B&W P5 On-Ear Headphones, Black

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Get closer to your favourite music wherever you are with the P5 noise-isolating headphones. Drawing on 45 years of Bowers & Wilkins hi-fi innovation and expertise, the P5 headphones bring you remarkably natural and highly detailed sound on the move, and a luxuriously comfortable fit that makes longer listening sessions a pleasure.

Behind the P5's natural sound is some of the most advanced technology ever to be put into a set of headphones. Specially developed neodymium magnets and highly optimised diaphragms keep music sounding rich, pure and incredibly detailed, with no need for artificial adjustments.

A closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place.

These headphones are very easy on the ears, thanks to an ergonomic design and a headband and earpads crafted from the finest quality New Zealand sheep’s leather. Durable and hardwearing, yet remarkably soft and supple, it makes long listening sessions feel more comfortable than ever.

The P5's come with two cables, one with a high quality, gold-plated 3.5mm minijack plug, ideal for use with hi-fi systems, computers or portable players, and one with an on-cable volume control, compatible with the iPod/iPhone, plus a microphone and call accept/end button for hands-free calling on your iPhone.

The leather earpads are magnetically attached, and can be quickly removed to swap the supplied cables. Includes carry case.

Please note:

The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation and later), iPod classic (12GB, 160GB), iPod touch (2nd generation and later), iPhone 3GS and later, iPad and iPad 2. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation or later).

Audio is supported by all iPod models. Includes universal cable for audio only use with computers, phones and music players with a standard headphone output.

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3.5mm jack plug
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Folding Information These headphones are perfect for music lovers who spend a lot of time travelling around. When not in use, these models can be folded up and stored safely, ideal for packing away.
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Sound Isolation Information Either flexible rubber sphere-like tips which slot nicely into your ear canal providing a seal, or cupped designs which surround and seal your ear from the outside world, they effectively eliminating ambient sounds, and trap your music in your ear
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B&W P5 On-Ear Headphones, Black 4.9 5 37 37
Quite simply stunning I picked up a pair of this from the Swindon branch the other day. I spent about half an hour listening to the various other headphones on display with my own iPod (thanks for setting your displays up so you can use your own device). I finally settled on the B&W headphones as they quite frankly destroy ALL of the other brands in this price bracket on quality of sound in my humble opinion. Superior sound stage with crystal clear vocals and voicing of the instruments. They do not have the best bass in class, however, the bass is taught and authoritative without being brash (Beats I am looking at you...). Get them on a HD audio source or a decent LP and you will be blown away. Fit and finish is as you would expect from B&W, absolutely superb. The only criticisms I would have is the headphone lead could be longer, and the supplied case requires you to "shrink" the headphones back to their smallest size which may have an impact on their reliability later on. Only time will tell! 10 March 2014
Detailed sound and great style The B&W P5 headphones provide a rich and complex sound that will reveal details you've not heard in songs you've listened to a thousand times before, whether it's Blind by Korn, YYZ by Rush, or Canon in G Minor. Yet despite their aptitude for delicacy and precision, they are capable of throwing out impressive bass, making them great for any type of music. The P5s look the part as well, with a leather headband and a stylish retro design that achieves comfort while looking cool. 17 February 2014
Outstanding headphones After a week of internet research on a replacement set of headphones I decided to take a chance on these without seeing them or hearing them based on reviews alone and I am so glad I did. The most important thing to get right is sound and these are almost perfect delivering clear, rich natural sound. Secondly they are very comfortable even with my glasses on. Thirdly they are well made leather and metal and insulating foam, the wire is standard and most importantly replaceable great as the lead is always the first thing to fail and they all do eventually so it's some peace of mind knowing you can just plug a new one in. They are 4 years old but compared to the newer p7 but these have proven to be a good investment. Well worth considering. 11 February 2014
Excellent from B&W as usual. These are superb. I have replaced AKG phones with these and the difference is very noticeable. I listen mostly to classical and the detail is wonderful. I have B&W speakers and sub surround attached to the TV through an AV amp and the sound is stunning. 10/10 for B&W. No I don't work for them. I'm an old un who likes the best I can afford. 05 February 2014
Very good product Bought these headphones using the Click and Collect service. They have an excellent build quality and very good sound reproduction with cancellation of external noise (meaning you don't need to set volume too high). They are bound in fresh smelling leather and the only problem is you have to be careful wearing them on the street as they are definitely attractive to thieves. Overall a really good buy! 21 January 2014
Amazing sound I purchase these headphones as a gift for my husband. Initially I felt they were quite expensive for what they were but I was blown away by the sound quality, overall quality and comfort. My husband uses the headphones every day whilst commuting and loves them. I recommend them. 21 January 2014
Painfull ears The headphones have a great sound but i found that after about 30min they would hurt my ears ,it maybe because of my glasses .the headphones push hard against the frames. its best to try out for a week or two 21 January 2014
simply beautiful I recently purchased a pair of these B&W P5 from JL and I have not been at all disappointed with the comfort and sound quality. I have a couple of small points; The lead around the headphone is encased in fabric, I would of like the main lead from your devise to the headphone to be built in same way. Also the carry case looks like a make-up bag. Doesn't quite suite the style of the headphones. But as i said these are small points on what is a simply beautiful product. 18 January 2014
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