• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal sound, some minor design flaws.

    • Written by from New York

    I purchased a pair of C5's after a great experience with the MM1's. The sound from these was fantastic, and I abandoned my pair of Klipsch's in favor of these. I found that the main drawback to the C5's is that they are not good for running (they don't stay in place), but are fine for less motion-intensive work outs (e.g., weights, etc.). Unfortunately about 8 months after buying these one of the ear pieces stopped working. I contacted B&W, they asked me to send them in, and sent back a brand new pair in a shockingly short period of time (I sent them out on Friday and had a new pair on Monday -- I kid you not.) Ever since then I've been thrilled with these. I was using them for home use and commuting until I bought a pair of P5's for home. Now I use these to get great sound when I'm out and about and can just stuff the earbuds in my pocket when they're not needed.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A comparison with others I've tried

    • Written by from Golden Valley

    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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    i dont understand ????

    • Written by from Norwood

    Hi guys reason i am writing this review is many one star review and many people complain about quality of it. But i have mine for 7 months and they work perfectly only small complain that i have is they don't stay in ear firmly but after changing ear tips everything works great... Maybe i am just lucky one to have good pair of B&W...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    ...thinkin' a good choice

    • Written by from Saint Louis Park

    There lots of opinions to be read. Suffice it to say the sound is stunning. My Bose QC3 cannot hold a candle to the C5's fidelity. Only time will tell about quality related issues. With a 2-yr warranty, I feel comfort that I'll get the value and enjoyment even though a bit pricey. Recommended...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely comfortable, great sound.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    The title says it all. These are the most comfortable headphones I've ever owned, and the sound is clear and natural. They won't blow you away with bass, so it depends what you're looking for. My only issue has been the cord, which is absolutely impossible to straighten, leaving it hanging down in a vaguely slinky fashion with a several inch diameter. The microphone is great, but the controls could use just a tad more refinement.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Long-term review

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    I've used these earphones over the last year with my iPhone 4S and here are my thoughts. Previously I used Sennheiser IE6's which I thought were great but were discontinued.

    What I like:
    - They sound great to me listening to a variety of music and podcasts. Bass is really good!
    - Fit nicely in my ear using the medium ear tips. They don't come out unless I accidentally yank the cord.
    - Good noise isolation when music is playing even at low volumes

    What I don't like:
    - Earphones are quite heavy compared to others I've owned
    - Cords tangle easily because of thin cable and heavy weight of earphones
    - Over time some of the metal edges on the earphones have become slightly sharp and can rub my skin
    - Sometimes I have trouble pushing the buttons on the Apple remote. I don't have this problem on my Klipsch S4i which has distinct buttons.

    Overall I think these are great sounding earphones that are worth a buy! Compared to my old Sennheiser IE6 they sound better but are much heavier and the cord isn't as nice.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Magical Sound with Great Fit

    • Written by from Ottawa

    These headphones took me a few days to get used to their quirks and after a few days of changing the tips and readjusting the headphones I realized the true sound of these headphones. They provide magical head filling sound that feels like the music is coming from everywhere yet in your head all at the same time. The bass is clean, deep and rumbling but not overpowering. The mids perfectly balanced, natural and front and centre. The trebles are slightly sharp but nothing to complain about as they blend nicely with everyone else. The fit takes quite awhile to discover and frustrated me to no end however once the correct fit is found these headphones provide a well rounded and magical experience like no other. They are not likely to fall out as they have a snug fit. The music sounds as if it is directly in your head and it overwhelms you, would definitely recommend these headphones.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound First, Design Second

    • Written by from New York

    You're probably? B&W SHOULD be considering sound before design. Agreed. That being said, the experience of the amazing sound (yes, amazing) is totally diminished by the absolutely garbage design of these earbuds. Let be clear, by design I mean functionality. They are beautiful. The build quality is stellar. Price... a little expensive, but not terrible. Sound Quality... way better than any of the Bose garbage, Ultimate Ears Quad Armature marketing junk. These sound absolutely huge. I might... MIGHT enjoy these better than my B&W floor standers if they weren't so obnoxiously uncomfortable. After switching to Comply TX-400 foam tips, the comfort and sound level improved dramatically. Also, with a little tinkering, you can get the fit to be tolerable and you eventually get "used" to the discomfort. If sound quality is your primary concern, buy these. If comfort is your primary concern, well, buy them any way and see if you can get them to work for your needs, from Apple you'll have 14 days to test. Nothing to lose. They're definitely not a 5... but a solid 3.5/4 due to the fit.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great fit + sound, ugly case

    • Written by from New York

    I love this headset. Great quality.

