Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

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  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is an impressive-sounding luxury Bluetooth headphone -- but is it good enough to justify its lofty price.

- David Carnoy , Cnet 

Specs / Features


P5 Wireless combines the fantastic sound of P5 Series 2, with advanced Bluetooth streaming for unrivalled wireless acoustic performance. | Using high quality Bluetooth aptX, P5 Wireless allows you to stream Hi-Fi quality music from your smart phone, tablet or computer | An incredible battery life of 17 hours or wireless playback between charges. P5 Wireless charges via USB and if you want to save your battery, it also comes supplied with a cable. | P5 Wireless features drive units based on the award winning P7, designed with a diaphragm like traditional loudspeakers, resulting in more precise... More

P5 Wireless combines the fantastic sound of P5 Series 2, with advanced Bluetooth streaming for unrivalled wireless acoustic performance. | Using high quality Bluetooth aptX, P5 Wireless allows you to stream Hi-Fi quality music from your smart phone, tablet or computer | An incredible battery life of 17 hours or wireless playback between charges. P5 Wireless charges via USB and if you want to save your battery, it also comes supplied with a cable. | P5 Wireless features drive units based on the award winning P7, designed with a diaphragm like traditional loudspeakers, resulting in more precise diaphragm movement and amazing sound quality. | Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones come with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships from and sold by Amazon.com).

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Specification

Specification
Brand Bowers & Wilkins
Model P5 Wireless Headphone, Black
Warranty 24 months
Size 7 x 18 cm (2.8 x 7.1 in)

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


PCWorld

So expensive, so good

from PCWorld

There’s no denying that Bowers & Wilkins’ P5 Wireless Headphones are a luxury buy. But if you can afford them, with their superb sound and bespoke build quality, you’ll likely feel that you’ve gotten your money’s worth.

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There’s no denying that Bowers & Wilkins’ P5 Wireless Headphones are a luxury buy. But if you can afford them, with their superb sound and bespoke build quality, you’ll likely feel that you’ve gotten your money’s worth.

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Pocket-lint

Class without the cables

from Pocket-lint

Certainly the audio performance is up to scratch, regardless of the transmission technology. And nothing has been skimped on the build quality or comfort. So if you want to dispense with the wires, and are happy paying for the privilege, there is no better option than the B&W P5 Wireless.

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Certainly the audio performance is up to scratch, regardless of the transmission technology. And nothing has been skimped on the build quality or comfort. So if you want to dispense with the wires, and are happy paying for the privilege, there is no better option than the B&W P5 Wireless.

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Digital Trends

May look dainty but packs sledgehammer sound

from Digital Trends

Thanks to support for aptX, streaming quality from any phone which supports the standard is very impressive. Such phones include models from Samsung, HTC, Asus and Motorola. Apple doesn’t support aptX, preferring to use its own implementation of Bluetooth audio. It may be lossy unlike aptX, but it sounds pretty darned good to me.

In fact, my – admittedly non-audiophile – ears can’t hear any noticeable difference between the P5 Series 2 and the P5 wireless when using an iPhone 6 Plus with some tracks stored in lossless AAC format. Their sound quality is essentially identical.

As mentioned before, the new cans have the same 40mm drivers, which are also in the over-ear B&W P7 headphones. They deliver a balanced, well-defined soundstage with enough bass to satisfy without being overpowering. Similarly, the top-end is crisp without being harsh. Whatever style of music you prefer, the P5 Wireless should be able to put a smile on your face. 

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Thanks to support for aptX, streaming quality from any phone which supports the standard is very impressive. Such phones include models from Samsung, HTC, Asus and Motorola. Apple doesn’t support aptX, preferring to use its own implementation of Bluetooth audio. It may be lossy unlike aptX, but it sounds pretty darned good to me.

In fact, my – admittedly non-audiophile – ears can’t hear any noticeable difference between the P5 Series 2 and the P5 wireless when using an iPhone 6 Plus with some tracks stored in lossless AAC format. Their sound quality is essentially identical.

As mentioned before, the new cans have the same 40mm drivers, which are also in the over-ear B&W P7 headphones. They deliver a balanced, well-defined soundstage with enough bass to satisfy without being overpowering. Similarly, the top-end is crisp without being harsh. Whatever style of music you prefer, the P5 Wireless should be able to put a smile on your face. 

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Cnet

A top-notch on-ear headphone cuts the cord -- but raises the price

from Cnet

In the end, my only hesitation about these headphones is their price. You can get other premium on-ear wireless headphones, such as the aforementioned Plantronics BackBeat Sense and Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth, for considerably less. So while the P5 Wireless may be one of the best all around on-ear Bluetooth headphones, it isn't necessarily the best value.

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In the end, my only hesitation about these headphones is their price. You can get other premium on-ear wireless headphones, such as the aforementioned Plantronics BackBeat Sense and Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth, for considerably less. So while the P5 Wireless may be one of the best all around on-ear Bluetooth headphones, it isn't necessarily the best value.

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TechRadar

Detailed and surprisingly powerful

from TechRadar

I love the audio quality. Listening to a Hi-Res Audio version of Brothers in Arms I've got goosebumps puckering my skin. The audio is rich, the spatial separation is impressive and tonal quality across the board is quite beautiful. Even with Knopfler's almost whispered croaks…

But I can't get over those connectivity problems. They will rear their head when you leave the house and take the P5 Wireless on the road and that can seriously ruin your high-pricetag, premium listening experience.

