I compare with the old Weaver that I had since it was released. The first impression is that it sits better on the skull and is not as prominent as before "it's easier" but it still feels after a game's playing. It is convenient with the supplied headphones but when I had a deluxe audio strap on my previous vive, I did not notice any big difference in sound. It comes with a "new cord" to the new link box that is significantly thinner than that found in the old vive. I even drove TPcast before but the thin cord "does not bother" much and still gives a good sense of freedom. We'll see how the wireless device will be when it's released later.
As for the big question, there is better resolution and better panels, so the question is definitely YES, but it does not completely save me. Screendoor effect is minimal one can almost look for it. Text is no longer blurred but clearly readable. However, you still need to focus on where to read and you still do not have the clarity of viewing the pages. One tip is to measure the distance between your pupils (IPD) to screw in an exact distance, that made some improvement for me.
That wow feeling is not as much as before, but VR is not as new to me this time.
Is it a purchase? It is better at most. You can express it as everything is shaded better. As everyone knows, there are often shades you pay for either TV, cars, speakers, etc. If you like gadgets that I buy you, it is after all the best you can have right now. As far as the price is concerned, I do not say it's up to everyone what it thinks is worth it. We also hope that there will be a better selection on the game front, etc. It feels like the game and the VR industry do not really know what to develop and how just to VR because it's going to be a hit, regardless of what I think the future is bright for VR and there are of course some good VR titles. You should also have a maxad computer to get the most out of VR technology. I drive on the I7 and 1080 GTX. Sum sums expensive but awesome just as it should be :)