Bowers & Wilkins P3
Portable, folding on-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone (Red)
Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins P3 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Lightweight portables with full, natural sound
Leave it to Bowers & Wilkins to create elegant-yet-sturdy headphones capable of providing remarkably natural, detailed sound for listening on the go. The B&W P3 slimline headphones fit lightly and snugly on your head, then fold up to stow away in your pocket or inside the included protective carrying case. Their featherweight design makes them a joy to take with you everywhere.
Newly designed from the ground up
The P3's acoustically damped, laminate mylar drivers and powerful neodymium magnets easily deliver high-impact sound with virtually any portable music player. Their soft, breathable fabric-coated 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®, iPhone®, and iPad®
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. The removable headphone cord attaches to just one earcup, so you won't have to deal with tangles.
From the review Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones: from skepticism to enthusiasm
"On the whole, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed wearing these headphones, and just how convenient and low-impact they were... I was thoroughly enjoying listening to my music on the P3s. The Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones are a clear winner for those who like to enjoy their music while on the move."
— Woody Sherman, Crutchfield A/V Writer
- folding 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
- custom-made, ultra-light acoustic fabric earpad covers
- 30mm Mylar® diaphragms and ultra linear neodymium magnets for clear, detailed sound
- frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
- impedance: 34 ohms
- sensitivity: 111 dB/V at 1kHz
- 2 cables included:
- detachable straight cord with 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 iPod, iPhone, and iPad
- protective carrying case included
- weight: 4.6 ounces
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- On-ear headphones
- Detachable 4' headphone cable with in-line remote and mic terminated by a male 3.5mm connector on one end and two male 2.5mm connectors on other end (installed)
- Detachable 4' headphone cable with two male 2.5mm connectors on on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end
- Carrying case
- Instruction booklet
- Safety Instructions/Warranty
Great sound, but the cable is pathetic, I wish B&W sold a coiled version to replace it.
Bowers & Wilkins P3 Reviews
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||1.9375 x 2.5|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||10-20k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Mylar Diaphragms w/ Neodymium Magnets: Behind the Bowers & Wilkins P3'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.
Closed Back Design: A closed-back design, with rigid metal faceplates and bespoke fabric covered ear pads, 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.
On-Ear Fit w/ Adjustable Headband: The P3 headphones fit lightly and snugly on your head thanks to its on-ear design and adjustable headband.
Detachable Headphone Cables: The P3s are supplied with two cables, one of which provides extra functionality for select Apple iPod and iPhone models. The ear pads 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). The included cables feature a male 3.5mm connector and are compatible with any device with a 3.5mm headphone output.
iPod/iPhone Control: The Bowers & Wilkins P3 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|
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.
Foldable Design: The P3 headphones fold up to stow away in your pocket or in the included hard-shell carrying case.
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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
by Woody Sherman
"Portable and compact" doesn't have to mean so-so sound. Bowers & Wilkins has found a way to pack big-headphone sound into a form factor perfect for your smartphone
Why did you buy this?
I own the P7 and enjoy them quite a bit. My mother who wanted something less bulky for music while walking and I thought these would be a great balance between lightweight mobility and good sound quality. [ Timothy Aug 25, 2017 ]
Bowers and Wilkins are awesome sounding. [ Omar Mar 15, 2016 ]
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