• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! amazing sound, quality and great classy finish

    • Written by from Courtice

    I am not one to write a review, However, these headphones deserve some recommendation. i tried monster Dr.Dre in ear and returned them (cheesy\cheap) tried Klipsch S4i and the controller was half way down the what seemed like a six foot cord. not practical to use iPhone controls especially when the cord is inside your zipped up jacket. Tried Bose Mie2i and the controls were great. Sound however was sad. no bass, harsh treble and the stay hear tips were brutal. Zero noise cancelling and have to crank them to hear which distorts sound. As for the C5's, wow!!!!! As soon as the box is open you notice great looking fit and finish and attention to detail. Cord is stiff and strong feeling. Ear inserts were tricky but once I figured it out they fit nice, secure and comfortably. The sound so far is amazing. Clear and perfect balance of low's, mid's and high's. Instruments really clear and the voice is great. the controls are up high and on the left ear. A little tricky and mostly rounded except for a little notch for the call/pause button. It will taking getting use to. I see people with gloves having a hard time and if youre driving to answer a call may take a few more seconds which could be good or bad depending on whose calling LOL.

    Overall. good looking box and accessories including pouch. Fit and finish modern, contemporary and kinda industrial because you can see the wire (which i like) The sound is better than the ones i mentioned incase youre considering the above mentioned headphones. Cord is not long so for those tall ladies and gents take that into consideration. For the althetic types the ear inserts are really secure and normal jogging should not dislodge these at all. They feel more secure than other mentioned headphones.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great fit + sound, ugly case

    • Written by from New York

    I love this headset. Great quality.

    The two drawbacks of buying this are 1) if you're moving while talking, there is a crackling sound. I tested this. If you're sitting still, there is no crackling. The sound is great.

    The second drawback is the ugly case they provide for your headset. It's a half-moon shaped, granny-like felt-covered fabric case with an oversized zipper. In short, hideous and off-brand.

    For $180, at least this could come with a better case.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working

    • Written by from Fairport

    Used them for a few months before the right side stopped working entirely. Hopefully B&W will warranty these things.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Though I liked them a lot...

    • Written by from Villa de Alvarez

    I love how they look and I loved how they sounded, however I had the issue of after about 6 moths there was no sound coming from the left side.
    I always took care of them and I treated them very carefully, and all of the sudden for no apparent reason ... no sound from one moment to the next.
    I expected better quality for the price.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from Washington

    These look cool, but the sound quality isn't the greatest and I've already had to had them replaced because the wiring came loose resulting in jumpy sound quality. Plus the worst part...they've shocked my ear on multiple occasions (both the old pair and the replacement set). Looking for a new set set of headphones now.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost great but wonky with iPhone 5

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    The sound is amazing but not right out of the box. I bought a pair of Comply replacement tips and voila, like a whole different sound with added bass. The problem with the B&W tips is they don't form a seal in your ear so you don't get the rich bass. The Comply tips fixes this and keeps it in your ear. Despite the goofy loop, the right earbud would never stay in place.

    Now the reason I bumped it from 4 stars to 3. Doesn't seem to be compatible with the iPhone 5. When I'm plugged in and have them in my pants, the sound occasionally cuts in and out and produces static. Super bummed about this since I really like these earphones. I tested on another iPhone 5 and an iPod touch. The other iPhone produces the same static while the iPod does not.

    That said, if you're an iPhone 5 owner, beware. I also know it's not part of Apple's "Compatible Products" list. I had these before the iPhone 5 came out and didn't expect earphone compatibility issues. Gotta find some decent replacements.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound is good, build quality not so much

    • Written by from Ottawa

    I bought this at Apple store about a year ago. My most frequent issue with headphones has been failing jacks which in this case didn't happen so that was good. Sound quality is appropriate for the price and I like the fitting mechanism.

    Recently though the mid-section where cables join seems to have issues. When I walk or move the cable, if the joint also moves, sound in one ear stops. It's been getting worse. There's no sign of external damage and I kept these very well protected. Honestly, expected better build quality given the price.

    93 of 95 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for people who sweat.

    • Written by from Wilmington

    As a runner, I tend to sweat A LOT. I bought these in Aug'11 because I wanted something with a great sound, but would stay in place when running (most earbuds wont stay put). These are excellent...... for the first few weeks. Then the control on the wire stopped working from sweat. I try to dry them off after every use, and keep them clean. Thennnnn the right earbud stopped working. I contacted B&W and they replaced them for no charge........ Two months later, same issue. Right earbud isnt working and control works intermittently.

    All in all, if you want a nice earbud with great sound, BUY THESE.... just dont work out in them if you intend on sweating.

    ...... back to the hunt on the perfect earbud yet AGAIN!

    48 of 56 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Not comfritable

    • Written by from New York

    I bought these at the airport about 2 weeks ago, after owning a pair of beats tour. The C5's are not as stylish as the beats although there very high quality-made, sound is great! Great base response and very high detailed sound. What bothered me though is the case, the cable and fit. Case overall is good but the zipper kept getting stuck in the crack and eventually bent, the cable is not tangle free and the fit in the ear is not that great. Overall great sound and stylish look... Buy Beats, thats my opinion.

    27 of 41 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

  • 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