Once in a while the Hardware.Info testlab receives a product that falls a little outside the auspices of the typical products that we review, but impresses us so much it's still worth reviewing. The recently reviewed light-weight Bluetooth headset from Plantronics fell into this category, setting a new standard for small headphones. Now it's time for a wired model from Bowers and Wilkins, the P3, headphones with exceptional sound-quality and a unique look.
Bowers and Wilkins is a name with some clout in the world of audio components, particularly speakers. Among enthusiasts B&W has a name to live up to in terms of quality.
We had the opportunity to try out the P3 headphones, a model that can also serve as mobile headset for Apple products. B&W also includes a three-conductor cable for standard 3.5 mm jacks.
The P3 is the smaller sibling of the P5 that's been out some time. The P5 is an over-ear model, while the P3 is on-ear. It's not a cheap headphone by any means, with a price around £159. B&W seems to aim for the same market segment that Apple favours.
That's a bit of a shame, because the sound-quality of the P3 is also interesting for non-Apple consumers that enjoy good audio. Hardware.Info tested the B&W P3 to find out how much bang for your buck you get with these.