    The two drawbacks of buying this are 1) if you're moving while talking, there is a crackling sound. I tested this. If you're sitting still, there is no crackling. The sound is great.

    The second drawback is the ugly case they provide for your headset. It's a half-moon shaped, granny-like felt-covered fabric case with an oversized zipper. In short, hideous and off-brand.

    For $180, at least this could come with a better case.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Blown out c5

    • Written by from Dunwoody

    I love these in ears! They lasted me much longer then my beats and have a better range! I used them so much i think i blew out the left driver and right wire got fried but the sound is still freekily astounding.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Not comfritable

    • Written by from New York

    I bought these at the airport about 2 weeks ago, after owning a pair of beats tour. The C5's are not as stylish as the beats although there very high quality-made, sound is great! Great base response and very high detailed sound. What bothered me though is the case, the cable and fit. Case overall is good but the zipper kept getting stuck in the crack and eventually bent, the cable is not tangle free and the fit in the ear is not that great. Overall great sound and stylish look... Buy Beats, thats my opinion.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, but expensives..

    • Written by from Culiacan

    I got ones, and I was very happy not for the price, cuz price were a little bit hight, but sound was great,,, Right now I went to apple store and I bought CX 680i soprts and the sound was like Bowers or better, just the price 60% cheaper,, that I can say is, we can find great hearphones for cheaper..like Sennheiser,..

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Sound for Price

    • Written by from Mercer Island

    Let's be realistic here, these are mid-high end ear buds, not high-end. They cost $100-200 less than some of the others I tried in non-Apple store. For me they have better bass than most, not overwhelming but not boomy either. The highs are a bit tinny or sibilant but either I am getting used to sound or they are "breaking-in" and highs are becoming more subdued.

    The case is small but the earphones fit and it fits in my front pocket, I wouldn't want a case any more than slightly bigger.

    Fit is individualistic and as such you need to try for yourselves and ignore the more strident reviews. They fit me better than most and stay in my ears way, way better than most non-canal buds. For me the wire loops work and are very clever.

    Downsides include mildly rough highs (though getting better and no longer noticed by me with higher bit rates), I wish the kit still included the adapters, particularly the right angle adapter. I bought some foam Comply tips that for me work much better than the included tips - they are more comfortable and sound much better. In fact I think B&W is making a mistake by not including this sort of tip with the earphones - their tips don't do their product complete justice. As someone else here mentioned, you may need bigger tips than you realize because these are not canal buds, you do not insert them so deeply into your ear.

    All-in-all I really like these and if they are durable (I've only had for 2 weeks) I'd recommend that everyone not wanting to spend more than $200 give them a try.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    british quirk

    • Written by from Cambridge

    Okay, sure, these are expensive, but, hey, look up the page a bit and see what others are demanding for a catchy name and a bit of flash. These are audiophile in-ear units and in my personal case, about the only ones that really work and really sound wonderful. Very good stereo separation, very clean bass (especially for jazz and classical, which is what I listen to), all the while having a sort of retro look, with that typical brit charm. They are heavy, yes, and the remote clicker is a pain- cannot be used with gloved hands. The mic works very well, and darned if I can find it- must be behind the straight groove in the remote casing somewhere. These are available for less from other vendors, so if expense is a concern, check around. The thick cable is a plus.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Great Value

