• 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound is good, build quality not so much

    • Written by from Ottawa

    I bought this at Apple store about a year ago. My most frequent issue with headphones has been failing jacks which in this case didn't happen so that was good. Sound quality is appropriate for the price and I like the fitting mechanism.

    Recently though the mid-section where cables join seems to have issues. When I walk or move the cable, if the joint also moves, sound in one ear stops. It's been getting worse. There's no sign of external damage and I kept these very well protected. Honestly, expected better build quality given the price.

    93 of 95 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    They don't last

    • Written by from San francisco

    It's been 6 months since I bught this earphones and the cable already broke, very disappointing since they are not cheap.
    To be fair , the fit and sound are great .

    73 of 79 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound, poor design choices

    • Written by from Stavanger

    The pros:

    The C5 offer excellent sound, especially mid- to low range. Deep bass is reproduced with convincing control and authority, so much so that I frequently find myself pulling out one of the plugs to check if I accidentally left the subwoofers on. Vocals are also treated with usual B&W signature excellence. That being said, expect the usual B&W coloration; i.e. not neutral sound, but warm and a bit woolly and with a slight lack of treble clarity and detail.

    Aesthetically, the C5 are things of beauty. From the jet black cylindrical design to the silver "grille" at the back, they look very nice indeed. Some users are complaining that the buds are too heavy, but for me this hasn’t been a problem during workouts.

    The cons:

    There are a few points that potential buyers need to know about. The cable is very stiff and easy to break. I work at a Hi Fi dealership, and we’ve had unusually many C5s returned due to cable breakage. I’m on my second pair now after only two months, and despite being very careful I’m likely to move on to my third before summer.

    The carrying case is a joke. Although very stylish, it’s far too small, especially considering the stiff cable. B&W have attempted to rectify this by removing the integrated plug holder in later versions, but this hasn’t helped much considering the case is still the same overall size.

    The remote is also a bit of a blunder. It’s cylindrical and only works if pushed in a very specific way. It’s difficult to use without looking, and impossible if you ever wear gloves. There is also a lot of noise when using the hands free function.

    Conclusion: Great sound, but troubled by some very poor design choices.

    57 of 58 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

  • 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.

    51 of 55 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for people who sweat.

    • Written by from Wilmington

    As a runner, I tend to sweat A LOT. I bought these in Aug'11 because I wanted something with a great sound, but would stay in place when running (most earbuds wont stay put). These are excellent...... for the first few weeks. Then the control on the wire stopped working from sweat. I try to dry them off after every use, and keep them clean. Thennnnn the right earbud stopped working. I contacted B&W and they replaced them for no charge........ Two months later, same issue. Right earbud isnt working and control works intermittently.

    All in all, if you want a nice earbud with great sound, BUY THESE.... just dont work out in them if you intend on sweating.

    ...... back to the hunt on the perfect earbud yet AGAIN!

    48 of 56 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