• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful sound

    • Written by from Palisades Park

    I've always preferred in-ear phones and as such have always looked for a good pair to replace the stock iphone set. I can say these are the best I've ever used and the ones I'll be sticking with in the future. First, the fit is secure and comfortable. The locking loop keeps the phones sitting in the right position without falling out or too far in. The sound is also of superior quality - the construct allows the music to sound open and airy. My only complaint is with the in-line remote, which is fine to use, but sometimes difficulty to identify the buttons from touch alone. Overall, excellent build quality and usefulness.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally, I got what I want.

    • Written by from ENGLEWOOD

    These earbuds (1) fit well (2) stay in my ears and (3) sound great! After being disatisfied with four previous brands of expensive earbuds, I'm happy to say the B&W C5 earbuds excel in all 3 categories. I love them!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Give them a chance, you may be surprised.

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    I purchased these about 2 months ago, as I got sick of having to listen to music on the stock apple earbuds when I was working out. I have owned their more expensive counterpart, the P5, for a little more than a year now. Additionally, I have been familiar with B&W's Hi-Fi components for several years.

    Build quality was clearly of high concern when these headphones were being planned. They are quite beefy in your hands when compared to other in ear models. They feel very sturdy and well made, although I wouldn't suggest you be terribly rough with them. The cable seems sturdy, and the remote/mic works very well for me. The included case is all but useless. Yeah it looks cool, but I'd love to see someone who could open it with one hand. I constantly find myself wrapping the cord around one hand only to notice I can't get the case open with my other hand. Then, after you miracle the case open and somehow manage to cram everything into the cramped space inside, you have to fight to get it closed. It almost goes without saying that I very seldom employ the case for storage of the C5.

    If you are a truly picky audiophile, you will probably want to skip on these. The sound is not at all natural, but is instead heavily colored in typical B&W fashion. For the most part, the C5 sound remarkably similar to the P5. The highs are crisp but ever so slightly rolled off, yet not to the point that I feel it detracts from the music. The mids are pretty rich, but unlike with the P5 mids can often be overshadowed by the ample amounts of bass these headphones put out. At first the lows were so overpowering I was almost considering returning them to the Apple store and looking elsewhere. After a few days of listening though, they mellowed out and tightened up enough for my liking. Luckily for me, I primarily listen to Rap and other bass-oriented music when I work out. The C5 are decent enough for other genres, such as classical and jazz, but I usually find myself switching to their big brother when I'm relaxing and listening to more refined genres of music. The P5 definitely have a more balanced sound in my opinion.

    The comfort factor, from my understanding, is on a completely individual basis. Personally, I find them extremely secure and comfortable. Having them fall out is virtually a non-issue for me. I would highly suggest, should you make the purchase, that you give them a few days to figure out if they will work for you or not. Long listening sessions with the C5 are, if anything, more comfortable to me than extended use of the P5.

    In summary, I think the majority of listeners will be more than pleased with these. Definitely make sure to try them out thoroughly, as the sound changes for the better with use. If you're looking for a pair of headphones to listen to jazz or classical primarily, and you can afford the extra ~$120, I would strongly suggest auditioning the P5 as they are better suited to such genres.On a slightly unrelated note, do yourself a favor and don't go near the Beats line. It's very cheaply made for the money they charge, and what you get is an all out aural assault of muddy/boomy/flabby bass. Unless you like that. Whatever, it's not my money you're spending.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones!

    • Written by from Markham

    I haven't had these too long, but they do fit well and the sound is great! They are on the pricey side, but they may be worth it, it'll be nice to see how tough and long they last without any problems since I've been through quite a few headphones since I've had my iPod and then iPhone. These may take a little time to get used to them in your ears, but the sound is exceptional , I also have some Marshall Minor FX headphones and they are great! great sound, almost the same as these and they are less money and they fit perfect and you forget you're wearing them they are so comfortable, but once I've used these ones a little longer I will rewrite a review to be fair. I like them both a lot!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic! But fit is critical!

    • Written by from san antonio

    I have used 3 Shure models, Entymotic, V-Moda, Bose, and Klipsch. The only ones that sound anywhere as good are the Klipsch (custom 3's, $300) With these B&W's you can hear detail like no other and the bass is deep and tight. If you like that overpowering, boomy bass like Rap has you might want to look elsewhere. I listen to a wide variety of music so I tried these out with Metallica, Theory of a Deadman, Joe Bonamassa, Kings of Leon, Beth Hart, The Rippingtons, Chris Rea, Mark Knofler, and some others. These sound great with them all. One thing, FIT IS CRITICAL! These are not meant to go as deep into the ear canal as others. I can tell some of these reviewers are fitting them wrong. You might need to go to a larger tip than you would normally use because they are meant to sit out farther. The loop is not supposed to fit in the inner ear canal! When I put on the larger tips, the sound really came out nice and warm and full. It took me about 15 seconds to fit initially, listened to a few songs and wasn't overly impressed. Then another 30 seconds to change tips (very tight) popped them back in and WOW! Big difference. If fit properly you can pop these in with a snug fit in 2 seconds. Literally.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for the Novice!

