Bowers & Wilkins is a well known name in the high-end audio world. If you're spending big bucks on a new sound system, you're probably at least giving B&W a look. But if you're not one of those high rollers, you probably only know this company because of its Zeppelin iPod sound system
(and its wild design).
Now, however, you may end up knowing it for one other thing: headphones. As the world moves towards becoming the "iPod world," it seems like just about everyone wants to get in on the accessories game. The P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones are the company's first-ever headphones, and according to B&W, these deliver bright, clean audio with a "a natural, unfatiguing performance."
You'll find ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimized Mylar diaphragms, but sadly, you won't find a price. We do know that they'll ship in early 2010, though, and we'd bring quite a few blank checks just in case.
Bowers & Wilkins headphones hit the streets
Concert for one
Unfatiguing natural sound gets you closer to the music. Noise isolating
design for use on the move. Metal an sealed-leather construction
maximizes comfort, for life-long listening. Made for iPod®, weith
cables supplied for speech and device control.
Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce its first ever headphone.
Designed for use on the move, the P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphone allows
people to have Bowers & Wilkins sound quality wherever they are.
Some 45 years of audio experience has gone into the P5; close to
five-decades of research into what true sound is. The ultimate aim of
all Bowers & Wilkins products is to bring the listener as close as
possible to the sound intended by the recording engineers. That is as
true of the world-renowned 800 Series speakers used in the likes of
Abbey Road Studio, as it is for the best sounding premium iPod® speaker
available, Zeppelin. And now it's true for Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones.
Recognizing that many mobile headphones can be tiring when listened to
over extended periods, Bowers & Wilkins' engineers at the
world-famous Stenying Research Establishment have worked tirelessly to
produce a headphone with a natural, unfatiguing performance. The use of
specially developed ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimized
Mylar diaphragms provide the best possible sound quality. As always,
countless hours of critical listening and tuning have played a major
part in the P5's natural and engaging performance.
This pristine sound performance is married to design and construction
techniques aimed at isolating as much noise as possible, for consumers
that do not require full electronic noise cancellation. This isolation
is achieved through a combination of the closed-back design featuring a
rigid metal faceplate, and the sealed-leather ear pads. These materials
not only remove a lot of external noise, providing an enveloping
listening experience without completely removing the user's sense of
place, they also offer an extremely comfortable user experience. The
leather-clad headband has been designed for extreme comfort where it
interfaces with the side of the head, while the softest available
sheep's leather from New Zealand has been used for the ear pads.
Recognizing the dominance of Apple's iPod and iPhone® in the portable
media market, the P5 comes supplied with a Made For iPod approved
cable, which allows for speech and device control. It also comes
supplied with a high-quality, standard audio cable with gold-plated
plugs. Switching between the two is facilitated by the magnetically
attached ear pads, which simply pop off allowing access to the cable.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin and Zeppelin Mini provide the best
possible sound from an iPod at home, and now the P5 lets you take that
great performance with you wherever you go. Bowers & Wilkins P5 is
available from January 2010 To find your nearest Bowers & Wilkins
stockist visit www.bowers-wilkins.com.