Bowers & Wilkins P7
Over-the-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone
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If you've ever heard the Bowers & Wilkins P5 or P3 headphones, you've experienced their incredibly smooth sound as well as their luxurious fit and design. But perhaps you prefer a larger headphone that blocks out more noise. In that case, you'll want to check out the Bowers & Wilkins P7. These equally stylish headphones are more effective at keeping the outside world at bay by fitting completely over your ears. That keeps more noise out so you get more of those musical details that these headphones deliver with precision, balance, and just the right amount of punch.
Like its little brothers, the P7's design is impeccable. With soft leather covering the rectangular earcups and headbands, these 'phones offer long-lasting comfort while being tough enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. In between each earcup and the headband glistens a stainless steel hinge, which allows you to fold the headphones up for storage in the supplied case. So even though the P7 may be larger than the P5 and P3, it's no less portable. They'll definitely turn a few heads when you wear them on the plane or in the office.
If you own an iPod®, iPhone®, or iPad®, you'll make fast friends with the P7's built-in remote and microphone. The three-button remote lets you control music playback and skip tracks while also letting you make easy volume adjustments. If you have an iPhone, you can also answer calls with the remote while the built-in microphone picks up your voice. Naturally, calls will sound crystal clear through the headphones. And their noise-isolating design means it won't be a struggle to hear the person you're talking to.
Don't own an Apple® device? You can always swap out the installed remote cable for the standard one included with the P7. The earpads, held securely in place by magnets, pull off with just a little effort, granting access to the miniplug connector in the left earpiece.
From our Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones review:
Often when I'm reviewing headphones, it takes me a little while to warm up to their sound. I'm used to my own headphones, and anything different requires some time for me to adjust to their tonal signature. But I liked the P7 immediately. I found their sound to be very neutral and uncolored, with particular smoothness in the high and low frequencies.
— David Brown, Crutchfield A/V Writer
I don't want the added expense of noise cancelling so I always opt for over the ear headphones to get as much privacy as possible. These B&WP7's are a great way to get incredible sound and as much quiet as you can hope for. The quality is very impressive, although I also own headphones from Sennheiser and they are high quality as well. The sound is impressive and the bass is terrific while not being obnoxious, but what I really appreciate the distinct quality sound of the vocals. I can get details using these headphones that even the best floor speakers don't provide. Great investment.
Pros: Quality build, great sound.
Cons: Slightly heavier than others I own but not at all a burden. I would actually prefer slightly larger ear pads.
The P7's are arguably the best headphones in their price range. Are there better sounding headphones out there? Yes. For under $400? No. Great soundstage, excellent frequency response, and well-balanced sound. Clear highs without being too bright, tight bass without being boomy, and smooth vocals. No matter what type of music you play, the P7's will reproduce it as close to the artist's intent as possible for a headphone at this price point. Honestly, you'd really need to spend more than $600-700 or so to get anything better, and even then you'd sacrifice the portability, light weight, and form factor of the P7's.
If you want loud boomy 'blow your ears off' bass, these are not for you. Go buy a pair of Beats. If you want accuracy, and want to hear the music as it was intended to be heard, these ARE for you. My test tracks include choices from Dire Straits, Allison Krauss, Harold Faltermeyer, Mindy Smith, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, and others.
Although the P7's have no active noise cancellation, being a closed-back design, they do a good job of blocking outside noise. I have yet to try them on an airplane, but at work or home, they keep all but the loudest sounds out.
Pros: Excellent build quality, leather and metal construction, and ease of swapping cables. Nice travel case, and extra cable. Sound quality that rivals larger head phones. Comfortable for long periods of listening. No batteries needed (no active noise cancelling).
Cons: No active noise cancellation. High price point, not for the budget minded.
B&W build and quality. Nothing more needs to be said! Crutchfield support was excellent.
Best head phone in my collections for now.Nice fit and sound quality as its appearance.
