Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

$143.95

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 215 reviews

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  • 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 hardwearing aluminum 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.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Experience even purer sound from your iPad, iPod, or iPhone.
  • 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: 4.0 ft.
    • Height: 8.27 in./21 cm
    • Width: 4.21 in./10. 7 cm
    • Weight: 13.33 oz./378 g
    • Length: 2.17 in./5.5 cm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP30325
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346312610

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: Two years

    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 (3.5 average)
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  • Another fantastic B&W Product

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've been a committed audio hobbyist for the past few years and have sampled many different types of on-ear, over-ear, and in-ear I've been a committed audio hobbyist for the past few years and have sampled many different types of on-ear, over-ear, and in-ear headphones, and these are some of the best buds that I've ever used. The C5's sound spectrum is complete across all levels; the accurate, punchy bass, smooth mids, and the open treble work together to provide for a wonderful listening experience. The passive audio-isolation manages to mask nearly all of the ambient noise around you. The fit of the buds might take a little getting used to with the cord that keeps the buds in the ear, but the adjustment curve is short and worth it; the C5's stay put better than any other bud that I've used.

    • Written by from Monroeville

    301 of 324 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Another fantastic B&W Product
  • This Blows Me AWAY!!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    These are my favorite pair of headphones by far. I listen to all types of music ranging from classical Wolfgang, to Ne-Yo, to B.I. These are my favorite pair of headphones by far. I listen to all types of music ranging from classical Wolfgang, to Ne-Yo, to B.I.G., as well as foreign artists. I need Headphones that are not orientated towards one genre or another. Being that these headphones are so well balanced, i am able to hear the frictional tug of each string with the bow of the violin. Feel the bass rumbling through my entire body as i play sweat.
    These are by far also the most comfortable headphones i have in my arsenal. (Even better than the Klipsch patented oval shaped ones, and those are wonderful) I have worn these to sleep like they were regular form-fitting earplugs.
    I also run everywhere i go. I have a very active life style so i need headphones that wont fall out every time i decide to run across the street to catch a light or a bus. With the secure loop, i am able to do just that. And may i add, it is also very comfortable.
    (May i add you can headbang with these?!)

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    235 of 257 people found this useful

    Was this useful? This Blows Me AWAY!!
  • Wonderful

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've owned the similar Bose in-ear headphones, and these blow them away. The secure loop is a very welcome innovation for keeping I've owned the similar Bose in-ear headphones, and these blow them away. The secure loop is a very welcome innovation for keeping them actually *in* your ear. Sound quality is wonderful throughout the full range from low to highs. They do take a few hours listening to really start to sing, but that's normal for audio products.

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    215 of 233 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Wonderful
  • Terrible built quality - just don't buy

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought my C5 3 years ago. The first pair came defected and made terrible noise. It was replaced by B&W. The new pair, In less th I bought my C5 3 years ago. The first pair came defected and made terrible noise. It was replaced by B&W. The new pair, In less than a year the left ear stopped working completely. B&W replaced it again. This pair lasted almost a year as well, when both sides started being choppy. This time B&W refused to replace it, claiming only the original warranty stands (though evidently it wasn't their policy a year ago). I never used it for the gym. Never put it in my pocket. Never rolled it. It still looks new, the cable looks springy.

    So you can say B&W have decent customer service, or terrible product, or both. Unless you want your pair for only one year, don't touch this.

    • Written by from New York

    1 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Terrible built quality - just don't buy
  • A comparison with others I've tried

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I brought home the B & W C5s along with a Martin Logan Mikros 70 and a Bose SIE2i in order to determine which I preferred. Here is I brought home the B & W C5s along with a Martin Logan Mikros 70 and a Bose SIE2i in order to determine which I preferred. Here is the result of my admittedly unscientific comparison.

    1. Fit. The B & W fit my ears the best. The Martin Logans moved around inside my ears and I always had the feeling they were about to fall out, using the largest tips provided that fit my ears, even though they never did. They were less comfortable than the B & Ws. I never did figure out how to get the wing mechanism on the Bose ear buds to fit my ears and I gave up trying. Admittedly, fit is a subjective thing and one has to try them to see which fit best.

    2. Sound. The B & W was by far the best sounding of the three, subject to the following caveat. When I used the largest of the tips provided, they created a pretty good seal from outside influences. When I did this, the base increased to a great degree and the music came alive. The differentiation between instruments, the sharp base and the overall clarity were fantastic and far exceeded that which I was able to achieve with the other two ear buds utilizing the largest tips provided that fit my ears. The other two ear buds were more mushy in sound with less differentiation among the instruments. However, when I ran on my treadmill utilizing the B & Ws with the largest tips provided, each time my foot hit the deck of my treadmill, it would create a very distracting thumping base sound in my ears that overrode the music. It was therefore impossible to run using those tips. (I suspect that this will also occur to a lesser degree when running outside, but since it is still very much winter where I live, I have not tried running outside with them yet.) When I changed the tips on the B & Ws back to those that were on them when I received the package (the third largest out of the four provided), the thumping base sound from the treadmill deck was eliminated, but so was the liveliness and fantastic base sound that came with my use of the largest tips. With these smaller tips, the B & Ws were not much better sounding than the other two ear buds that I tried. I will therefore utilize the larger tips when not running and the smaller size tips for running on the treadmill.

    • Written by from Golden Valley

    0 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? A comparison with others I've tried
  • Niche Product, Not OK

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought these based on the reviews on this site which are, if I'm being honest, kind of mixed. Turns out they're mixed for a reas I bought these based on the reviews on this site which are, if I'm being honest, kind of mixed. Turns out they're mixed for a reason. I had them for a week before returning them because after trying all five of the buds that came with them, I could not get a seal to save my life. On top of that, after an hour or so, the adjustable cord that goes in the outer part of your ear that is supposed to hold them in place, actually prevents them from creating a seal, and gave me a headache.

    I should mention that when I held them in my ears to create a seal they did sound great but if you have to hold the buds in place, that's a failure in the design. The idea is good but I feel like it wasn't fully flushed out before the product was released. I was also really disappointed in the quality of the cords which were very thin and ill protected. I'm sure it wouldn't take much to snap one of them. Then there's the apple remote, really not a fan of this, Its hard to operate without looking at it. Anyways, really disappointed in the product because I thought I was buying something that was next-gen in design, when in reality its a product that needs a lot of work to make them useful for more than that small group of people who have ears they fit in.

    • Written by from Toronto

    1 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Niche Product, Not OK

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