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Bowers & Wilkins P5 (Factory Refurbished)

Portable on-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone

8 Reviews

Item # 749P5BR

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Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins P5 (Factory Refurbished)

Here's a chance to get a great deal on Bowers & Wilkins headphones. These factory-refurbished P5 on-ear headphones have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they meet Bowers & Wilkins' strict quality standards for both sonic performance and mechanical integrity. They're repacked in special packaging, complete with all documentation. Best of all, they come with a full 2-year factory warranty, so you can buy them with confidence.

Save with these factory-refurbished P5 headphones

Here's a chance to get a great deal on Bowers & Wilkins headphones. These factory-refurbished P5 on-ear headphones have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they meet Bowers & Wilkins' strict quality standards for both sonic performance and mechanical integrity. They're repacked in special packaging, complete with all documentation. Best of all, they come with a full 2-year factory warranty, so you can buy them with confidence.

For excellent sound and comfort, try out this luxury "ride"

Whether you're riding to work, traveling cross country, or just relaxing at home, the P5 Mobile Hi-Fi headphones from Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) will bring you closer to your favorite music. Nothing but pure, natural, detailed sound without any of the "amped up" boomy bass or sizzly treble you often hear with other headphones. That's because B&W, whose professional monitor speakers are found in some of the world's finest recording studios, designed the P5s to reproduce the sound of the original recording as accurately as possible.

Headphones, angled view

Folding design

Industrial art you'll want to wear

The P5s don't look like any other headphones, either. Functional yet refined, they're crafted from aluminum, polished stainless steel, and leather — you won't find any plastic on these babies. Their soft, sheepskin-padded earcups use memory foam to conform to the shape of your ears for hours of listening comfort. The noise-isolating, closed-back design keeps the outside world where it belongs while allowing just enough ambient sound in to keep you in touch with your surroundings. And because the noise reduction is passive, no batteries or active electronics are ever needed.

Built-in controls for iPod® and iPhone®

A remote built into the headphone cable lets you conveniently control music playback without having to dig your iPod or iPhone out of your pocket. You can even take calls on your iPhone hands-free, thanks to the in-line microphone. (See "Details" below, for a list of compatible iPods and iPhones.) The removable headphone cord attaches to just one earcup, so you won't have to deal with tangles. And the earcups fold flat to fit nicely in the supplied storage case.

From the review Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones -- substance and style

"They were light enough for on-the-go listening with my iPod, and they did a fine job when I was ready for a serious listening session at home. Not everyone can afford a specialized set of headphones for every application (me neither). The Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones may be made for the iPod and iPhone, but I think they're a good all-purpose choice for whatever type of listening you do — and you'll look incredibly cool wearing them, too."

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

Product Highlights:

  • portable on-ear headphones with closed back, noise isolating design
  • in-line remote to control playback and adjust volume on iPod, iPad®, and iPhone*
  • built-in microphone on remote for receiving calls on an iPhone
  • soft, sheepskin leather covered earpads and headband for exceptional comfort and durability
  • large 40mm Mylar® diaphragms and ultra-linear neodymium magnets for rich, detailed sound
  • frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: 26 ohms
  • sensitivity: 115 dB at 1kHz
  • detachable straight cord with standard stereo mini plugs (3.5mm on player end, 2.5mm on headphone)
  • detachable mic/remote control cord with stereo mini plugs (3.5mm on player end, 2.5mm on headphone) for use with select iPod/IPhone models
  • full-size 1/4" headphone jack adapter included
  • quilted fabric storage case with magnetic closure for headphones and portable player
  • weight: 6.9 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

  • *Note: Remote and microphone are supported only by iPhone 3GS/4G, iPod nano (4th/5th generation), iPod classic (120GB/160GB), iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation), and all iPads. The remote is also supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation). Audio is supported by all iPhone and iPod models.

What's in the Box:

  • Refurbished On-ear headphones
  • Detachable 4' headphone cable with in-line remote and mic terminated by a male 3.5mm connector on one end and a male 2.5mm connector on other end (installed)
  • Detachable 4' headphone cable with a male 2.5mm connector on on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end
  • 1/8" to /14" adapter
  • Carrying pouch
  • Instruction booklet
  • Quickstart
  • Warranty information

Insanely good for the price. Build and sound quality are exceptional. I mainly use with a Pono player and hi-res sounds hi-res, as intended.

Mike, California


Bowers & Wilkins P5 (Factory Refurbished) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Audio Bargain

Mike from California on 1/17/2016

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Insanely good for the price. Build and sound quality are exceptional. I mainly use with a Pono player and hi-res sounds hi-res, as intended.

Pros: Build and sound quality. Compact, easy to travel with. Trial subscription to Society of Sound a nice bonus. Very high quality phones. My "home" phones are Audeze and I do not cringe when switching to these.

Cons: None

Beautiful Headset

gi330i from California on 6/18/2015

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Great looking headset, buidl quality is unmatched. Decent sound isolation. Nice punchy bass, with clear slightly recessed mids, and slightly rolled off treble. Great for most portable applications and some moderately serious listening sessions.

Pros: Beautiful to look at

Cons: Expensive

Nice Headphones!

Kenneth from Manhattan KS on 7/31/2014

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I love these. They may not be the absolute best sounding headphones available at any price. For the price, they are very nice. The sound is excellent, the build is excellent, they do a great job of blocking outside sound, and the leather feels so good.

