I recently reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones, which I thought were the first pair of wireless headphones that sounded just as good as most wired headsets. Of course, when I said “most,” I didn’t mean the P7 wired ones. Bowers & Wilkins P7 blow just about any wireless or in-line headphones out of the water — in both design and sound.
As with all Bowers & Wilkins headphones, the P7 headset needs time to “break in.” If the sound isn’t satisfying to you at first, just wait at least an hour. What you hear then will be music to your ears. At $399.99, these headphones certainly aren’t cheap. However, they are definitely for audiophiles as the upper, middle, and lower ranges of sound are perfectly calibrated. The P7 headphones don’t offer killer bass, but more than enough bass to satisfy most listeners. The bass offers a natural (warm) kick to your ears and you won’t hear distortion no matter how high the volume is.
The P7 headphones feel like a lot of thought went into the design. They actually feel more comfortable on your ears than off. Sometimes, when it gets too hot, the leather cups can stick to your ears a little bit, but it isn’t a major disability to the product on the whole. While the P7s don’t offer active noise cancellation, the passive noise isolation provided by the cups covering the ears is more than adequate.
One has to realize that these are not the most compact headphones on the market. Even when they fold up, they are still huge. Perhaps those looking for more compact headphones from Bowers & Wilkins will want to look at the P5 (Wireless or Non-Wireless). However, this isn’t to say that lugging the P7 headphones around are like lugging a laptop around either.
As with all Bowers & Wilkins Wireless headphones, the P7 mic quality is excellent. People told me that though it certainly didn’t sound like I was talking to them on a landline, it did sound like I was talking on the speaker from a high quality smartphone. That’s definitely good enough for most people.
Like Sennheiser, the Bowers & Wilkins brand has sprinted ahead in the past couple years. Before, it was Beats vs. Bose. Now, consumers have even better choices. One can’t go wrong with the P7 headphones, even if their wallet will be assaulted.