    • Written by from Waterford

    People associate B&W with ultra-expensive bespoke hifi speakers but I think there's an important point missed in looking at the price alone. This is a company that offers great value. At whatever price point you get a product at the top of its game and everything from the cheapest C5s to the 802N's I used to own (to even pricier Nautilus diamond gear) has outstanding sound. I don't believe B&W ever stick a premium price tag on something just because they can get away with it, they offer incredible value and their high end speakers are works of art. Audiophiles love them because they are THAT GOOD. So what can you expect from the cheapest in the family. The C5s are a bit more bassy than the P5s (I own both) but less so than Dre/Diddy Beats. They're very stable in your ears, extremely comfortable and the microporous filter seems to provide a detailed sound stage for an in-ear phone. On the bad side, they should offer more options for the ear plugs and I'd appreciate a bigger case than the one supplied which is a bit too snug in my opinion. Small upsets for a great set of IEMs that get better with repeated listening. If you buy these make sure they're sitting snuggly in your ear and use a bit of grease to take off the ear plugs as they're very tight fitting against the tungten head of the phones. Happy listening.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good, but not great

    • Written by from s. abbington

    These headphones provide very good clear and clean sound, and have an excellent build quality. They are very comfortable, and secure in the ear once you figure out the correct in ear piece to use. If you are looking for a pair of headphones with good sound but that are easy on the bass tones, these are for you, however if you expect a boomin beat look elsewhere, these won't do the trick.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A definite step up from Apple's In-Ear headphones

    • Written by from Bethesda

    I don't have a lot to compare the C5's to, but they are noticeable step up from Apple's In-Ear headphones (not the ones that come with the iPods and iPhones, but the more expensive ones you buy separately). Bass is much fuller and tighter. Like all in-ear headphones, you need to get the right fit, and I was disappointed with the treble until I tried them with the smallest ear tip and then it was great.

    The C5's are unique in two respects. First, the wire loop that holds them in the ear is very nice, at least for me, but I found that it worked well only when I had the right size ear tip. It's very comfortable, and you don't feel the need to to have the ear tip so tight to hold the ear bud. On the other hand, the ear buds are noticeably heavy, so if you don't use the ear loop (and you can unhook it), I suspect that the ear buds would not stay in your ear well unless you got a Comply tip (or some other expanding foam tip). The included silicon tips would be too soft.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You probably won't like it first time You try it...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    ... but comparing it to my other earphones, this one bags the 5 stars for its sound accuracy and subdued baselines, which i thought at 1st wasn't really what i was hoping for, but after 4 days of use, i really noticed how this was superior in this niche.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best In-Ear Headphones I have ever owned.

    • Written by from ERSKINEVILLE

    The clarity of these headphones are probably the clearest i have ever tested.
    They do take a little getting used to putting them in you're ear, but once you have it adjusted to your ear they fit snuggly.
    The carry case makes storing them easy so they wont get damage.
    Only thing stopping me giving 5 starts is the cord could be a little more tangle resistant and a touch longer. Highly recommend.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W C5 Vs. Bose MEI

    • Written by from Dorchester

    I've tried both and both products have its pros and cons.

    Bass - B&W C5 will by far blow the Bose MEI out of the water. The bass is strong but not to the point where you feel like your ear drums are about to blow up. It's perfect enough to enjoy the music. As for the Bose, it has almost very little to no bass at all.

    Sound - Depending on the type music you're listening to. The sound on B&W C5 is not as sharp or clear but rather soft compared to the Bose MEI. When comparing the two, I feel that the sound of music is closer to my ears when listening to the Bose.

    Confort - Right of the box, the Bose MEI will sit perfectly in your ears. B&W C5 can be a little uncomfortable and will take sometime to get use to. BE VERY CAREFUL when you're switching out the ear pieces on the B&W. They rip very easily.

    Result - I ended up sticking with the B&W because of the amazing bass. Very rare that I'd hear an inear headphones that would produce that kind of bass. I go to the gym quite often and listen to a lot of dance music so it's a breath of fresh air when using the B&W. Even though, I mentioned that the B&W's sound quality is not as sharp or clear as the Bose, it's still very impressive.

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