Pros Beautiful sound
Durable build quality
Cons They weren't in my possesion sooner.
Summary After several trips to the Apple store and two returns, I had finally returned home with the Bowers and Wilkins P5s. Just looking at the box, one can discern extreme attention to detail and presentation. Simply opening the box exudes an elite feeling. Once I finished staring at the cans and appreciating their slim form factor and supple feel, I put them on and plugged them into my nearest music source. Although I knew there would undoubtedly be a burning-in period, it didn't stop me from listening to anything I could get my grubby paws on immediately. Thus far, these have benefited from over a month of, for all intents and purposes, non stop listening. However, it would be remiss to say that these phones didn't already sound magical straight out of the box. They have a strong, yet not overpowering bass, clear and present mid-range, and sparkly highs. Now, just as a point of reference, it's not as though I've gone from stock Apple earbuds to these. I've listened to Shure, Creative, Bose, Monster, Sony, etc. and though there have been some that are about on par with the P5s for sound quality (Shure, Sony), none of them came close in comfort and build quality. In addition, these phones offer some peace of mind in terms of a solid warranty and...wait for it... a replaceable cable (earpads are replaceable too). What would normally be the Achilles heel for most consumer level headphones is nary a brief wait for a new cable, shipped directly from B&W's website. I'll leave it here, ending with a positive recommendation for anyone looking to take a financial plunge and reward their ears for all the hard work they've done thus far.
Pros They are very comfortable. the sound is neutral with no emphasis on the bass or mid-range. the highs are natural. great for acoustic instruments as I don't like electronic produced instruments. I highly recommend these earphones.
Cons wish the cord was thicker and longer. other than that find nothing else to complain about. for me the price for quality is just right.
Summary If you are willing to shell out $300.00 dollars these are the headphones for Jazz lovers and other acoustic sounding instruments. very comfortable to wear for long listening sessions.
Pros acoustics, design, functionality, value for money
Cons a hardcase (a la bose qc15) could have been better.
Pros The music is there exactly as it is meant to be. The bass plays so true to form you can distinctly hear (and feel) the interplay between the bass guitar and drums. Mids and highs are crisp and clear -- the sound is superb with no amp necessary.
Cons The cord is a bit thin, but 100% replaceable and can even handle a thicker gauge if you are so inclined. 300 is a lot to spend on headphones.
Summary They are comfortable to wear and listen to for extended periods of time. Nothing is forced, and they produce incredibly accurate sound.
Pros Great for jazz and classical music,sounds pretty good for pop music also, has a nice natural sound to it, great build quality with metal and leather
Cons most expensive headphones I have ever bought but can't really say its a con.
Summary I tried all the different bose and dr. dre headphones and really didn't like the sound coming from either company. I saw the review for this product and went down to apple and listened for a good 20 mins and decided to buy it and try it out for 14 days. Day three I will not be returning these cans to apple. The sound coming out is just awesome.Having now used this headphone for over three moths the sounds are better than ever. Took a while to figure out the best adjustment for the best sound.
Updated on Dec 15, 2010
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