Very nice build quality. Look and feel like a it should for the price of these set of headphones. They fit a little too tight on your head. The sound quality is very smooth, a little lacking in treble detail. I think the sound of these is not up to the price this cost.
Pros: Very nice looking and feeling.
Cons: Sound not up to the price.
I just started this year listening to your not so average headphones. Five months ago I bought the Sennheiser 558 and really loved the clarity and range. I realized I was missing the low end of the frequency and decided to demo the B&W P5. It was okay but didn't surpassed my 558. Then I tried the P7 and it was this combination of clarity and bass that met my requirements for the headphone. It's cool, retro style and it's pretty closed so the sound doesn't bleed. After listening and going back and forth to the store, I decided the P7 is a definite buy.
Pros: Clarity and bass frequency. Love the retro style and look. The leather is soft and comfortable to the ears.
Cons: The chord is relatively short. A 6' chord would be a good length. The price tag is expensive. I think if it was between $300-$350, it would be a great buy.
Having owned the original version of the P5 headphone I jumped at the chance to purchase these. The sound is rich, the lows, midrange, and high end blend nicely. I would say the the midrange does seem to get a little bump in the overall balance. So if your a bass head, or a total flat sound person you may want to try them before you buy them. Of course if there is a good return policy you can try them out in your own home.
The quality of the materials and fit and finish are first class. Comfort is very good, and my ears settle nicely into the leather ear cups. Sound isolation is good, but of course not as good as a headphone that has active noise canceling.
I know many people don't believe in burning in headphones, but I would say that initially these headphones sounded like the bass was a little flabby. That bothered me, but after having them for a week the sound really did come together. This phenomena has been mentioned on Head-Fi.org. So I'm not alone on this one.
This headphone most certainly scales up with a dedicated headphone amplifier and or DAC. However, I find my IOS devices drive them fine at about 3/4 volume. If these were my only headphones I'd probably want to use an external headphone amplifier and DAC to get the most out of them. But they are very good for mobile use.
Speaking of mobile use these headphones are larger than the more portable P5 model. If mobility was high on your list I would recommend auditioning the P5 version 2 is now out.
Pros: Great, rich sound. Nice leather carry case Beautifully designed with premium materials
Cons: Might be large for some used to smaller headphones. But I prefer over the ears vs. the on ears that smaller headphones designs have.
The P7 offers impressive build quality, good comfort, and smooth, rich, well-balanced sound and the design shuts out a lot of the external noises around the house. The headphones fold up (not flat) to fit into an included half-moon shaped carrying case. The rich sound produced by the P7 works well with a wide range of music genres. Bowers & Wilkins also includes a 90 day subscription to their Society of Sound; includes downloading different formats.
Pros: Simply Awesome!
Cons: I have no negative comment Cons reference the Bowers & Wilkins P7.
Great headphones with good isolation. They look great and the comfort is miles ahead of my last set of headphones (grado 325i). The sound quality is very good!
Pros: Quality in every aspect.
Cons: I guess price, but really I think they are a bargain.
The B&W P7 headphones complement the B&W P5 headphones I ave had for some time. The sound is richer and the design allows for less white noise from the surroundings. My 12 year old has made this the headphones set of choice when he needs to tune out dad- and it works both ways.
Pros: Sound quality Build Noise reduction
I've been listening to my new P7s for about a month now. I wanted a closed ear setup as I listen in bed and don't want sound leakage. The build quality and materials are top notch. They fit me well (I'd say I'm average size) and are very comfortable The smell of the high leather is luxurious like getting in my Audi with Nappa leather :) I really enjoy the sound quality and imaging these provide. I also use the C7 IEMs and while they are outstanding, the P7s provide a better sound and comfort for listening at home. Noise isolation is quite good but not total. I find is quite good but I'm using these at home. I use the C7s when traveling. I only use the Lossless format on my iPod classic as I don't like the compressed music. I'm hearing nuances in the music that I didn't hear with the C7s. These are just a joy to listen with and work well with many types of music in my collection. I auditioned the B&O H6 as well. They are very neutral and detailed but were missing the warmth and bass that the P7s excel for my taste. The sound has gotten even better as they've been used as did the C7s. I just really enjoy the sound and the set is comfortable and well made which adds to the ownership experience.
