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Bowers and Wilkins P7 Recertified Headphone - Black
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 187 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 8.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Material5.0   above average
Music4.7   above average
Audio4.6   above average
Range4.6   above average
Treble4.6   above average
Price4.4   average
Design4.3   average
Headphone4.3   above average
iPhone4.3   average
Fit4.2   average
Noise4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Cable3.9   above average
Comfortable3.8   below average
Quality3.8   below average
Listening3.4   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"The P7s corrected that, but the occasional piercing aggression actually caused audio discomfort."
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"I've tried the Harman Kardon Premium headphones, the Blue MoFi, AGK 550, Audio Technica ATH M50.Blue has robust sound, but it's simply not a portable solution for the way I travel."
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"I like the way they made the thickly padded ear cushions easily removable should they need replacing to change the audio cords when you need to, or for replacement should they ever wear out."
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"But they are both made of premium materials by a premium sound company known to make the best audio."
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"In a quiet room you will not be disappointed and I am an audio sound quality fanatic."
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"I been enjoying them for more than a year now this is my reference to test audio systemsAmazing quality, leather is out of this world!"
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Cable

Cable:
"The cables are not particularly durable, but they at least are a relatively easy fix."
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"All the Used - Like New headphones I ordered were either trashed or missing cables."
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"were either trashed or missing cables."
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"I would have kept these if it wasn't for the fact that the volume adjustment on the cord is not Android compatible."
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"And speaking of comfort, it's hard to believe these weight 292 grams (including cable)."
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"They looked nice in photos, generally got pretty positive reviews, and based on what I read from others, seemed to meet the requirements of what I was looking for: - Closed design - Isolates well - Not much sound leakage - Nice bass - Replaceable cord - Relatively portable - Comes with a case - Look nice - Good sound qualityBefore ordering, even though I was pretty set on them based on hours of reading forums and reviews, I figured I should go check them out in person to really be sure."
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"The cable is thin but thicker than the P3 cable so I think it is the perfect width for premium headphones."
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"I appreciate that they came with two cables: one that has a straight connector with no microphone, and one that's an L-connector with a microphone."
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"Excellent build quality Replaceable cable Replaceable ear cups Works great with non amplifiers like a mp3 player from your phone Leather case supplied with two cables one being dedicated for audio the other for use with iPhone."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfort is quite good, but not amazing."
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"Slightly recessed mids would not really be an issue as I'm not using these for critical listening, but comfort is a compromise I simply can't make."
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"As an owner of P5s, I was disappointed by the P7s, which are clearly inferior in terms of both comfort and sound quality when used as is (for $100 more)."
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"My only complaint is that they could be more comfortable."
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"- There are a very limited few that are better in terms of sound quality for under the $400 price of these- There are NONE that are as good as the P7 in terms of closed back, isolation design for sound quality- There are definitely headphones you can buy that are much more comfortable then the P7- There are many of those that are closed back designs as well- There are NONE though that give you the same sound quality and comfort combination as the P7- There are NO headphones that are as beautifully designed as the P7's- There are NO headphones that offer such ease of driving them that even an iPod smartphone will be able to give you stellar sound-The Good- Great set of headphones, like others have mentioned these are not reference series headphones so the response is NOT linear there are peeks and troughs through the response curve but so well placed generally that the music sounds much better."
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"My only comfort complaint, and it's not too bad, would be the clamping pressure."
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"Ear comfort is good, not too tight."
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"I was looking to round out this collection with something that met the following criteria:- Closed (for use in an office environment and when traveling)- Made for pleasurable listening, so could be a little colored as long as it was still detailed and clear- Not overly analytical or sibilant (harsh treble that can cause fatigue over long periods)- Very comfortable- At least decent build quality (I'v seen some pretty creaky, crappy plastic sets out there)Basically, I'm looking for the perfect pair of closed headphones, lol."
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"Yes, the materials are very nice and do help with the comfort, but I just could not get over the clamping force these apply."
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"COMFORT: 1.5 2 pointsIt's really hard for me to deduct half a point for comfort as they've been nothing but perfectly comfortable since I've put them on."
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Design

