Bowers & Wilkins have recently been trying to expand its target audience from the realms of the living room stereo and the home theater to the mobile-friendly, smartphone-oriented field of wireless speakers and headphones. They’re still maintaining their elite status as a high-end headphone brand despite this expansion, keeping their standard of quality and their high prices.
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 is a rather impressive set of luxury headphones. Between their features and excellent design, they’re a great choice for people who have no issue with finding the money to pay for them. Let’s get to the Bowers and Wilkins P7 Review.
These headphones have a sleek, almost retro design with thin metal forming the first part of the headband and connecting the earphones to the plush leather top of the headband. However, the leather earpads will make your ears hot on warm days due to their lack of breathability.
This pair of headphones gives you a great level of build quality and are usually very comfortable to use, barring the heat of the dog days of summer. After a break-in period, the earcups keep a tight seal on your ears without putting too much pressure on them, keeping them comfortable and sound-tight. Despite being classified as mobile headphones, they’re pretty heavy, with a weight of 290g.
The Bowers and Wilkins P7 keep a consistent amount of air between your ears and the speakers, which enhances their sound quality and keeps both binaural and monaural tones balanced between the two speakers. They keep this consistency of the volume of air by their aforementioned ability to create a tight seal around your ears.
Bowers and Wilkins P7 Review: A BIT BULKY EVEN WHEN FOLDED UP
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 fold up for storage and transport, but they don’t fold flat. They do fit into a crescent-shaped carrying case, however, which is included when you buy the headphones. While the fact that they collapse helps to reduce their size when you’re not using them, they’re not the most compact headphones. The case could also be designed to be a bit smaller and have a regular shape, like a circle, that would fit more comfortably in bags.
SOME FEATURES STILL NOT WORKING ON ANDROID
We saw in this Bowers and Wilkins P7 Review, that along with the carrying case, you also get a standard straight cable and a cable that integrates an Apple-friendly remote and microphone for making phone calls. Unfortunately, some of the remote’s features don’t work with Android or Windows phones, but you can still use them to make calls.
The earpieces of these headphones adhere magnetically to the speaker, making it easy to remove them to access the detachable part of the cable behind it. This greatly simplifies fixing a cable problem, such as a short in the plug.
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Summary These headphones deliver rich sound with most music genres and have a fantastic design that makes it incredibly easy to wear them for long periods of time or replace shorted cables. However, they’re quite expensive at $400. They’re not the best headphones you can buy at that price, but they’re a pretty safe choice for people who love many different genres of music and want to show off that Bowers & Wilkins logo.