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Bowers & Wilkins P5

Bowers & Wilkins P5
alaScore 89

691 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 691 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and design. The comfort and value for money are also appreciated. There are mixed reviews on the soundstage and usability.

sound, value for money, comfort, design, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headsets the Bowers & Wilkins P5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 691 reviews)

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones


Bowers & Wilkins' P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones have blown away several of our long-held beliefs: First, they've demonstrated that circumaural muffs aren't the only means of isolating outside noise and preventing sound leakage in a traditional headphone...

Exquisite sound, impeccable design, decadent comfort

300 list price renders them expensive; too-short cable

Pull off the magnetic ear pads and you’ll find 40mm mylar diaphragms driven by neodymium magnets. The phones come with two cables: a conventional cord with 1/8-inch jack and a ¼-inch adapter, and a second featuring an in-line remote control and...

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Bowers & Wilkins P5-MFI


The Bowers & Wilkins P5-MFI headphones are a well-designed set of headphones with an upper-mid-range price point of $300. This set of stylish on-ears is meant to be portable, but their size doesn't allow for easy storage in a pocket: you'll need to...

While expensive, the P5-MFIs offer good audio quality and a professional appearance in a portable package.

Editor's Choice!

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones


Ultra-high-end audio purveyor Bowers & Wilkins began designing consumer-level products a few years back, with its Zeppelin iPod dock ($599 list, ). Now, B&W is trying its hand at headphones. At $299.95 (list), the P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones aren't...

Excellent audio performance. Extremely comfortable. Handsome design and carrying case. Relatively lightweight. Equipped with iPhone/iPod in-line remote control

Expensive. Despite the claim, offers no noise isolation

With the P5, Bowers & Wilkins gracefully enters the consumer headphone market with a stunning design that's comfortable and sonically superb.

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Bowers & Wilkins P5


In recent years, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), one of the more legendary names in British hi-fi, has been making an effort to appeal to a more mainstream audience beyond its audiophile roots. It's put out a line of uniquely styled Zeppelin iPod speaker...

Excellent build quality and rich, well-balanced sound; removable earpads; built-in mic and volume control turns the P5 into a headset for compatible iPhones and iPods; tight seal shuts out a lot of external noise and headphones don't leak sound;...

Expensive; leather earpads will cause your ears to get steamy on warmer days.

B&W's P5s aren't cheap, but they're well built, offer a unique design, rich sound, and a built-in microphone for making calls.

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Heavenly Headphones Create Symphony Hall for Your Ears


They may be constructed of metal and leather but these headphones are actually comprised of 100-percent attention to detail.

Sounds so sweet, you’ll want to re-rip your entire music library into lossless files. Memory foam earpads block a ton of ambient noise. Go ahead and wear ‘em in public — the low-profile headphones won’t make you look like a ham radio operator....

One small gripe: The tiny sub-earpad tab that holds the cable in its routing channel is poorly machined and sharp enough to cut the rubber cord jacket. Pricey? Yep. Worth it? No doubt

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones Review


Today I am checking out the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones with the integrated iPhone/iPod remote and mic. This is an awesome set of headphones that look fantastic and sound just as good. If you want high-end audio with all the features you need the...

Awesome sound ; Excellent build-quality


The Bowers & Wilkins P5 are simply the best headphones I have ever used and if you can afford them, they are worth every penny.

Editor Choice

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Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Review


High Quality Headphones

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Mobile headphones are very stunning and extremely light in weight

The major drawback of the headphones is that they are designed in such a manner that they do not reduce noise efficiently

These headphones are manufactured by the Bowers & Wilkins Company, who been making many other products for a few years now and increases product reliability. They are very stunning and extremely light in weight. Additionally, they also have an...

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Bowers & Wilkins P5-MFI


A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

While expensive, the P5-MFI headphones offer good audio quality and a professional appearance in a portable package. They didn’t have the best test results, but they were definitely good. They also weren’t the most portable headphones, but they were...

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Bowers and Wilkins P5 Headphones Review


Now are these headphones worth the 300 bones? That is a matter of perspective, but this reviewer finds the build quality, retro aesthetics, charm and overall musical punch offered by these headphones to be worth the premium. The P5's fill a specific...

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones Review


How do you judge a pair of headphones in this pristine, digital age when you're listening to a new track from Jónsi and Alex that has analog noise added for effect? I have no idea, but boy, does it sound ethereal and haunting. The track is “Daníell In...

Incredible sound and isolation, very comfortable, cool looking, very well made


Product Specifications

Speaker System

Amplification Type:Active