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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 On Ear Headphones with HiFi Drivers, Wired, Black
- The latest edition features an all-new drive unit design, while high quality materials ensure a luxuriously comfortable fit..Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Highly portable.Apple compatibility:The remote and mic are supported by iPhone 3GS and later, iPod Touch 2nd generation & later, iPad all models. The remote is supported by iPod Classic all models, iPod Nano 4th generation & later, iPod Shuffle 3rd generation & later
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From the manufacturer
P5 Series 2 is the latest iteration one of the award-winning P5 headphones.
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.
P5 Series 2
The latest edition of our classic on-ear noise-isolating headphones
Get closer to your favorite music with P5 Series 2. The latest edition features an all-new drive unit design that raises sound quality to new levels, while high quality materials ensure a luxuriously comfortable fit. Think of it as your own personal concert – to go.
- What''s in the box?
- P5 Series 2
- Remote and mic cable
- Universal cable
- Quilted carry case
Hi-Fi Drive Units
The drivers in P5 Series 2 are designed to work like those in a Hi-Fi speaker, with a more precise, controlled movement. The result? A giant leap forward in sound quality.
Acoustically optimized ear pads
P5 Series 2’s ear pads feature an acoustically optimised grille pattern. This allows air to move freely through the pads, reducing acoustic impedance to a minimum.
Tuned by experts
Tuning requires fine judgement and an expert set of ears. For P5 Series 2, we’ve relied on the best ears in the business, using the same tuning team responsible for our flagship 800 Series speakers.
High quality materials
P5 Series 2 is crafted from aluminum and supple sheep’s leather, for maximum comfort and durability. Ultra-soft cushioning makes them very easy on the ears.
Detachable ear pads
P5 Series 2’s ear pads are held in place with magnets. So you can easily detach them to change the cable, or replace them if they get damaged. Why buy new headphones when all you need is a new set of pads?
Made for iPhone
P5 Series 2 is the perfect partner for your iPhone. It comes with an easy to use, Apple-approved microphone cable, for taking calls and controlling your device on the move.
|P5 Series 2||PX||P5 Wireless||P7 Wireless||P3 Series 2||C5 Series 2|
|Connectivity||Wired 3.5mm||Bluetooth aptX||Bluetooth aptX||Bluetooth aptX||Wired 3.5mm||Wired 3.5mm|
|Design||On ear||Wireless over ear||Wireless on ear||Wireless over ear||On ear||In ear|
|Carrying case||Soft quilted pouch||Protective pouch||Soft quilted pouch||Soft leather pouch||Protective hard shell case||Soft zipper pouch|
|Bowers & Wilkins App||✓|
|Charge via USB||✓||✓||✓|
|Ear pads||Leather||Leather with ballistic nylon outer||Leather||Leather||Leather||Ear tips - S, M, L|
|Drive units||2 x 40mm||2 x 40mm||2 x 40mm||2 x 40mm||2 x 30mm||2 x 9.2mm|
|Frequency||10 Hz - 20 kHz||10 Hz - 20 kHz||10 Hz - 20 kHz||10 Hz - 20 kHz||10 Hz - 20 kHz||10 Hz - 20 kHz|
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|Sold By||Amazon.com||1st Avenue SuperStore||FOREVER DEALS||Software-Central||E&E Distributions||avSoundz|
|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 7.2 x 2.8 in||2.87 x 7.09 x 8.7 in||8.8 x 5.8 x 3.2 in||9.6 x 7.2 x 2.8 in||9.12 x 7 x 3.62 in||7.8 x 2.7 x 8.3 in|
|Item Weight||1.92 lbs||—||4.64 ounces||1.92 lbs||7.34 ounces||12.8 lbs|
|Additional Features||Fold flat feature, dynamic drivers||Fold flat feature, dynamic drivers||foldable, ios-phone-control, volume-control||foldable||—||ios-phone-control|
P5 Wireless offers all the benefits and features of P5 Series 2 headphones, such as advanced drive unit technology and high-quality, luxurious, materials, but they also include Bluetooth audio streaming.
These headphones have been engineered to deliver a truly revelatory sound experience, thanks to a drive unit design inspired by our Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. The drive units work more like Hi-Fi speakers, redesigning the suspension to leave the diaphragm dedicated to sound duties.
High-quality Bluetooth aptX streaming allows Bowers & Wilkins to enter the wireless headphone market with the confidence that whatever your device, P5 Wireless can deliver the best possible sound your device is capable of supplying.
P5 Wireless has a battery life of 17 hours of wireless listening in between charges. If you do run out of charge or want to use P5 Wireless with a cable for any reason we have supplied one in the box.
P5 Wireless have been designed for music on the move. Light, and comfortable and wireless, they deliver pristine sound whenever you want, wherever you are. They even come with their own carry case.
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For reference, I also own the Sennheiser HD650 and the Bose QC35, and I've previously owned Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and Shure SE535 (relatively high-end in-ear monitors) and a few less notable headphones and earphones.
The P5s sound great. The lowest bass frequencies are a bit pronounced, but not anything like Beats by Dr. Dre. In contrast, the Bose QC35s accentuate the higher frequencies. The Senn 650s are the most neutral sounding of the three.
The P5s need break-in. The sound quality is disappointing right out of the box. Plug them into an old iPod and let them run overnight and they'll sound better the next day. The Sennheiser headphones and every good pair of speakers I've ever purchased also sounded disappointing out of the box and way better after 20 hours or so of break-in.
