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Bowers and Wilkins' P3 headphones coax the company's signature sound from a comfortable, classy on-ear package.Last year, Bowers & Wilkins set foot in the headphone market again with its C5 in-ear headphones. In our review of the C5, we praised the company for developing a well-designed, stylish and sweet-sounding set of canal phones worthy of their premium price. Though an outstanding first effort, we couldn't help but feel at the time that the complexities involved with in-ear headphones might have held the C5 back from showing off Bowers and Wilkins' signature sound as well as, say, an on-ear or over-ear model might.We can now put our theory to the test. Bowers & Wilkins recently sent us its new P3 on-ear headphones. Introduced in May 2012, the P3 are positioned to be comfortable enough to wear all day long with no fatigue. But wearability doesn't mean much unless the sound quality is equally comfortable. Read on for our full analysis of the P3 for our take on whether this new headphone is as comfortable as we might be led to believe, and whether its sound quality is as premium as its price point would infer.If we had shiny little plaques to hand out in recognition of a superior out-of-box experience, we'd give Bowers & Wilkins a crate full of them.
If you've bought yourself a shiny new iPhone and want to enjoy the best of Spotify then you're going to need to upgrade from those awful bundled earbuds. If you fancy a pair of headphones with some class -- and you don't mind paying for them -- then Bowers & Wilkins is a good company to turn to. The P3s are a new addition to its range, set below the existing P5s, giving you the chance to wrap high-quality B&W goodness around your head for a slightly more affordable price. They're available for £169.Bowers & Wilkins is well known for the stylish design of its products. You won't find bright red flashes of paint or angular rough steel on the P3s -- after all, such things would be considered vulgar and would never be permitted within the walls of London's better gentleman's clubs. Instead, the P3s sport a much more mature design. They're not dissimilar to the P5s -- you can certainly spot the family resemblance anyway. Both models use earpads that sit on the ear, as opposed to around it, and both sport a brushed metal disc set into a black oblong shape.
Bower & Wilkins' P3 is the third headphone model to hit the market from the venerable British speaker company and it shares some common traits with the earlier on-ear P5 and in-ear C5. Like those products, the P3 features a striking design and strong performance. It doesn't come cheap at $199.99, but it is more affordable than the swankier P5. The P3's design is both modern and retro, with sleek lines and rectangular earpieces that give it a distinct look (the headphones come in a black or white finish). At least for me, the first word that comes to mind describing them is "classy." The P3 is more lightweight than the P5, has a fold-up design, and comes with a hard-shell carrying case that functions almost like an oversize jewelry or glasses case. I can't say I liked the case design as much as the headphones' design. The clamshell can snap shut on your finger and since the case is made of hard plastic, it's going to get scuffed up over time. On the other hand, it is very protective and the headphones will likely hold up well over time. I did find myself wanting to treat them with care, perhaps because I didn't want their slick exterior to become blemished.
Bowers & Wilkins, the hi-fi and pro-audio manufacturer responsible for multi-thousand dollar monitoring systems in recording studios across the world, is now several products into its far more affordable—but still quite expensive—consumer audio line. The P3 is its latest offering, a pair of headphones designed for mobile use. At $199.99 (direct), it fits somewhere in between the C5 In-Ear Headphones ($179.95, 4.5 stars) and the P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones ($299.95, 4.5 stars)—the former of which is an in-canal earphone pair. The P3, which comes with built-in iPhone controls, provides a pleasantly resonant low frequency response that is more subtle than the C5. It also has less emphasis on high frequencies than either of the previous B&W models, resulting in a slightly less crisp response. Regardless, it sounds excellent and is a standout in this price range. DesignTaking design cues from its older (and more expensive) sibling, the P3 has rounded rectangular ear-cups similar to those on the P5. The primary difference here is the use of cloth instead of leather for the earpads and the headband cushion.