Headphones are big business these days with plenty of heavy-hitters adding their two cents worth to the market. Striking the balance between style, comfort and audio performance isn’t easy and to truly standout you really need to nail all these aspects. We were able to get our mits on a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones and put them through their paces to see how they stack up in the highly competitive audio market.
The P3 headphones look great; they have a sleek, minimalist design with a bold colouring that fits perfectly in the modern tech landscape. They also fold up into a super portable compact position to fit snuggly in their hard case, which is an essential feature for good headphones. The internal microphone works really well – conversations were clear and easily audible.
The sound quality altogether was solid but it was little muffled at lower volumes. However, the quality did improve dramatically when the volume increased. The design looks good but unfortunately this doesn’t translate into comfort when you wear them for long periods.
In the context of other headphones, the P3’s price tag of $279 isn’t all that bad. There were a few areas that could be a little better but overall the P3’s are a decent set of headphones, designed to suit the fashion-forward music fan at a reasonable price. We suggest exploring a few different models and designs to decide what’s best for you in terms of style, sound, practicality and comfort, before pressing ‘play’ on the P3’s.
Music is a hugely subjective thing and you have to be conscious of this before you proclaim to know everything there is to know about it. Reviewing headphones is very similar in the sense that what one person finds uncomfortable may be a perfect fit for someone else, so we encourage you to check these out for yourself and let us know what you think. A few tweaks to improve the overall sound quality will go a long way to push the P3’s up the ladder to be a serious contender among the bigger audio-tech brands.