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Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 headphone: Same winning design but now with better soundOn the outside, the $300 P5 Series 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor, but B&W has upgraded its sound engine.
[MUSIC] This is Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 Headphone, which looks almost identical to the original P5, and also costs $300.00. Hi, I'm David Carnoy, and if you're wondering what the differences are, well aside from a black instead of a silver finish on the earpieces. Nothing on the outside has changed. But on the inside these P5s have a driver that's more inline with a step up P7's driver however that model's an over-ear headphone while this is an on-ear design, so they don't sound exactly the same. For an on-ear headphone, the P5 is comfortable and we've always liked its unique, swanky look. It's a mix of retro and modern styling. The headphones fold flat and a nice carrying case is included with a magnetic clasp. The cord on the headphone is detachable and you get both a standard cable and one that has an integrated remote and microphone that plays well with Apple devices which simply means not all remote features will work with Android and Windows devices. But you'll still be able to make calls just fine using the microphone. As for the sound the P5 Series 2 is a more transparent headphone than its predecessor, which had a warmish sound profile and was easy to listen to for hours at a time. Not to worry. This new model doesn't have so much extra zip that it becomes fatiguing. But cymbals and percussion now have more air and shimmer. That step-up P7 produces a larger, more open soundstage and has improved resolution of fine detail, but the two headphones share the same sound DNA. That's a good thing. And I think most people will agree that the P5 Series 2 sound is a nice upgrade over the original. I'm David Carnoy. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]