Choosing the right headphones

Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphone


One of the most fundamental axioms in hi-fi is ‘rubbish in, rubbish out’ and that applies just as much – if not more – for headphones as for hi-fi speakers.

Given that more and more people listen to music on the move, good headphones are increasingly essential.

With this in mind we’ve written some headphone guides to help you choose a pair that best suit your needs. The first guide, The Basics, covers what makes a really good pair of headphones detailing the different options including fit, comfort and design.

Our second guide is on Buying and Using Headphones which covers the different types of headphones and more importantly asks you to focus on what you want them for so you are in a better position to decide which pair suits your needs the best.

Once you’ve read our guides, made your decision and bought the right pair of headphones for you,  we’d love to know which album you think sounds the best on them. If you need further help making up your mind have a look at some of the glowing reviews awarded to our P5 headphones.


  • Bill Henderson says:

    Are you ever going to produce in-ear monitors, like Klipsch X10, Monster Turbine Copper, Grado GR8, etc?

    Just curious.

    Bill Henderson

    Haikus are easy
    But sometimes they don’t make sense

  • Jason Underhill says:

    I think B&W have the potential to make a fantastic IEM.. I’d be really interested if they did.


  • George Lynn says:

    You should have called the P5s’ “Zeppelin Headphones”. It would have sounded much better. Why did you call them P5. Also a pair of earphones would be great. They would have to sound as good as my old shure SE 530 earphones. They broke down. The cable split and couldn’t be repaired or replaced. Shame.
    Zeppelin Earphones! We need them!

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