Pros: Everything about them is first class.

Cons: None

Refurbished Bowers & Wilkins P5

Ron Mc from Aiken, SC on 6/4/2014

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My P5 is a solid 5 Stars. I tested this product against another top headset and without question, the P5 was unmatched. The db ratio is outstanding. You better have top notch recordings or the P5 will let you know.

Pros: Sound quality.

Cons: No blue tooth capability.

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Refurbished

John V. from Boston MA on 3/21/2014

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The ability to buy a factory refurbished P5 is why I afforded this purchase. And, it was well worth the expense. Sound is full and clear with decent bass. The comfort is great. This might be because these headphones have been used, but there was no break-in period as with other headphones I have purchased. Their compact size makes them highly portable for a traveler. Their direct delivery of sound and on ear design act as a good barrier for external noise. In short the P5's are a highly recommendable headphone.

Pros: Sound, build quality, comfort, and cost at the price point of a factory refurbished item. Warrantee is two years.

Cons: None for its type size and style.

Just buy them!

Rolo T from Columbus, oh on 2/16/2014

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These P5's are amazing. The sound clear and ture even without a headphone amp. The fit and finish is the best I've ever seen and you don't look ridiculous wearing them. I only gave noise reduction 4 stars because I can still hear stuff going on in the background when I wear them at the office. To be fair, my office is pretty noisy though.

Pros: Looks great, sounds great quality build.

Cons: Not perfect noise reduction, but the are great as far as non-noise cancelation headphones go.

Bowers p5

James L from Mobile, Al on 1/10/2014

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Excellent pair of phones for the lister who like there music clean and not over powering in any areas with respect to bass,treble,mids.


Cons: For some there may not seem to be enough boom but for critical listener it is just right.

Absolutely Beautiful

Taw from Chicago, IL on 12/5/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are not the cheapest headphones. And yes, part of that price does go toward the B&W name. But B&W has created a name for itself for a reason. These headphones are superbly constructed. Not a hint of plastic. Soft sheep's leather on the ear pads and headbands. Sleek metal frame. But unfortunately, my P5s are on their way back to Crutchfield. I bought these for when I travel and want to use them for a stretch of 3-4 hours. Though comfortable at first, after about half an hour the pressure on my ears made it impossible to continue using them. So much so that I didn't even bother to bring them along with me after trying them on at home. I should mention that my ears do stick out a bit and that may have contributed to the pain. But at the end of the day, it was just unsuitable for my intended use.

Pros: Beautiful construction. Neutral sound.

Cons: Painful when used for longer periods of time.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.3125" x 2.9375"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 10-20k Hz
Sensitivity 115 dB
Impedance 26 Ohms
Weight 6.9 ounces
Cord Length 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Bowers & Wilkins P5's high-quality sound and luxury materials are supported by smart design and user-friendly features. The Bowers & Wilkins P5 noise-isolating on-ear headphones offer natural, highly-detailed sound to give you a listening experience that is as close to the original recording as possible; along with a luxurious comfortable, stylish fit.

Natural Sound: Behind P5's natural sound are specially developed ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimized Mylar diaphragms to keep music sounding rich, pure, and incredibly detailed; with no need for artificial adjustments.

Noise Isolation: A closed-back design, with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads, ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place.

Life-Long Comfort: P5 headphones are very easy on the ears, thanks to an ergonomic design and a headband and earpads crafted from the finest quality New Zealand sheep's leather. Durable and hardwearing, yet remarkably soft and supple, it makes long listening sessions feel more comfortable.

Detachable Headphone Cables: The Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones are compatible with any device with a headphone output. The P5s are supplied with two cables, one of which, the MFI cable, provides extra functionality for select Apple iPod and iPhone models. The leather earpads are magnetically attached, and can be quickly removed to swap the supplied cables (one cable with in-line iPod/iPhone remote, one cable without remote).

Note: The included cables feature a male 3.5mm connector. There is also a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter included.

Made for iPod/iPhone: The Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones feature an iPod/iPhone-approved cable with an in-line remote and microphone, for easy speech and device control. The "Made for iPod/iPhone" cable allows easy control of an iPod (these include track switching and volume control), and the microphone facilitates calls on an iPhone.

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Audio Playback Music Control Mic Phone Control
shuffle 1st Y N N N
2nd Y N N N
3rd Y Y N N
4th Y Y N N
dock connector 3rd Y N N N
clickwheel/color screen 4th Y N N N
mini 1st Y N N N
2nd Y N N N
video 5th Y N N N
classic 80GB Y N N N
120GB Y Y Y N
160GB Y Y Y N
iPod nano 1st Y N N N
2nd Y N N N
3rd Y N N N
4th Y Y Y N
5th Y Y Y N
6th Y Y Y N
iPod touch 1st Y N N N
2nd Y Y Y N
3rd Y Y Y N
4th Y Y Y N
iPhone 2G Y N N N
3G Y N N N
4 Y Y Y Y
4S Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 Y Y Y N
2 Y Y Y N

Note: Requires latest iPod/iPhone software update. The remote and mic are supported by iPod nano (4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (120/160GB), iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (3GS/4/4S). The remote (only) is also supported by the iPod shuffle (3rd/4th gen). Volume controls are not compatible with the iPhone (2G/3G). Audio is supported by all iPod models.

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