Bowers & Wilkins P9 FAQ

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature HiFi Over Ear Headphones, Wired, Italian Leather Price: $899.00

Where are these headphones made?

Made in China


How are these vs. elear focals?  If you haven’t heard the Elears or the P7’s then please move on without answering…

I have not heard the Focal set, but there are some fundamental design differences you should be aware of.  The biggest difference is that the Focal set is open-backed.  Lots of folks will tell you the benefits of this, but there are some drawbacks as well, namely sound leakage.  I have listened to a few open-backed sets (Sennheiser HD 600/650, Philips Fidelio X2), and the sound leakage is real.  This brings up the other fundamental difference, which is that the Focal set appears to be designed for at-home use.  Some reviews mentioned them wanting decent power, etc.  I stand by everything I said in my overwhelmingly positive review of the P9, but if you’re only looking for something to use at home or in your office, and either have or don’t mind buying some decent amplification, then there are better options than the P9, and from reviews I’ve seen online this Focal set could be one of those better options, but only within the limitations that an open-back, maybe-more-power-than-your-laptop headphone includes.


Anyone have this issue? My volume control just stopped working, only volume !!!

No problem for me.