• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another fantastic B&W Product

    • Written by from Monroeville

    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.

    314 of 338 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This Blows Me AWAY!!

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    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?!)

    247 of 270 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Minneapolis

    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.

    223 of 243 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better set aside a few hours

    • Written by from Mercer Island

    Because after you pick up a pair of these you are going to want to listen to all your favorite albums again at high bitrate. The sound is just astonishing. They fit like an old pair of jeans and stick like an ear worm. Worth every penny.

    97 of 99 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfect

    • Written by from Phoenix

    Audio is perfect and they stay in the ear!

    86 of 87 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING! First headphones ever to make me smile ear to ear!

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I'll start by saying that I have owned Dre Beats Tour in-ear and the Bose IE2 in-ear and they come nowhere near the B&W C5 in-ear headphones in any way... They boast incredible audio separation, clear highs, amazing midrange and solid bass. I am most impressed by the midrange reproduction - a feat the Bose and Dre Beats failed at miserably. The bass of the C5 is solid and clear with awesome range - the bass is not "boomy" or muffled either like Dre Beats - best bass hands down! Highs are clean and clear but not ear piercing. When it all comes together - no matter what you're listening to - the sound is incredible and fulfilling. I seriously smiled from ear to ear with a big cheesy grin as soon as I began listening to music with these... I knew my search for the perfect headphones was finally over!

    60 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top tier quality without the top tier price.

    • Written by from Livonia

    The first thing that catches your eye about these earphones are their unique ear loop design. I thought at first it was a gimmick but they really do stay in your ears no matter what physical activity you engage in. The reason for this is because the buds are gently weighted at the ends as they sit in your ears. You can literally skip rope and the C5's won't budge. While the sound isolation isn't up to par with my old Sure E5's, the C5's sound comparable without the $500 dollar E5 price tag.

    53 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely SUBLIME

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    I'm very particular with my headphones. Like most people, all i want is clarity, clear acoustic, depth, and obviously great quality. The second i put these on, i knew it was something different. After only 10 seconds into the song I knew i was in for an experience. The clarity, and just overall quality is unparalled to anything in the market in my opinion. I've heard instruments and sounds in songs that i've listened to a million times that i never even knew were in the song. I don't just listen to the music anymore, i literally experience it now. It just feels so real. The acoustics are just absoutely amazing. For the people who claim theyre really uncomfortable, you're just wearing them wrong, and clearly you dont realize that R stands for Right and L for Left. In my opinion, if you can shell out the money for these, its TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!! From hip hop, classical, opera, dance, etc,etc....i listen to everything, and nothing has come close to the sheer experience you get out of these headphones. Im hooked for life.

    51 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Earbuds I've Ever Owned!!!

    • Written by from Chadds Ford

    These earbuds deliver great bass and dynamics. They aren't just like those other headphones/earbuds (like the Beats by Dr. Dre) that just only pump up the bass to make it "sound better." With the Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones, you hear much more of your music.

    This is my first Bowers and Wilkins product. By using the C5 for just a few hours, they have given me a very strong image of Bowers and Wilkins. Their C5 In-Ear Headphones are very well built and feel very stable in your ears. You really can feel them weighted toward the inside of your ears for a comfortable, secure fit.

    Even though i was ranting on about how cranking up the bass doesn't make something sound better, the bass on these is truly amazing. They deliver deeper, better bass than my Noise Canceling Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones.

    However, the secure loop does take some getting used to. I have very small ears but they still feel secure, nonetheless.

    I like the cord because it's not really thick and rubbery feeling like most. It's soft, flexible and it's pretty hard to tangle them. Whenever i have a wired device such as a headphone cord, my mac charger, etc., i always seem to be able to get them pretty tangled up. These don't tangle easily. The wires inside seem pretty secure and they feel as if they aren't going to twist up inside.

    The AUX jack where it connects to the device seems very sturdy as well. A lot of the headphones i buy end up having the AUX jack tearing around the rubber part, exposing wires. This cord feels robust and strong.

    I also always tend to scold my little sister for having her music up so loud that i can hear her from the front of the car when she is sitting in the back. I don't want to be a hippocrate by making it possible for her to hear my music when i have my earbuds in. I turned these up loud and you can hear them quite clearly when they are not in your ears. The minute i put them in, i asked my mom if she could hear my music. She said she couldn't.

    These are extremely noise canceling. So much so that it's hard to hear others talking to you. It's almost like they're mouthing it instead of actually speaking!

    And sorry for this long review!

    51 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing (esp for the price)

    • Written by from Totowa

    I've owned the Apple in-ear, Denon, Shure, Ultimate Ears, and Etymotic and these are THE BEST.

    Not only do they fit perfectly and stay in place, but the sound range and bass are incredible. Thinking about buying a second pair in the future just to have on hand.

    You owe it to yourself to try these (with minimally compressed audio).

    45 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Dobbs Ferry

    Sonically these little cans will leave you breathless---IF you have them in correctly. They don't have to be deeply inserted but they do require a seal or the sound will be tinny. Once you find the sweet spot, you will not believe your ears. I'm a bit of a headphone nut and try to listen to everything plus I read up on every conceivable site. These are just fantastic in ear buds. Do they rival Grado's top of the line? Of course not. But they just blow away anything and beyond in this price range. I had a little trouble at first and got three different emails from London helping me. Now THAT is service. DO. NOT. HESITATE. Buy, buy buy.

