Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature HiFi Over Ear Headphones : Unbelievable sound quality

I tried those together with fostex th900mk2 and audeze lcd2. While b&w are cheaper £200-300, they are also quite “narrow” regarding a sound stage. Both lows and highs are sounding expanded and quite close to each other while mids are struggling somewhere in between. P9 do have a feel of quite well build and definitely not cheap. But the price tag absolutely does not justify the sound. My personal choice would be sennheiser momentum 2. £200) over these cans at any time but than again, it’s a matter of personal preference. I would certainly recommend trying fostex th900mk2 and audeze lcd2 before buying p9’s as £200-300 more will take you to an entirely different universe.

Well – how can i give these headphones a high enough review?. The sound quality is quite amazing – it’s difficult to explain – the best way i can describe the difference is a grainy pictorial image being brought to a full 3d image – total clarityi followed a previous reviewers advice and “run in” the headphones for about 20 hours – then let rip – songs you have listened to for hours sound like you are hearing a whole new level of sound. The ear pieces sat very comfortably – they look amazing – very classy appearance. The packaging is understated but you feel that you are opening up a delicacy. The price tag is eye watering – but if you want the highest audio experience then these are for you. I tested on a flight too – and was impressed by the external noise reduction enabling me to close my eyes and enjoy music throughout the flight. These headphones surpass my ability to describe – they are totally amazing.

I love the b&w range of headphones so i as only too eager to try these especially as these are the 50th anniversary signature release. B&w generally release a special edition speakers when celebrating milestones, but these come at a huge premium over their standard range. So this is a first and also the most affordable special edition release from b&w even though these are very expensive set of headphones. These b&w headphones are the largest over ear headphones in the range, larger than the p7. To stand out, these are also the only b&w headphones which are brown. The construction of these headphones are exquisite. Beautiful cross hatched leather sounding the outside of the cups and headband. Anodised aluminium frame which has a sense of engineering, beautiful chrome hinges and surrounds around the speaker. The cups have a memory foam with leather surround providing comfort for hours of use with plenty of space for air inside the cups helping with ventilation and sound enhancement. Included in the box is a beautifully crafted case for the headphone made from automotive grade alcantara material and leather.

So, would you pay £700 for a pair of headphone is the question and i can answer that in one word yes. Never heard of bowers and wilkins??. Well they make some of the most respected audiophile speakers available, some costing upwards of £30,000, i am lucky enough to own a pair of their 601 speakers, these are in their budget range but cost me £600 in the late 80’s and i’ve always been very happy with them. These headphones from bowers and wilkins are a special 50th anniversary edition. The first time you have these headphones in your hands it’s then you realise the sheer quality of them, they are built exceptionally well and top quality materials are used to produce them, from the aluminium headband to the italian leather ear cups everything oozes quality. B & w supply these headphones with no less than 3 cables , a 1. 8 metre with controller/microphone, a 1. 8 metre cable with no controller and a extra long cable for listening freedom, each cable terminates in a 3. 5mm plug but b & w have supplied an adaptor for use with 6. To change the cable you simply remove the left ear cup which is held by magnets and plug in the cable you require, the headphones come with the controller cable installed. Sound quality of these headphones is simply extraordinary, i have used the p9’s with my fiio e17 alpen dac/headphone amp through my laptop and the clarity is fantastic, i have listened to the 2011 remastered version of pink floyd echoes and everything drops into place as it should, people are saying these headphones are lacking a little in the bass region but i disagree with this as i found the bass strong and powerful without drowning out the rest of the music. Vocals come out very well and almost haunting at times, mids are good too the guitar on echoes is strong and very clear. Treble is clear and not tinny at all. I’ve heard details in the music i have not heard before, you can throw lots of volume at these headphones and they lap it up and stay consistent and not distorted at all, this depends on source material and the way it is converted, i prefer to use wav files as the are uncompressed.

I bought b&w’s first headphones, the p5, when they were released. They sounded very good, but i found them unbearably uncomfortable after even a short time; the clamping force was too high for the small earpads. Fortunately, they subsequently released the p7, which used around-ear rather than on-ear cushions, and i replaced my p5s with them. The p7 has been my favourite headphone ever since, but when the p9 was released, i did wonder just how it could be worth over twice the price of the p7. Well, i’ve now had the chance to find out. The p7 is still a very good headphone, but if you are thinking of buying the p7, i would strongly recommend that you don’t listen to the p9 first, as you may find yourself spending more money than you had planned. The first impressions are of a very high-quality product. The packaging displays apple levels of sophistication, and in addition to the headphones themselves, you get a total of three cables – two short ones, one with an apple remote control in the wire, and a long 5m cable for use at home. This latter addition is very welcome – i keep a 5m extension cable for use with my p7s, and this is now unnecessary with the p9s. A leather and alcantara case is also included – i have to say that the alcantara does look rather less high-end than the all-leather case included with the p7, but that’s nitpicking.

These are the best headphones i’ve ever listened to. I recently owned p7s and these are a step up in quality from those with extra clarity depending on the quality of recordings you are listening to with a more detailed open sound you will hearextra detail in songs that you hadn’t heard beforepros: incredible rich sound with excellent bass and clear treble without being harshcons: still expensive but a worthy investment.

  • The Bentley of Headphones
  • Breathtakingly expensive. Worth every penny.
  • Incredible open sound

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature HiFi Over Ear Headphones, Wired, Italian Leather

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  • The Bentley of Headphones
  • Breathtakingly expensive. Worth every penny.
  • Incredible open sound

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature HiFi Over Ear Headphones, Wired, Italian Leather

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