    • Written by from los angeles

    these headphones are very well made, but you have to adjust the earpieces to your ear so they fit snuggly! at first, i was like my bose{ie2's} are better than this, but then after multiple fits and adjustments. the b &w is way better in every way, the sound is awesome, the fit is snug and the clarity is very clear! this is a pair of advanced headphones, so if you expect put them on and experiene great sound right away, you will be dissapointed, and like every person , no two ear canals are the same, so be patient, then be amazed by the sound!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Be Patient with the fit

    • Written by from Raleigh

    I had a set of Bang & Olufsen A8s that finally died on me after 4 years. I was going to replace them with another set of B&Os but saw the C5s on sale for $120 at Apple's Black Friday Sale and took the plunge.

    First off, the C5s WILL be uncomfortable for the first week or so of use. They are a very unique design and the Ear Loop takes some getting used to. Once you get it to work, however, the fit is absolutely spectacular; I hate in-ear monitors because they don't fit well in my ears, but the C5s fit snugly and don't move at all once you get them in here.

    Secondly, these headphones sound really, really fantastic. Not quite as good as Etymotic or B&O in the high range, but they do offer a near-flat frequency response, which means highs and lows will be pronounced while retaining a "fat" sounding middle. Bass is full and rich without being overpowering like in the Monster iBeats. And the Bose iE2s have nothing on these. I like Bose products (own a pair of QC3s) but the C5s completely verify the "No Highs, No Lows, Must be Bose" adage.

    The one problem I've had with the headphones is that the carrying case is literally impossible to use. But absolutely no problems with the headphones themselves.

    If you're looking for something different, I encourage you to give these a try. These headphones truly are as good as advertised. And they look pretty sweet too :)

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ringo's kick drum is in my ear...FINALLY!!!

    • Written by from Crofton

    I've had these for a month. I wanted to try all the tips to make sure I had the best size for bass response before I rated them. Proper fit is the key and when I found the right ones...WOW! These are the best in-ear headphones I've ever owned. Some others I've had sounded OK when you held them in place by hand but these are the only ones that have stayed in proper alignment hands free! I've read some other reviews about the trouble getting the ear tips on and off...they're right. They're a pain in the buns but please be patient. It will pay off with tight accurate sound with bass to spare. Happy listening!!!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chicago

    I bought these last autumn on the strength of the B&W reputation and the good reviews I had seen online. I was using Sennheiser CX400-IIs until then, but wanted something with a built-mic etc. I have owned UEs, Shure E5s, and V-Moda buds in the past.

    My initial impression was good build quality, which I would expect at this price point. However, I care primarily about sound quality, then comfort. As far as comfort goes, they took a bit of getting used to (they stay put perfectly, but the feeling of the cable loops is odd at first), but it was well worth it because...

    The sound quality is exceptional. I generally listen to music on my iPhone 4S, lossless or at least 256kps files. Plenty of detail, beautifully balanced and open sound. Bass is rich and defined without distracting from other aspects of the music.

    This seems to be true across genres. The main sense I get is of great detail and separation. I can easily cast my mind's eye on any element in the mix and follow it. I can hear fingers on the strings of guitars, clearly follow the bass at the bottom and even sense the room air on a shaker. From death metal to 70s classic rock. Jazz and classical also sound beautiful: nice wide and deep soundstage, every detail present.

    The biggest revelation, however, was the first time I listened to electronic music on these. They are more than capable of delivering the full range of any dubstep mix I have come across. I hear things in the sub range on these that I don't hear anywhere outside a club. Skrillex, deadmau5 fans - these are heaven.

    To summarize then, these are the best earbuds I've owned. Every style of music sounds as good as it can, and they are comfortable to wear for extended periods, sitting still or while active. Great work B&W!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best in market

    • Written by from GLENDALE

    I tested and reviewed several high end headphones after settling on these. I bought the Shure 435's which are the industry standard for professionals, which cost roughly $300. The Shure's sounded great and were very crisp, but mid-level bass was lacking and they became uncomfortable after 30 mins of usage. I also tried the Klipsich in-ears which cost roughly $100. The bass was overwhelming in these, and you missed a lot of the lows. I previously owned a pair of the iBeats and those are by far the worst and most overpriced headphones. The bass drowned out everything and have poor build quality which caused me to replace them 3 times in 6 months.

    I settled on the B&W's because they have the best sound out of all. You will hear things in your favorite music that you didn't even know where there. The bass is great, but not overwhelming where it drowns the low. Top it off, they stay in my ear at the gym, snowboarding, hiking, and even regular usage at the work place. I have not had them fall out once. To make them even better, pick up the Comply foam tips for about $15 bucks for 3 sets and you will never need another pair of headphones.

