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

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

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

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One mic is on the upper-front end of the cup, and the other is on the bottom of the cup, close to the power button. The in-line iPhone/iPod controls work with the iPhone 3G/3GS and all of the most recent generations of iPods, from the shuffle to the touch. When you lift a cover, your unboxing experience is rewarded with a "jewelry" display presentation of P5W in its leather, metal, and chrome glory. Get closer to your favourite music wherever you are with B and W P5 Wireless headphones noise-isolating headphones.

It felt better after 20 minutes or so, and after several days of use, the headphones did loosen up a bit–I was eventually able to wear the P5 comfortably for multi-hour listening sessions–but I never forgot I had headphones on. Charging takes me around 2-3 hours depending on the current of your charger, and it does not feature any sort of quickcharge feature so when u deplete the battery u gotta wait for the full charging time, which is a minor thing especially with 17 hours I only need to charge it once a week, never more (depends on usage tho). I reviewed a number of their headphones in the past, and was always impressed with a quality of leather material, sexy wavy curves of chrome frame attached to earcups, concealed cable attachment (clever, but a bit time consuming), and a sound quality which I found to mimic analog tuning of full size speakers. Obviously designed with portability in mind, the P5 performs beautifully as an on-the-go set on busy streets or public transport. Prior to my career in reviewing tech, I worked as an audio engineer—my love of recording audio eventually led me to writing about audio gear.The pause, play and volume buttons also feel cheap, and the lack of dedicated track-skip buttons is disappointing. This type of discomfort is common with on-ear headphones, and my experience with the P5 Series 2 wasn't anything out of the ordinary.

Unlike other headphones with a removable cable, P5W (exactly like P5 Series 2) has a proprietary cable with a standard 3. Each earpiece is made of brushed and polished aluminum (or, as Apple’s similarly British Jonathan Ive likes to say, aluminium); the earpads and trim are made of luxuriously soft New Zealand sheep leather; and the sturdy, polished-metal headband is cushioned by thick, leather-covered padding. One features a microphone and volume control for use with the iPhone and the other without, as well as a mini-to-quarter-inch stereo phone-plug adaptor for use with more traditional audio gear. The P5 model I had an opportunity to review is actually an updated Series 2 version, and because I didn't have a chance to listen to the first gen P5, I will review it without comparison to the original one.

Connecting is fast and easy and there are little audible cues to let you know the current status of operation. Helped along by the compliant fitment mechanism of the P5, the pads spread pressure very evenly across the ear and remain comfortable for many hours. The original P5 has a very forward mid section, and to me personally vocals tend to sound a little bit shouty, especially when listening to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" or Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer (ft. The P5 Series 2 are a fantastic set of on-ear headphones that audio aficionados will cling to for a the remarkable sound. However, the thin hinges that connect the frame to the ear cups are the weakest point of this robust and long-lasting build.

The HD25, on the other hand, has less soundstage width but makes up for it with slightly better separation and layering, as well as a bit more positioning precision. I’m a big fan of in-ear-canal headphones (also known as canalphones), in part because they block most external noise without the audio drawbacks of noise-canceling headphones. It is to those who are willing to pay a premium for the combination of extreme portability, style, comfort, isolation, iPhone-compatibility, and decent – if not hi-fi – sound offered by the P5. Sure, there's a little muffling of ambient sound because you're placing the earpads on your ears, but virtually every headphone pair on earth offers this, and it's not very significant. The overall level of the leakage is also decent, making these headphones perform above average in Leakage.If you want to get the most out of iPhone or iPod, headphones don't come any better than the Bowers and Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones. The soft leather head band and ear pieces are light and fit tightly, and they provide good but not complete isolation without any undue pressure. But either way, it's definitely a luxurious "designer" type of a carry case which goes along with a whole luxurious design of these headphones.

They look nearly identical to the company’s wired P5 on-ear headphones and with vaguely retro styling including chromed rods and black leather ear pads. However, the shape of the inline controls looks dual-sided which can take a little time to get used to. Even though I'm a freelancer now, PCMag has been my home for well over a decade, and audio gear reviews are still my primary focus. Behind the left earpad is a cable groove that winds through a couple turns to reach the connector deep inside (see image at right).The buttons offer decent tactile feedback but they are a bit narrow, which could be bothersome for larger hands. The P5 Wireless can also be used in passive, wired mode—the left earpad easily twists off, and the included 3. This is similar to the way conventional speaker drivers are designed, with greater precision being the objective. Fit/comfort: Clamping force is quite strong, but the earpads feel very nice and the memory foam does wonders. Considering that this is still the audiophile approach, I sampled the P5 with MP3 files toward the end of my listening sessions to see if these phones made sense as an upgrade for the average listener.



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