Design:
"PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS TAKE NOTE: B&W; P7 models produced to date have a latent design defect that causes the right-ear driver to fail prematurely."
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"Decent sound quality and nice design, but not very comfortable."
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"Will augment my Shure 1540 (which has more accurate timbre and a bigger but warmer thicker overall sound, needs a good DAC, and not forgiving of poor source material) and HD600 (my neutrality reference, open design, and needs amp dac and not the most fun casual listening experience).The P7 to me is great with just about everything I've streamed or bought from iTunes listening directly out of an iPad iPhone, which is mostly Top 40 & classic modern Pop and Rock."
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"- There are a very limited few that are better in terms of sound quality for under the $400 price of these- There are NONE that are as good as the P7 in terms of closed back, isolation design for sound quality- There are definitely headphones you can buy that are much more comfortable then the P7- There are many of those that are closed back designs as well- There are NONE though that give you the same sound quality and comfort combination as the P7- There are NO headphones that are as beautifully designed as the P7's- There are NO headphones that offer such ease of driving them that even an iPod smartphone will be able to give you stellar sound-The Good- Great set of headphones, like others have mentioned these are not reference series headphones so the response is NOT linear there are peeks and troughs through the response curve but so well placed generally that the music sounds much better."
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"They looked nice in photos, generally got pretty positive reviews, and based on what I read from others, seemed to meet the requirements of what I was looking for: - Closed design - Isolates well - Not much sound leakage - Nice bass - Replaceable cord - Relatively portable - Comes with a case - Look nice - Good sound qualityBefore ordering, even though I was pretty set on them based on hours of reading forums and reviews, I figured I should go check them out in person to really be sure."
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"Beautiful design."
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"As with all audio reviews, I am going to break this into the following categories: build quality (1 point), design (2 points), comfort (2 points), and sound (5 points)."
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"I also like the new P5 a lot because their sound is close to the P7 without the bulk (the other major difference is the over-ear compared to around-ear design).Comfort wise, they're a bit tight so my head starts hurting after prolonged usage."
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"The design and material are first rate but they lack the comfort of some of my other phones."
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Fit

Fit:
"Few negatives -Fit : honestly, i found them to be quite uncomfortable at first."
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"I'm about three weeks in now and they are broken in and fit my head perfectly, not too tight and not too lose, and the ear pads have loosened up and are now nice and comfy."
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"The sound was on par or better but the fit scared me...it was too tight :( Luckily my brother came along and he noticed that the leather was creased at the top of the headband...someone bent them to fit tighter."
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"A note about fit and finish: Quality is amazing, and the leather purse they give you to carry them in is hilarious but nicely crafted."
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"I would think for this kind of money I could wear them for hours without experiencing discomfort but they just don't fit that cleanly over my ears which creates some pinching."
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"A reviewer noted that the P7s were a tight, less than comfortable fit."
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"High class design, good fit and finish."
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"- Fit and finish- Very comfortable for extended wearingCons:- Almost too nice to wear in public- Expensive purchase if you aren't an audiophile."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"I'm fully aware that a demo from a Best Buy headphone station is not going to be an accurate assessment of the quality."
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"If you find that the bass is just too much, I recommend the same mod I recommend for the P3's which is to place small rectangular cloth strips in between the magnetically attached ear pads and the base they snap-connect to so that the seal between the pad and the rest of the headphone is broken and some bass can bleed off."
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"All the Used - Like New headphones I ordered were either trashed or missing cables."
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"I was very worried about paying this much for a set of headphones."
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"I'm frustrated that I had to return these headphones."
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"For a close pair of headphones, the P7s also do an admirable job of creating a decent soundstage, though again it won't be on par with good open headphones."
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"- They don't pose a problem for wearing glasses like some headphones do."
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"At the end of the day, I'm not sure I trust display headphones from a Best Buy, even though I got to demo them with my own player... but the reason I am writing this review is to at least encourage people who are interested in these headphones to go check them out in person if you can."
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"In my research I discovered that these headphones are on display at some Best Buy locations that have a special Magnolia store-within-the-store."
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"You can likely find this if you go to Best Buy's website and search for which store has the headphones in-stock -- for me, only 1 Best Buy out of a dozen in the area had this."
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"I'm so happy with these headphones, especially considering the price."
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Listening

