P7 - a truly immersive sound combined with the luxurious comfort and impeccable build quality you expect from Bowers & Wilkins. We’ve drawn on everything we know about speaker technology and created a new standard for portable hi-fi sound quality.
Every element of P7 has been designed to raise the bar for portable hi-fi sound. The very best components, finest materials and impeccable build quality together offer uncompromising performance and luxurious comfort. The most important element of P7's performance is its new driver – designed less like traditional headphones, more like a hi-fi speaker. The result is performance with a wonderful sense of space, balance and clarity across the frequency range, and greater precision than ever.
Like a speaker
The P7 driver diaphragm borrows from Bowers & Wilkins traditional speaker design. The result is more precise, controlled movement, and a giant leap forward in headphone sound quality.
The leather pads keep a consistent volume of air around drive units, enhancing stereo imaging. They also deliver a more comfortable fit and block outside noise for truly immersive audio.
Uncompromising quality is found in every engineering detail. Unique vented speaker baskets control airflow precisely, while innovative damping materials and baffles cut resonance, reflection and distortion. The results are breathtaking.
Remove, replace, renew
P7 earpads are held in place with magnets. So you can easily detach them to change the cable, or replace them if they get damaged. Why replace your favourite headphones if all you need is a new cable?
P7 – Hi-Fi sound quality that's portable. Solid metal hinges above the earcups create a foldable form factor. Stored safely in its quilted case, P7 is surprisingly portable.
P7 is crafted from the finest materials, including aluminium and sheepskin leather, not just for performance but also luxury and durability. P7 earpads will remain comfortable for the longest of listening sessions.
“Extremely comfortable and simply first rate! They have the ability to resolve music in ways never heard before on tracks that I’ve listened to hundreds of times. Comfortable, detailed, dynamic and musically engaging. A great pair of headphones at the highest quality level.”
“The ultimate cans – The P7s have won every award going and deserve the lot”
“There’s something about the brushed aluminium, soft leather and stainless steel that screams luxury. And the acoustics match, with internals which have more in common with a hi-fi system than a pair of headphones”
"Premium headphones that will appeal to even the most demanding audiophile. Bowers & Wilkins' P7s sit amongst the best electronics products we have had the fortune of reviewing. Matching the mind-blowing achievement in design is its audio prowess; music is loud, clear and enveloping no matter the song and the genre. Wear them and you’ll discover that magical dimension where there's nothing other than you and the music."
“Wear them and you’ll discover that magical dimension where there's nothing other than you and the music.”
"Rarely have we been so impressed by a first listen. The B&W P7s - thanks to the large 40mm dynamic drivers - create a fantastically open sound, Reproduction is supremely detailed and well balanced coping with the lowest frequencies and highest ranges with utter class. The P7 offers a class-topping combination of premium materials and durability, comfort, timeless style and phenomenal sound quality."
"The sound quality is absolutely fantastic. Tremendously rewarding headphones to wear at home or in a quiet office – headphones you wear when you want to sink into music as into a hot bath"
“Bowers & Wilkins has produced the Maserati of over-the-ear headphones.”
So much better than my beats studio great sound superbly comfortable well made feel and look great
Posted on 16 Jun 2016
Posted on 02 Jun 2016
Beautiful headphones, lovely sound.
Posted on 25 May 2016
These headphones are simply awesome with deep punchy bass which is not overbearing, awesome vocals and decent noise isolation. I was using some Sennheiser MMX550 bluetooth headphones for a couple of years previously and had forgotten how good a 'proper' set of wired cans could sound. These have actually renewed my desire for listening to music!
On the weekend Prince died, I spent all weekend listening to his songs on repeat - do yourself a favour and listen to an uncompressed version of Little Red Corvette on a pair of these.
My only criticism is that the headband does seem to give me a bit of a headache after a while, but I'm fully prepared to believe this is due to the shape of my head.
Posted on 17 May 2016
My new P7 headphones arrived right on time and sound amazing! Now I can listen to movies and music at a decent volume without waking the rest of the family :-)
Posted on 07 May 2016
My initial reaction on opening the box was how elegant and beautifully engineered the P7’s were. Top-grade materials and a sturdy single cable that I immediately loved.
Having owned a pair of P3’s and C5 Series 2 I was expecting quality audio and the P7’s were nothing but amazing. Instantly I was hearing detail that I didn’t know existed on my favourite tracks and was excited at the thought of all the music collection sounding fresh and even new. I was concerned that the size of them maybe an issue but in fact they feel incredibly light and very comfortable, excellent for rambling around the countryside.
I am using the headphones with an iPod Classic acoustically enhanced with an Oppo HA-2 and the combination is out of this world, simply amazing.
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
These headphones are well designed and built. There is nothing flimsy about them. I've only used them with my iPhone and iPad, but the latter includes some Apple lossless tracks (which to be honest makes little difference). Their sound is very good, being well balanced across high, mid and low frequencies, and they are as good for quiet classical as for hard rock. Being on-ear phones my wife tells me there is minimal sound leakage. My only negative comment relates to the tightness of the phones on my head; my ears feel clamped and I would not want to use these for more than an hour at a time.
