The P5 Wireless are well-crafted, wireless headphones with a sturdy build and a compact easy-to-use design. They deliver a good, balanced sound quality and don't leak much. However, they can feel a little tight on your head, and they also don't prevent ambient noise from seeping into your audio.
- Good audio reproduction.
- Compact, wireless design.
- Sturdy, durable build.
- Poor noise isolation.
- A bit tight on the head.
The P5 Wireless are stylish-looking headphones with a great build quality. The materials used in their build feels premium and the metal frame is sturdy and durable. They have a good control scheme, they're wireless and stable enough for moderate physical activity, but they're not sports-oriented headphones. However, they're a bit tight on the head and don't fold which makes them a little harder to carry around even if they're quite compact.
The P5 Wireless have a sleek and polished design. They're well-crafted headphones that make use of premium materials in their build. The headband and ear pad are covered in a stylish black leather that adds to the high-end appeal of these headphones. They have small square ear cups and a unique metal frame that's quite eye-catching.
The P5 Wireless are moderately comfortable headphones but can feel a bit tight on your head. The ear pads are well made and covered in leather, which feels good on the skin. However, they're thinly padded, that, coupled with the on-ear design makes them feel slightly uncomfortable and tight at first. You get use to the fit but they won't be the most comfortable headphones for long listening sessions, especially, if you wear glasses.
These headphones are above the average stable. The on-ear design of the P5 clamps on to your head with enough tension that they won't easily fall during physical activity. They're also wireless, which frees you of the hassle of tangling audio cables. However, they won't maintain a stable fit under strenuous conditions like running or intense exercises at the gym.
These headphones are moderately portable. They're compact on-ear headphones that lay flat to take less space. They will fit in most bags and larger purses, but unfortunately, they don't fold to reduce their footprint, which makes them a bit cumbersome to carry on your person.
The P5 Wireless like the P5 S2 and P7 are well-built headphones. They have a durable yet lightweight metal frame that's sturdy enough to withstand moderate physical stress. The ear pads magnetically attach to the ear cups and can be replaced if damaged by regular wear and tear. They're are also sufficiently dense and won't break easily from a few falls. However, the thin hinges that connect the frame to the ear cups are the weakest point of this robust and long-lasting build.
The P5 Wireless have a good and surprisingly well-balanced audio reproduction for an on-ear design. Their bass is exciting and packs a sufficient punch to please fans of bass-heavy music. Instruments and vocals are also not left behind or pushed too forward, sounding nice and even with the mix. Sadly, they struggle a little with the high-frequencies, and their small closed-back ear cups don't create a natural and open soundstage.
Excellent Bass Range performance. The response is virtually flat throughout the range, but overemphasized by just about 2dB. This results in a Bass that is even and punchy.
Very good Mid Range performance. The response has some dips and bumps, but most of them won't be audible. The 3dB bump in high-mid however, could slightly push the vocals to the front and project them forward.
Average Treble Range performance. Low-treble and treble are quite well reproduced, but depending on the placement of these on-ears, there may be an increase or decrease in sibilant frequencies around 8KHz. High-treble is noticeably underemphasized which could take some of the airiness out the music.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Poor soundstage. Due to the on-ear design and small drivers, these headphones don't activate the resonances of the ear enough to create a large soundstage. Also, with openness at 5.7, they don't sound quite open either.
Good Imaging. The amount of phase error is low but there's is a noticeable shift in the Mid Range. Additionally, our unit didn't fair great in the frequency response driver-matching test, which is most likely due to the on-ear design.
Above average performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in bass and mid regions are rather elevated, even at 90dB SPL. However, there is minimal amount of harmonic distortion produced in the Treble Range.
The P5 Wireless like the P5 S2, are passively isolating headphones. This means they can only block noise depending on the quality of seal you can achieve with the earpads. Unfortunately, the on-ear pads are a little small letting a lot of ambient noise seep into your audio. They don't leak much, but poorly isolate you from your environment, which is not ideal for loud, noisy commutes.
Poor overall isolation. However, considering these headphones don't have active noise cancelling, the passive isolation provided by the ear cups is decent. Treble isolation is good but as expected, the passive isolation only becomes effective past 400HZ and does not really block any low/bass frequencies. Isolation in the mid-range is also below average.
Decent leakage performance. The majority of leakage is in the 2KHz-7KHz frequency range, which is relatively narrow. The overall level of the leakage is also decent, making these headphones perform above average in Leakage.
The P5 Wireless have one of the better power saving features for active headphones despite not having a bundled app. They will automatically switch off after 10 mins of inactivity that coupled with the already decent battery life means they rarely run out of juice when used casually for shorts burst of audio. They have an average wireless range and also support the aptX codec, but Unfortunately, they still have noticeable latency when listening to videos or playing games.
The P5 Wireless have decent obstructed range but a below-average range in direct line of sight. They maintained a strong, stable connection up to 30 ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. However, they're not the most far reaching headphones in direct line of sight. Their audio cut out surprisingly short of some less expensive wireless models, which may be due to the thick casing of their well-built ear cups but feels a bit disappointing. They also don't offer NFC but luckily aren't too much of a hassle to pair with most devices.
The P5 Wireless deliver a solid 16 hours of battery life with a few battery saving features that reduce how often you have to charge them throughout the day. They have a built-in auto-off timer that switches the headphones off within 10 minutes of not using them. They can also charge while playing audio so if you're on a train, plane or at your office with access to a power source then you can play and not worry about battery life. This makes them decent headphones to use on long flights or road trips and they also do not take long to charge.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- Audio cable
- Carrying pouch