Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones — The Best Honest Review

Bowers & Wilkins sure knows how to turn heads! No other company has better manipulated the seismic changes to the specialty audio-video changes than Bowers & Wilkins. They are sold in Apple, they are sold in Magnolia, and they still have a staid dealer network. It’s not hard to track down the company’s high-end headphones because they combine elegance and sophistication with unrivaled audio quality that offers impeccable sound quality. Similarly, their classy, impeccable-sounding P3 and P5 headphones have garnered a worldwide reputation from reviewers and customers alike. Can the Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones live up to this distinguished reputation? Read on to find out more.

Bowers & Wilkins P7 — Overview of Its Features

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Every element of the Bowers & Wilkins P7 has been crafted with end user satisfaction in mind. The highest quality materials, finest components and superior build quality for elite performance and elite comfort. The result is a combination of style, clarity, and greater precision. Here is a breakdown of features in more detail.

Desirable Characteristics

  • Hi-fi Sound

Uncompromising sound quality is seen in every aspect of the Bowers & Wilkins P7. It boasts unique speaker baskets that control airflow precisely. It also has innovative damping materials that cut reflection, resonance, and distortion. The sound output is breathtaking.

  • Superior Quality Materials

Bowers & Wilkins P7 is manufactured from the best materials, including sheepskin leather and aluminum. This construction goes a long way in ensuring performance, luxury, and durability. It is also for this reason that the headphones boast an unsurpassed level of comfort.

  • Portable

Bowers & Wilkins P7 has a Hi-Fi sound quality that’s portable. Moreover, they feature metal hinges above the ear cups that form a foldable factor. This enables it to be stored in its quilted case and be carried around with you everywhere you go.

  • Over-Ear Pads

The over-ear leather pad ensures a uniform and consistent amount of air around the drive unit, enhancing and heightening stereo imaging. In addition, they deliver a comfortable fit thus blocking outside noise for a truly immersive sensational experience.

  • Headphones Akin to a Speaker

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 has a diaphragm that resembles the traditional speaker make. The result is a clear-cut, controlled movement that surpasses all other headphones in the market.

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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones (Wired)

With P7, everything is designed to allow you to lose yourself in music. Bass is tight, vocals are precisely defined, and there's a wonderful sense of space, balance and clarity across the whole ...

