Testing headphones is a fun job for a music lover. Even if they suck, you get paid to listen to music. Yet sometimes, a set comes along that makes you want to listen because it’s suddenly more fun. The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless are those headphones for me.
Music listening habits have come a long way since Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speaker dock came out eight years (!) ago in 2007. The overhauled Zeppelin ditches the dock and adds Bluetooth—which is pretty much exactly what the thing needed.
Bowers and Wilkins has been making excellent on-ear headphones for a while now, but with the P7s it's offering up its first-ever over-ear cans—for a price.
Bowers & Wilkins makes incredible-sounding speakers. Fact. And while its original Panorama soundbar is no exception, the home theater package was missing key connectivity in the way of HDMI inputs. The new Panorama 2 packs three-HDMI inputs, finally, and more importantly, 175 earth-shaking watts, into a gorgeous…
If you want quality wireless audio, AirPlay is the only way to go. There are plenty of AirPlay speaker systems to choose from, but on style alone the new Bowers and Wilkins A7's handsome design has us sold. And they're freaking powerful too.
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.
The iPod changed the way you listen to music forever. Duh. Now you just want the thing to sound good playing out of a dock in your kitchen, your living room, the attic—wherever—for cheap. It's harder than you think.
B&W's known for a kind of antique-meets-future design approach—think AirPlay Zeppelin. But the new PM1 mini-monitors look squarely from the pre-War past. Each helmet-shaped unit sports a panoply of materials (kevlar, carbon fiber, resin) for a pretty face.
Call his rig a ripoff if you want (his speakers, Bowers & Wilkins 802Ds, probably set him back over $15,000), but don't impugn his enthusiasm. For these ten decreasingly-appareled minutes, Ken the Audiophile is the happiest man in the entire world, and he only has B&W, Keith Richards and
his predatory loan officer…
The Bowers and Wilkins Liberty claims to be the world's first wireless entertainment system to offer 8 channels of audio—full 5.1 and an extra 2 channels for wherever the hell you want. But even more promising, maybe, is that while streaming your CD or DVD audio to its bundled speakers the Liberty will automatically…