We’re slowly working our way through the headphone world sampling some of the best cans out there to try and find that perfect pair. The Bowers & Wilkins team sent their top tier P7 headphones over in a bid to quell our search for audio perfection… we gotta say that we’re pretty happy with what we heard!
Lets chat about the unboxing then quickly… When you lift up the matt black box lid your nostrils are instantly seduced by a rich leather smell similar to what it must be like when you step into that brand new ‘rrari! The headphones are presented to you in a cushioned cradle with the components all snuggly supported but still visible at first glance. The quality and effort in the design of these headphones is recognisable from the offset. The beautifully curved aluminium folding hinges that connect the leather clad cups to the leather headband almost gleam at you in amongst all the black.
Here’s a slowmo, close cropped 360 video that’s probably been designed to make you salivate…
So they look the business thats for sure… (I almost feel like I should be making an effort myself and putting on a suit to listen to these?!) but what do they sound like?
With a large slice of House cued up the first thing that you notice is the amount of space in the sound. The bass drops, percussion and vocal snippets all shine brightly on their own without any interference or muddiness that you get from cheap headphones. Here’s some nerd speak for why that is :
“With most headphones, sound quality is compromised by the way drive units are designed. To save space, the diaphragm must perform the dual role of sound generator and suspension system. But with P7 we have created a headphone driver that works more like the drive unit in a hi-fi speaker, with a diaphragm focussed purely on the job it’s supposed to do: generate sound.
Because these are over ear cups they not only provide noise isolation and comfort, but help to maintain a consistent volume of air between the drive unit and your ears. This means that the stereo imaging is enhanced whilst being optimised for every listener.”
So there you have it! As with all top end headphones there’s a bunch of features that you can expect as standard like a mic and volume controller for your smart phone… interchangeable cables and connectors too plus a plush leather travelling case that’s got cross stitched detailing and magnetic fastening.
Now what’s it going to cost for all this high end quality?
They come in at £329.99 on B&W website.
So that means you’re not going to have these as your travelling headphones or your DJ pair in case you smash them up accidentally. However if you’re desk bound most days at work like me then I would say you should definitely consider these for a luxurious splurge.
You can easily find a way of rationalising it to yourself… here’s some help: They’re comfy, they sound incredible and they’re about as good looking a pair of headphones you’re likely to find out there.
Is our search for the perfect headphones finally over?