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  • [GIVEAWAY] Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones

    Let's take a look at a sweet pair of audio cans, Bowers & Wilkins' P3 headphones. We took a look at the P3's big brother, the P5's, a while back.


    We mentioned in the P5 review - Bowers & Wilkins, or B&W as they're generally referred to, have been around since 1966 making high-end audio equipment. Back then, it was John Bowers and his buddy Roy Wilkins, handcrafting speakers in the back of an electronics shop. They're a British company, based in Worthing, England (West Sussex) - and really, if you aren't already familiar with B&W, you probably aren't an audio enthusiast.

    In the Box

    If Apple's packaging is day, Bowers & Wilkins packaging is night. Clean, simple, black heavy packaging features a simple photo of the P3s, the brand name, and the model name, P3.

    Inside the box is a black foam bed with the hard plastic included case. You'll find the folded P3 headphones in the case, along with a plastic-wrapped product booklet (not sure why that plastic is necessary), a female 3.5mm to male 1/4" adapter, and an extra cable for the phones. A place for everything, and everything in it's right place.


    The P3 headphones are well designed. The acoustic cloth earpads (the headband part has the same material) are soft and sit well on the ears. I've used the P3s in airplanes a couple times now, and they were very comfortable throughout the 6 hour trips.

    One cool thing about the P3s - they fold up to a compact size. You can fit them well in a jacket pocket or your bag, which I did. I didn't use the included hard case, as its width added some bulk which I didn't want. They seem durable enough - I have brought these phones on a couple trips and out and about a few times, always folded up in my bag, with no wear and tear at all on them. The aluminum and rubber materials used in the P3s give them a light, but strong feel.

    The acoustic cloth earpads come off each side, to reveal the 30mm drivers underneath. The right earbud has a changeable cord in case you'd like to switch to the included cable without inline mic, speaker, and iPod/iPhone controls.

    Compared to the P5 headphones, you can see where some cuts have been made to make a less expensive product. Gone is the sheepskin leather everywhere, replaced instead by rubber, cloth, and aluminum. The metal is slightly thinner, but the phones still feel solid and well-built.

    The P3 headphones come in black or white.


    The P3s sound brilliant. The mid range is great - which is so nice when compared to some of the bass-heavy DJ-style phones all over the market. Highs come through with crisp clarity, and lows are present and full. The P5s have a heavier bottom end, but you'll definitely hear all the lows with the 30mm drivers of the P3s.

    I heard clean reproduction of sound

    Price / Conclusion

    You can pick up the P3 headphones at Apple.com for $199.95 in white or black. Of course - we've also got a pair for giveaway, courtesy of the folks at B&W. Use the widget below to get entries into the raffle giveaway!

    We're giving the P3 a 4.5 leaves rating. It's easy to listen to the clean, full sound of the P3s for long periods of time - they're our favorite sub-$200 headphones. Easy portability, great sound, and timeless style make B&W's P3 headphones a perfect way to listen to your iDevices.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GIVEAWAY] Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 120 Comments
    1. iTek's Avatar
      iTek -
      I want these in my life!
    1. Brian Strunk's Avatar
      Brian Strunk -
      I wish I could get a hold of a pair of these, they look pretty sweet, and I have head nothing but good things about them.
    1. whateverman24791's Avatar
      whateverman24791 -
      these are sick lemme get em mmi
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Oh, YES, I' ve definitely heard of B&W speakers!
      It would be great to capture the B&W sound by having a pair of their headphones to listen to my iTunes library!
    1. kennyleeme's Avatar
      kennyleeme -
      this is an awesome headphone. hope i win it
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Very sleek design which I find attractive. The ear cushioning seems really comfortable as well. I tried on the old P5's a while back and they were so comfortable I forgot I was wearing anything.
    1. mcdad03's Avatar
      mcdad03 -
      Really nice design. Would love to try a pair.
    1. wildgene789's Avatar
      wildgene789 -
      These look pretty unique. Wonder how durable they are.
    1. pasmaczek's Avatar
      pasmaczek -
      Quote Originally Posted by DistortedHope View Post
      I'd love to give these a go, I'm in need of a decent pair of headphones.
      Me too
    1. WTFX's Avatar
      WTFX -
      Amazing looking headphones, also really like the detachable cord idea.
    1. redpikachu's Avatar
      redpikachu -
      Give it heereeeeeeeeeeeee!
    1. joetheegyptian's Avatar
      joetheegyptian -
      I wonder if its worth the $200
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ensigma View Post
      They have that awesome retro look to it which seems to be the new trend lately
      I was thinking exactly the same thing. They actually remind me very much of a great pair I had back in the late 80's.
    1. supershags2005's Avatar
      supershags2005 -
      Looks great. I'd love to win something like this, sometimes it's hard getting things shipped to me since I'm stationed overseas.
    1. kooris's Avatar
      kooris -
      Awesome, good luck to all.
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      I could sure use these.
    1. DoubleD's Avatar
      DoubleD -
      these would be really great to own. I have a pair of B&W Bookshelf speakers in my office for music, the sound is just pure. These guys know how to build quality products
    1. bgdre12's Avatar
      bgdre12 -
      Would be very nice to try out a pair of these bad boys.
    1. jimenez168's Avatar
      jimenez168 -
      It's a beauty
    1. jschmall's Avatar
      jschmall -
      Have always admired B&W products. Great quality all around.