Pros: Sound quality. Build and materials are luxurious.
Cons: Premium price for premium quality. Best suited to in-home use.
I have a large collection of headphones. Some are great and some not so much. I have never until now found the headphones that gave me the sound I was looking for.
First of all let me say the P7s seem very accurate. No listening fatigue here. I am having a great time identifing all of the instruments in the mix.
On Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable With Love" the first song "The Very Thought Of You" has a number of instances where it is apparent that the upright bass player has hit an open string (I thing it is E) and it hits a resonance and just blooms. Up until today I have not found a pair of headphones reproduced that sound. The P7s nailed it.
Just saying great job Bowers and Wilkins. I have alway liked and respected your products. Now I can experience this sound on my IPad(I do add a headphone amp in that mix)
Pros: Great sound, very comfortable, no listening fatigue
Cons: Not aware of any cons
I've owned Bose QC's and Beats and these offer a better, more detailed, richer sound. For not being "noise canceling" headphones they sure do cancel a great deal of noise. They're more comfortable than any set of headphones I've ever owned. The build quality and durability are the best I've owned as well. Can't think of any drawbacks whatsoever.
As usual the service from Crutchfield was stellar.
Pros: Sound Quality Build / Durability Comfort
Cons: None at all
Great sound, we'll worth the money. First used for a 9-hour flight to Honolulu. Found them to be comfortable throughout the flight. Noise cancellation is good with the over the ear fit. They're not active noise cancellation headphones so don't expect them to be; however, they do quite well. Given the sound quality, comfort, and build quality, I prefer the P7s over my Bose QC- IIIs...Nuff said!
Pros: Sound and build quality
They are great..I use them daily for y 1hr commute every day..The fit is nice,the sound is fantastic and they look awesome...
Pros: Very well made,Wrapped in nice rich leather.Cool factor to say the least,,
Cons: None as of yet ....I've had them since December.
This is my first headphone purchase. I wanted to use these with my iPhone and iPad as well as with my integrated amp and DAC. I listened to a $300 pair of Beats and Bose noise canceling headphones here in Peoria but wasn't impressed with either. I love the B&W P7's. They are closed back design which gives excellent noise isolation. They are very light weight and extremely comfortable right out of the box. They are very well made and look luxurious. The sound is great playing tunes from Beats Music or Spotify on either mobile device. When I plug them into my integrated amp and listen to HD tracks the sound is even better. I find the bass to be clean, realistic and not rumbling. My rumbling bass days are over! I find the P7's do well with Jazz, classical and light rock or pop. I'm enjoying for the first time 50-60 year old Bebop Jazz recordings like Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. It has to be as good as being there live. If your looking for headphones that do it all, these should fill the bill.
Pros: Sound stage, quality, comfort and convenience. Perfect for use with mobile devices. Audiophile quality with an integrated amp/DAC
Pros: the sound, design and quality.
Cons: not very comfortable on the top of my head, I am not bold.
These headphones sound great and look good. I did return them however due to the size being a bit big for my main purpose and that is to listen while walking my dog. If you are buying them to use at home then they are amazing headphones with clean sound and good bass but not overpowering. I am getting the sennheiser momentum headphones today any minute by ups instead so i hope they are better for walks and a bit smaller plus i save a few extra bucks. I also thought because of all the leather they will get too hot on my ears when summer and spring get here. Even the headband is leather.
Pros: sound quality, look expensive and they are. Built to last.
Cons: a bit big for mobile use, all leather means hot and sweaty in the warm weather. price is a bit high even though they sound amazing.
