Bowers & Wilkins Reveals P5 Headphones 
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Monday, 09 November 2009

Bowers & Wilkins have, in the past, been thought of primarily as a producer of loudspeakers, both large and unique.  They’ve been slimming down a bit this year with the Zeppelin Mini iPod dock, but their newest release is straight out of left field for the company.  Taking things down to the personal level, B&W has announced that they’ll be releasing their first ever pair of headphones. 

The new phones – dubbed the P5 – are closed back sound isolating headphones, though B&W says that there’s “just enough ambient sound to preserve a sense of place.” Comfort was a strong concern in the creation of the P5.  The headband and earpads were created from New Zealand sheep’s leather and sport an ergonomic design.  B&W states that this will make them incredibly durable and hard-wearing, but still soft and supple.

The P5 offers not only physical comfort, but aural comfort as well.  B&W has shunned the high bass and treble commonly found in headphones, opting for a truer flatter response.  The more natural sound helps to eliminate listening fatigue and promises a more enjoyable listening experience.  Hours of fine tuning and the use of linear neodymium magnets with optimized Mylar diaphragms should help to ensure excellent, crystal clear sound.

Like with the Zeppelin and Zeppelin Mini, B&W caters directly to iPod and iPhone users by including an Apple approved cable that acts not only as a controller for your device, but as a microphone as well. B&W’s P5 headphones will be available in January of 2010 at a price yet to be determined.

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