The Bowers & Wilkins P7 are well-built and sturdy headphones. They deliver a good and balanced sound. They're comfortable and have a decently stable design. However, they only block noise passively, which is not sufficient for loud environments, and they also leak quite a bit.
- Good audio reproduction.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Sturdy, durable build.
- Poor noise isolation.
- High leakage.
The B&W P7 are well-crafted premium looking headphones. They have a simple yet eye-catching design with, well-padded and comfortable ear cups. Their build quality is durable, and they're stable enough, to not easily slip off your head. However, they're a bit bulky and not designed for sports. They're also a little tight especially on larger heads, which can get slightly uncomfortable.
The P7 look luxurious and high-end. They're stylish and make use of premium materials in their build quality. The frame is metal, the earcups and headband are covered in a black leather finish that further highlights their premium appeal. They're a lot bulkier than the P5 and therefore do not look as sleek, but they will still stand out in a crowd.
The Bowers and Wilkins P7 are comfortable headphones. They're well-padded and the earcups, although a little small, fit well around most listeners ears. However, they can feel a little tight on the head because of the rigid headband. Also, the square earcups can cause slight discomfort for some listeners during long listening sessions.
The B&W P7 have good control scheme. They provide call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The buttons also have a nice clicky feel to them. Unfortunately, the inline control module is a relatively thin cylinder, which makes the buttons slightly harder to distinguish by feel alone. However, you get used to it fairly fast.
These headphones are sufficiently tight on the head, to not fall off during mild physical activity. However, they're not sports headphones. They're a little bulky and will sway, potentially slipping off your ears, if used at the gym. Also, the detachable cable will pull the headphones of your head before disconnecting if it ever gets hooked on something, which is slightly disappointing.
The P7 are a little on the larger side for over-ear headphones. They fold into a more compact format but will still be too big and cumbersome to comfortably carry around on your person. They will fit into a backpack and some larger purses or handbags, but they won't fit into any pockets, even wider jacket pockets.
These headphones feel sturdy and durable. The frame of the headband and the hinges are completely metal and can withstand a fair amount of physical stress. The ear cups are also dense enough, to not get damaged from a couple of drops. However, they're connected to the rest of the frame by relatively thin hinges, which are the weakest points on these headphones. Additionally, the audio cables that connect to the earcups are somewhat exposed and could get damaged from wear and tear.
The B&W P7 have an above-average sound quality. Instruments and vocals are clear and well balanced in all the tracks they reproduce. Bass is punchy and also has the rumbling low-end that will please fans of bass without being overpowering. Unfortunately, they struggle a little with the high-frequencies and sound a bit closed for critical listening because their design limits the soundstage.
Very good Bass Range performance. The response is flat for the most part, but slightly overemphasized in high-bass. The resulting Bass is well-extended and punchy, but may muddy-up the mix a little bit.
Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat, creating a balanced tonal quality in the Mid Range. The small deviations from the target response won't be audible to most.
Average Treble Range response. Low-treble is slightly underemphasized, which will have a small negative effect on the clarity and presence of vocals/leads. The peak between 8KHz-10KHz could make these headphones slightly sibilant, but because of the narrow width of the peak its effects will be subtle.
Poor Soundstage. Due to the closed back and small earcups, these headphones don't sound very open and don't create much soundstage. The sound of these headphones could be perceived to be coming from inside the listener's head as opposed to in front.
Decent Imaging. The amount of phase error is a bit high, but the majority of the error located in the Treble Range where it is less audible. Additionally, the frequency response matching of our test unit is average, which could create an unstable stereo image.
Very good performance. There is little harmonic distortion at 90dB SPL. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in harmonic distortion especially around 2KHz, reaching about 1% of the input, which is rather high. The harmonic distortion for the rest of the spectrum at 100dB SPL remains consistently under 1% of the input.
The P7 only isolate passively with the seal created by the earcups. They're able to block some high-frequency noise but unfortunately, it's not enough for loud environments. Unless you play your music at high volumes, you will still be able to hear the chatter of a busy office and the rumbling noise of a train or bus. Sadly, they also leak quite a bit, so people around you will be able to hear your music, especially, at higher volumes.
Poor overall isolation. Since these headphones don't have active noise cancelling, the passive isolation provided in the Treble Range by the ear cups is quite good. But it only becomes effective past 400HZ and does not really block any low/bass frequencies. Isolation in the mid-range is also below average.
Poor leakage performance. The majority of leakage sits between the 400Hz-9KHz frequency range which is broad. The overall level of the leakage also relatively loud, which contributes to the poor leakage score of these headphones.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- Audio cable (x2)
- Carrying pouch
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