This headphone produces fine sound. Bass is not overwhelming but nicely represented. Mids and highs are all there. Soundstage is somewhat absent. In general, sound grade is A. iMac, iPhone, and ipad are all as to drive those headphones nicely without need for DAC/AMP. The problem with this headphone (at least for me) is absence of any comfort. Being made of pure leather I was expecting better comfort. However, being bald, headphones constantly applied pressure to the top of my head. In about 30 minutes of wearing the headphones, I started to feel pain where headband was. I took them off and noticed a hot spot right on the top of my head. I tried to use those headphones for a week, hoping that leather will eventually soften but that didn't happen. Every day I had to take Advil to take care of the pain left from using the headphone. As much as I liked their sound, I equally hated their comfort. After a week, I had no choice but to return them.
these are great headphones, i got the P5 first, they were very compact and sound good but not comfortable after 45 minutes of use, so i thought i will try the P7, these were $100 over P7, of course they are comfortable than P5. I gave 20 hours of break in time, sound quality is superb, not too much bass i think sound is still a little bit on warm side, i think, this is my first really expensive head phone i have been using JBL headphones for many years. The build quality is top notch there is no question about it. Works great with Iphone 5s also, phone calls with head phones really convenient, once call is over music resumes, Sennheiser momentum was the other one i considered but went with P7.
Pros: Build quality, excellent selection of materail, very good sound quality
Cons: Expensive a bit as compared to competion
These are a spectacular pair of cans at a bargain price. I own Grado RS-1s and GS-1000s as well as sennheiser HD-650s and the B&Ws stand up well to the Grados and absolutely murder the HD-650s, for my taste.
They're very warm and articulate, but don't have the "sterile" quality I find common in Sennheisers. Some might replace "sterile" with "clean" in my above statement, but it's a matter of taste. For example, the second solo on Comfortably Numb from David Gilmour live in Gdansk simply comes alive through the B&Ws. You can hear the string attack and the character of the pickups on his Strat perfectly.
The P7 are very comfortable, they don't weigh a ton and feel nice and light on my head. The leather used feels like something from the interior of an Audi, as does the build quality. They sound good directly from my iPhone 5s but really sing on my home system. Musical Fidelity A500 integrated, Tri-Vista 21 DAC, Esoteric cd transport, X-Can headphone amp / hand built tube headphone amp. Highly recommended.
Pros: Exceptional sound quality, especially on acoustic recordings. Very sweet and warm mids with shimmery treble and articulate bass. They remind me of the tone of a high end Taylor guitar. Very accurate on just about everything I've listened to through them. They don't have extremely heavy bass but they go very low.
Cons: They took a little while to break in, about a week of letting music play through them. Not unexpected to me, but it's a warning to anyone who thinks they don't sound great right out of the box. They aren't ideal for heavy music unless you run them through an amp. They don't do dance music or rap well at all, they do very tight and low bass but you won't find yourself liking them if you enjoy the sound of Beats headphones.
Love the sound these cans provide, much better than B&W P5. B&W P7 is a keeper!!!
This was a gift which I thought was going to be sent back because it wasn't "cool" enough. As it turns out, it was well received overall. Around-the-ear fit makes for total comfort which was high on the need list and it also keeps noise to a minimum. Currently being used alot. I'm being told, "it's cool and a keeper" - I won't be sending these back.
Pros: Sound and Build Quality, also Comfort
Cons: Price....but you get what you pay for.
I was looking to upgrade the already venerable B&W P5. Those in itself were a great set of headphones. However, being on-ear fit it got a bit fatiguing after 1 hour or so of wear. So I wanted a new set of over-the-ear headphones. After much research of other great models, I heard that B&W released the P7. I went to a local brick & mortar store that had them for demo, and let me tell you, I was wowed by them in every phase. Overall, sound is stellar. I'm not the type of person that likes tons of bass like the Beats Studio brand, but I like overall sound balance over the spectrum for bass, midrange, and treble. I mean, I can hear things on certain songs and music that I have never heard before from other headphones or earbuds. So overall, these rock! If there is anything criticize, it doesn't provide as much noise isolation as the P5s. But hey, these are over-the-ear and very roomy, comfortable, and very attractive made of the finest materials. So they were not designed to be super noise-isolating. Another thing to mention is the cable is of the thicker, non-tangling type, which I really really love. Highly recommended and worth every penny.
