or an ear) wrong with this P5 Wireless.Full Review
    • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Andrew Williams on September 16, 2015
      Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
      The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless are simply the wireless edition of the P5 Series 2 headphones I reviewed earlier this year. With this added functionality, you can now stream wirelessly from your phone. In most other respects, however, the designFull Review
    • goodgearguide.com.auRating, 4.3 out of 5Tony Ibrahim on August 31, 2015
      Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphone review
      Has going wireless come at the expense of B&W's signature sound?Full Review


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