Almost $500 may seem a lot for a pair of headphones, but you often have to pay significantly more if you want better sound than you get from B&W P7. They are so good that they can compete with much more expensive headphones.
Actually, they are more known for their fine speaker, with their characteristic yellow drivers. But British B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) decided to catch on to the growing wave of headphones a couple of years ago. The first model was the critically acclaimed P5, a lightweight and compact closed headphone for portable use.
The new P7 is larger, more comfortable and suitable for both portable and more traditonal use. It sounds a lot better too, so good that we can not think of any other headphone we'd rather have in this price range.
The detachable cable (the pads are attached with magnets) are designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod and have remote control of the music and microphone for phone calls. But P7 can of course be used with any smart phone.
Exactly how good the sound is somewhat depends on your source material recording quality. Some MP3 files sound worse than others, but with AAC files from iTunes (Mastered for iTunes) and uncompressed files, the sound is nothing but a sublime.
One is struck by how open and live music sounds. The detail is immense, while the sound is well balanced and cohesive. P7 has perhaps not the “kick ass” bass lika a pair of Beats, but they are several divisions above in terms of finesse and transparency. The soundstage is more open than in the Sennheiser Momentum and the cohesion is better than on the Grado PS500.
There is simply nothing significant to complain about.
Bowers & Wilkins has a winner in the P7. It is one of the most startling headphones we've listened to in years. Flawless quality and great sound makes the P7 well worth the money. You can actually ask why one would pay more if you have a budget of $500 - or more than that. This may be the best purchase you've made in a long time.
- IN ThE bOX
- Sound performance with the P7 is a revelation, delivering a wonderful sense of space, balance and clarity across the entire frequency range.
- Easily fold for compact mobility or for storage in the specially designed carry case.
- Over-ear design and dual cavity cushion ear pads ensure P7 envelopes you in sound while isolating outside sound.
- Made for iPhone remote/microphone cable, plus a generic cable that works with all smartphones, tablets and MP3 players.
- Bowers & Wilkins' P7 Headphones come with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com.
Description Circum aural headphone
Technical features Dynamic driver Nylon damped diaphragm CCAW coil
Dual cavity cushion
Changeable ear cushions
Folding (hinged) design
Drive units 2x Ø40mm
Impedance 22 ohms
Frequency range 10Hz to 20kHz
Distortion (THD) <0.3% (1KHz/10mW)
Max. input power 50mW
Sensitivity 111dB/V at 1kHz
Inputs 3.5mm stereo mini jack (on cable) 2.5mm mini jack (on Headphone)
Height 192mm folded out, 130mm folded in
Cable length 1.2m
Finish Real leather and metal
The remote and mic are supported only by iPhone 3GS or later, iPad, iPod touch® (2nd generation or later), iPod classic® (120GB, 60GB), and iPod nano® (4th generation or later). The remote is supported by iPod shuffle® (3rd generation or later). Audio is supported by all iPad and iPod models.
1. P7 Headphones
2. Universal cable
3. Carry case
4. Literature pack