The influential What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine has tested the new Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 headphone. The result is five stars for “the new headphones to beat”.
According to What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine, Bowers & Wilkins has “hit the jackpot” with “a fantastic pair of cans that are hugely entertaining to listen to”. Particular praise was awarded for audio quality. High points are “how precise and articulate they sound… crystal-clear and… superb timing… Despite being closed-back headphones, the P5s sound wonderfully open and offer more than enough room for instruments to flourish. It’s a weighty sound that reveals a staggering amount of detail. The bass is deep and muscular while remaining taut and agile… The top end gives bite and attack, while still leaving plenty of breathing space for a song to reach its soaring crescendo. Voices are delivered with exquisite detail.”
What Hi-Fi notes the redesigned drivers, using techniques pioneered in P7, as a key method of delivering improved audio. But it’s not just audio quality that gets praised. The new P5 Series 2 design is also lauded: “They’re stunning… the stylish P5s feel special in every way… build quality is exquisite… luxurious and comfortable.”
If all that wasn’t praise enough, What Hi-Fi caps the review with perhaps the ultimate accolade. The magazine’s famously discerning testers sum up the case “against” P5 Series 2 as: “nothing of note”. The summary: “If you’re looking for a premium pair of headphones that look and sound the part, the new P5s should be on top of your list.”
What Hi-Fi isn’t alone in rating the new P5 Series 2. PC Mag has given them an Editor’s Choice award, saying: “They’re both extremely comfortable and output gorgeous audio with deep, rich lows and excellent definition in the highs.” And Wired says: “For the combination of sound, comfort, and style, the P5 Series 2 is my new go-to headphone.”