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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones (Wired) - Black/Grey
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- The stylish, light and foldable P3s deliver an exceptional sound experience and come with a specially designed hard-shell carry case.
- Heat-sensitive memory foam pads mold to the shape of your ears, becoming more comfortable and enhancing sound quality over time.
- Bespoke fabric provides acoustic transparency, while forming a perfect seal around the edge for better bass and noise isolation.
- Made for iPhone remote/microphone cable, plus a generic cable that works with all smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.
- Bowers & Wilkins' P3 Headphones come with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships from and sold by Amazon.com).
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Discover depth and detail in your music that you never knew existed. And all from a light, foldable set of headphones designed to fit easily into your life.
Masters of sound
Bowers & Wilkins is an audio company with nearly five decades of experience creating the loudspeaker systems that world-leading recording studios depend upon.
The most mobile sound
Go anywhere, do anything, enjoy your music. P3 headphones offer the perfect balance of portability and performance, stylish design and versatility. Bowers & Wilkins most pocketable on-ear headphones feature unique engineering innovations to ensure small still sounds absolutely beautiful – with a natural and spacious audio performance. With four bold color options, P3 also lets you stand out from the crowd, accessorize or add to your personal style. P3 looks stunning anywhere.
What's in the box:
- P3 Headphones
- Apple remote and mic cable
- Universal cable
- Hard case
- Quick start guide, warranty information, registration booklet
There is more to P3 ear pads than meets the eye. The bespoke fabric covering provides acoustic transparency in the center, while perfectly sealing edges for better bass and noise isolation.
For natural-sounding response and exceptional clarity for headphones this size, we redesigned the driver, including diaphragm, from the ground up. And designed a unique damping system to control speaker cone movement.
Bowers & Wilkins most portable on-ear headphones required many engineering innovations to ensure the perfect balance of size and audio quality. The result sounds spectacular and folds to fit easily in a pocket or purse.
P3 ear pads are made from heat-sensitive memory foam that moulds to the shape of your ears, becoming increasingly more comfortable, while enhancing sound quality. They are also removable for cleaning or replacement.
Comfort Fit Earpads
|P9 Signature||P7 Wireless||P5 Wireless||P5 Series 2||P3 Series 2||C5 Series 2|
|Type||Over ear||Bluetooth over ear||Bluetooth on ear||On ear||Lightweight on ear||In ear|
|Carrying Case||Protective pouch||Soft leather pouch||Soft quilted pouch||Soft quilted pouch||Protective hard shell case||Soft zipper pouch|
|Additional Items||Universal Cable||Universal cable, USB charging cable||Universal cable, USB charging cable||Universal cable, Apple remote mic cable||Universal and Apple mic and remote cables||Ear tips S, M, L|
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|Item Dimensions||5.8 x 8.8 x 3.2 in||7.2 x 9.6 x 2.8 in||7.2 x 9.6 x 2.8 in||1.4 x 7.2 x 8.2 in||8.04 x 3.62 x 9.69 in||3.25 x 8 x 9 in|
|Item Weight||4.64 ounces||0.88 lb||6.88 ounces||6.4 ounces||2.53 lbs||1.5 ounces|
|Additional Features||foldable, ios-phone-control, volume-control||ios-phone-control||foldable||lightweight||foldable, ios-phone-control, lightweight||ios-phone-control, volume-control|
P3 combines pristine audio performance with maximum wearability. These slim line headphones fit lightly and snugly on your head, and fold up to stow away in your pocket or their own hard-shell carry case. And they produce a remarkably natural, detailed sound on the move, thanks to some major technological innovations that reduce distortion to a minimum.
Top customer reviews
There is a slight midbass hump, which can thicken up the texture a little bit -- female vocalists sound a bit deeper than they should, but I have found that the more that I break these in, the more of that aspect goes away, leaving the midrange sounding more open. The bass, in spite of the midbass hump, is still tight and tuneful. That's a hard feat. This headphone sounds larger than a small headphone should. Highs are a bit rolled off, but they're also smooooth. This is a good thing for use with sources that are typically thin and bright such as smartphones and IPhones.
At the retail of $199, I'd say that these are an okay value. At $90 for a recertified pair, which is what I paid, it's a fantastic value! Nothing is going to touch them in the price range. On the other hand, if you're looking for rockin', head banging, Beats like sound (or BOSE V-style equalization, with boosted bass and highs, with a midrange suckout), you should look elsewhere.
You do need to really break these in by playing some music on repeat for 24 hours or so before really critically listening. But these are pretty sophisticated. Additionally, and this is important, you really need to find the sweet spot in terms of where they're sitting on your ears. Off the sweet spot and these headphones can really sound rolled off. As I mentioned, they're warm sounding anyway, but if they sound TOO rolled off on top, try shifting them around on your ear a bit.
Regarding comfort and whatnot, they're pretty light on the head. They do feel a bit clampy, and you'll notice the headband, but the memory foam in the earpads starts to conform to your ears and they really do settle in. They have a fair amount of noise cancellation from outside sources, particularly those with a high frequency. They're not passive nor active in their design in terms of noise cancellation, but you'll be surprised how much they block out. I have no idea how well it seals the music from outside listeners.
