• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only lasted 6 weeks

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I got these earphones for christmas, and I have to say that they have a terrible overall design. They are not very comfortable in the ear for long periods of time, and tend to fall out of your ear if your working out and sweating. They also stick out of your ear a lot more than you would think, so it looks funny.

    The worst part is that with normal use, these earphones only lasted 6 weeks until the wire got disconnected from the left earbud. Not too happy about these earphones considering they cost almost 200 bucks.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor sound quality

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I bought these based on the reviews. After receiving them I am very surprised, and a bit angry about the high ratings.

    The sound is not natural. The highs sound interesting, but are a lot more tinny or pingy than normal. The lows are basically not there. Very poor base.

    I tried all the sizes of the ear buds, one size was not too uncomfortable, but in general, I can not make them feel good.

    I would have kept them and put up with the discomfort if they would have had a realistic sound, but they do not.

    10 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst B&W Product ever.

    • Written by from Luxembourg

    After lots of tryouts - to find the right fit - the headphone provide good sound. That's everything positive about them.

    - The fit is globally not good, the headphones hurt your ears after wearing for more then 15minutes. Their system to make them stay in your ear is not convincing and they are also too heavy for in-ear headphones.

    - The cables are very stiff; i.e. it's not really possible to wind them up to store them.

    - The remote is really badly designed - it is cylindrical!! - but you can only push the cylinder in one way - i.e. you have to perfectly turn it each time you want to press - plus the button doesn't work well - so most of the time it just doesn't work

    - The included pouch is ridiculous - there is just no way to put the headphone nicely in it. Seriously there is no way.

    - Really bad price/quality value on this product. It feels a lot like "Made in china".

    I own other B&W Products and really love them - actually I'm quite a fan of the brand - but the C5 are seriously disappointing. The sound is good but all the rest makes them unusable, just for being badly designed. I strongly recommend you take them in your hands once before buying them. I'm now back using the ones included with my iPod, despite the better sound of the B&W's.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful design hurts your ears

    • Written by from Washington

    Don't believe the hype on these headphones. Audio quality is definitely superb, no doubt about that. The problem is the casing, I'm not sure who thought it makes sense to give ear phone design sharp edges. Anything that's supposed to be housed in your ears should have CURVED, not SHARP edges. Does this really need explaining?!? Even if you get the vaunted hard tube casing to fit snug in your ear, the casing itself will jab your ears very sharply. DO NOT BUY.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    • Written by from Astoria

    I got this B&W to replace my Bose IE2 due to the cable falling apart and I must say the sound is not even close to Bose, not to mention the bass sounds like a $20 headseat. The only thing that I find better than Bose is the cable having a plastic cover, which will protect it more.
    Will change them to a Bose and hope they will last me more than a year :)

    9 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor performance

    • Written by from San Ramon

    These just don"t sound good. Tried to like these, but these are the worst sounding, overpriced headphones I've ever tried. Don't believe the hype and save your money.

    12 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    These headphones provide great sound, unfortunately they aren't particularly durable.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor construction, yet great sound

    • Written by from Jersey City

    Although the B&W C5 headphones have tremendous sound quality (super deep bass for buds, great mids and highs as well), I have had to return them twice so far due to the same manufacturer's defect. After a month of buying these from the Apple Store, the left ear monitor stopped working. Apple was kind and switched them out for a new pair free of charge under their 30 day retailer's warranty. This was in October, and now three months later in January, the left ear monitor on the newer headphones has stopped working again. The sound goes in and out if I jiggle the cord that enters into the headphone but it was too frustrating to deal with so I returned them to B&W. The flaw is in the design of the headphone in that the loop that extends above the headphone that is supposed to fit inside your outer ear also contains the cord that enters into the headphone, so it seems very easy to disrupt the connection when you are adjusting the size of the loop. These are great sounding headphones when they work but the headaches they have caused me due to their malfunctioning design have led me to write a poor review. Avoid these if you want a durable pair of great sounding headphones (these will NOT last).

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please Read if you have sensitive ears!