Pros: Outstanding overall sound balance for all types of music, the best build quality, very very attractive looking, comfortable to wear and can wear it for many hours, nice magnetic and compact carrying case, comes with additional cord for non-iOS use, many 3rd party professional reviewers absolutely rave about this model!
Cons: Not the best in "noise-isolation" (but that's ok with me, it does enough!)
Best sounding headphones I have ever owned. They're so comfortable I wear them to bed while listening to soothing music. Of course invariably my tossing and turning cause the phones to drop from the bed, end up under a pillow, on the floor, or under my back; incredible durability, the Mercedes Benz of headphones.
The B & W P7's sound great using an iPod or component stereo system. Bowers and Wilkins makes great sounding products, I've got the P7's and their MM1 computer speakers.
Pros: sound and construction.
Very good quality and sound. But it is not very comfortable, comparing with B&O H6.
When it comes to headphones , I always look for the price first because I always know that price is directly proportional to quality. I was correct. This headphone even though some would say is expensive, I would say its worth the price because of its quality: its build is very sturdy, it's sound quality is excellent. You don't need to consider noise- canceling headphone if you use this.
Pros: Good bass, very fashionable and head turner.
Cons: None that I know.
The noise reduction is quite good considering that is not one of its touted features. Very clear sound throughout the spectrum from bass to tweeter. Great highs, very good bass and crystal clear midrange. Sounds like you are in a sound studio with the music coming from the other side of the room. The ear cups are quite comfortable around your ears, but the headband and attached hardware can seem a bit clunky at times. It folds nicely, but even at that it occupies a wide berth in my backpack. Wish the cups would fold sideways, but a small price to pay for the high quality sound. Appears to be very well made with attractive metal accents and soft expensive looking leather.
Pros: Sound and quality construction.
Cons: A bit large even when folded into each other.
I was waiting for B&W to release an "over the ear" pair of headphones. Once listening to these babies for a while and going back to my other cans, I felt like I was missing music with my other headphones. I own several pairs of headphones, always trying to find the "nirvana" of headphones. I think my look is over!! My other headphones are: Bose QuietConfort 2, Sennheiser HD 600, B&W P5, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, V-MODA M-100. Prior to the P7's, my favorites were the B&W P5's. My V-MODA M-100's are probably the coolest of my headphones and the sound for "Dance" type music is awesome, but with the V-MODA M-100's the sound for classic rock, jazz - not so much. The B&W P7's sound great with any type of music that I throw at them from Dance to classical to classic rock to jazz. Female vocals are superb!!
As for the sound, incredible mid-bass and low-bass response. Excellent detail and strong mid-range, but not tiring to listen to. The highs are excellent too, although my hearing doesn't go much above 8000Hz anymore.
These are so comfortable to wear, I can listen to these for hours (even with glasses on) and I don't feel any pressure points (can't say the same about the P5's).
The build quality is outstanding - as I would expect from B&W. They are very classy looking I might add. Nice leather and aluminum touches. The supplied cables are elegant too, not like the thin ones that comes with the P5's.
Overall the sound is stellar, construction outstanding, comfort is second to none!
Pros: Sound (including the detail of the mids & highs), comfort, style.
Cons: Puts my other headphones to shame.
B&W has created the perfect iHeadphone.
I absolutely love the P7's. The sound so much better and are much more comfortable than the P5's. I can wear them for hours in total comfort. The luxurious leather carrying case is elegant. They are worth every penny!
Pros: Excellent sound quality and extremely comfortable to wear. The luxurious leather case.
