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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones review

Stylish Bluetooth® headphones that offer freedom from cables

Heads up!

Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.
Headphones next to a coffee cup

My last peaceful moments of the day are often in the morning  — headphones on, tunes pumping, sipping coffee as I move through my morning routine. My time with the Bowers and Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones gave me cordless freedom as I walked around getting ready, preparing for the day.

A heady soundtrack of SiriusXM's Deep Tracks played wirelessly on the headphones, delivered from my smartphone over Bluetooth. My phone sat on the counter. There was no dangling cable slowing me down, getting in my way, or catching on cabinets. And this convenience wasn't the only thing that struck me about these headphones.

Beautiful and well-built

Before I even had my trial run with the P5 Wireless, one of my fellow writers, Deia Z, had raved about the portable 'phones. When she handed them over, I could see why. These are lightweight, luxurious-feeling on-ear headphones, crafted by the legendary British audio company. She hadn't fully charged them, but no worries — you get 17 hours of music playback on a single charge.

An adjustable padded headband helps you find a nice fit. I have a larger head, so I had to adjust them some, but Deia got a just-right fit the moment she put them on. She described the sheepskin leather ear pads, as “tiny pillows for your ears.”

These headphones look handsome, too. They sport the same rounded rectangle earcups and twisted aluminum sliders found on B&W's wired P5 headphones. Of course, what matters most is how they sound.

Dynamic sound with tight, deep bass

P5 Wireless Headphones

At first, the P5 Wireless headphones sounded "up-close," but the more I listened, the sound sprawled into a wide-open experience. The headphones handled the heavy bassline of Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment’s “Pass the Vibes.” The low end was tight and detailed. When high-pitched chimes and echo-y vocals kicked in, I got a rich sense of atmosphere. I felt like the song was swarming around my head.

Jason Isbell’s song “Children of Children,” sounded beautiful and melancholy as it grew from a stripped, low-key affair to a powerful, complex violin- and guitar-fueled arrangement. All vocals and instruments got their just due. The headphones' inviting soundstage lured me into the almost haunting opening of the song before delivering the full sensory onslaught.

On-ear controls and optional wired listening

close-up of earcup controls

Buttons on the right ear let you play/ pause music, take calls with your phone, and control volume.

When listening wirelessly from my Samsung Galaxy phone, I could use the middle button on the right ear to play and pause music on TIDAL. The other two buttons turned the volume up and down. This was really handy when I took the dog out in the morning, since my phone was in my pocket. There's also a built-in microphone, so you can use the headphones for phone calls.

At work, I decided to try wired listening. This option was handy, since at my desk I didn't need to use up battery life. Removing the left magnetic ear pad reveals a socket where you can plug in the included cable. Connected to my computer, the P5s automatically switched to passive mode — saving the battery.

My conclusion

The Bower & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones are a luxury pair of headphones that you can slip on and take anywhere. They also sound as gorgeous as they look. And on a personal level, the time I spent with them really made my mornings. 

Please share your thoughts below.

  • John Agwazim from Lagos

    Posted on 9/3/2015

    This is a masterpiece. Thumbs up.....................

  • Joshua from Sparks

    Posted on 8/25/2015

    They sound great.

  • Sheldon Sarsuelo from Hilo

    Posted on 8/25/2015

    I've heard great things about these , would love to get one to experience it myself .

  • Zachary Stanton from El Dorado

    Posted on 8/23/2015

    Love look and style of the headphone definitely fits my style

  • George Wood from Daphne

    Posted on 8/23/2015


  • Luis Alba from las vegas

    Posted on 8/22/2015

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • Rodney Swanson from Williamsburg

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    I love them! I need them!

  • Jason from Katy

    Posted on 8/21/2015


  • Michael Murphy from blasfell, NY 14219

    Posted on 8/20/2015


  • George Wood from Daphne

    Posted on 8/18/2015

    Looks great!


    Posted on 8/18/2015


  • John Fowler from North Las Vegas

    Posted on 8/18/2015

    Very nice products would love to have some!