    40 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Design is ...

    • Written by from Waterloo

    innovative; makes a product useful; aesthetic; makes a product understandable; unobtrusive; honest; long-lasting; thorough, down to the last detail; environmentally-friendly; little design as possible.
    This product meets most the caveats mentioned. Out of all the in-ear headphones I've owned, this is by far the best. Using the wire as adjustable in-ear loop is very innovative indeed. Unlike some other products where there are many different sizes in which you have to replace, this one is like "one-size fits all" design, and uses minimal parts. I love it!! And by having that "loop" the earphones will not go into your ears any further that would create pressure and potentially hurt your ears.

    The sound quality is superb! There is no "excessive" bass/mid/treble. Some headphones just pwns the bass and bad treble, but this one gives a nice balance. Which is good when the user listens to just about every genre of music. Dubstep to Classical music, brings the "umph" to every genre of music to your ears.

    I'm one of the people who believes in the break-in/burn-in headphones when first bought. So I will have to re-evaluate my initial conclusion later, but if this already sounds superb initially right out of the box, it'll only get better and better as time progresses. $200-ish well spent!

    42 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Morristown

    As soon as I removed these from the (rather complicated) packaging, I was highly impressed. Bass is clear and smooth, something you do not see with under $100 earphones. What is mostly incredible is the C5's ability to give you the clear bass without any distortion of other instruments, something very rare in under $200 dollar earphones. Bowers & Wilkins will not disappoint in audio quality.

    I own the Beats by Dr. Dre Pro's over ear headphones, and to be honest, it is almost as if you took the same audio quality from the large over ear headphones and put them in these little earphones. The only difference being that the Beats are much louder and are better at keeping noise out, but that is obviously an advantage of them being over ear. The Secure Loop technology is fantastic. I have heard reviews on other websites of people complaining they are uncomfortable, and I can tell that that is absolutely not the case for me. Maybe they are making the loop too big for their ear? Anyways, these are great for someone who runs, or just bops their head up and down. Thanks to the Secure Loop, they will not fall out.

    My only real complaint is the pouch they come with. I can't for the life of me figure out how to put them in the pouch properly. I realize I am meant to put the actual buds in the holes of the pouch, but when you wrap wire around, it bends the secure loop, making it difficult to return it to a normal state. Hopefully I can try and figure something out. I also think they are probably overpriced, but that is with every quality audio product on the market. So I can't really complain about that when the same can be said about nearly every other product available.

    Highly recommended.

    37 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Best

    • Written by from Hallandale Beach

    I've had probably 40 different pairs of earbud headphones, ranging from Apple to Bose and none compare to the comfort of these. AMAZING!!! Sound absolutely awesome!!! Suburb design and quality. EXCELLENT!!!!

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

    • Written by from Dallas

    Great headphones. I used these on a 13 hour flight and they were great for noise cancelation and did not hurt my ears when they were in the right place. Best sound quality and good for everyday use also. I definitely recommend.

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These IEM's ROCK!

    • Written by from Honolulu

    I wouldn't call them "In-Ear Headphones", the C5 is more like a high end "In-Ear Monitor". The bass is clear, the mid's warm and the highs are crisp. The build quality is superb and scream luxury like B&W is know for. The C5 is comfortable to wear and they actually fit my small asian ear canals. The main thin is you find the proper fitting ear piece, it make a world of difference.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best for flying

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    I have been through several Bose haedphones but the B W ones are the most comfortable. They are also great at noise canceling particularly on planes. Sound quality is excellent. If you stuff headphones into you pockets these are ideal. Unlike Bose, these earpieces don't come off every time you take them out of a pocket.

    30 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The British Have Sent The Danes Running!

    • Written by from Carlisle

    I am a Bowers & Wilkins person. I don't just own their consumer electronics, but their professional audio equipment as well. Since I purchased their headphones about a year ago, I've been in search of earphones to mach the quality and performance produced by B&W. But now that I have a pair of their C5 earphones, I can say the search has come to a close.

    The bass is rich and full but also strong; it doesn't become distorted at high volumes or in bass-heavy songs. The highs and the mid tones are just as impressive, if not more pronounced then the headphones (the Bowers & Wilkins P5). If you do choose to pick up a pair, I would recommend breaking in the drivers for about eight to ten hours. The only downside I can find about these earphones is the cable; it's rather irritating at first but over time, it looses its stiffness and rigidity. All and all, a great pair of earphones to match the headphones.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from FOSTER CITY

    Truly a magnificent set of headphones that transcended all my expectations of sound reproduction by a pair of headphones.

    The sound is warm, pure, undistorted. I know others have said that it has high bass, but honestly to me it sounds just right. The sounds reverberates with the kind of quality that I expect from high end speakers. I am able to discern new subtleties in familiar tracks, and I am better able to discern words in songs.

    The long-term comfort with the ear loops is a potential issue. The first day I wore them, my ears got sore from the loops. But I've been wearing them for quite an extended period of time today and they seem to be OK - perhaps I had pushed the ear loops too hard against my ear the first day.

    Overall very pleased with this purchase.

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from richmond

    natural sounding, very good sound quality, the loop locks on to your ears no matter what your activities are, the wires are strong and stable and built to last. Audiophile quality. Had this for two years now, never had a problem and never bought anything else, very very satisfied.

    29 of 30 people found this useful