The Bowers & Wilkins P3 has already made itself known to many for its crisp and clear deliverance of audio; now with that being said, how does the Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 compare to its predecessor? Well, in truth, do note that every upgrade that is released into the market is deemed to be an improvement. While the successor definitely has a boost in terms of looks, the sound performance dwindled, which can even be a deal-breaker for serious audiophiles.
The Release of the Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Does Not Necessarily Mean it is an Improvement
Just like its predecessor, opening the package holding the Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 feels more like a gift being opened rather than an ordinary experience of opening a box of something that was bought from a store. In other words, the first experience is, perhaps, the most exciting one. This is because you will be able to get a glimpse of the beautiful pair of cans in all of its glory. In fact, looking at it makes you not want to wear in on your head but just stare at it.
But when you do decide to wear the P3 Series 2, and if you have experience the first generation, then know that the predecessor offers a more secure fit than the successor. In that point comes it first caveat. Hence, you will get a slightly less comfortable headset as compared to the original Bowers & Wilkins P3. In fact, it can even be a hindrance for people with larger heads or for individuals who need to wear glasses. Those who have smaller heads, however, will still find the unit to be quite comfortable.
As for the sound, it is powered by the same set of 30-millimeter drivers as what the first generation model did. However, and this time around, the audio performance has been brought down a notch for reasons. It does have an added bass performance, but it can be a double-edged sword. While it does create more depth on tracks that need it, there are some tracks that do not need the extra kick in the low end frequencies.
Ultimately, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 offers a lot of pleasantries for the eyes, but not so much for the ears and the overall experience. With that being said, it might be a good idea to just get the original model instead of the upgrade.
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