    • Written by from Westfield

    Ok before i say anything else i want to say first that i am not some other company leaving a bad review i am an honest consumer and i thought that i could share with you how i feel about these headphones. i am by no means an audiophile just your average consumer. So first off i could not get these to fit into my ears no matter what i did. i switched out earbuds and tried different positions but nothing worked. i also ripped two of the earbuds in half because they are attached so tightly to the headphones and the earbuds are poorly constructed. Finally after i thought i got the best fit possible the pain in my ears was terrible it feels like someone is taking a pen and pushing it into your ear canal. Even more the sound quality is not that great because i have to keep them loose in my ears otherwise it feels like someone is trying to stab out my eardrums with a pen. My choice would be to go with the Bose Mie2i they are much more comfortable and have great bass. thanks for taking the time to read this.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    • Written by from BOSTON

    Returned these headphones within 2 hours of purchasing them. Firstly, felt like an idiot trying to figure out how to use them; secondly, they were awkward & poor fitting when I did; thirdly, I can't speak for the sound quality as I was so frustrated at that stage I did't bother to even turn them on. Cool is one thing, but incredibily non-user friendly another.

    11 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy, doesn't stay in ear

    • Written by from Woodside

    I bought them after my Beats by Dre died on me (for sports). I'm not a fan of an in-ear headphones and I wanted to be sweat proof as well.

    First of all, these looked fragile and for the price you would expect it to be durable or at least take really good care of them. But let's be real I live in NYC - 1 point.

    After figuring it out how to put them on (it comes with instructions) fumbling with it maybe 20 minutes or at least that's what it felt like, in the rain it came off. -1

    Needless to say, I returned these headphones and I'm still searching for the 'one'

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it doesn't worth the price

    • Written by from Faribault

    I had tried a few earphones, like Bose, Monster and Sennheiser. This earphone is EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE, and the sound does not worth this price. So guys, try it and think about do you really want it before you buy it.

    11 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy

    • Written by from Lake Geneva

    I was excited by the BW C5s based on the stars given it on this site. I own several sets of headphones ranging from high end to the buds that come with the iPhone...The C5s are the worst sounding, most poorly constructed in ear phones I have ever had at any price. They are tinny and irritating (no bass at all), and even difficult to remove from the packaging. A real ripoff. Do not believe the favorable reviews. Try the Bose in hear sets (cheaper) or stick with the Apple standard set...

    8 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awfull sound

    • Written by from new york

    Just bought this yesterday and am returning it today, what a disappointment, great sound if you listen to Bob Dylan, really awful to listen to dance and techno music

    11 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Antonio

    Tinny is the only way to describe the sound. Don't look for any bass no matter how you set the sound on your iPod. Over priced and underperforming. The disappointing thing is that Bowers & Wilkins makes such great speakers. How could they not have listened to these things?

    19 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Melville

    I bought these and returned them 30 minutes later. Yes is had a little more base but the highs were to tinny and hurt my ears. Bought the Bose instead, they provide me with a fuller range of sound and much more comfortable at a lower price.

    22 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Build Quality

    • Written by from Lebanon

    Great sound when they work... I'm on my 2nd pair and on both sets the left driver has failed... I'm done with these...

    21 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No, no...

    • Written by from Coteau-du-Lac

    I own a lot of different types of cans...both in ear and not.

    This is the worst I ever came across.

    One- hard to play and fiddle with the ear loop for a proper fit.
    Two- cables very stiff.. They snag everything on the way
    Three- sound is thin.. *might be acceptable for classic & soft jazz
    Four- isolation is good ..but too good for my use- i wanted to use them for talking on the phone.. But what i hear is my voice throught.plus..they gave me a headache and earache within a few minutes . Funny hight earcanal pressure that hurt...bad.

    So ..the bose in-ear are way,way better for talking & bass induced music.

    By the way i own the P5s ...wonderful..like in fantastic !
    Only cans better are my Grado GS1000... but thats another story.

    13 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Black Metal Paint Chips after a couple days

    • Written by from new york

    I used these carefully with the case provided,
    but the black paint chips off after a couple days of use.
    It chips and scratches so easily and exposes its silver metal inside.

    I have 2 other friends who bought them, and same chips after a couple days of use.
    How can these expensive earphones be so easily chipped???? I thought it was supposed to be Tungsten, which should be stronger than Titanium..

    20 of 63 people found this useful