B&W P5 Wire­less

Hi-fi qual­ity head­phones with­out the wires could fi­nally be here

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Bow­ers & Wilkins, bow­ers-wilkins.co.uk Drive units 2x 40mm Fre­quency range Blue­tooth codecs aptX, AAC and SBC Ex­tremely com­fort­able Ex­cel­lent wire­less fi­delity

These wire­less head­phones are small and light­weight but beau­ti­fully con­structed and sturdy. Charged us­ing a bun­dled USB ca­ble, they boast a 17-hour bat­tery life and have a fall­back mini-jack ca­ble that can be at­tached for wired op­er­a­tion if the bat­tery runs out, or with non‑Blue­tooth kit. This is done by re­mov­ing one ear pad, both of which are mag­net­i­cally held in place.

They are on-ear mod­els and the pads are very com­fort­able even for ex­tended lis­ten­ing ses­sions. On the edge of the right cup are three but­tons that let you al­ter vol­ume, skip or pause tracks, and take phone calls. There are two mi­cro­phones built in to en­able call­ing, and a du­alpur­pose but­ton for turn­ing on and pair­ing with another de­vice.

The head­phones sound great, with plenty of vol­ume, big­ger and more fo­cussed bass than ex­pected from rel­a­tively small cups, crisp mid range, and pow­er­ful but con­trolled highs. In­ter­est­ingly, the sound qual­ity and vol­ume didn’t al­ter when switch­ing from wire­less to wired op­er­a­tion. The head­phones use the aptX codec for higher qual­ity stream­ing (on the Mac) to get around the is­sue of Blue­tooth band­width af­fect­ing au­dio qual­ity, and also sup­port the AAC stream­ing codec which is great for Ap­ple Mu­sic on iOS. These are cer­tainly among the finest wire­less head­phones around and they have an ex­cel­lent sound stage. How­ever, in this price range if you can live with­out wire­less you can get some breath­tak­ing re­pro­duc­tion from com­pet­ing wired mod­els. Hollin Jones

The P5 Wire­less sounds and feels gor­geous, with flaw­less stream­ing and an ex­cel­lent sound stage.

You can con­nect the P5 Wire­less by ca­ble to keep lis­ten­ing if the bat­tery runs out.

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