Bowers and Wilkins is known for making quality audio equipment. Why else would they ship a glossy little book with every P3 headphone purchase, accentuating just how good these cans really are! So while other manufacturers continue to produce more of the same headphones, with the P3 headphones, Bowers & Wilkins has actually catered to those who not only want amazing sounding headphones, but ones that can be worn while jet setting across continents. To that effect, the P3 headphones have got it all, and they won’t settle for coach.
Upon releasing the P3 from their packaging, it is revealed that these are some very refined, yet seriously well constructed headphones. The P3 has borrowed the key design elements of the P5 headphones, but while the P3′s may be smaller than their larger and pricier cousin, they don’t lack for a luxurious look. The P3′s do however gravitate to the executive audience, you know, the kind that would also have an American Express Centurion Card. Furthermore, the headphones’ foldable design and carrying case (which could double as a sunglasses case because of its size alone) make the P3 especially appealing to those constantly on the go.
When it comes to the audio experience, the P3 exudes warmth and balance across the mids and highs. The bass is a little underwhelming, but not so much so that it inhibits any of the sound. One major downside is that they do leak music pretty badly. So it is a given that anyone next to you in a quiet environment is going to hear what you are listening too. The good thing however, is that they provide a snug fit, so even though they do not offer active noise cancellation, the design does manage to block out a lot of external noises. Another unique piece of engineering marvel you may witness on the P3’s, is that there are no headphone ports at the base of the ear cups that you would commonly find on any other pair of headphones. Again what sets these apart from the others, is that the terminals are actually housed inside the ear cup. The padded portion of the ear cup can be removed to reveal the other end of the headphone port.
We personally love the acoustic fabric on the ear cups that hug your ears. The fabric is extremely comfy and the overall lightweight design of the P3 make this a great pair of headphones for both men and women. That said, we wouldn’t suggest you wear these to the gym because sweating on the fabric, might become an icky experience. However for commuting or traveling, they are a pleasure to wear.
The P3 headphones are exactly what we would expect from Bowers & Wilkins. They are small, light weight, and extremely comfy. Unfortunately, for those that have bigger ears – these may not be for you, as the ear cups are definitely on the smaller side of the scale. In any case, the overall sound is warm and rich and will make you feel cozy all over. All in all, the fine detailing and portability make these headphones perfect for long trips and strolls on the beach. The Bowers & Wilkins P3 On-Ear Headphones retail for $199.95 and are worth every penny. They are also available in a choice of blue, white or black.
The Good: Excellent craftsmanship, lightweight and comfortable fit, easily portable, offers a well-rounded listening experience that does Bowers & Wilkins justice and the blue P3 headphones really stand out.
The Bad: The included cable is a bit on the thin side, the carrying case is impressive but a bit overwhelming, we would have liked a smidgen of more bass, and some may think the ear cups are too small.