Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature

P9 Signature

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P9 Signature

It’s 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.

P9 Signature

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins

1960s: Humble beginnings

The sleepy coastal town of Worthing in South England might not look like a hotbed of 1960s freewheeling experimentation, but for audio fans it’s a place that’s synonymous with innovation.

Thanks to the first Bowers & Wilkins speakers built here in the early years of the company, music lovers could experience albums such as Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds in new, mind-expanding depth and clarity

1966: Beginings

John Bowers begins assembling speaker systems in the workshop of his electronics shop in Worthing, South East England

Following an inheritance of £10,000 from a satisfied customer, John Bowers sets up his own loudspeaker company

1966: P1

The first Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. The profit from P1 allowed the company to invest in new calibration equipment

1968: Domestic Monitors

The DM1 and DM3 were launched to bring high quality audio to more customers, at an affordable price point

1970s: A decade of milestones

With the company established and growing fast, Bowers & Wilkins developed its reputation for innovative design backed up by world-leading R&D.

They introduced new forms and design concepts including Tweeter-on-Top, new cone materials such as Aramid fibre, and it all culminated in the launch of the iconic 801, soon to become the reference speaker of choice for many of the world’s leading recording studios

1970: DM70

With its curved cabinet, the DM70 changed the shape of loudspeaker design

1980s: The application of science

Extensive investment in research led to the establishment of the company’s dedicated R&D facility in Steyning.

The era of MTV pop superstardom and bombastic stadium rock also saw Bowers & Wilkins buck the trend and introduce something small and unobtrusive: the “compact monitor”, or CM1

1990s: Rewriting the rulebook

The 1990s saw the pioneering work of the Steyning research team realised in spectacular fashion with the launch of Nautilus™, a speaker that rewrote preconceived notions of speaker design.

It also saw major product launches at both ends of the spectrum, with the unveiling of the highly regarded entry-level 600 Series and the flagship Nautilus 800 Series

2000s: Expansion in to new categories

The decade that brought us iPods and smartphones saw them embrace the new world with the launch of the iconic Zeppelin.

They also expanded into the car audio category and transformed the performance of their 800 Series with the development of the Diamond-dome tweeter

2015: 800 Series Diamond

The latest version of their flagship introduced a complete redesign and revolutionary new technologies, such as the Continuum™ cone