Listening:
"Slightly recessed mids would not really be an issue as I'm not using these for critical listening, but comfort is a compromise I simply can't make."
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"The cups rested on either the front of my ear, or the back of my earlobes, resulting in an uncomfortable experience after 30-45 minutes of listening."
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"(by the way both P5 and P7 work great as mic for talking on iphone, answering phone, using siri, as advertised) Also a different kind of discomfort can happen after too much listening--the P7s are heavy, as you can see in the specs."
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"Will augment my Shure 1540 (which has more accurate timbre and a bigger but warmer thicker overall sound, needs a good DAC, and not forgiving of poor source material) and HD600 (my neutrality reference, open design, and needs amp dac and not the most fun casual listening experience).The P7 to me is great with just about everything I've streamed or bought from iTunes listening directly out of an iPad iPhone, which is mostly Top 40 & classic modern Pop and Rock."
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"I grew up playing in band orchestra for over 10 years, and have played a wide variety of instruments including clarinet, piano, guitar... You could say that I am a bit biased to high quality sound due to the sensitivity of sound and attention to detail my ears request when listening to anything (sometimes a downside), especially a slightly out of tune instrument."
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"On first listening, I replayed the same tracks over and again as I discovered elements I missed before."
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"These headphones are so versatile in terms of music genres that they are excellent for listening to all types of music."
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"I currently have a couple of pairs of headphones for different purposes: Sony MDR-V6 for keyboard piano and other studio purposes, and Sennheiser HD598's for comfortable listening at home."
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"Slightly recessed mids would not really be an issue as I'm not using these for critical listening, but comfort is a compromise I simply can't make."
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"They also meet the need of being geared toward pleasurable listening, with a slightly colored, pleasing sound signature."
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"My hat size is 7 and even after a few hours of listening, there is no uncomfortable pressure on my head or ears."
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Material

Material:
"Beyond the sound, the materials are very good."
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"Yes, the materials are very nice and do help with the comfort, but I just could not get over the clamping force these apply."
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"The retro style, luxury materials, and brand make these the best looking headphones I've ever seen."
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"While the P7s still benefit from great source material, they do a much better job at glossing over poor mixing and compressed dynamics."
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"Build quality and choice of materials are both more than excellent."
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Music

Music:
"But chief among these for me has to be comfort and clarity, because I would be using these for long periods of time and don't appreciate muddy music."
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"It does emphasize the low end abit (Not as emphasized as the M100s, Nothing that horrible, the m100s are really only meant for electronic music in my opinion) and adds a sparkle not usually found in closed headphones."
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"Later, I played 320kbps mp3s off Google Music, and though the resolution is noticeably degraded, it still sounds beautiful in comparison with anything else I've listened to."
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"Turns out that they also had a way to demo them with your own player music as well."
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"My rock music also sounds great and I listen to everything from Van Halen to Allman Brothers."
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"Best headphone for price range , crisp sound, bass on weaker side however unbeatable for genres like classical music(that depends on clear heavy music)"
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"If you love music then this is worth it."
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Noise

Noise:
"They provide excellent sound isolation and will be plenty sufficient to drown out any plane engine, annoying passenger conversation, or crying baby noise when in flight."
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"I've sampled many high-end headphones side by side, and most offer weak amplification, noise cancellation, and other sound processing features to beef up things like bass and over-process sound."
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"..I'm English so somewhat biased....Secondly I am an absolute audiofile.....I own over 20 headphones presently including sennheiser harmon kardon sony and my very favourite Noice Canceling headphones (polk audio 8000).....The P7s are my absolute favorite noise isolating headset without doubt especially powered by an amp....sound so mesmerizing and free of distortion it's surreal .Personally I think NC headphones are a bloody waste of money as sound quality is severely compromised....stick to a good noise isolation head phones like these with a good amp and youd be pleasantly surprised."
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"Noise isolation is excellent."
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"These were super comfy, look cool, and the noise cancellation was great."
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"The sound isolation is wonderful - especially in my noisy house infested with teenagers."
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"I hate their sound but I love them because they're foldable and easy to carry around while offering some noise cancellation."
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"Bought these to replace my Bose Noise Cancelation headphones......perfect for listening to all kinds of music.....Now everything in my house is Bowers & Wilkins.......Sure a little costly but who likes to buy things twice? "
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Portable

