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Dec 11

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

Rock out with the B&W P5 headphones!

Portable audio doesn’t have to mean poor quality audio. If you want to get better sound from your MP3 player (and if you’re someone who feels slightly naked without your headphones on) then look to the world renowned audio powerhouse, Bowers & Wilkins. Your music-loving ears will thank you for it.

With the introduction of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones in 2010, listeners can now get exceptional hi-fi sound quality while on-the-go. B&W took the state-of-the-art technology of its home audio line and created miniature speakers that are powerful and luxurious. Think of the P5 as a personal, portable concert hall, which is exactly what B&W intended.

You’ll recognize that intention from the moment you pull these headphones out of the box and put them over your ears. Two 40mm drivers and powerful neodynium magnets work to deliver audio that’s natural and detailed. Rather than enhance or intensify the music, Bowers and Wilkins has aimed to bring listeners a “true sound.” Morten Warren, one of the P5′s designers at B&W, explains the importance of quality components: “We use genuine leather, stainless steel, and aluminum pressed parts. And it’s a very authentic experience and a very premium experience…the experience you would get acoustically from the music you listen to.”

This realistic, natural sound is enhanced by the physical design of the Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphones. As on-ear headphones, they rest on top of your ears instead of completely surrounding them the way that bulkier, full size headphones do. The result? Outside noise is mostly blocked but not completely canceled out for a more authentic listening experience. When we tried out the P5 with the volume at a medium level, we felt absorbed in the music yet heard just enough ambient sound to keep us in tune with our surroundings—an ideal feature for when you’re on the go.

Speaking of listening on-the-go, the P5 offers excellent portability while still delivering an impressive soundscape. They fold down flat for easy storage and since they don’t require a battery (like active noise canceling headphones do), they don’t have that added weight. Plus, the B&W headphones are designed especially for use with your iPhone, with a controller and microphone right on the cable.

On top of their epic sound and portable design, comfort is king for the Bowers & Wilkins P5. The padded leather headband is cushiony so you won’t get a headphone headache from listening. We were also impressed by the feel and fit of the memory foam ear cups. The on-ear design means your ears don’t overheat, even when you’re running around, yet the ear cups still feel secure and stable.

Vann’s is pleased to offer the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones both in our retail stores and online at If you’re in town, we invite you to stop in to one of our stores, give the P5 headphones a test drive, and experience their sweet sound for yourself. It’s truly something worth listening to.

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