Bower & Wilkins P5 Headphones (Playback 39)

Bowers & Wilkins P5
Bower & Wilkins P5 Headphones (Playback 39)

and a reasonable if slightly blurred sense of air.

But unless you consider yourself a bass junky, don’t let these quibbles throw you off. The P5 is a major achievement and must be heard by anyone interested in accurate headphones for a mobile environment.


Consider this headphone if: Midrange and high frequency smoothness and detail are paramount, and you would like to reach that goal with a headphone that imposes few tradeoffs elsewhere in the audio spectrum. Also consider the P5 if comfort is critical to you (come to think of it, isn’t comfort critical for everyone?), or if you prefer a headphone that really doesn’t need an auxiliary headphone amp.

Look further if: You live for bass punch or enjoy playing music so loudly that you sometimes annoy other drivers by rattling your license plate trim rings.

Ratings (relative to comparably-priced competition):

⇒ Tonal Balance: 9.5
⇒ Frequency Extremes: 7/9
⇒ Clarity: 9.5
⇒ Dynamics: 9.5
⇒ Comfort/Fit: 9.5
⇒ Sensitivity: 9.5
⇒ Value: 10

Summing Up: A subtle charmer, the B&W P5 can compete with the best of the best throughout most of the frequency range. That this level of performance is optimized for mobile use makes it all the more remarkable.


B&W P5 Full-Size On-Ear Headphone/Headset
Accessories: cloth carrying case, microphone/remote
Frequency response: 10 Hz – 20 kHz?
Weight: 195 grams (7 oz.)
Sensitivity: 115 dB (1 V input)??or approximately 100 db/1 mW
Impedance: 26 ohms??
Warranty: Two years, parts and labor
Price: $299

B&W Group North America
(978) 664 2870

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