• 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wasted time and cash

    • Written by from Pleasant Grove

    No apologies here. This is the most overpriced set of earbuds I have ever
    purchased. The sound was good, but it ends there.
    •With the adjustable loop the earbud comes away from inside my ear and allows ambient noise in.
    •The wires are so stiff, they stick out and snag everything.
    •The buttons are not easy to locate and use for phone calls. The only reference is the slight depression in the bar.
    •The clamshell carry case is useless. I can find no logical way to use it. By the time you stuff everything in, you risk zipping up a wire.
    •How can a company justify selling these for so much money. I was ashamed that I spent the money after I did. Even though the sound was good, for $179.00, they should knock my socks off like the P5 over the ear B&W's do.

    Where do I go from here? I guess my $39. V-Moda from Costco will need to last a little longer. I just wish they were 3 button

    17 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shock Hazard

    • Written by from Yonkers

    I've had these headphones for about 8 months. Before getting to the negative, I have to say that the sound quality and noise cancellation capability of the B&W headphones are a cut above. I've owned Shures and Monster in-ear headphones previously and these are better. Now the bad part - over the past couple of months I've been getting shocked intermittently when I'm walking outside in the cold and when I make sudden movements either getting up from a desk, couch or generally moving around. The design flaw is most likely due to the ear pieces being made of metal and not being properly grounded.

    Barring the free shock therapy, I would have given the headphones 5-stars.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but wouldn't stay in ears

    • Written by from Calgary

    Had very high hopes for them but was very disappointed. Maybe I have deformed ears, but I spent way too much time trying to place/wedge/coax/glue/staple these things into my ears for a comfortable, lasting fit. It never really happened. For brief spells when they were in place, they sounded very good. But if I wanted to do anything more that lay in bed, they wouldn't work. The wires are very rigid/heavy and that was also annoying, even if they would have fit better.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Long Beach

    At first I thought these were amazing, great sound and base. But after 2 weeks of normal use they started acting up. Itunes would automatically turn on even if I force quite the app, music that is paused starts playing a few mins later like if they had a mind of there own. Eventually the left bud completely gave out. I would expect more from a brand such as bowers and wilkins, especially after 2 weeks of use!

    2 of 7 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Calgary

    I just bought these today from the Apple Store. I know that Bowers & Wilkins make amazing home speakers but I didn't know what to expect with these. I unboxed them and then tried to use them but they wouldn't fit in my ears. It was extremely annoying and made me want to punch a hole in the wall. I expected that changing the rubber buds would help but it didn't. Not only that, but I was expecting a much more acoustic earphone from Bowers & Wilkins yet these had way too much bass and the treble was too loud. I love the look of them but can't think of any other positives.

    1 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not As Advertised! No Bass. Do Not Stay In Ear.

    • Written by from HOBOKEN

    After reading so many positive reviews, I thought these were the perfect choice to support my inner audiophile. I excitedly opened the box (needlessly complicated) and plugged them right in to my iPhone. To my extreme disappointment, they sounded like Apple Headphones! Argh!

    I thought these would be better than Bose MIE2I but NO! They sounded terrible. The left ear crackled at low volume and the much vaunted loop design did not stay in my ears. The huge "Made in China" tag said it all.

    I am definitely returning these and going back to my MIT-Boffin Designed Bose Earphones.

    34 of 73 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design terrible sound

    • Written by from Brea

    I choose this headset because of the reviews and wanted something different than my husband (Bose). So we were both excited when we received it, loved the fit in the ear and the cool design. Then we listened to the two side by side and BY FAR the Bose had the better sound quality. Sent it back the next day and ordered the Bose MIE2i

    8 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing Sound Quality

    • Written by from Chicago

    Having admired B&W speakers for years - and been a proud owner of the 801Fs - I was excited to replace my aging Bose earphones with the B&W C5s. To my unpleasant surprise they sounded tinny. I listen to classical and opera and the entire soundstage moved back 1000 feet. Strings sounded strident and the brass lacked punch. There was no bass to speak of. The Bose are far superior. Changing the ear tips is just about impossible. They will rip if you try. I'm sticking with the Bose - a far superior product. Too bad...and disappointing.

    2 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    the real headphone

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    this is the real thing the best headphone this is the one beats power Beats.

    9 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good products for a limited time though...

    • Written by from JENKS

    Look. I am not a lier, I am not another company just leaving a bad review, I'm like any other person out there and I love music. Music is my life. Spending almost four hundred dollars a week on iTunes for apps and music is what I do haha and I wanted some good headphones to listen to all the music I have. I bought these December 30th 2011 and now it's in almost the second week of January and the right side of the headphone has completely stopped working. I am not going to lie. I am mad. I spent over 170 dollars on these. I usually just but skull cants but since everyone has said the beats are great and I have never heard of these in my life but a ladie at the apple store in Santa Ana, CA recommended these for me so I took it into consideration since she did have the beats and said they weren't great. But If you do like a good sound go for theses but for what I have went through and now having to return them, I will be researching more headphones.

    8 of 25 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

    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

    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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Simi Valley

    B&W C5 headphones will deliver a 10k quality sound. believe me..."I'm Italian!"

    8 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Headphones Never Stayed In My Ears For More Than 3 Minutes

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    I was so excited to try these headphones. However, I was never able to get the headphones to stay in my ears for more than 3 minutes. The loop is an innovative idea that's very hard to use.

    13 of 39 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

    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