Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Price in Singapore, Features, and Other Details: The P5 Mobile Hi-Fi is one of the recently emerging headphones from Bowers and Wilkins that is geared towards mainstream consumers rather than the audiophile roots of the well-known British Hi-Fi company. The headphones are uniquely designed with both vintage and modern aspects, which help make it standout from the rest of its competition. The pair sports a well-constructed body, along with a comfortable padded leather headband and ear pads. When worn, the headphones give a sense of luxury as well as comfort over an extended length of time. The P5 is a passive rather than noise-cancelling device that’s why rather than snugly fitting over the ears, the P5 ear pads sit merely on top, and some of the ambient sounds can still be heard over the leather. Nevertheless, when it comes to audio playbacks, it delivers high quality sound reproductions, and at a price that is competitive with many worthy headphones in the market.

Physically, the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi has some defining features. First of all, instead of the more common oval and roundish ear pads, it sports a pair that is squarish in shape. Not only that, the earpads are also magnetically attached to the band and are therefore removable. It’s only a matter of question and perhaps time and engineering skills before Bowers and Wilkins will make the pair replaceable as well.

When the left earpad of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi is removed, the 48-inch cable that plugs into the pad using a 2.5 mm jack is then exposed. Like the ear pads, it is detachable and definitely replaceable, a good strategy for those who frequently destroy and wore their cables down – there is no need to replace the whole headphones anymore. Another feature of the cable are the integrated microphone and volume control, both of which stand near the top of the wire although they may be hard to distinguish at first because the system isn’t that much thicker than the cord itself.

Having this integrated system lets the user use the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi together with his or her iPhone 4S and other late model iPods. When for example, someone calls in the middle of a music playback, the headphones pause the music first and automatically resumes the playback once the call is finished or when it is ignored. The device can also work with other non-iOS devices using a 3.5 mm cord that is shorter than the first, and is also included in the package.

Even though the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi doesn’t have a noise-cancelling feature, it is able to muffle most of external noise so one can bring it almost anywhere even into heavily peopled and trafficked streets. In addition, the ear pads don’t leak out the sound, and one can be sure that other people won’t be bothered by hearing what users are currently listening to.

One disadvantage though of on-the-ear headphones design is that it can get quite uncomfortable wearing them over glasses. The ear pads push the arms of the glasses over to the side of the head that can give an unpleasant sensation. At the same time, the comfort of the padded leather only lasts for the more ambient weather, but on warmer temperatures, it can get quite steamy.

Performance-wise, the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi is generally capable of producing good and high quality sounds. However, adjusting the headphones’ position on your ears may change the sound slightly so it’s better to play around with the best position first although this may be a bit of a hassle if one is going to do it every time. In general, the sound of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi isn’t that much aggressive and in fact leans towards the warmer, dynamic, and well-balanced side.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 380.00

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