Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

£149.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 35 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    C5 in-ear headphones fit so snugly in your ears that you can simply forget about the rest of the world and lose yourself in sound. Meanwhile, C5's comfortable fit and hard-wearing aluminium body means you can enjoy great sound on the go for longer.

    Ultimate performance

    The unique Micro Porous Filter creates a more open performance, while the Tungsten Sound Tube provides a more balanced design for improved sound.

    Ultimate fit

    The Secure Loop design is a revolutionary, easily adjustable device that secures the C5 in-ear headphones in place. The C5 fits snugly, creating a comfortable seal that helps isolate external noise, delivers deeper bass, and ensures the best sonic performance every time.

    Made for iPad, iPod, and iPhone

    With an in-line remote control and mic, you can get the most out of your compatible iPad, iPhone, or iPod model.* Make hands-free iPhone calls and control your compatible iPod or iPhone without taking it out of your pocket or bag.

  • Highlights

    • Micro Porous Filter creates open performance
    • Tungsten Sound Tube provides more balanced design improving sound
    • Secure Loop design secures the C5 in place
    • Neodymium magnet and ultra-light speaker diaphragms for minimal compress and distortion
    • Transparent twisted cable (OFC) with gold-plated 3.5 mm plug
    • Apple remote and microphone
    • Protective case
    • Supplied with four sizes of ear tips
  • Did you notice?

    Unique Micro Porous Filter and Tungsten Sound Tube deliver more open performance and more balanced design.
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  • What's in the Box?

    • Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones
    • Four sizes of ear tips
    • Protective case
    • Quick start guide, safety and warranty, registration booklet
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 20 kHz
    • Impedance: 32 ohms
    • THD: <1%
    • Other Features: With Remote and Mic
    • Form Factor: In Ear
    • Cable Length: 1.2 m
    • Height: 8.27 in./21 cm
    • Width: 4.21 in./10. 7 cm
    • Weight: 0.71 oz./20 g
    • Length: 2.17 in./5.5 cm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP30325
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346312962

    Warranty

    • Note: Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.

    Manufacturer Note

    • *Note: See compatibility list for iPad, iPod, and iPhone models that support full remote and microphone functionality. The cable may also work with limited functionality on non-listed iPod or iPhone models.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Good All-Round

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    First thing you notice when you take them out of the pack is the great build quality and the weight.

    I initially tried them wit First thing you notice when you take them out of the pack is the great build quality and the weight.

    I initially tried them with the factory fitted buds and the sound was overwhelming "bassy". It took many attempts to get the combination of buds right and I would recommend that you try them all out at least a couple of times to make sure you get the right fit. This is very important as it affects the sound enormously and also the general comfort too.

    Once the right fit is obtained, you'll notice the sound quality on these is very good.

    The low frequencies are very punchy but the sound is very natural and don’t feel forced, nor do they have the "manufactured" bass sound that many cheaper earphones I have owned in the past do. It is important to note that the C5s do not distort in the slightest, even at very high volumes.

    The mid range and high frequencies are very refined. Admittedly, the highs aren’t as good as the ER-4Ps that I am having been using for the past year, but it is compensated for in the lows to give an overall incredibly detailed and balanced sound and a large soundstage to boot!

    As with all of these things, the sound each listener prefers is down to personal preference, but I find a flat equaliser setting gives the best sound on these.

    The secure loop concept does what it says! However, I tend to use these in the office where I can be listening to music whilst working away for up to 10 hours a day and I have noticed after 3 or 4 hours, the loop starts to get uncomfortable (“digging” into the ear). Taking a 15 min break every couple of hours seems to do the trick.

    Timing was good, as I was on a plane the next day and with these and they performed very well with respect to sound quality and blocking out background noise.

    Another positive is the cable sheath coating which seems to reduce knotting after storage. It also seems to reduce microphonics, although a thud is still noticeable and with no shirt clip, I’m not sure how good these would be on the move.