  • Jack Cummings from Huntersville

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    Liking Crutchfield more and more as I redo my sound system

  • ANISSA DUSENBERRY from lubbock

    Posted on 8/14/2015

    Rock On

  • Jarell cennami from Coon rapids

    Posted on 8/13/2015

    Love me some new headphones!

  • Neil Phillips from Chicago

    Posted on 8/13/2015

    Let's hope I am lucky and win a pair of B&W P5's. Can't wait to hear how good they are?

  • bennett hunter ertel from palmetto bay

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    this is great

  • Sabrina from Dayton, TX

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    B&W rocks!

  • Donald Wilkins from Sandown Nh.

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    Any product with a name like that has got to be great !

  • Jennifer Whalen from Aurora

    Posted on 8/11/2015

    my kids would love these!

  • bennett hunter ertel from palmetto bay

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    this is fantastic!

  • Lucia Remsikova from United States

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    they just look so cool & sexy

  • Brian from Manahawkin NJ

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Hopefully I'll win...interested and would like to try out b n w products.

  • Steven Cook from Fernley

    Posted on 8/10/2015


  • Sheryl fleeson from wampum

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Would love to win these beautiful headphones.

  • Paul Baker from Harrisonburg

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Would love to have these.

  • Rick3:16 from Trevose, Pa

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Awesome sound and quality

  • Laurie Kropp from United States

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Love Crutchfield

  • Chris Hill from United States

    Posted on 8/9/2015


  • JeffAinslie from Virginia Beach

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    The T7 is here!

  • Mike

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Bowers and Wilkins are a little pricey for me, but I have no doubt they are worth it. A primary motivation for me would be to support and purchase the brand because they sponsored Dan Weldon.

  • Mary Parker from Thomasville

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    Cool Headphones!

  • Christina Moore from casar

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    My grandson would love these

  • sandor csitar from double springs

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    a need not a want

  • gaudy bautista from San Francisco califo

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    new enovation on technologi music

  • Jenna Johnson from Rochester

    Posted on 8/7/2015

    Sweet headphones

  • kevin best sr from San Bernardino

    Posted on 8/7/2015

    nice !

  • Dennis Sanford from United States

    Posted on 8/7/2015

    Looks Nice

  • MAB from Raleigh

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    The price is outside of my box but WOW I'd, love to try them! It would be really great to use them while on my inside bicycke trainer. The trainer is just too loud and I can't hear anything- no music, no phone calls- - - so it would be a good test for these headsets and leave the phone on a table where I can see the light flash on and stream my tunes while pumping the pedals to heavy metal! My neighbors would probably appreciate me using headphones.

  • Gregory Sampson from Cambridge,Md

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    I would love a set of these , out of my price range , but we can dream!

  • kevin best from San Bernardino

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    I want em !

  • Matthew Sands from Yorktown, IN

    Posted on 8/4/2015

    Exactly what I need for listening at work!

  • Greg Abel from Camp Hill

    Posted on 8/4/2015

    Sounds great!!

  • ana from spring hill

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    I want this for my brother

  • Fevronia from Spring Hill, FL

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    I want these for my husband!

  • Josie Nichols from redwood city

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    I want one please

  • Lee in San Jose from San Jose

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    This is an interesting product. I may try it out. One nice feature is how the headphones go passive when you plug in the audio cable

  • kevin best from San Bernardino ca.

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    I want it !

  • Dennis Combee from Plant City

    Posted on 7/31/2015

    I really want to win!

  • Brett Mestemaker from Coldwater, OH

    Posted on 7/30/2015

    I love the sleek look of these!

  • Sam Saldivar from Visalia

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    Bowers & Wilkins is a very good company would love to own a pair of these head phones!

  • patrick dyson from washington dx

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    I have been a Crutchfield reader 4 y3ars

  • RAY POMIETLARZ from United States

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    just what I could use to block out the noise but too rich for my blood

  • Keith mynsberge from Mishawaka

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    Crutchfield has always been reliable with great products.

  • Michael Torres from Santa Maria

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    I love you Crutchfield! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • louis macias from lombard il

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Superb quality

  • Gary Lee from Marion

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    A steep price for headphones (to me), but ooooooh that promise of stellar B&W fidelity!