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B&W P9 Signature

B&W

Circum Aural (Over-Ear) Audiophile Headphones

B&W P9 Signature Headphones

B&W P9 Signature Headphones
 

B&W's Flagship Wired Headphones


Solid Aluminium Construction & Sumptuous Natural Leather Headband & Ear Cups


Natural Smooth Sound Quality, Great for Portable or Home Use

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Your Price $1,245
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Product Description

If you’re looking to indulge yourself and break into the high-end audio game and lose yourself in your music, the B&W P9 Signature is an excellent gateway drug into luxury audio products.

Overview

From dream to global brand Bowers & Wilkins has come a long way from John Bowers building speakers by hand, in the back room of a small southern English electrical store in 1966. Yet the global brand is still driven by his quest for the perfect speaker. Bowers & Wilkins engineering laboratory, still based in the same part of England, is behind the most innovative and best-sounding speakers, headphones and Wireless Music Systems in the world. That's why Bowers & Wilkins products are found in some of the world’s top studios. That's why Bowers & Wilkins products deliver music as it's meant to be heard – with every emotion intact. That's why Bowers & Wilkins remains unique. Listen and you'll see.

Passion For Music: Bowers & Wilkins devotion to sound goes far beyond its quest for the ultimate speaker.

Society of Sound: Bowers & Wilkins online space where musicians, technicians and enthusiasts share music, knowledge and the quest for true sound. Members also receive monthly master tape-quality album downloads, chosen by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and the LSO.

Studio: Given Bowers & Wilkins reputation for audio quality, it's not surprising its speakers are used in some of the world's leading audio studios. Music from the world’s best artists is heard first through 800 Series Diamond speakers, in London’s Abbey Road Studios. Bowers & Wilkins speakers also serve Hollywood's audio experts at Skywalker Sound studios, Marin County, California.

Events: Taking Society of Sound into the real world with live performances, Bowers & Wilkins Sound Sessions offer access to exclusive, invitation-only events with amazing artists including Coldplay, Metallica and Emeli Sandé.

Driven To Perfection: It's not just leading audio studios, musicians and technology critics that recognize Bowers & Wilkins as the leading quality audio brand. Maserati and Bowers & Wilkins share a passion for engineering excellence, technological innovation and exquisite styling. Bowers & Wilkins systems for Maserati are designed to deliver the most immersive in-car entertainment experience, perfectly tuned to match each model's unique audio signature. Bowers & Wilkins speakers are also used in some of the world's most luxurious hotels, including the Carlyle in Manhattan and the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.

P9 Signature Features

The headband and ear cups are swathed in genuine Italian Saffiano leather from Scamosceria del Brenta in Vicenza, a company even older than B&W — indeed it was already softening cow hides back when Mr Bowers was first meeting Mr Wilkins in the Royal Corps of Signals during WWII. The leather is soft where it touches your head & stylishly stamped on the outer parts, while even the carry case is wrapped in luxurious Italian Alcantara, a suede-like man-made fabric sensibly chosen for its durability and stain resistance.

B&W have taken a few interesting steps to achieve the level of performance here. So the drivers are angled inwards at 15 degrees, the idea being to give a more loudspeaker-like delivery rather than the usual headphonic left-to-right spread. Following that line, B&W refers to the driver enclosures within the earshells as “acoustic cabinets”, using aluminium and composite materials shaped using the ever-present computer-driven Finite Element Analysis — just like a real loudspeaker design process, in other words. And distortion is further lowered by having the earcups cunningly decoupled from the headband.

The fact that these headphones are closed back points to B&W’s intention that they be used on the move as well as at home, as does the 22-ohm impedance and the Apple-friendly cable with inline controls and microphone. However you can switch out the cable for the supplied universal 1.2m cable or a longer 5m cable for home use. Changing the cable uses the same system as on previous B&W designs, popping off one earshell so that the connector is internalised and fully locked. From the outside you would think the cable was permanently attached.

The full range drivers are a generously dimensioned 40mm in diameter. They feature a nylon-damped cone with an “acoustic coating”, backed by a large surround diaphragm copper-clad aluminium coil with a large-pole magnet. The goal: a “perfect piston”, says B&W, with “precision at high frequencies and compliance for great bass”.

Our Take

The B&W P9 Signature headphones sound wonderfully refined; they’re specified as good to 30kHz, but it’s not the sheer height that characterises them, more their effortless delivery of detail combined with a smoothness of sound, ne’er a shriek nor a peak, which makes for extended long term listening pleasure.

At the other end they produce sound from extraordinary depth, and hold their balance on the way up, so the result is rich and full, but never with too much of a sense of exaggeration. It’s fast too, so that kick drums are tight and impactful, bass rapid and bloat-free. Further up, acoustic guitars arrive full of crispness and zing, vocals forward and defined and their relative neutrality and delight made them absolute bliss for jazz and classical, natural recordings where their wonderful sound staging comes into its own. 

In The News

There’s no doubt that the P9 Signatures are a very talented pair of headphones. No matter what you feed them, they find themselves right at home, delivering a sound that’s not just accurate, but that’s enjoyable too.

Their price tag won’t be easy to swallow for many, but the detail, dynamic and organisational improvements these offer over the rest of the B&W headphones range, makes them worthy of their price, not to mention their flagship status. What Hi-Fi? Magazine

  • Description: Circum aural headphone
  • Features:
    • Nylon damped cone with acoustic coating
    • Large surround diaphragm
    • CCAW coil with external large pole magnet
    • Dual cavity ear cushions
    • Controlled acoustic air leak cushions
    • Changeable ear cushions
    • Detachable cable
    • Folding (hinged) design
  • Drive Units: 2 x 40mm full range
  • Impedance: 22 Ohms
  • Frequency range: 2Hz to 30kHz
  • Distortion (THD): <0.2% (1KHz/10mW)
  • Max. input power: 50mW
  • Sensitivity: 111dB/V at 1kHz
  • Inputs:
    • 3.5mm stereo jack (TRRS 4-pole CTIA spec.)
    • 3.5mm stereo jack (TRS 3-pole unbalanced stereo spec.)
  • Cable length: 1.2m & 5m
  • Weight: 413g
  • Finish: Real leather and metal
  • Apple compatibility: Remote and mic supported only by iPhone 3GS or later, iPad®, iPod touch (2nd generation or later), iPod classic (120GB, 60GB), iPod nano (4th generation or later). Remote supported by iPod Shuffle (3rd generation or later). Audio is supported by all iPhone, iPad and iPod models.
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years. 

 Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Circum Aural (Over-Ear) Audiophile Headphones
Brand B&W
Finish/Colour Brown
Earcup Type Closed Back
Fit Style Over The Ear
Bluetooth No
Main Features No
Smartphone Compatibility iPhone Control, Mic For Taking Calls
Shipping Weight (kg) 1.5000
Price Range $1,245

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