They come with two sets of replaceable cables -- one is specifically designed to be used with Apple products. The pause button will work with Androids, and the microphone in the cord works as well, but the volume control will only work with Apple stuff. There is a second, straight line cable as well that can be used. The ear pads, user replaceable by the way, are attached with a magnet. You take off the ear pads and the cables are attached and detached by the user within. Easy. Nice design. I like that the ear pads and cables can be replaced. It keeps the headphones from becoming junk. There's a two year warranty offered by B&W, the U.S. office being in North Reading, MA [No longer. Now in California as of 2017].
Of course, they look really neat in their physical design, at least to me.
My rating is for its retail of $199 and for that midbass hump, which I could use a tad less of. B&W has never been my favorite flavor of loudspeaker, and they make loudspeakers costing up to $50,000 per pair. But I respect them. They're romantic sounding and, to me, not the most neutral sounding. But their midrange has always been their strength, as well as the smoothness of their tweeters. They have really had an achievement here by replicating their sound so well in such a small headphone. There's a reason that the P3s have won so many awards such as Best Budget Equipment by Stereophile (It's in their current "best of" headphones) as well as The Absolute Sound. But at $89, I'd give them 4.5 or 5 stars.
To me, if you're looking for a pair of headphones really designed for mobile use AND are an audiophile, you're going to have to compromise a bit. You're not going to get flawless sound. Go VERY small (e.g. Sennsheiser PX-100 ii or 200 ii) and you're only going to get pleasant or inoffensive at best. Those less expensive Sennheisers give you midrange detail that sounds like you're listening from the next room with the doors closed. Going into the price range of the P3 headphones, and you'll get a pair of headphones which are pretty light, fairly small, fold up into a relatively compact space, and most importantly, actually portray music in really musical terms (giving you a sense of real instruments, micro- and macro-dynamics, etc.) and give you some real midrange detail.
The real competition to the P3s is the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear. They sound bigger and more airy the B&W's, but aren't as tight and tuneful in the bass. The Momentum's have other downsides as well. They have a slight midrange suckout. The high treble can be a hair strident. The bass, while seeming more neutral, is more flabby in addition to being less tuneful. They're physically a little larger. They're slightly heavier. Whereas the P3 is fairly skeletal in its looks and folds up quite small, the Momentum 2.0 On-Ears look more like a traditional headphone designed for the home, even though they are designed to be used with the mobile user in mind. You can find the Momentums new for $149 if you look around, so they're in the neighborhood of the refurbished P3s. Neither will give you head shaking bass, so again, if you're looking for a Beats style sound, look elsewhere.
Yes, the P5, P7, and Momentums will sound larger. That's because their sound drivers are 1/3rd larger or more. That's physics. But B&W has quite an accomplishment with the P3, a musical sounding, small on ear mobile headphone.
NOTE: B&W has come out with a new version of these, the P3 series 2. They're leather rather than cloth (which makes me think that they'd be a bit less breathable). But from reading a couple of professional reviews, the top end sounds more extended and airy (and they are) while keeping the other sonic benefits.I'm still quite happy, as of 9/21/16, with these, though. I think they look great (I get lots of comments on them), and they sound really good for the money, especially at the $89 I spent on the company refurbished unit.
I have listened to the P3 S2. Initially, the extension in the high end gives the headphone a bit more perceived balance. And I think there is a bit less of the midbass hump. But the extended highs reveal just a bit of harshness of the typical music that one might hear from a smartphone, a graininess that the original P3 doesn't reveal. And again, the leather is less conducive to sweating if you're using them in the gym, which I do.
Either version, though, is a pretty remarkable headphone in the price range.
Part of the appeal for travel headphones, or ones that you can slip out of a bag and throw on quickly is because that's what most people need. No amps, and specialized equipment required, just nice, light headphones you can plug into your device and get going, and they hit a home run here. The sound although not as deep and large as some of the higher price over ear models produces a crisp high, defined mid and just enough base to round it out. Overall a very enjoyable set of headphones that will appeal to the style-conscious among us.
I don't know what to do. I love to touch and look at the P3 as much as I wish it sounds better :-). But I will still keep it because it's a way more comfortable than most of the expensive earbuds I have. It's a very good value for portable and fashion purpose.
I will let it burn for couple weeks and will come back with an update!
Update: after couple of days trying the headphone on the bus and train, I can tell that it's not as good as the P5 for blocking outside noise. I had to crank up to maximum volume but I still can hear the outside noise made my music less enjoyable. It sounds better in time and very comfortable to wear in the office.
In my case, it was a struggle centering the "sweet spot" to my ear cavity. If only the cans swiveled!! Absent that feature, I had to bend these puppies to shape... very carefully...patiently... and was well rewarded. Thankfully the headband was compliant enough but it is ego deflating after the now mis-aligned ear cups revealed how uneven my ears are. Anyway, I'm keeping these.
The sound is as advertised.,, great base and balanced mids & highs,,,but I'm knocking off 2 stars because I had to risk breaking a brand new headphone. Hah!!
Otherwise, these look great, are well made of high quality materials - nothing about it feels cheap. They even fold up nicely and comes with a color-matching hard case. If only someone at B&W paid attention to how much the ear pads affect the sound. I don't know if this was an oversight or a quality control problem - did the factory change the materials to something that wasn't acoustically neutral?