• 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 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

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken after less than 1 month.

    • Written by from Lasalle

    After less than 1 month of use the left earpiece stopped working. Very unreliable.
    I was also refused any service at the apple store, despite being within the return period.

    45 of 63 people found this useful

  • 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.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best in ears I've had

    • Written by from Maastricht

    I have some shure in ears they cost about the same as these C5 in ears, and I can tell you the shire ones are blown away. The C5's stay better in my ears and have way better sound across the whole range. They are just awesome !

    28 of 30 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great but uncomfortable

    • Written by from Burnaby

    Probably got the cleanest bass sound but the design factor of the tips make it the most uncomfortable in-ear headphones to use.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great at first but...

    • Written by from Rutherfordton

    These were great at first. I got them for Christmas and the left side quit working by February. Loved the fit while running, however, the left side now has a short in it and doesn't work. I only used them for running. I thought the headphones would have lasted longer. I am very disappointed.

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh yes

    • Written by from ALEXANDRIA

    Really tired of reviews based on speculation rather than actual opinion from experience. Sound isolation: YES with proper seal in ears (4 diff sizes) sound quality: AWESOME full and accurate low mid and high range.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A headphone that unmasks quality.

    • Written by from chateauguay

    Have had them for 3 days now; they are open, airy, pretty neutral and really reveal quality recordings so if you try them in the Apple store or elsewhere use artists who care about the quality of their recordings..Chris Isaak, John Mayer or Mark Knopfler..also try Beethoven's 5th. The cable keeps them snug in your ear and they won't move if you jog or jump around. Found them to be more detailed and precise than the Sennheisers I had, but they cost $70 more but are worth it.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pluses and minuses

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    sound-very clear, bass is in proper proportion to rest of the spectrum
    isolation-very good, not quite as good as Etymotics
    fit-very good, can become uncomfortable after 2-3 hours of continuous use. But they do not fall out. Ever.

    one of the ear gels tore in half when I tried to switch them. Be very careful! I expect that B&W will replace quickly based on other reviewers.

    Overall, a positive review, I will use for critical listening until I get used to them. I think more use will reduce the discomfort factor. I really like them. Very transparent for an earbud.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blown Away!!!

    • Written by from WALLED LAKE

    These earbuds are superb! I have tried multiple pairs of earbuds in this price range and other prices, both more and less expensive. Although a bit expensive at $190 a pair, they are well worth it and blow away the competition. They do take some getting used to as they are a bit of a different fit in the ear, however, I use mine for working out and they are very secure and sound AMAZING. I hear sounds from my songs that I never heard before, the fidelity, quality of music and balance across mids, lows, and highs is Awesome. By far the best in ear product I have ever experienced. Only thing that could make these better is if they had a white model to match my shiny white iphone 4!!!

    21 of 22 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

  • 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).

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    • Written by from Coopersburg

    First of all the sound quality is very good, which is expected from a product at this price point. However past that there is very little to give praise about. The earpieces are not comfortable after a brief period of time your ear becomes sore from the wire which is used to hold the earpieces in place. Also, the mic/remote combination is awful - from the first time to the last the in-wire remote was almost impossible to use with out irritation. I would not recommend this product.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Had to return mine, terribly uncomfortable

    • Written by from Vancouver

    The sound quality really surprised me, it has great lows.
    But after about 5 days they were just really hurting my ears.

    26 of 35 people found this useful