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|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
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Overview: The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) P7 over-ear (circum-aural) headphones are manufactured of the finest materials for ultimate performance. With fine leather earcups and headband, stainless steel frame and folding mechanism, and brushed aluminum logo plates, the P7s are both stylish and comfortable for long listening sessions. The headphones come with interchangeable cables, a 1/4" adapter plug, and a soft padded leather pouch.
Earcups and Drivers: The P7 headphones feature 40mm dynamic drivers that work more like a drive unit in a hi-fi speaker. The removable magnetic earpads feature a dual cushioned design that help the pads mold to the listener's head, and keeps the distance between the drive unit and the surface of the ear consistent. This enhances stereo imaging as well as optimizes the sound for every listener. The over-ear design helps shut out external noise.
Folding Design: The headphones have a hinged design that allows you to fold in each earcup for compact storage. They fold like a pair of sunglasses and can be stored in the included padded leather pouch. The pouch is small enough to slide into a briefcase or backpack.
Cables: The B&W P7 headphones come with two 54" interchangeable cables, including one with an in-line microphone and remote that works with your iPhone. The headphone cable has a unique curved terminal on the headphone end that plugs in under the left earcup. The 2.5mm sub-mini plug rests in a contoured jack to protect the terminal and prevents accidental disconnection. A spare cable, without the mic/remote, is supplied. The 3.5mm miniplug features a slim metal connector (just over 1/4" in diameter) that allows you to plug into your portable music device, even when it's housed in a hard protective case. A 1/4" plug adapter is included to allow you to use the headphones with home hi-fi components.
Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad: The in-line mic/remote on the headphone cable is certified to work with Apple i-devices. The 3-button remote can control volume with the two outer buttons and playback with the center button. A single click of the center button will answer or hang up a phone call, and toggle between pause and play. Two quick clicks will skip the playback to the next song, while three quick clicks skips back to the beginning of the currently playing song. The remote and mic are supported by iPhone 3GS or later, iPad, iPod touch (2nd generation or later), iPod classic (120 GB, 60 GB), and iPod nano (4th generation or later). The remote is also supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation or later). Audio is supported by all iPad and iPod models.
These handsome Bowers & Wilkins headphones will catch eyes. Will their sound attract ears as well? Crutchfield Home A/V writer David took a listen to find out.
owned other Bowers and Wilkins products. [ STEVE D Jan 11, 2016 ]
My Bowers & Wilkins floor speakers sound awesome and are stylish. I look forward to trying these headphones for the same reasons. [ James Dec 22, 2015 ]
I own B & W Nautilus Speakers,and P5s; live music, detailed sounds emerge from B&W productsâ?¦. They are also aesthetically well designed , and executed, with quality materials. They have that added benefit of looking expensive, and rare, that says the wearer really knows, and cares about sound. [ Jose Diego Dec 11, 2015 ]
A lot of positive from user reviews. [ KHUONG Dec 09, 2015 ]
I used this product only for around a month. During that time I did not find any such issues (i:e right driver failing). It sounded amazing. I returned it after around a month of usage, and that was because I found the physical pressure around my ears little too much. [ ASHISH Dec 01, 2014 ]
I have been using mine for a year now and have not experienced any problems so far. [ JOSE Nov 29, 2014 ]
So far no problems. Hope it stays that way. [ DAVID Nov 29, 2014 ]
I haven't had any issues with the right driver failing. These are definitely the best head phones i've ever owned. [ Rick Nov 29, 2014 ]
I've had my pair since shortly after they were released and haven't had any issues. Perhaps the failure issue has something to do with accidentally damaging the wire running from the left side to the right speaker. There are several inches of this cable exposed on both sides of the headphones. If this cable were to snag on something and get pulled hard enough, I could see it getting damaged. [ Jeff Nov 29, 2014 ]
Not for me. If anything they are better from a sonic and fit point of view. [ COSTEL Nov 29, 2014 ]
I did not own these long enough for much to go wrong. When I tried them on for the first time, I realized I just did not like wearing head phones. I then sent them back. Thanks for asking. Ken Pober [ KENNETH Nov 29, 2014 ]