Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

I recently got the chance to borrow a pair of B&W's high-end (£250) 'designed for iPhone/iPod' headphones. They are an 'open' design, meaning they sit on your ears rather than enclosing them. The advantage of this is that they allow you to hear what is going on around you. The disadvantage is that they allow other people to hear what is on your iPhone/iPod's playlist.

The earpieces/headband are covered with soft, comfortable leather. First impressions of the sound quality is of a pleasant, clear and open sound, but lacking in bass. However, after half-an-hour of listening, you begin to notice intricate details in the songs and become involved in the music. A particular highlight was walking down Regent Street on a busy Friday evening, with the music from the headphones mingling with the sounds of cars and revellers in a way that gave the walk a surreal 'I'm starring in my own music video' quality.

The volume rocker on the wire is useful if you listen to a wide range of music, allowing you to boost classical sections and mute the death metal tracks without having to take your iPhone/iPod out of your bag/pocket.

They were comfortable over long periods of use and remained firmly in place while being jostled on Tube trains and during brisk walks along Oxford Street, though not when running across busy roads.

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