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Scepticalscribe

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I've owned 2 pairs of the P5s, C5s and now the P9s! I have to say the P9s are worth every cent. Sounds amazing, look great, and solid build quality. Highly recommend for anyone considering.
That is a serious recommendation.

I'm still pondering them, I must admit.

It is a big outlay but when you get 4-5 years of use out of a product its well worth it. I bought my first pair of P5s in 2012 and they got stolen not long after and the second pair has had about 4 years of solid use, around 2-3 hours a day at a minimum.
Damn those thieves, as @Tulani has remarked - but they had good taste.

Having said that, my P5s are used daily as well, sometimes for hours and hours, especially if I am travelling.



.....and the Beat goes on!
Ah - my Precious........

What beautiful headphones and I can attest to how well built they are, how exceptionally good they are, and how completely comfortable they are to wear.

I have had my first pair of P5s (I have two) since 2012, - and while they have been repaired once - they still work perfectly well and look almost as good as new.
 

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repaired? what was the problem and who does repairs for B&W?
I was working abroad at the time and the sound in one of the ear pieces went.

When I returned home on leave, I called into the shop where I had bought them - it was an authorised B&W distributor - and they promptly despatched them off to B&W for repair. I think they said something about "drivers".

Anyway, the P5s were easily two to three years old at that stage - and had been used almost daily, and had literally travelled the world with me.

I bought a second pair - as I was due to return to where I worked in central Asia and would not have been back for the best part of two to three months, and did not wish to be without my P5s; the second pair came in that fetching navy leather - the so-called "Maserati" edition, which the vendors swore had even better sound quality.

In any case, it took several weeks for B&W to repair the originals which were returned to me in excellent condition, repaired, new lining, etc - I think I was told that both ear -pieces had been replaced not just one, and the leather was new, etc.

As I travel a lot, - and absolutely love the P5s, having two pairs is not an issue - as one is always in a briefcase, and the other near my computer.
 
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Sam_S

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All good. Had not heard of failures of these before but you explain it well.
I had the right driver fail on my P5s series 1, about a week before the warranty expired. They were promptly repaired by the distributor where I am from. They were almost 4 years only before the left driver failed, so I upgraded to the P9s.
 
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Tulani

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I am observing that they have continued with physical control buttons as opposed to swipe gestures that have manifested on the modern headphones.

I wonder if they have found them to be too gimmicky??

Not that it takes away my love for B&W. Just curious.
 

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I am observing that they have continued with physical control buttons as opposed to swipe gestures that have manifested on the modern headphones.

I wonder if they have found them to be too gimmicky??

Not that it takes away my love for B&W. Just curious.
Give me physical control buttons anyday, I must admit. Not a fan of swiping for such purposes.
 

Tulani

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Give me physical control buttons anyday, I must admit. Not a fan of swiping for such purposes.
You have a point.
I was just assuming manufacturers would want to “catch up” with the trendsetters like the Sony WH-1000XM3 in both Design and Noice cancellation
 
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Scepticalscribe

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You have a point.
I was just assuming manufacturers would want to “catch up” with the trendsetters like the Sony WH-1000XM3 in both Design and Noice cancellation
Well, personally, I like the nice "physical" feel of a switch, or knob, or dial or button for such functions, and the idea that the device responds to this stimulus.

Moreover, I am not - remotely - a slave to fashion; if it works on the grounds of both function and aesthetics, it may be worth considering, but I like the "feel" of physical things.
 
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