Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone Review
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 is a headphone with a luxurious style and sounds excellent as well. The wireless earphone competes well with other premium over-ear models like the Momentum Wireless, QuietComfort 35, and MDR-1000X from Sony. While these quality headphones all offer active noise canceling the B&W P7 is a Bluetooth headphone with a cord. Personally, it sounds better in wired mode.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone Design
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 wireless headphones an upgraded from the original P7 wired model. The design looks the same, but the comfort level is impressive. You get leather-covered earpads with a durable metal headband that is impressive. You get a tight seal giving you an excellent passive noise-isolation. On the other hand, the headband adds no pressure on the head. For portable headphones, the P7 wireless is a bit bulky, weighing 11.2 ounces that is one ounce more than the wired model. A nice touch is foldable design, but it does not fold down flat. You get a half-moon shaped protective case, but once folded, you notice the headset is not as compact as other models. You can buy the B&W P7 wireless earphones in black color, and you only get the carrying case included.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone Performance
The battery life is good but not fantastic at 17-hours. Compared to other full-size wireless headphones, it is reasonable. Pairing the earphones is trouble-free and works with both iPhones and Samsung brands. Furthermore, walking busy streets, we found no problems using the headset. The P7 is a pleasure to use, and making/receiving calls is a breeze. You get a sidetone function to hear your voice inside the headset when talking. For a Bluetooth headphone the sound is excellent. However, compared to the wired counterpart, the sound of the wired model is more balanced with treble detail. The wired P7 gives a spacious sound. For us, the QuietComfort 35 and MDR-1000X from Sony both have a more dynamic sound with more clarity. You get loads of bass with the wireless P7 that goes deep but not as sculptured and punchy as you would expect. On the other hand, if you do like signature sound and design, the B&W headphones great.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone Specs
- Battery: 17-hours
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: Remembers up to eight devices when paired, Automatically Connects, Changeable Ear Cushions
- Form Factor: On-ear
- Included: Carrying Case, USB Charging Cable, Universal Cables
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 2-years
- Weight: 11.2 ounces
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphone Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Impressive build
- Rich sound
- Flawless battery use
- Premium carry case
- Works well for answering calls
What we do not like:
- A bit heavy for mobile headphone
- Audio can be a bit warm for some audiophiles
Should You Buy it?
Yes, if you need professional wireless headphones with quality sound. There are no wires that get in the way and if you choose you can use it wired as well. The foldable design is great for traveling, and with the Bluetooth aptX wireless streaming you can listen to tunes on the go. Not only are these headphones comfortable to wear, but you also get style as well.
First, if you need an audiophile-grade headphone with wireless function, the P7 is not the one to buy. However, if you need active noise cancellation the headset will serve you well. For air travel, it might not be to your expectations, but using the headset on busy streets works well. We found the sound great when used in wireless mode, but in the wired method, it does sound better. You can use these wireless headphones without feeling tired and have no trouble with sound.
The battery use is reasonable and informs you with red LEDs when the battery’s juice is low. Furthermore, you get multi-pairing and connect to the prime device inevitably. On the other hand, the P7 wireless is not one of the lightweight models to carry around. For fit and comfort, the design is superb, but we did find it can get a bit warm around the ears, so using them in summer you will need an air-conditioner to keep you fresh. Overall we can recommend the Bowers & Wilkin P7 wireless for office use as it does block out external noise well. If you do need a pair of earphones for the plane, we recommend the Bose QC20 instead.