• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great product

    • Written by from Laredo

    Amazing and comfortable !!!!!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far, these are quite good.

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I love B&W products, and when I saw the C5's I knew I was going to have to try them, despite loving my current headphones (Etymotic Research HF3's).

    Comfortable fit.
    Clear sound with an authoritative punch.
    Classy aesthetics.
    Solid cables.
    In-line remote and mic.

    The travel case is awkward at best.
    The in-line remote buttons are difficult to find while running and have poor tactile feedback. Also, they hang from the left ear, which works well for lefties, but most people are right handed. I find it difficult to pause the music quickly if someone starts talking to me. There are no physical features of the remote that let you blindly orient yourself with it.
    There is a black piece of plastic that wraps around the cord where the headphones connect, that slides off easily, and seems like it shouldn't. Maybe I got a bad pair.
    Putting these on with the ear loop takes a bit of practice and takes a bit longer.

    Other than that, the headphones sound great and feel really solid. My Etymotics are still going to be my go-to pair of headphones because of the remote and how much easier they are to put on, but I can be finicky. I'm sure you'll love them.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only lasted 6 weeks

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I got these earphones for christmas, and I have to say that they have a terrible overall design. They are not very comfortable in the ear for long periods of time, and tend to fall out of your ear if your working out and sweating. They also stick out of your ear a lot more than you would think, so it looks funny.

    The worst part is that with normal use, these earphones only lasted 6 weeks until the wire got disconnected from the left earbud. Not too happy about these earphones considering they cost almost 200 bucks.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Bass but breaks very easily

    • Written by from New York

    In short, I fell in love with these the instant I put them in my ear. If you listen to bass heavy music, these are a dream. Yet, DO NOT BUY THESE EARBUDS!

    After about two months of use, the left earbud no longer works properly. Because I thought I finally found the perfect earbuds, I would take very good care of these. All to no avail though. So I sent them in for repair and got them back within a few weeks. After about three weeks of usage, the problem returned. Now, I have to put my phone in my pocket upside down so that there is pressure on the jack. And only then do they work...sometimes. What a piece of...

    11 of 13 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs getting used to

    • Written by from SCARBOROUGH

    I got these as a gift and I'm not very pleased with the product. Of course there are pros and cons which I will list, but if I had the option, I would seek another product in the same price range.

    -Great build quality. You can tell that it is made with the best quality materials. Very durable, and the cord is not prone to tangling. The main wires are insulated by a transparent hollow tube which adds to the design and feel.
    -Decent audio quality. Everyone here who say the quality of the audio is bad probably don't have them fit right as I've experienced disappointing quality at first, but later figured out the optimal conformation to my ears.

    -The loop "one size fits all" concept is not a polished concept. It surely sounds cool and intuitive, but to this day I have either not worn them properly, or maybe my ears are just not normal.
    -They are quite heavy and if you're thinking of using these while jogging, forget about it.
    -If you don't have the patience to getting used to them, they will hurt your ears at first after prolonged use.

    Overall, great look and quality, but just not worth the price tag...

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst B&W Product ever.

    • Written by from Luxembourg

    After lots of tryouts - to find the right fit - the headphone provide good sound. That's everything positive about them.

    - The fit is globally not good, the headphones hurt your ears after wearing for more then 15minutes. Their system to make them stay in your ear is not convincing and they are also too heavy for in-ear headphones.

    - The cables are very stiff; i.e. it's not really possible to wind them up to store them.

    - The remote is really badly designed - it is cylindrical!! - but you can only push the cylinder in one way - i.e. you have to perfectly turn it each time you want to press - plus the button doesn't work well - so most of the time it just doesn't work

    - The included pouch is ridiculous - there is just no way to put the headphone nicely in it. Seriously there is no way.

    - Really bad price/quality value on this product. It feels a lot like "Made in china".

    I own other B&W Products and really love them - actually I'm quite a fan of the brand - but the C5 are seriously disappointing. The sound is good but all the rest makes them unusable, just for being badly designed. I strongly recommend you take them in your hands once before buying them. I'm now back using the ones included with my iPod, despite the better sound of the B&W's.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    These headphones provide great sound, unfortunately they aren't particularly durable.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Nutley

    Sound is relative..... I've tried many pairs and these are my favorite by far. At first I thought they had NO bass at all....then I changed the ear tips and the full spectrum came through....more bass than the bose ones and the separation etc... just wonderful.....

    listen to floyd/zappa/beatles/guitar stuff...big band etc....
    so far.... comfortable as well..... they are just really cool.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best In-Ear Headphones I have ever owned.

