It was way back in 2013 that we reviewed Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones. The headphones exuded luxury and they sounded great. Here in 2016, Bowers & Wilkins has finally taken the plunge into wireless with the P7 — the company ended its long abstinence from wireless in 2014, and has slowly been rolling out connectivity to their speakers and headphones since then. We got a chance to use the new wireless P7 headphones, and not only do they still sound great, they actually sound a little better this time around.
The P7 Wireless look practically identical to the wired edition. That means that they are sporting the same signature luxurious Bowers & Wilkins style, with an aluminum frame complemented by a sheep leather headband and padded ear cups. But, these headphones don’t just look suave, they are made to last and are one of the most solidly built pair of headphones out there. Our only gripe with the design of the P7s is that they are quite bulky in size, which means that they aren’t for everyone. Fortunately, Bowers & Wilkins has plenty of more petite options, such as the P5 wireless headphones. New to the wireless version of the P7 is a a three-button control panel along the side of the right earcup. The buttons are used for volume control and play/pause/Siri.
Speaking of the P5 headphones, which are no slouch, the P7 wireless headphones sound fuller and richer with much stronger bass and even crisper vocals. But, what really surprised us is the fact that the P7 sound even better then their wired predecessor! Listening to the P7 Wireless headphones feels like a personal surround sound experience.
The P7 Wireless headphones’ leather-covered over-ear pads have memory foam on the inside that help to ensure that they are super comfortable while also providing superb passive noise isolation. So, even if you’re in a noisy environment, you’ll find yourself immersed in the music without distractions. The band also has a nice amount of cushion and is easily adjustable, but it takes some time to break it in. Also, we observed that after an hour or so, those with bigger heads start to feel pressure from the headphones, which can become uncomfortable.
Kudos to Bowers & Wilkins for advertising a great 17-hour battery life that is actually true to what we experienced when testing the headphones! The headphones have a convenient battery indicator light that changes color to indicate different battery percentages remaining. The headphones are charged using a Micro USB cable. But, for times when you run out of power, the headphones can be used with a cable. Once you insert the cable, Bluetooth connectivity automatically disconnects.