B&W P7 unboxing vs P5 and P3 headphones
B&W P7 unboxing video
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When Bowers & Wilkins entered the headphones market 3 years ago, it enamoured its buying public with the B&W way of combining a great sounding product with a premium build and design.
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Taking a look inside the box, and alongside the P7s you’ll find a quilted carry case, a booklet on this history of B&W and a 6.5mm adaptor.
On first look, the P7s look very much like an enlarged pair of P5s, keeping the same leather and brushed stainless steel design, with the familiar curved rectangular ear cups.
Of course, look deeper and there are plenty of tweaks to justify their £330 price tag. B&W says the technological advances it has made means bass should be tighter, vocals more defined and there should be a greater sense of space and clarity.
The biggest of these advances is the new drive unit technology, which works more like a driver in a hi-fi speaker than a pair of headphones.
While in many headphones, the diaphragm has to act as the suspension system as well as the sound generator, in the P7s, its focussed purely on sound for the best performance.
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There’s a new voice coil too, made from a light aluminium copper compound, to improve high frequency dynamics, while improved baffle plates help to limit any resonance.
Finally, the new over ear design helps to improve noise isolation, with dual cavity ear pads that mould to the shape of your head.
So what else is different? The P7s are, as you’d expect, quite a bit heavier than its smaller siblings, weighing 100g more than the P5s. They’re currently only available in black, too, though we expect we’ll see a white version released before long.
Of course price will be a consideration – the P5s come in at £250, and the P3s at £170, making the P7s the most expensive of the range by a cool £80.
The Bowers & Wilkins P7s are available now. Keep your eye on whathifi.com for our full review shortly.
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by Verity Burns