    • Written by from ERSKINEVILLE

    The clarity of these headphones are probably the clearest i have ever tested.
    They do take a little getting used to putting them in you're ear, but once you have it adjusted to your ear they fit snuggly.
    The carry case makes storing them easy so they wont get damage.
    Only thing stopping me giving 5 starts is the cord could be a little more tangle resistant and a touch longer. Highly recommend.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional in every way!!!

    • Written by from Rego Park

    I just picked up a pair from my local Appple store yesterday. The quality is amazing and the design is sleek. Sound quality is amazing. The quality of sound is amazing, no matter what type of music you listen to. Definitely an A++ in my book!!! Theses are far mor superior to the Monster Beats in-ear earphones!!! If you can, pick up a pair of these, you won't be disappointed!!!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Port Coquitlam

    These headphones have an amazing balanced sound for perfect bass and crystal clear highs. I listen to all kinds of music and enjoy the experience on these headphones. Much more balanced than Beats in-ears. I highly recommend!!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound but would not recommend due to quality issues.

    • Written by from Calgary

    Probably one of the best sounding in-ear or headphones hi have heard in a long time, being a non hard-core audiophile like myself it's hard it would be hard to see needing anything better than this. The first time they broke the left ear bud stopped working and B&W replaced (after a painful warranty process with there north america distributor), after another six months of not very hard to use the
    Remote started failing and sending mixed signals to the iPhone causing the volume to go up without input and large amounts of static in the buds. I have no doubt that some people buy these and get great performance and longevity from them but unfortunately I was not one of them.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Sound for Price

    • Written by from Mercer Island

    Let's be realistic here, these are mid-high end ear buds, not high-end. They cost $100-200 less than some of the others I tried in non-Apple store. For me they have better bass than most, not overwhelming but not boomy either. The highs are a bit tinny or sibilant but either I am getting used to sound or they are "breaking-in" and highs are becoming more subdued.

    The case is small but the earphones fit and it fits in my front pocket, I wouldn't want a case any more than slightly bigger.

    Fit is individualistic and as such you need to try for yourselves and ignore the more strident reviews. They fit me better than most and stay in my ears way, way better than most non-canal buds. For me the wire loops work and are very clever.

    Downsides include mildly rough highs (though getting better and no longer noticed by me with higher bit rates), I wish the kit still included the adapters, particularly the right angle adapter. I bought some foam Comply tips that for me work much better than the included tips - they are more comfortable and sound much better. In fact I think B&W is making a mistake by not including this sort of tip with the earphones - their tips don't do their product complete justice. As someone else here mentioned, you may need bigger tips than you realize because these are not canal buds, you do not insert them so deeply into your ear.

    All-in-all I really like these and if they are durable (I've only had for 2 weeks) I'd recommend that everyone not wanting to spend more than $200 give them a try.

    9 of 10 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful design hurts your ears

    • Written by from Washington

    Don't believe the hype on these headphones. Audio quality is definitely superb, no doubt about that. The problem is the casing, I'm not sure who thought it makes sense to give ear phone design sharp edges. Anything that's supposed to be housed in your ears should have CURVED, not SHARP edges. Does this really need explaining?!? Even if you get the vaunted hard tube casing to fit snug in your ear, the casing itself will jab your ears very sharply. DO NOT BUY.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous sound, however too difficult to keep in ear

    • Written by from Knoxville

    I did research & the sound is tremendous....big 3 things for me: sound, fits well in ear, & stays in ear while I'm active.
    Sound--1-10: with 1 lowest & 10 most awesomeness: 9.7 awesome!!
    Fits well in ear: 1-10 with 1 lowest & 10 most awesomeness: 5
    Once you figure it out it's alright in there...not uncomfortable, but it's just awkward.
    Stays in the ear while active: 1-10: with 1 lowest & 10 most awesomeness: 2. Unfortunately this reason is why I couldn't keep the earphones...if someone looked at me funny they would come out...that's exaggerating a smidge...but seriously if I was at the gym moving around: the earphones wouldn't stay in my ear....& for the price & the lack of "staying put in my ear while working out" ability: these won't be recommended...Sorry Bowers & Wilkins

    8 of 8 people found this useful