Portable:
"They looked nice in photos, generally got pretty positive reviews, and based on what I read from others, seemed to meet the requirements of what I was looking for: - Closed design - Isolates well - Not much sound leakage - Nice bass - Replaceable cord - Relatively portable - Comes with a case - Look nice - Good sound qualityBefore ordering, even though I was pretty set on them based on hours of reading forums and reviews, I figured I should go check them out in person to really be sure."
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"My main requirement was a portable headphone that i could use during travel as well as at my work desk."
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"I've tried the Harman Kardon Premium headphones, the Blue MoFi, AGK 550, Audio Technica ATH M50.Blue has robust sound, but it's simply not a portable solution for the way I travel."
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"I may even recommend a portable FiiO amp (I use the E6 and quite like it because it offers huge sound in a tiny pack).Clearly, I love those headphones but I wanted to make sure I provided a bit of a comparison to other good headphones that are around on the market for similar price ranges."
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"Yet, now that the P5 series 2 was released, it is most likely to be their best seller because it does sound close to the P7 and are more portable."
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Price

Price:
"Sound quality of the Grado SR80e headphones was hard to beat for the price."
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"I really want to like these but finicky build and sound quality is completely unacceptable for this price."
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"At $400 you aren't getting the BEST sounding headphones in this price point, but you are getting the ones that play in the same league at least."
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"In this price range,it would be real hard to beat the P7s."
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"..I'm English so somewhat biased....Secondly I am an absolute audiofile.....I own over 20 headphones presently including sennheiser harmon kardon sony and my very favourite Noice Canceling headphones (polk audio 8000).....The P7s are my absolute favorite noise isolating headset without doubt especially powered by an amp....sound so mesmerizing and free of distortion it's surreal .Personally I think NC headphones are a bloody waste of money as sound quality is severely compromised....stick to a good noise isolation head phones like these with a good amp and youd be pleasantly surprised."
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"I'm so happy with these headphones, especially considering the price."
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"Overall I would recommend if you are looking for a closed-back set of cans in this price range."
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"Best headphone for price range , crisp sound, bass on weaker side however unbeatable for genres like classical music(that depends on clear heavy music)"
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"AT has great sound for the price point, but no inline control for iPhone, and somewhat bulky - not ideal for travel."
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"If you cannot get up to this price level then the AKG models are also very good quality."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm fully aware that a demo from a Best Buy headphone station is not going to be an accurate assessment of the quality."
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"Everything, of course, is subjective anyway - a quick overall personal opinion of performance: the sound quality is good, but not exceptional or awesome."
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"I was looking to round out this collection with something that met the following criteria:- Closed (for use in an office environment and when traveling)- Made for pleasurable listening, so could be a little colored as long as it was still detailed and clear- Not overly analytical or sibilant (harsh treble that can cause fatigue over long periods)- Very comfortable- At least decent build quality (I'v seen some pretty creaky, crappy plastic sets out there)Basically, I'm looking for the perfect pair of closed headphones, lol."
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"But that's a net negative on higher quality recordings that don't need to put anything back in - its already there."
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"Fantastic sound quality, but not very comfortable if you wear glasses as the ear cups are pretty stiff and tend to pinch a bit."
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"Sound quality of the Grado SR80e headphones was hard to beat for the price."
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"As usual, the quality of the open box product from Amazon was superior to what they claimed."
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"Those genres aside, the musical quality is standard B&W; great and I won't be sending mine back."
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"They are high-end, well made, have a quality build, and a smooth, rich, well-balanced sound in an over-the-ear headphone design that shuts out quite a bit of external noise."
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"These are obviously super high quality, with a good soundstage for closed back headphones."
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"Very satisfied with the headphones and the sound quality exceeded my expectations."
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Range