    The only negatives I have so far with these is that the carry pouch is a little small for the size of the earphones (tends to squash the buds), the cable is a little on the short side and comfort is somewhat compromised with extended periods of listening.

    Overall, these are very good and although are a little expensive, they are worth it and are not far from the P5s in terms of sound quality but with the added benefits of portability, size and £100!

    Highly recommended.

    • Written by from MANCHESTER

    47 of 54 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Good All-Round
  • Fantastic Headphones!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Firstly, I would like to dismiss any poor reviews of this product. The first thing I noticed when I took them out of their packagi Firstly, I would like to dismiss any poor reviews of this product. The first thing I noticed when I took them out of their packaging is the size and weight of them (a comfortable size and weight, not too big or small).

    Then when I plugged them in for the first time, I was truly blown away by the simply amazing sound quality, just as good as the P5's! They were much better than any other headphones I have tried, and thats before I had even worn them in (e.g. Monster, Sennheisser, Beats By Dr. Dre and Apple).

    I am also very impressed with the 'Secure Loop' design, it does what it says on the tin! And another bonus to add to the already growing list, if you still can't get a fit with the 'Secure Loop', you can even remove it, yet they still stay in place just the same as if the 'Secure Loop' was still in place!

    There is only one small gripe I have with these headphones, the supplied case is a bit of a pain as it seems to squash the earphones and but and it is kind of hard to get them in properly without fear of damaging £150 of earphones...

    Overall, I would most certainly recommend these to any one who asks me for recommendations to a decent set of earphones!

    • Written by from Tonbridge

    43 of 52 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Fantastic Headphones!
  • Love these earphones

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    These are the best sounding in-ear 'phones I've heard. They have the same "trademark sound" as other B&W products where the bass i These are the best sounding in-ear 'phones I've heard. They have the same "trademark sound" as other B&W products where the bass is natural sounding and punchy, but without saturating the mid-range and treble. May not be to everyone's taste - especially if you listen to a lot of classical or jazz - but these are a great all round performer.

    I found the fitting very comfortable and secure and prefer it over the comply foam type ear buds which can feel too much like... well like wearing ear plugs.

    Another thing to note is that the 3.5mm plug will fit nicely into an iPhone with the bumper or similar case attached.

    • Written by from London

    31 of 35 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Love these earphones
  • Noise reduction satisfied

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    A very efficient noise reduction. I use them mostly in airplanes, no comparison with native Apple earphones. Although, read lots o A very efficient noise reduction. I use them mostly in airplanes, no comparison with native Apple earphones. Although, read lots of bad reviews on American websites, mostly about hardware and wire issues.

    • Written by from ewrwer
    Was this useful? Noise reduction satisfied
  • Great sound but so uncomfortable...

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I'd give them 5 stars if they weren't so uncomfortable for prolonged listening. It's related to the shape of your ears - some peop I'd give them 5 stars if they weren't so uncomfortable for prolonged listening. It's related to the shape of your ears - some people will find the perfect fit with these earphones but they're just not right for me.
    The concept of the 'in ear' loop is a good one I'm sure, but no matter what tips I tried I either couldn't get them to make a proper seal or even stay in my ear even with limited movement, or be suffering some real pain after 30 minutes of listening.
    Earphone choice is very subjective, and for the short periods when everything was right, these do sound amazing - they're just not for me I'm afraid...

    • Written by from Brighton
    Was this useful? Great sound but so uncomfortable...
  • Awesome

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought these yesterday and they are so good.

    Tested with various music from Bruno Mars, to Arctic Monkeys, to Limp Bizkit and C Bought these yesterday and they are so good.

    Tested with various music from Bruno Mars, to Arctic Monkeys, to Limp Bizkit and Cyprus Hill. The sound was amazing on all levels whether the music was meant for the voice or for the bass.

    Highly recommended - a steal too at £150.

    • Written by from London
    Was this useful? Awesome

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