BOWERS & WILKINS P5 WIRELESS
Design & Construction
The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is the wireless version to the signature-sounding P5 Series 2 headphones. Made with soft leather metal, the P5 Wireless is constructed out of definitely premium materials, the earcups swivel and turn gracefully to fit different types of head shape. On the right earcup has the (From Back-Front): LED indicator, Volume + button, Multi-function button, Volume - button, Power Button, Micro-USB port and 3.5mm input. The multi-function button allows for play/pause with a single press, skipping forward with a double press and triple press for skipping backwards. Both earcups bear the Bowers And Wilkins logo and have thick earpads that rest on your ears. As with all on-ear headphones, wearing fatigue can be felt after the first hour of use. On the headband, there is also cushioned headrest which help to ease the pain. The exterior of the headphones gives off this classy matte colour scheme while the earcups has a leather finish. The headphones also resist fingerprints smudges very well. The hinges of the earcups conceals the exposed wire while the earcups pivot left and right and folds flat for easy storage.
The 40mm headphone drivers certainly live up to what one can expect when picking up a product from Bowers & Wilkins. They produce an extremely clear sound signature which audiophiles desire. Based on user experience, the noise isolation isn't the best as I could hear the surrounding noise when there was no music on. Sound quality wise, the P5 Wireless seem to work really well with all genres of music ranging from soothing jazz to bass-heavy EDM tracks. Highs and mids come off as balanced and bass is slightly boosted which gives off a nice thump in your ear. Call quality was okay, the caller manage to hear me on the other end but the mics on the headphone do pick up my surrounding noise.
Connectivity & Portability
The headphone operates both passively and wirelessly. In wireless mode, it supports AptX codec and Bluetooth Version 4.1 for clear audio transmission. The mic and controls on the earcups do not work in wired mode. The battery life peaks at 17 hours with Bluetooth on. The headphones stow flat into a luxurious fabric pouch that has a magnetic clasp. The package also includes a Micro-USB cable for charging, a 3.5mm cable for wired use. Honestly, I would have preferred a hardshell carry case to better protect the headphone from drops but the soft carrying pouch still looks and feels very premium in the hand.
Clean, Bright Sound Signature
Controls For Music Play & Calls
Bluetooth Version 4.1 Support
AptX Codec Support
Luxurious Carry Case
Single Colour Available
Mic and Controls Not Available In Wired Mode
The Bottom Line
The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is a stylish wireless headphone housing 40mm clear-sounding drivers, decent 17 hours battery life and easy to use controls. It is highly recommended for daily commutes. However, only black is available as a single colour option.
WE RATE IT!