B&W P5 Series 2 Noise Reducing Headphones NZ$ 695
Learn all about the new Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 Noise Reducing headphones for home and traveling, at Totally Wired. Now also available 'P5 Wireless', bluetooth headphones NZ$ 995
Bowers and Wilkins are the renowned english speaker company and surprisingly the P5 is their first headphone. But it has been worth waiting for. If you are traveling or sitting at home with someone else in the room who is quite happy with their own pursuits, you'll not want to disturb them and likewise not have their activities intrude upon your listening pleasure. So the B&W P5s feature an enclosed design to limit noise transmission in both directions. The Series 2 edition have a new drive unit design for an even better life like sound.
How B&W save you from Bose.
Here is the key difference - B&W P5 headphones are a noise reducing design. Bose are a noise canceling design that operate by introducing more noise to mask that which is coming in. Which is fine if you are sitting in a noisy single engined plane or want to isolate yourself completely from the surroundings and any essential messages that may be coming your way. One could say that thousands of obese american teenagers listing to metallica can't be wrong. Or not...
The approach B&W take with the P5s is far more civilized and refined. Firstly, B&W have a serious reputation for sound quality and no-one will argue that their best speakers aren't far superior to anything Bose have made. So they start at a much higher level and have a lot more to lose if they don't get it absolutely right. The P5s are built without comprise. Real leather ear pads (from cutesy NZ lambs but let's not go there), steel fittings and a and undeniably retro look but luxury feel. Very much what you'd imagine sitting on the seat in British Airways first class or displayed in the Classical music collection at Harrods. B&W tackle the noise problem by reduction, using proven techniques and high quality materials to isolate and damp sound, both that produced by the headphones and that from outside. They also apply significant expertise by shaping the response of the headphones to make the most of the likely source material (when traveling so it's highly likely you'll be listening to an iPhone - not a system with a serious headphone amplifier. which may well cost more than the headphones anyway. The P5 also features a microphone, allowing you to hear announcements or respond to communication without having to remove the headphones. Cabin crew will quickly learn to recognize B&W P5 owners and treat them with appreciation.
The B&W P5s are not aimed solely at classical listeners of a certain age - as we said, B&W understand that there is a vast number of people who now have access to an incredibly broad range of music. So they have made sure that the P5s can be appreciated by anyone who is enthusiastic about their music and wants to own a quality product from a genuine specialist. So the P5s do cost more than Bose, but they are easily worth it. As soon as you handle a pair it will be obvious and once you have listened there will be no going back.
P5 Wireless NZ$ 995
To achieve the bluetooth wireless function B&W re–engineered the internal design of the P56 whilst maintaining the same sound quality. Three little buttons on the righty cap give you control to pause, skip tracks or take phone calls. Bluetooth apX gives reliable streaming and the battery an impressive 17 hours of listening between charges. Read why What Hi–Fi love the B&W P5 wireless headphones.
Our recommended headphone amplifiers are chosen because they do more than provide a functioning solution – you’ll hear a marked improvement in sound quality. To add further value choose from our range the one that suits your exact requirements. Of course we’re always happy to advise. The NuPrime uDSD range have the hot items. The Meridian Explorer is also stunning. Or from NuForce the uDac and MMP. NuForce also have high quality ’earphones’ if that type suits you better.
These are essentially a lighter weight set of headphones designed for portability but with sound quality and good looking design with a choice of colours.
Why buy your B&W P5s from Totally Wired? We want you to have the right headphones for what you want to do so we give you the options and choice. We sell a lot of headphones and are very serious about what we do (and also about enjoying it), so you know you can trust us and after over 20 years in the business, it's a safe assumption that we are going to be around to look after you for a while yet. Unlike the big chain stores and mail order merchants we have a real specialist store, with real stock so you can come in and listen for yourself and know that if you buy from us, it will be ready to go and promptly delivered. We also make a point of not being rabidly capitalist and have an active donation program with the World Wide Fund for Nature - the WWF. And we make it easy for you by accepting Visa and Mastercard and also being set up for transfers if you prefer internet banking. So call us now on 0800 909 101 or e mail either John or Carolyn. We look forward to helping you.
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