If the Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones were a little too small for your liking, know that they’re getting a full-sized sibling in the P7 headphones, which are all set to head into stores this month.
The design of the P7 is much the same as the P3, just bigger – bigger earcups and a wider, thicker headband. They’re made of brushed aluminum with leather on the headband, and the larger earcups are big enough to provide some natural noise isolation, especially because they have a snug fit.
It’s hard to innovate too much in the world of headphone drivers right now, but Bowers & Wilkins manages to pull out a few neat tricks to improve sound quality in the P7. That starts with one little tweak to the driver itself – the diaphragm is only tasked with sound production, instead of also being forced to be a suspension system, as is the case with a lot of other headphones in order to fit into the smaller area that headphones afford. The internal speaker baskets have their own air vents covered with a resistive film, for improved air flow, and the headphones are made lighter by the use of an aluminum-copper hybrid in the voice coils, which improves the highs that the P7 puts out. The baffle plates are more rigid and there is plenty of damping material inside the ear cups, both of which cut down on distortion.
The new Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones will probably be a better physical fit for more ears, and it sounds like a pretty impressive job has been done in the engineering department, too. When they hit stores later this month, you can expect to get them for about $400.