    Also, B&W gives you a 2 year manufacturer warranty so you know you have a solid pair of headphones for at least 2 years.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The clearist sounding in ear headphones

    • Written by from ORANGEVILLE

    I currently own the Bose MIE2i but was never too impressed with the sound. They are good but not impressive. I started looking for something else that is in-ear also but better. I tried the Dr Dre ones and asked some of my friends who work in the recording industry and everyone said they are garbage and I agree. The C5 are simply awsome and when the music is on you can't hear anyrhing else around you. I was worried about the comfort issue but at least for me they are more comfortable than the Bose. Apple gives you 14 days to try them so I really suggest you do. Don't listen to others you can always return them if they don't work for you.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrific headphones

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Superb sound, superb quality, superb fit, and the cutest little case. Totally pleased.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W C5 - Simply Awesome!

    • Written by from Valencia

    I've tried many of the more affordable ($25-$100) as well as the mid priced in-ear ($100-$200) headphones and must say... You can't go wrong with the C5's. The cost may be a bit high for the average consumer but if you're looking for an exceptional in-ear solution and love quality sound "You must give the C5's a try". Anything within the $100 range just didn't satisfy me so the extra $100 was well worth it. The B&W C5's are clear with much more detail and provide exceptional bass for an in-ear product. Highs are precise, mids are detailed and give you the feeling of being in the recording studio. Fit and feel is great. Just be sure to try the different ear pieces for the right fit. The wrong ear piece will sound horrible. The right ear piece will sound totally amazing and you will be very happy you gave the C5's a try.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My search is over

    • Written by from HURST

    I love great sound and have struggled to find headphones that will both stay in my ears and deliver great sound while I am running. I have tried Bose and Monster on the more expensive end of the scale, but even the latest designs with the interior support clip do not work for my ears.

    I purchased the C5 thinking that the wire design was meant to go outside the top of the ear. It actually is made to adjust to fill the inner surface of the ear like the clips on the Monster isolators. I tried this again with the C5s and it still did not work for me. Then I removed the wires from the adjustable guides on the ear bud, reversed the left, right and put the wire over the top of my ear. After slightly adjusting how they were angled into my ear canal, creating a solid contact with the bud, I discovered the sound I was looking for in my workouts. There was solid bass in addition to detailed highs and pleasant mids.

    I maybe the only person who has need of this alternate approach, but if you are searching for a great sounding pair of ear buds...give these a try.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from FORT LAUDERDALE

    I've had Apple's in-ear headphones and dr dre ibeats. The B&W headphones are, by far, superior sound. There are several ear bud tips that come with them. Make sure you try them out for fit. When I first put these on, I was disappointed. When I put the tips on that fit right (duh), the sound was fantastic. They stay in my ears well and are more comfortable.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Concert for one...

    • Written by from DALLAS

    I just purchased the C5 Headphones... I initially bought the Klipsch, great headphones but lacked bass. I took them back after a day and purchased the C5. Theses headphones have it all. I listen to a wide genre of music and it covers them all. It has the bass, the high's and the mid's, crip clean music. Very natural and realistic sound the music feels remarkably rich and expansive.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    3 Words: Ah-Maze-Ing!

    • Written by from Mableton

    Bought them yesterday. Sound quality is stellar. I listen to trance while at the gym and these headphones deliver both the highs and lows in abundance. The secure loop system used to keep them in your ears is not only innovative but it actually WORKS! While time will tell if they hold up to using them while working out, I'm absolutely amazed at the sound they deliver. This is my first B&W product purchase, and it hopefully won't be the last.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fabulous

    • Written by from dumfries

    Had a set of Shure in-ear phones a few years ago - they had good sound, but could never work the fit out. These headphones fit snugly and comfortably, are almost as good as my Bose for noise suppression, and deliver crystal clear and amazing sound.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound!

    • Written by from Fraser

    I've been wanting then B&W P5's for a while, problem is I prefer in ear headphones because I can stick them in my pocket, over ear head phones are harder to carry around (when not in use). So I decided to go with the C5's and figured if I didn't like the sound quality I would return them. The first song I listened to on them was Cloth by Common. I was absolutely amazed. The store that I work in sells Bose, B&W, Beats by Dre, Skull Candy Avaitors and a few other models. I liked the Bose and the Avaitors but I wasn't a fan of the DreBeats. Out of all the headphones I tested, I liked the p5's the best but couldn't decide whether I wanted over ear head phones. I decided to try out the C5's and I'm glad I didn't buy over ear head phones. They sound amazing. I had a long debate over the Bose MEI2's or these headphones. I couldn't test either because neither are available as a display model because they are in ear headphones. I'm glad I didn't go with the Bose. I couldn't be happier with these headphones. Pay the extra money for the Bower and Wilkins. You won't regret it.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Fort Huachuca

    I've had my fair share of headphones and the C5 tops the list. It has great clarity, strong and punchy bass, and works with nearly ever genre of music. Highly recommended.

    I loved them enough, that I bought a pair of their CM5 bookshelf speakers.

    7 of 7 people found this useful