Bow­ers & Wilkins P7 Wire­less

A lux­u­ri­ous Blue­tooth sound stage

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Alan Stone­bridge

£320 FROM bow­ers-wilkins.co.uk Fea­tures Blue­tooth 4.1 Class 2, 3.5mm cable, Mi­cro-USB port, AAC, aptX and SBC codecs

These over-ear cans are Bow­ers & Wilkins’ sec­ond en­try into the world of wire­less head­phones. Sen­si­bly, a de­tach­able 3.5mm cable acts a fall­back if the in­te­grated bat­tery runs out.

The leather pad­ding on the over-ear cups is soft, but the head­band isn’t very flex­i­ble at first; we could feel the cush­ion shape against our head, and though this got bet­ter af­ter a cou­ple of weeks, and will ease up more as you fit and re­move the cans, that and the 323g weight give a poor ini­tial im­pres­sion of com­fort. For stor­age, the cups tuck into the head­band’s arch, and a quilted pouch is pro­vided.

Ac­tive noise can­celling isn’t fea­tured, and at low vol­ume you can clearly hear peo­ple around you, though dy­namic range from mu­sic is good re­gard­less – even quiet sounds stand out. At 50%, some chat­ter is still au­di­ble, but the mu­sic dom­i­nates.

We couldn’t lis­ten for long at higher vol­umes as things get too loud to bear.

The mid­point gives crisp sound, in­stru­ments are easy to dis­tingish, and bass is sat­is­fy­ing, jus­ti­fy­ing the high cost. If you can han­dle tight­ness while wear­ing in, the ex­pe­ri­ence is great.

Aside from Blue­tooth, the at­trac­tive, well es­tab­lished P-se­ries de­sign is un­changed.

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