Posted on 12 Apr 2016
Posted on 19 Mar 2016
Purchased thinking that b&w had to be good but very disappointed when i used them, headband was much too tight and frankly i thought the sound was no better than average, there are loads of them on ebay second hand so plenty of others must feel the same, sold mine after two weeks.
Posted on 05 Mar 2016
I purchased the P7’s to use with my iPhone and iPad. I own the Bowers & Wilkins A7 Airplay speaker system and have been extremely impressed with not just the sound quality but also the design and build too. The sound quality of the A7 Airplay speaker system simply blew me away and I haven’t heard sound quality in that league before (and I’ve listened to many hifi systems over the years, many which cost in excess of £1500).
So when I was in the market for a pair of headphones, Bowers & Wilkins were a natural choice due to my past experience and how well I found the sound quality etc.
I purchased the P7's direct from Bowers & Wilkins as I found these were the best price for next day delivery. I paid £329 and that was with free next day delivery. But you can purchase the P7's from Amazon, Apple, John Lewis and a lot of other online retailers and all are about the same price.
First thing I will cover is the design of the P7 headphones. The craftsmanship, materials used in the build, and the design is stunning. The design is stunning, and is what I would call a retro look but at the same time very modern (if that makes sense). The headband, the earpads, and the outer side of the earcups are covered in sheepskin leather, which is beautifully soft. The earcup (the part that envelopes your ear) is extremely soft and padded.
I wore the P7’s for around 3 hours and had no uncomfortableness at all (which is unusual for headphones). I would have to say the P7’s are the most comfortable headphones I’ve used (and I’ve had a few over the years). The isolation is very good, although not as good as a good sealing pair of in-ear earphones, but that’s to be expected as the P7’s don’t plug inside your ear canal. The padding on the earcups is extremely soft and mouldable and needs to be so that it can provide a good fit on the contours of the side of your head/face and also to provide a comfortable fit for longer listening periods.
The stitching on the headband is first rate and up to the rest of the build quality. The earcups are removable for two reasons. The first been, if for some reason you needed to replace them (but the quality of them would mean they would last for many, many years). And secondly, if you want to swap out the cable that comes with the P7’s. The P7’s come with a cable which is fitted with a remote control (for adjusting volume, skipping tracks, play/pause and also has a mic for phone call use, the playback button is also used to answer/end phone calls). The second cable is just the usual cable, i.e. it doesn’t have a remote control on it. To change the cable, you pull off the earpad on the left handside earcup and detach the cable which is routed/plugged in underneath. The ear pads are held on with strong magnets and will definitely not come off unintentionally.
On the subject of the earcups. The design and padding of these keeps a consistent volume of air around the speaker/drive units, so as to enhance the stereo imaging and also give a more comfortable fit for longer listening periods, and also block outside noise to truly immerse you in the audio.
You can purchase replacement ear cups off of the Bowers & Wilkins website. These are priced at £36 for the pair.
Also, replacement cables can be purchased from there, and for the remote control, mic version, this is priced at £23. And the none remote/mic version is priced at £11. A small price to pay for replacement parts considering the cost of the P7's. Makes the initial out lay go a bit longer. It's a refreshing change nowadays to see a manufacturer making parts that can fail, user replaceable. You don't often see this kind of thing now.
The earcup housing is made of aluminium and this has the Bowers & Wilkins branding on them. Into this housing is the headband attachment, folding hinge/hinge. This is made of what looks like a polished aluminium and is not just beautifully designed but really well made too. My conclusion is, Bowers & Wilkins are not putting design before quality, they are perfectly balancing the two. The earcups fold inwards so that they can be stored in the nice quilted storage case that the P7’s come with.
Right enough of the design, build, now onto the most important thing which is sound quality.
My sound quality tests were done with Apple Music, which uses a high quality AAC sound format which is very good sound quality.
The sound quality of the P7’s is exquisite. Every part of the sound spectrum is perfectly produced. The bass is nice and deep when the need arises, but isn’t too overpowering at other times. The bass on the P7’s does not mud over the mids and higher frequencies like some other headphones do (and by this I mean its not overpowering or too emphasised like most of the Beats headphones are).
The mids are nicely detailed and bright. And lastly the high frequencies are the same. The detail on the highs are incredible. Listen to Adele, you can hear her breaths between lines and instruments are beautifully detailed and separated and are easily heard/discerned over the other instruments. The speakers in the P7’s borrows its design from a traditional speaker (speakers are the heritage of Bowers & Wilkins) and it really shows. The stereo imaging and the soundstage is extremely large and spacious. To try and explain this in simply terms, sometimes with earphones, headphones, the width of the sound only feels as wide as the earphones/headphones are apart, but the width of sound with the P7’s is much, much wider than that of the width of the headphones.
Listening and comparing both the sound quality of my Bowers & Wilkins A7 Airplay speaker system and the P7 headphones. The P7’s are pretty much identically matched, the only thing that the P7’s can’t quite match is the sub woofer bass that the A7 has, but that’s hardly surprising, but I hasten to add that the difference is incredible small. But apart from that, the sound quality matches that of the A7 in my opinion, which is no doubt possible due to the heritage Bowers & Wilkins have with their 50+ years in speaker design and also the design and materials used.
All in all, if you want an extremely high quality headphone and also a extremely comfortable and beautifully designed one, then I would definitely put the P7’s at the top of your list.
Posted on 27 Feb 2016
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