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I've owned my P7's for about two weeks now after having upgraded (and sold) my beloved P5's. I loved the P5's and was almost hesitant to buy the P7's out of fear that they wouldn't be worth the incremental cost.Boy, was THAT an unfounded fear! The P7's are, without question, a completely different level of headphone and well worth the incremental price Bowers & Wilkins asks for them.What struck me (and continues to strike me) about the P7's is their incredibly balanced, nuanced and detailed sound. They reveal subtleties I hadn't noticed on tracks that I consider myself really familiar with. They have beautiful imaging and are more than capable to handle any kind of music you want to throw at them. My musical tastes run from classical to jazz to ambient to electronica. The P7's sound fabulous with any genre (which is quite an accomplishment IMHO). As opposed to, say, another well-known headphone brand with a B on the side (you know, the plasticy things from a hip hop artist), you'll find the P7's able to create beautiful, punchy deep, subsonic bass without sacrificing the overall balance of the sound. For example, a bass drum in a symphonic piece has the appropriate subsonic "whoosh" that is felt rather than necessarily heard. Impressive. Really, really impressive.I compliment Bowers & Wilkins for also making the P7's drivers really efficient. I have an iPhone 5 and find the P7's to be getting REALLY loud somewhere around 3/4 of full blast. This is important, since there are lots of high quality headphones out there that won't drive well without some kind of headphone amplification to help things along.In terms of design, materials and build quality, I feel the P7's are unmatched in the price range.Read more ›
January 14, 2014
To qualify this review, I will begin by saying that I have *very* sensitive ears. I grew up playing in band/orchestra for over 10 years, and have played a wide variety of instruments including clarinet, piano, guitar... You could say that I am a bit biased to high quality sound due to the sensitivity of sound and attention to detail my ears request when listening to anything (sometimes a downside), especially a slightly out of tune instrument.With that said, what I look for in a great pair of headphones is OVERALL sound balance, deep mesmerizing bass, not thumpy, not muddy, but just pure, CLEAN bass, balanced mid's, and crystal clear highs. The Mark Levinson sound system I own in my car is the reference point for CLEAN sound, and scaling this down into a pair of headphones -- B&W pretty much does it just about perfectly.In keeping with the sound and design goals of elegance with purity (clean, unfiltered sound), Bowers & Wilkins does just that. I've sampled many high-end headphones side by side, and most offer weak amplification, noise cancellation, and other sound processing features to beef up things like bass and over-process sound. B&W is different in that they just build high-quality, and let the speakers do the work. The P7's do just that, the speakers do the work, the cups isolate the noise, and voila, you hear the quality you definitely pay for. A step up and in the right direction from the P5's, these offer increased comfort and a more mesmerizing 3D-like sound experience due to the over-the-ear cup design (as compared to the on-the-ear isolation in the P5's).If you're looking for an extremely well-built, luxury-asthetic, high-quality headset, this is it. You'll pay a hefty price, but you won't be disappointed.Read more ›
March 27, 2014
Unlike most of the other headphones I reviewed in the past, Bowers & Wilkins choose a more "formal tuxedo" look of their box to showcase this new P7 model. There is no flashy presentation with description of every bit and piece of functionality and the spec, they tried very hard to build a suspense!!! The job well done, and once the box cover is off - you are greeted with a smell of a brand new luxury car. Yes, you read it correctly, that was the first impression I got after opening the box, the smell of a fresh premium leather. Upon taking headphones out of the box and unfolding them, you presented with a true work of art with hand-stitched premium real leather padded headband, soft premium leather surrounding foam earcups, beautiful leather accent of outside of earcups along with a brushed metal shields with etched "Bowers & Wilkins", and a precisely crafted chrome tubing which connects earpads to the headband and interweaves with a breaded wire. Adding a smooth headband adjustment mechanism and a cylindrical hinge made out of the same chrome material - these are the best looking headphones I have ever seen. The design strikes a perfect balance between art and functionality, and will make them look great in any environment you decide to wear them, either sitting on the couch at home, or riding on a bus to work, or relaxing during your lunch break outside.And speaking of comfort, it's hard to believe these weight 292 grams (including cable). The padding of headband, the softness of over-ear earpads, and the perfect clamping force which brings a decent passive noise isolation - all make up for a very comfortable fitment where I was able to use it for an extended period of time without any physical fatigue.Read more ›
December 12, 2013

  • Superior sound quality
  • Beautiful design
  • Luxurious build
  • Excellent sound isolation
  • Superb comfort
  • No need for amp

  • Price is on the luxury end of the spectrum
  • A bit large for easy portability

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Why Choose Bowers & Wilkins P7 ?

The P7 headphones are the definition of luxury and high performance. They are comfortable, detailed, dynamic and musically engaging. These headphones have the ability to resolve music in ways you’ve never imagined before. And while they’re not cheap, they are approachably priced for anyone looking for a great pair of headphones.

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins is a high-end audio specialist committed to providing impeccable sound quality wherever you are. The company was established in 1966 by John Bowers at Worthing, West Sussex, England. It is well known for developing sleek and sophisticated speakers that offer excellent sound quality.

How to Choose Headphones?

If you’re looking to invest in a nice pair of headphones for yourself, here are a few factors to consider:

  1. Form factors: Every headphone comes in a different style, that’s going to fit in your ear and sound differently. The first thing you should decide upon when buying a headphone is what form factor you prefer. With the Bowers & Wilkins P7, you get an over-ear headphone. This type of headphones goes over your ear but doesn’t cover the entire ear. They are known to be very comfortable as they won’t make your ear get hot or pin back, which is an advantage when it comes to enjoying perfect sound quality.
  2. Noise Cancellation: Noise cancelling headphones capture the noise in the environment and play an inverted version of the noise, thus cancelling out all outside noise.
  3. Noise Isolation: Noise isolating headphones block noise around you thus creating a physical seal around your ears to allow you listen to the music while keeping noise out.

Bottom Line

I have high expectation for Bowers & Wilkins P7. The innovative headphones did not thwart our expectations. Its design and looks are pure luxury, with as much attention to quality and functionality. Its balanced sound performs well with a wide range of music. In short, the Bowers & Wilkins P7 is a headphone where style doesn’t take a backseat to quality.


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