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I love the audio quality. Listening to a Hi-Res Audio version of Brothers in Arms I've got goosebumps puckering my skin. The audio is rich, the spatial separation is impressive and tonal quality across the board is quite beautiful. Even with Knopfler's almost whispered croaks…

But I can't get over those connectivity problems. They will rear their head when you leave the house and take the P5 Wireless on the road and that can seriously ruin your high-pricetag, premium listening experience.

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PC Magazine

Fantastic audio performance

from PC Magazine

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is one of the more expensive Bluetooth headphone pairs on the market for good reason—it delivers brilliant audio in a smart, attractive design.

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The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is one of the more expensive Bluetooth headphone pairs on the market for good reason—it delivers brilliant audio in a smart, attractive design.

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iLounge

Excellent construction, great sounds

from iLounge

We were very happy with the P5’s sound, but purchasing these headphones all depends on how much you value going wireless. While the P5 sounds great for a Bluetooth headphone, we’ve heard better sound from less expensive wired headphones. And even if you adore the design of the P5 Wireless, it’s hard to ignore its cheaper wired sibling. That being said, Bluetooth technology has evolved very much for the better, and the P5 is an excellent expression of that improvement. It earns our general recommendation.

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We were very happy with the P5’s sound, but purchasing these headphones all depends on how much you value going wireless. While the P5 sounds great for a Bluetooth headphone, we’ve heard better sound from less expensive wired headphones. And even if you adore the design of the P5 Wireless, it’s hard to ignore its cheaper wired sibling. That being said, Bluetooth technology has evolved very much for the better, and the P5 is an excellent expression of that improvement. It earns our general recommendation.

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The Huffington Post

Almost as good as owning your own private jet

from The Huffington Post

Would we buy a black and silver Gulfstream G650? If we had the money, yes. It's the absolute pinnacle of what it does and yet somehow doesn't come with the social stigma attached to owning say, a giant Hummer, or a gold-plated Rolls.

That if anything sums up the P5 Wireless' perfectly: Yes they're expensive, but spend just five hours with them and you'll wonder how you'd ever be able to go back.

The only problem is that once you buy these, you'll start eyeing up a Tom Ford suit, and that's a financial spiral that -- unless you're the partner of a New York legal firm -- will not end in a Gulstream G650.

The only problem is that once you buy these, you'll start eyeing up a Tom Ford suit, and that's a financial spiral that -- unless you're the partner of a New York legal firm -- will not end in a Gulstream G650. 

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Would we buy a black and silver Gulfstream G650? If we had the money, yes. It's the absolute pinnacle of what it does and yet somehow doesn't come with the social stigma attached to owning say, a giant Hummer, or a gold-plated Rolls.

That if anything sums up the P5 Wireless' perfectly: Yes they're expensive, but spend just five hours with them and you'll wonder how you'd ever be able to go back.

The only problem is that once you buy these, you'll start eyeing up a Tom Ford suit, and that's a financial spiral that -- unless you're the partner of a New York legal firm -- will not end in a Gulstream G650.

The only problem is that once you buy these, you'll start eyeing up a Tom Ford suit, and that's a financial spiral that -- unless you're the partner of a New York legal firm -- will not end in a Gulstream G650. 

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Tech Advisor

Great quality Bluetooth audio for iPhone and Android

from Tech Advisor

Thanks to support for aptX, streaming quality from any phone which supports the standard is very impressive. Such phones include models from Samsung, HTC, Asus and Motorola. Apple doesn’t support aptX, preferring to use its own implementation of Bluetooth audio. It may be lossy unlike aptX, but it sounds pretty darned good to me.

In fact, my – admittedly non-audiophile – ears can’t hear any noticeable difference between the P5 Series 2 and the P5 wireless when using an iPhone 6 Plus with some tracks stored in lossless AAC format. Their sound quality is essentially identical.

As mentioned before, the new cans have the same 40mm drivers, which are also in the over-ear B&W P7 headphones. They deliver a balanced, well-defined soundstage with enough bass to satisfy without being overpowering. Similarly, the top-end is crisp without being harsh. Whatever style of music you prefer, the P5 Wireless should be able to put a smile on your face. 

Read full review

Thanks to support for aptX, streaming quality from any phone which supports the standard is very impressive. Such phones include models from Samsung, HTC, Asus and Motorola. Apple doesn’t support aptX, preferring to use its own implementation of Bluetooth audio. It may be lossy unlike aptX, but it sounds pretty darned good to me.

In fact, my – admittedly non-audiophile – ears can’t hear any noticeable difference between the P5 Series 2 and the P5 wireless when using an iPhone 6 Plus with some tracks stored in lossless AAC format. Their sound quality is essentially identical.

As mentioned before, the new cans have the same 40mm drivers, which are also in the over-ear B&W P7 headphones. They deliver a balanced, well-defined soundstage with enough bass to satisfy without being overpowering. Similarly, the top-end is crisp without being harsh. Whatever style of music you prefer, the P5 Wireless should be able to put a smile on your face. 

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What Hi-Fi

Lovely design and build, excellent sound

from What Hi-Fi

What’s not to like about the B&W P5 Wireless? Not much, from what we can see and hear.
Bowers & Wilkins has taken the excellent B&W P5 Series 2s and added a wireless option, and it works beautifully. Great sound and gorgeous design, minus the inconvenience of cables - that's what we like to hear.

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What’s not to like about the B&W P5 Wireless? Not much, from what we can see and hear.
Bowers & Wilkins has taken the excellent B&W P5 Series 2s and added a wireless option, and it works beautifully. Great sound and gorgeous design, minus the inconvenience of cables - that's what we like to hear.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

149 from Amazon.com

149 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.2/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

16 from Amazon.ca

16 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.8 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.6/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

46 from Amazon.co.uk

46 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

8.6/10

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