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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Reviewed

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Performance
5 Stars
Value
4.5 Stars
Overall
5 Stars

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BW-P5-Headphones-Reviewed.gif• The Bowers & Wilkins P5's sound overall is very smooth, refined with just a touch of warmth. Dynamically they are very solid, though I have heard better, however the P5's performance is all about balance where no one area is allowed to overpower or outshine another.
• While not noise canceling, the P5s are noise isolating, which I prefer for it allows you to become immersed in your music experience without the pitfalls of being completely isolated, sound wise, from the world around you.
• The P5's sound great with properly recorded music, as do most higher-end headphones, however the P5s aren't afraid of lower resolution downloads making them far more versatile for today's real world listener.
• The control device located on the P5's cable is extremely functional without being cumbersome the way other on-cable controllers can be.

 

Low Points
• I would've liked to see the P5 come with a slightly longer cable. While long enough to wear with your portable device tucked away in your front pocket, those of you looking to hide your iPod in your back pocket or backpack may be out of luck. Thankfully you can change the cable on the P5s fairly easily, but I still would've liked to have seen a longer cable out of the box.
• The Bowers & Wilkins P5s, out of the box, do take a bit of time to break in and sound their best. Likewise can be said for their leather headband and ear pads. Plan on spending a few hours listening in short burst for everything to loosen up and sound just right.

Conclusion
While $299.95 is hardly cheap by today's standards the P5s are far from the most expensive headphones out there today. While you can definitely find headphones for cheap, they're not going to hold a candle in terms of sound quality and style to the P5 headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. Likewise, you can very easily spend more but I would question why, for the P5s sound utterly fantastic once broken in and while their maybe other headphones that do one or two things differently, on balance I'm not sure it gets better. At least I haven't heard it yet. The P5 headphones from Bowers & Wilkins are my new favorite headphones, upsetting two long time favorites from the likes of Bang & Olufsen and Sennheiser, both of which I have owned for many years. The P5's look better, sound better and simply feel better than any headphone I've had the privilege of owning for an extended period of time. I simply love these headphones.

Additional Resources
• Read more reviews of headphones by HomeTheaterReview.com.
• See the award HomeTheaterReview.com gave to the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones.
• Buy the B&W P5 headphones.

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