Bowers and Wilkins P3 Headphones: Beautiful Design and Beautiful Sound Now Cost Less

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Something of a follow-up to the P5 headphones, the $200 P3 headphones are Bowers and Wilkins's first on-ear headphones designed for a mainstream, smartphone-toting crowd.

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The P3s take the excellent design of P5s and reworks it with a foldable design and aluminum and rubber construction—making them ideal for stuffing in your bag. The headphones also come with two different cables—one with a standard iPhone remote and microphone, and another cable that will work other smartphones and media players. But the lower price means the P3 sacrifice some premium features: Where the P5 headphones have leather earpads, the P3s are coated in a comfort-enhancing cloth. Where the P5s have 40mm drivers, the P3s have 30mm drivers. That's plenty respectable, especially considering B&W's pedigree, but more discerning listeners could notice these have less oomph.

That all said, did we mention that the P3s are gorgeous? You can strut around in these beauties beginning in June. [Bowers and Wilkins]

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darkslide

I have a question, as a non-audiophile person.

On the website, the P5's the description says: "The remote and mic are supported by

iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, ..." etc. etc.

I have always been told that the sound quality coming out of an iPhone/iPod (really an portable music player) doesn't do great headphones like these justice. Is this true?

I think I have what I need at home (in that I have an Apogee Duet hooked up to my Mac) and know I can benefit greatly from these. However, when traveling, would these still be good to have and carry with me? Would I need to buy some sort of separate amplifier?