Range:
"I was frustrated with the lack of a full frequency range and got quickly beat down by the bass sound."
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"Best headphone for price range , crisp sound, bass on weaker side however unbeatable for genres like classical music(that depends on clear heavy music)"
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"So I decided to try theSony MDR-1A: I heard these were some of the best all-purpose phones in this range."
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"I love the discrete separation of instruments and vocals, great mid range and better bass than I expected."
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"I am sure that all headphones in this class, wired $400.00 range will have superior sound in their own way."
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"I would recommend instead the Beyerdynamic 770s or, at a higher price range, the Shure 1540."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sounded fine for acoustic classical stuff, but any rock just didn't sound good at all."
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"They don't look as good, but they sound as good."
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"Everything, of course, is subjective anyway - a quick overall personal opinion of performance: the sound quality is good, but not exceptional or awesome."
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"after a after a while I have to rip them off from the discomfort :(Sound:- Great sound & volume with iPhone 6, Android LG G3 -- no need for external amp- Lots of bass, almost too much, exaggerates toward bass, can be distracting for some music."
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"However, I will say that I found the mids to be just slightly left behind, which was a bit of a disappointment coming from the more balanced sounding Sennheiser HD 598."
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"They looked nice in photos, generally got pretty positive reviews, and based on what I read from others, seemed to meet the requirements of what I was looking for: - Closed design - Isolates well - Not much sound leakage - Nice bass - Replaceable cord - Relatively portable - Comes with a case - Look nice - Good sound qualityBefore ordering, even though I was pretty set on them based on hours of reading forums and reviews, I figured I should go check them out in person to really be sure."
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"Incredibly comfortable, and with deep, rich sound."
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"Wether plugged into my iphone, or into the controller for my PS4 the sound reproduction is excellent and while it might benefit from additional amplification, it certainly isn't necessary."
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"Out of the gate, they have a beautiful sound that I would agree with other reviews is mid-scooped and bass heavy."
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Treble

Treble:
"Yes they are somewhat bright, but they lack that pointed lower treble (roughly around 6khz) that I found so troubling."
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"I was looking to round out this collection with something that met the following criteria:- Closed (for use in an office environment and when traveling)- Made for pleasurable listening, so could be a little colored as long as it was still detailed and clear- Not overly analytical or sibilant (harsh treble that can cause fatigue over long periods)- Very comfortable- At least decent build quality (I'v seen some pretty creaky, crappy plastic sets out there)Basically, I'm looking for the perfect pair of closed headphones, lol."
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"I was able to come up with the following conclusion: the HiFiMans are, by most measures, a superior headphone: better clarity, better treble, a substantially wider soundstage, more detail, etc; however, it lacked the mid-bass and bass that the P7s have."
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"Treble is surprisingly fantastic for a dynamic driver style."
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"I like the perfect balance of good bass without killing the mid-range or treble."
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"The sound on the P7 is open and wide and deep with crips treble and good bass (not too heavy not too light)."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"after a after a while I have to rip them off from the discomfort :(Sound:- Great sound & volume with iPhone 6, Android LG G3 -- no need for external amp- Lots of bass, almost too much, exaggerates toward bass, can be distracting for some music."
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"Your iPhone DAC for the most part is junk."
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"Very nice headphones, work well with the iPhone."
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"Wether plugged into my iphone, or into the controller for my PS4 the sound reproduction is excellent and while it might benefit from additional amplification, it certainly isn't necessary."
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"Sound is clear, soundstage is wide, and bass sub-bass is robust - directly from my iPhone 6, without any amplification."
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"after a after a while I have to rip them off from the discomfort :(Sound:- Great sound & volume with iPhone 6, Android LG G3 -- no need for external amp- Lots of bass, almost too much, exaggerates toward bass, can be distracting for some music."
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"After a couple of days listening to it on my iPhone and Mac, I decided I needed to see how well these scaled."
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