Bowers & Wilkins p3 Series 2
Bowers & Wilkins has already released p3 generation four years ago which has a beautiful on-ear design and crisp, clear sound quality. We have praised for long because of the company’s smallest headphone option and the clean treble response and light weight comfort. And now it is ready to launch a newly updated p3 series 2. It has more improved qualities compared to the last version.
Not every upgrade is an improvement. After extended listening at the office, at home, and during our daily commutes, we’ve fallen out of love. Sure, the latest P3 are cheaper and prettier than the first generation. But, in this case,we’d prefer B&W had left well enough alone.
1.Out of the box
This seems to be small headphone but it packs a lot of basses. As is typical of Bowers & Wilkins’ products, unboxing the new P3 Series 2 is a spectacular experience. The cans come in a beautiful white box with an upper shell that opens to reveal a thick, black hard case surrounded by form-fitting foam.
Inside the case lie the headphones, perfectly nestled with their iOS-compatible cable like the yolk of some fine, rare egg. Just like the previous model, they bring with them the sort of new-car smell you expect in only the finest European vehicles. Removing the hard case from the foam enclosure reveals hidden instruction booklets and warranty information underneath.
2.Features and design
P3 Series 2 is foldable, lightweight and has their own hard shell carry case.
As well as being lightweight and foldable, p3 series 2 is compact enough to fit in your handbag, a briefcase with ease.
P3 Series 2 has been developed with a choice of cables, including a microphone and remote control options that are optimized for iPhone.
If anything, the firm clamp of the P3’s first generation is tighter on the new model, creating a somewhat uncomfortable set of headphones for long-term wear for those with larger heads or glasses, but snugly fitting those with smaller heads.
The clamping issues aren’t supported by the change from soft acoustic cloth to leather coverings. As the leather is a nice aesthetic upgrade, without the addition of more earcup padding, it certainly isn’t as easy on the ears as the previous gen’s cloth was.
In fact, the cloth-to-leather change is also noticeable on the underside of the headband, with the lack of padding becoming particularly bothersome after a few hours of listening. The comfort issues are exacerbated on those with big heads, but everyone who wore this set of headphones in our office thought the clamping of the P3 Series 2 to be aggressive.
The feel of the Series 2 improves if one lengthens the headphones and attempts to float the headband as far above their head as possible, but the clamping force — which hits the bottom of the ear with the most pressure — feels a bit lopsided when doing so.
The new P3 sports the same set of 30mm drivers as the previous generation did, but they have been newly voiced to deliver crisper highs and deeper lows, according to the company. We did note the upper end of the sonic register to have an improved brilliance (an area of the sound which we already enjoyed on the original), but the upper-middle section of the sound remains unchanged. Sound isolation is the same as the original, and with just a thin layer of foam between your ears and the surrounding sound, does leave a little to be desired, though about par for the course for a smaller on-ear.
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