• 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

    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

    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

    Perfect in-ear headphones

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    The sound is pristine. They stay in your ears very well. You can run with these, I ran a half marathon with them. They fit in the outer ear so well that they block out sound (not "cancel" but essentially block all sound. Put these on in a crowded coffee shop and you can easily escape and concentrate on the book/lecture/task at hand. I love them.

    29 of 31 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.

    27 of 27 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

  • 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

    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

    Great service

    • Written by from ATLANTA

    These are wonderful sounding earphones - and my favorite so far (have had Bose's, Klipsch, and multiple others). Had to get some replacement buds for these, and I have to attest that Bowers' customer service was TREMENDOUS. They have a customer for life given how well they treat you after you buy. Most places nowadays cast you off and it takes forever to get a response - not Bowers. Love em. Buy some - you will not regret it (I promise I don't work for them!!).

    27 of 29 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

    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

    Truly Excellent, Amazing sound

    • Written by from Noblesville

    I am so impressed with these headphones. I never have heard so many subtle sound tones as with these headphones. This is coming from a 45 year old with borderline hearing. I just assumed I was unable to hear this range of tones.

    I prefer the iPhone music setting to EQ Bass Booster for rock and pop music. The default music settings are great for Classical music. I have been so impressed with these headphones that I am going to also buy the P5 headphones as well.

    Quality is top notch. Cool modern design.

    Comfort is acceptable. They were a bit uncomfortable at first. This has improved with use.

    Price is acceptable.

    Very portable in included small case.

    Good background outside noise isolation, especially on an airplane.

    No noise distortion at high volume.

    Very happy.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones!

    • Written by from Glendale

    Was debating between these of the P5s, both seemed like great choices - B&W has a great reputation. Anyways, I went with these for a few reasons. Namely they were more portable, less flashy, and at the better price point. I can always get the P5s for half-price anyways through credit card rewards.

    Many people have said that they hurt their ears, this is true - BUT only because your USING THEM WRONG. They were hurting my ears, the metal part kept gouging into my ear, and I felt like I had to push the headphones in deep to get strong bass. Turns out I was using the wrong tips. Changed out the tips for a different pair, and it solved all my problems. Now they stay in, have great bass, and DON'T hurt my ears!

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I am delighted with these headphones! I never had expensive ones before, and these are fantastic, and definitely worth the very considerable expense. I just listened to the last movement of Saint-Saen's Organ symphony and it was remarkable! One could hear the bass so strongly. Perfect!!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and comfortable fit--not as uncomfortable as others say

    • Written by from Jackson

    This product obviously has great, clean, technical sound. Some of the best I've heard. I wanted to comment on the comfort factor, however, since most other reviews speak badly of them. I feel like only those people with some kind of complaint are more likely to leave negative reviews, so here I go. I bought mine 3 days ago, and I put them on leaving the Apple store--got home 45 minutes later after making some stops and still had them on. My ears weren't sore at all. I understand what some people say, but that's because they shove them too deep in their ear to make them "noise canceling" and the sharp metal outer piece gouges their ear. First, the product never claims to be "noise canceling," though it does a reasonably good job blocking out most noise. They are supposed to sit in your outer ear canal with the APPROPRIATELY sized rubber ear piece so the fit is snug. If you use an undersized ear piece and cram them into the ear, yeah of course it's uncomfortable, but then again you are trying to make them something they're not--noise canceling (by cramming them into your ear to be noise canceling). I love mine. I have warn them every day for hours since I bought them and they are great. Sound is wonderful, especially classical, vocal/choral, and jazz. I highly recommend them.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best In-Ear Headphones on Market

    • Written by from Phoenixville

    Outstanding headphones. Switched from Bose to Bowers & Wilkins and what a difference! The B&W stay in your ear much better, and I've heard sounds in my music that I never heard either through stereo or Bose earphones. They also isolate outside noise very well. I used these during airplane travel and hardly heard any outside noise. I highly recommend these to anyone in the market for in-ear headphones.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & Wilkins Ear-Buds

    • Written by from Vadnais Heights

    If you're looking for headphones (Ear-Buds) that have a perfect in-ear fit that adjust for ultimate comfort, sound so unbelievably clear even when at loudest levels and appearance resembling the future then get Bowers & Wilkins C5 in-ears. Bass is crazy good, noise canceling is surprisingly comparable to over-earphones. The best part is they never need adjusting while running and don't fall out of your ear!!!!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceeds all expectations!

    • Written by from Danville

    Headphone junky here... I carry 4 different headphone setups with me in my briefcase. Not sure why, just an idiosyncracy. Anyhow, I had read the reviews, both good and bad, on the C5's. I though I would take the plunge and did an impulse purchase while visiting the Apple store this week. Initial setup was OK but not mind blowing. Got home and got the proper size buds installed.

    My mind is blown! These are exceptional! Best I've ever owned!
    - deep, tight base
    - sound stage is more like a over ear full headphone than a bud system. Very large sound stage
    - very low distortion.
    - very stable in your ear and comfortable
    - I'm still pinching myself to make sure that this is the same old iPhone setup and music collection that never sounded nearly this good.

    Great tight bass and dynamic range.

    Whole different world of sound! I'm blown away!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellence at its finest !!!

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    These are the best in ear headphones..EVER !! I thought that the cable mechanism used to hold them in place would irritate my ear. Was I ever wrong. Once i adjusted them, they felt comfortable. I had to check to see if they had not fallen out but they hold pretty well. I tested them in their intended purpose..running. Went for a 5 miler and never did they even jiggle. I cannot believe they stay in my ears so well. And the sound, well...this is a B & W product. It sounds just like the P5's and maybe a tad better if thats possible. This is the type of headphones that let you hear things that you've never heard before. The music sounds different. Clarity is the word that comes to mind. Just an outstanding product. Buy these, you won't regret it.
    5 stars !!!!!!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unsurpassed Audio Fidelity.

    • Written by from Kihei

    Now at $180, it is fairly costly, however it is worth every penny. The audio quality for all genres of music is simply staggering. This is a headphone that has been carefully crafted to produce consistently excellent results. So don't be fooled by the Beats by Dre hype. Instead, pop down to your local Apple store or indeed the online store and get yourself a pair of these. You won't regret it.

    8 of 8 people found this useful