• 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

  • 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

    Excellent sound, poor design choices

    • Written by from Stavanger

    The pros:

    The C5 offer excellent sound, especially mid- to low range. Deep bass is reproduced with convincing control and authority, so much so that I frequently find myself pulling out one of the plugs to check if I accidentally left the subwoofers on. Vocals are also treated with usual B&W signature excellence. That being said, expect the usual B&W coloration; i.e. not neutral sound, but warm and a bit woolly and with a slight lack of treble clarity and detail.

    Aesthetically, the C5 are things of beauty. From the jet black cylindrical design to the silver "grille" at the back, they look very nice indeed. Some users are complaining that the buds are too heavy, but for me this hasn’t been a problem during workouts.

    The cons:

    There are a few points that potential buyers need to know about. The cable is very stiff and easy to break. I work at a Hi Fi dealership, and we’ve had unusually many C5s returned due to cable breakage. I’m on my second pair now after only two months, and despite being very careful I’m likely to move on to my third before summer.

    The carrying case is a joke. Although very stylish, it’s far too small, especially considering the stiff cable. B&W have attempted to rectify this by removing the integrated plug holder in later versions, but this hasn’t helped much considering the case is still the same overall size.

    The remote is also a bit of a blunder. It’s cylindrical and only works if pushed in a very specific way. It’s difficult to use without looking, and impossible if you ever wear gloves. There is also a lot of noise when using the hands free function.

    Conclusion: Great sound, but troubled by some very poor design choices.

    57 of 58 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

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    SO SO not worth 179!!!!

    • Written by from South San Francisco

    When I first got this pair I thought it sounded good to some degree, but the more I would listen to any genre of music the more I would use the EQ and no matter what I did I could never find much clairty!!! These are like a more expensive version of ibeats but sounds a tad bit better but not woth 179!!!!!!!!! These are worth at the most 89 or 99!!!!

    9 of 17 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, horrible design

    • Written by from Toronto

    I could go on and on about the audio quality and such but none of it matters unless the headphones can stay in your ears. I found the weird design awkward and pretty uncomfortable. I found I could manage to get it to fit well in my left ear but the one in my right kept falling out and I spent way to much time trying to figure out how to get them to fit right and eventually gave up. Not meant for all kinds of ears I guess, be wary.

    13 of 14 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

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    british quirk

    • Written by from Cambridge

    Okay, sure, these are expensive, but, hey, look up the page a bit and see what others are demanding for a catchy name and a bit of flash. These are audiophile in-ear units and in my personal case, about the only ones that really work and really sound wonderful. Very good stereo separation, very clean bass (especially for jazz and classical, which is what I listen to), all the while having a sort of retro look, with that typical brit charm. They are heavy, yes, and the remote clicker is a pain- cannot be used with gloved hands. The mic works very well, and darned if I can find it- must be behind the straight groove in the remote casing somewhere. These are available for less from other vendors, so if expense is a concern, check around. The thick cable is a plus.

    7 of 7 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Great Value

    • Written by from Waterford

    People associate B&W with ultra-expensive bespoke hifi speakers but I think there's an important point missed in looking at the price alone. This is a company that offers great value. At whatever price point you get a product at the top of its game and everything from the cheapest C5s to the 802N's I used to own (to even pricier Nautilus diamond gear) has outstanding sound. I don't believe B&W ever stick a premium price tag on something just because they can get away with it, they offer incredible value and their high end speakers are works of art. Audiophiles love them because they are THAT GOOD. So what can you expect from the cheapest in the family. The C5s are a bit more bassy than the P5s (I own both) but less so than Dre/Diddy Beats. They're very stable in your ears, extremely comfortable and the microporous filter seems to provide a detailed sound stage for an in-ear phone. On the bad side, they should offer more options for the ear plugs and I'd appreciate a bigger case than the one supplied which is a bit too snug in my opinion. Small upsets for a great set of IEMs that get better with repeated listening. If you buy these make sure they're sitting snuggly in your ear and use a bit of grease to take off the ear plugs as they're very tight fitting against the tungten head of the phones. Happy listening.

    11 of 11 people found this useful