Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones review
Premium headphones that will appeal to even the most demanding audiophile
- Exquisite design
- Portable headphones
- Fantastic sound for almost every genre
- Heavy after long listening sessions
Bowers & Wilkins' P7s sit amongst the best electronics products Good Gear Guide has had the fortune of reviewing. Matching the mind-blowing achievement in design is its audio prowess; music is loud, clear and enveloping no matter the song and the genre. Wear them and you’ll discover that magical dimension where nothing else exists other than you and a song.
Price$ 549.95 (AUD)
More than three weeks have passed since we received the P7 headphones and not a day has gone by without them stealing glances and leaving us to wonder how B&W fused technology and art so effortlessly.
Beauty in the details
Leather has been liberally used on the P7 headphones. It drapes the large headband and cushions the over-the-ear cups. The cups press right up against the scalp, but much like leather shoes that take shape over time, the P7’s cups will too mould. The snug fit of the headband and cups take their toll during long listening sessions.
Sculpted arms fold inwards for convenience when on-the-go
Styled provocatively are stainless steel arms. Two small and cylindrical spokes criss-cross until they meet chamfered B&W nameplates. Petite these arms might be, but the stainless steel construction ensures they’re nothing short of sturdy. Then there’s the P7’s party trick: these sculpted arms fold inwards for convenience when on-the-go.
Pristine audio, all genres welcome
The plush headphones create a cocoon free from outside distractions with such success that, if you were to speak while wearing them, you would scarcely be able to hear your own voice. The clean sound-stage means the P7’s 40mm drivers can do wondrous things with melodies.
Some headphones skew the low end for exaggerated bass. Others don’t pay the low-end enough attention. As a result not every set of headphones can cater to all musical genres.
Bowers & Wilkins’ P7s are genre agnostic. Whether you’re listening to Beethoven’s Für Elise or to Samuel L Jackson narrate Chester Himes’ audio-book A rage in Harlem, they’ll be the only headphones you need.
Mind-blowing achievement in design
ATB’s When it ends it starts again, a track kicking off with punctuating bass, progresses to the wailing vocals of Sean Ryan and then rides electronic notes, was handled with masterful tact and balance. Rarely will you need to up the volume beyond half-way — mainly because the cups rid extraneous sounds so effectively — but when we listened to this song at max, there were no signs of distortion and even fewer signs of strain. Bass was crisp, the vocals were piercing and there was just the right amount of space for the frequencies to layer without encroaching. It was the kind of balance familiar to Sennheiser’s Momentum, only from a pair of headphones that look even better.
Complex songs such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Otherside are played with gusto. The cups create enough space that it's easy to pinpoint every instrument at any time. No doubt you'll engage with tunes by tapping your foot without noticing.
Switch the genre to R&B and all frequencies continue their harmonious flow. SoMo’s Ride is one such example where the bass complements the sound-stage rather than dominating. Music lovers keen on exaggerated bass best tune the equaliser in favour of the low-end, or pursue alternative headphones from Monster or Beats by Dre.
Bowers & Wilkins' P7s sit amongst the best electronics products Good Gear Guide has had the fortune of reviewing. Matching the mind-blowing achievement in design is its audio prowess; music is loud, clear and enveloping no matter the song and the genre. Wear them and you’ll discover that magical dimension where there's nothing other than you and the music.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 3 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 4 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 5 MSI GS70 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols
- First look: Nuheara IQbuds smart Bluetooth ear buds do more than just music
- Convoy International restructures business focus
- Beats Solo2 headphones go wireless for $399
- Astro A38 review: A staggering price to pay for convenience
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCSenior Technical Business AnalystACT
- CCSenior Front End Wed DeveloperQLD
- CCProject Engineer (Microwave)SA
- CCLinux Systems Infra and Network EngineerACT
- PTProject ManagersACT
- CCBusiness and Reporting AnalystWA
- TPAutomation Test EngineerQLD
- FTSystems Engineer - Managed Service ProviderVIC
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- CCAPI DeveloperSA
- CCSenior Front End DeveloperSA
- FTFront End Developer - Team LeadNSW
- FTHealth Software Support Consultant - Permanent - North RydeNSW
- CCEmail Production SpecialistQLD
- CCSAP PM/ MRS ConsultantVIC
- FTiOS DeveloperNSW
- FTUX / UI DesignerVIC
- TPAndroid DeveloperNSW
- FTSolutions Architect - Data Centre/ NetworkQLD
- CCSenior Software Engineer Developer | 6mthsVIC
- TPWordpress DeveloperWA
- CCExecutive AssistantVIC
- FTDesktop Deployment EngineerWA
- FTJapanese Speaking Technical Support EngineerNSW
- FTIdentity Management Team LeaderQLD