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Review Summary:

PROS: Beautifully designed and quality made. Luxurious materials. Amazing performance. CONS: Price tag.

Bowers & Wilkins is a company specialized in audio equipment, but if you’re following articles on MacReview than you know that this company is best known for high-quality premium grade speakers. A while back we’ve got the chance to review three models of iOS-compatible speakers (Z2 model, A7 model, and Zeppelin Air), and we were impressed by all of them.

In a world of high quality speakers, Bowers & Wilkins takes a very special place. It uses the same philosophy as Apple in terms of not trying to sell the most affordable product, but instead invests in advanced audio technology and premium design, so their products find customers willing to pay the premium price. In this article we are not going to take a look at their product line of speakers, but we are going to tell about the headphones named P7.

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As it turns out, P7 is not a completely new product for Bowers & Wilkins, since there are P5 and P3 which are more affordable models. With P7, this company tried to implement the best in terms of design and technology, and offer headphones with a price tag of $400.

Once you take it out of it luxurious packaging, you’ll immediately realize that P7 is a premium grade product. Perhaps the biggest impression is made by soft sheepskin leather, which is covering the biggest part of these headphones, and there are also very sturdy metal parts which also reveal luxurious aspect. Once you place them over your ears you’ll see that ear cups are designed to completely cover the ear, and the soft leather plays the crucial role in creating a very comfortable feel. In the box you’ll also find a carrying case and two cables as well. One of those cables is designed to be used with the iPhone, and comes with standard three-button remote control and a microphone. Simply plug them into the headphone port, and you’ll be ready to go. It’s also important to say that the headphone plug isn’t as thick so it can fit most iPhone cases, even though you can also use the extension plug.

When it comes to design, this is probably one of the best examples of how attention to details and quality materials can create beautifully looking product. For $400 you’re entitled of expecting the very best, and P7 won’t disappoint you in any way. Leather feels very nice in hand, and the stitching is very strong and quality made.

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When it comes to audio quality, Bowers & Wilkins once again made an incredible product. No matter what kind of music you like listening to, P7 performs admirably. Bass is also quite noticeable, in just the perfect amount to provide additional depth. It is important to say that there’s no specialized iOS app for this product, and that’s because you can use P7 right out of the box. Even though these headphones deliver amazing sound quality, you can use built-in iOS equalizers in the Music app, and with the iOS7 and iTunes Radio there are even more reasons to purchase a pair of high quality headphones. Also, you can use the built-in microphone to make calls which are even more enjoyable with this product.

Even though $400 surely sounds like a lot of money, true music lovers will find a way to ensure that they are using the best possible audio technology, and that’s exactly what P7 delivers. It somehow perfectly fits the iPhone 5 (and the newly released luxurious looking 5S), because both products belong in the same design category, and they are true examples of modern industrial design.


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