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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones Review

Bowers & Wilkins is bringing style and wireless convenience to your everyday life

February 24, 2016
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The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless (MSRP: $399.99) match stylish looks with impressive performance. HATS, our robotic testing rig, measured a frequency response that mimics an equal-loudness contour (without the significant bass boost), an imperceptible amount of distortion (unless you go wireless), and only a minimal amount of passive isolation (thanks to the on-ear design). Scroll down to take a closer look at the charts and data we came up with during testing.

Frequency Response

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless - Frequency Response
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While the P5s generally follow the trend of an equal-loudness contour, they don't emphasize bass to the levels we'd like to see. Still, the results are right in line with what we'd like to see for an all around pleasing experience.
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Distortion

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless - Distortion
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While distortion will increase dramatically if you cut the cable and go wireless, keeping the P5s wired will ensure you won't hear anything but the sweet, soulful tunes of your music.

Passive Isolation

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless - Isolation
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On-ears should not be your go-to for isolation. The looser fit practically guarantees ambient sound leaking in, and that's exactly what our data shows. The only bit of isolation coming in the higher end, which you won't find much of.

Tracking

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless - Tracking
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It's only in the high-frequencies that you'll notice any kind of difference between the right and left ear, and even then you probably won't notice unless you have super sensitive ears—like our robot HATS.
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