The P5s are very clear and have a nice soundstage--both wired and wireless. You can hear the space between instruments, you can hear the bow of the violin on the strings, the airiness of flutes and saxophones, the pluck of an acoustic bass. But when the music is busy and complex, for example when everyone in an orchestra is playing simultaneously, you lose some of the separation with the P5s and the music sounds a little bit like a big wall of sound rather than a large number of distinct voices--this is true for every headphone in this price range, in my experience. The more expensive Senn 650s are better at letting you hear the individual instruments when many are playing simultaneously, as in a big orchestra.
I think the P5 sound quality is very very good for a headphone in this price class. But I don't think it's audiophile quality, as some reviewers here suggest. Some reviews say the P5s are the best headphones they've ever heard. Almost every pair of headphones will have some reviews that say the same thing. You have to ask yourself what kind of headphones did they have before? What are they comparing them to? If a person has only ever used the cheap earbuds that come with an iPhone, or a $40 pair of headphones, then of course the Bose will sound amazing. People tend to "buy up," in other words every headphone they buy is better than the previous one (it wouldn't make sense to buy one that's worse than the previous one), so most reviewers are comparing their newest headphones to their previous ones which were cheaper and not as good sounding. That comparison doesn't do you much good, though, especially if you are accustomed to better headphones than the reviewers.
BLOCKING OUTSIDE NOISE
The P5s have no active noise cancellation. But for an on-ear headphone, they passively block out a lot of external noise. Not as much as the Bose with active noise cancellation--this is Bose's one true advantage, outstanding active noise cancellation. But I think the P5s sound better than the Bose, and sound quality is more important to me than noise cancellation.
Bluetooth pairing is easy, including to multiple devices. The bluetooth connection of the P5 Wireless is perfectly reliable, whereas with the Bose QC35 randomly drops the bluetooth connection for 1 or 2 seconds--not often, maybe once or twice an hour at the most--a minor annoyance about the Bose.
All bluetooth headphones run on internal rechargeable batteries. Battery life is excellent on both the P5 wireless and QC35, I've never run out of battery charge. However, each of these headphones includes a cord so you can use the headphone as a wired headphone in case the battery charge runs out. Also, the sound quality is slightly better with the cord than via bluetooth for both headsets.
Looks are subjective, and looks are less important than sound quality for most people, but they're somewhat important to some of us. I think the P5s look even better in person than in the photos, while the Bose QC35s look about the same in person as in the photos. The P5s are made of real leather and chrome-looking metal. The QC35s are made from some kind of composite material that Bose says is stronger than plastic--but it looks like plastic. The Bose are cheaper looking than the P5s.
The Bose are, physically, more comfortable to wear than the P5s, but the P5s are nonetheless very comfortable to wear for hours-long listening sessions. The P5's earcups are memory foam covered in soft, nice leather. At first, both sets of the P5s clamped a bit too tightly on my above-average-sized head, but after a week or so of usage, they stretched just a wee bit and now the amount of clamping is perfect: tight enough to keep them very stable on my head, but not so tight as to be uncomfortable.
The P5's are also light weight and fold nicely into their included travel bag. Great for traveling. I expect the more expensive B&W P7s have better sound quality, but they are definitely bigger and heavier--especially the wireless version--and portability is important to me. So, the P5 (wired & wireless models) are perfect for me. The Bose QC35 are equally portable. The Bose comes with a hard shell carry case while the P5s come with a cloth case. The hard shell is more protective, but heavier. The cloth case that comes with the P5 has a diagonal quilt pattern. Some people might think it looks a bit feminine, like a purse.
I bought the P5 Wireless as a recertified/refurbished unit and saved $60. The refurbished ones look, work, and sound indistinguishable from new; the only way you can tell they are refurbished is the box they come in is more plain-looking and says "re certified" on it, making it less giftable.
Of all the headphones I've owned in this price range, the P5s have the best sound quality, good comfort, great looks, and the P5 wireless works great and is the best-sounding bluetooth headphone I've ever heard (but keep in mind that I have not yet heard the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, maybe you should check out that model, it gets very good reviews from owners and from professional review websites like What*Hifi).
But if you are accustomed to audiophile-level sound quality, you might look at headphones in a higher price range. Maybe the B&W P7 or the Oppo PM-3 or better headphones.
Until recently, I hadn't used headphones since I was a teenager; with that caveat these are the best headphones I've ever heard. Others I've recently owned or heard include the Skullcandy Crusher (terrible), iHome iB95BLC, Koss SP330, & the series 1 of this model.
Really the only negative I can find is the headband piece is a bit small. If you have a large head, these may not work well for you. For me they're tight, but just on this side of acceptable.
3 other quick comments:
1. I had need to s/w B&W Customer Support. They were phenomenal. Best CS I've experienced in years.
2. I purchased this set from Amazon Warehouse. They were labeled "used, like new, includes packaging which may be damaged"
They actually are refurbs. While some reviewers have criticized the refurbs, I think they sound excellent; + you get a 2 year warranty & 3 months of free downloads from the B&W store.
3. This is IMPORTANT: The only cosmetic difference between the series 1 & series 2 is the color of the Bowers & Wilkins metal name plate. Series 1 is silver, series 2 is black.
Amazon sent me the correct series 2 as I ordered. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way trying to save a few $'s that most of the B&W's on a competitor's site that were labeled "series 2" were actually series 1, & their is a huge difference in sound quality. The series 2's are much much better than the series 1.
Highly recommended, especially at Amazon's Warehouse pricing.
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Definitely a luxury item and worth every penny