Bowers & Wilkins P3 Hi-Fi Headphones

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Engadget Review

Review on Cnet:
“The Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones’ impressive combination of design, sound quality, and features put it near the top of the class for portable headphones in its price range.”
http://www.cnet.com/products/bowers-wilkins-p3/

At first glance at the photo, my initial thought was high-tech combination spatula spoons. But no, only headphones.

Yup, thought they were designer spatulas. Was gonna call Sponge Bob.

And now, as a nod to our anglophile (and audiophile) friends, for something completely different. A few reviews at Head-fi.org

I think I’d rather pay list for a Grado SR-80e.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/bowers-wilkins-p3

Wow… these are really ugly…

I bought these new about a month ago, and I’m pretty happy with them. Pricey at $200 retail, but decent sound (disclaimer: I’m not an audiophile), and while they may seem flimsy, they’re actually quite sturdy. They have great portability, as they fold to a smaller size and come with a solid case. I used them on an airplane and was pleasantly surprised at the clarity, despite sitting near an engine. Lastly, I was looking for earpiece material that allowed my skin to breathe, and these fit the bill well. Perfect for listening at the office. Cons: two wires, one for each ear… It feels a bit outdated. The earpiece material is a little scratchy & gives me the “nails-on-chalkboard” feeling for half a second. I compared to the bulkier P2s, and while the sound was inferior, the P3s’ sound was good enough, in conjunction with the portability, style, and discount ($100 cheaper) to sway me. 3.5/5 overall, and a 4+/5 at this price.

+1 on Grado

I own a pair of P5 headphones from B&W that I absolutely love. I may buy a pair of these as a more affordable back-up!