Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature
Bowers & Wilkins best sounding and most luxurious headphone to date.
Engineered by the same team responsible for the class-leading 800 D3 loudspeaker
P9 Signature is Bowers & Wilkins’ largest over-ear headphone and exemplifies all of the acoustic and design innovation amassed during their 50-year journey.
Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature benefits from bespoke technologies that combine to deliver a unique listening experience, unsurpassed in the mobile headphone arena.
Crystal clear midrange comes together with deep, yet agile bass and a crisp, sweet treble for a breath-taking performance, while a new approach to transducer placement delivers imaging unlike anything else in the headphone market.
Traditionally, headphone diaphragms used a combined diaphragm and surround with separate suspension, but P9 signature uses a semi-pistonic diaphragm similar that that used in loudspeaker design.
This approach has many advantages, but principally it resolves the conflicting requirements for high compliance at low frequencies, which is optimal for bass performance and high stiffness at high frequencies, which is essential for delivering the very best treble.
P9 Signature has a composite speaker chassis; a Finite Element Analysis-optimised form with higher stiffness that pushes chassis modes beyond audible frequencies.
It also benefits from a similarly optimised aluminium speaker plate, which is stiff enough to push unwanted resonances higher up the audible scale.
A large part of P9 Signature’s unique experience is created through the innovative placement of the transducers, which are slightly angled to deliver a more natural listening experience.
The wearer hears sound as if they are listening to a pair of stereo speakers rather than headphones, with levels of imaging, depth and clarity that are truly breath-taking.
P9 Signature’s headband adds strength and is incredibly comfortable, but is also cleverly decoupled from each earcup, stopping unwanted vibrations being transmitted from one side to the other and distorting the sound.
The headphone’s ear pads also feature memory foam cushioning, which moulds to the unique shape of the user’s head over time and therefore delivers a better seal and lower coloration.
Every element of P9 Signature has been designed by Bowers & Wilkins engineers to work seamlessly together to create the highest-quality listening experience, including the choice of materials.
The headphones are crafted from Italian Saffiano leather, using a ‘stamping’ technique that gives the material a distinctive cross-hatch finish.
Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature’s aluminium arms make them ideal for music on the move thanks to their innovative foldable design and strength.
The supplied luxurious case is the perfect partner for these flagship headphones; crafted from Alcantara® _with its elegant suede-like feel, and Saffiano leather detail, it will protect the headphones while also reflecting their beauty.
P9 Signature will come with a variety of high performance cables suitable for use at home and on the go.
An additional Lightning cable is in development and will be sent from early 2017 free of charge to those that have registered their P9 on www.bowers-wilkins.com.
P9 Signature is a bold statement of a headphone. It delivers levels of depth and clarity that re-write the rules of mobile listening and is a fitting celebration of Bowers & Wilkins’ five decades of acoustic excellence.