• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best earphones I had in a long time!

    • Written by from St-Hubert

    These earphones are great! I bought a pair to replace my lost Etymotic HF3's and I'm not disappointed at all. I first thought they would have to much bass and not enough treble. They actually have a lot of bass, but still have very clean and good sounding mids and highs! For me, having extremely clear mids and highs while still having very rich bass is great! The build quality is also excellent (they are made out of aluminum). There are great, don't hesitate to buy 'em !

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extraordinaire

    • Written by from NANTES

    I bought two of it !
    I first bought in France, sold with plane & stereo adapter included, and a second one in USA, without accessories.
    But in both cases the sound and maintain are incredible.
    I love its design and the way it fits to my ears.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design, great sound, but extremely poor quality

    • Written by from New York

    The sound is great and the shape is nice. However the quality of the cord is poor. 3 of these headsets were defective after a couple of months...

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, terrible build quality, atrocious support.

    • Written by from Toronto

    I am on my third replacement pair of c5s. Like nearly one third of the reviewers here, my c5s (all three) have lost sound out of the left channel. B&W claimed they were upgrading me to a pair of P3s after having to replace my headphones for the third time. However they goofed up and sent me another pair of c5s. Since my last pair failed after one month of only using them at home, I'm not even going to bother unpacking these. I also own a pair of p5s (the remote cable failed twice—apparently they are using flawed and/or cheap cabling components). This will be my last bowers and wilkins product. Sounds great (though nothing more impressive than p100x from Sennheiser—which are significantly cheaper and infinitely more durable).

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful in ear - uncomfortable - poor customer service

    • Written by from Atlanta

    The idea of the cord that wraps to fit in your ear is an interesting idea - but I couldn't adjust them to make them comfortable. As a result - I find them to be unusable. I have tried every adjustment and angle possible and they hurt my ear after 10 minutes and my wife had the same issue. Sound is good - noise cancellation is not so good. Horrible customer service. I would NOT recommend these.

    8 of 10 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Remote Is Junk!

    • Written by from Clinton Township

    I listen to audiobooks all day every day at a full time job that can be loud and dirty and rough. I also listen to all kinds of music at home. I am a maintenance man at a couple of apt. complexes, and I have to pause my audiobooks frequently to talk to tenants or coworkers or bosses, and it's already become an inside joke that it takes WAY TOO LONG for me to find and press the pause button on this thing! I've owned iPhone headsets (prolly around ten at least) from every price point, from $20 (Sony) to $300 (Beats), and these ($190) are the WORST I've ever used! Why is that?! Bowers and Wilkins supplies the monitor speakers for Abbey Road studios. The Beatles are my #1 favorite band, so I thought I'd be buying a quality product because of their connection to my favorite music. I could not have been more wrong about that assumption. *******The remote is round when it should be angular or flat. You can't find the pause/play button fast-enough in this fast-paced world.*******

    That's just the remote.

    The bass is there but fake (not as bad as Bose or Beats Studio, though).

    The mids and highs are gone, and it is way too forward with caustic, ear-piercing loudness, devoid of tonal quality, though it's not lacking in muffled, muddled gobbledegook. It seems to amplify the worst parts of audio while rendering the front parts way back in the mix.

    The adjustable ring comes out of the earpiece. It also bends almost beyond repair (even after being stored in its protective case).

    I gave it two stars, because they don't sound as bad as Bose (no bass) or Beats (too much bass). Otherwise, I would have given them a one star rating.

    Learn about headphones from HeadRoom (look them up [their in-house product reviews help]) and then go to an Apple Store for your purchase. That's my strategy. Amazon (read product reviews there, though) is just a little too risky for me. I like to see products in person before I buy them.

    I am going to return these and maybe get the upper echelon Klipsch from the Apple Store.

    14 of 22 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

    Unbelievable.

    • 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

    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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not that great!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I own the P5s and I absolutely LOVE them. But i was looking for something a little more convenient for everyday use so i thought that the C5s would do. I am really disappointed however. I don't find the sound to be nearly as good as the P5s and they are not the most convenient in-ear headphones. The secure loops is a good idea but it get's pretty annoying after a while... Too bad really...

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A pleasure to listen to!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I purchased these on the Apple Black Friday sale ($129). Needless to say they are wonderful earbuds. I have read and watched the original reviews of this product online and on Youtube.

    It seems that Bowers & Wilkins have made some minor adjustments in the latest batch of products to address some of the minor concerns of initial reviewers. The cable seems to be well designed and is a little bit more pliable and therefore more comfortable when in the ear. Secondly they altered the carrying case slightly by removing the unnecessary scaffolding that was inside in the original revision.

    All in all a great product with outstanding build & sound quality for the price.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very clear and comfortable

    • Written by from Underwood

    These earphones are extremely clear and very comfortable. They are expensive, but I really like the fit in my ears.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones out there

    • Written by from Brampton

    I've been contemplating either these, the bose mie2i or the monster beats tours. I felt that the monster beats were heavy on the bass and that too many people out there are sporting these (real and fakes). I felt that the bose build quality is a problem and have read and heard many horror stories about peoples bose earphones breaking down every couple months.

    After purchasing theses, I was blown away by the balance sounds coming out of these buds. Furthermore they come with a 2 year warranty over the monster beats 1 year warranty. Only thing about these headphones is finding the right tip and the right amount of cord to fit properly and comfortably in your ears. Once found, your will be amazed by the sound being produced.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Build Quality

    • Written by from Lebanon

    Great sound when they work... I'm on my 2nd pair and on both sets the left driver has failed... I'm done with these...

    21 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones

    • Written by from LAKEVIEW

    At first the headphone are not the most comfortable but when I switched the rubber earbud the the correct size for my ears they are the best fitting in ear, earphone I have ever used. I have them in all day at work with no comfort problems and yes they will stay in when running and jumping or any other activity. the sound quality is unmatched by any other headphone I have tried and would recommend they to anyone who enjoys any type of music.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome in-ear headset!

    • Written by

    I am an avid Bowers and Wilkins fan. I own two Zeppelin Airs, which are fantastic! I like the P5 headset, but I really needed something less bulky and portaLble with great sound. I bought these two weeks ago and I can honestly say that these are exactly what I was looking for. All of the posts about the sound not being great and having discomfort I think are due to the person not having the right size ear gels on them. I usually wear a medium size ear gel, but these sounded weak and did not fit right. I then tried the large ones, and what a world of difference it made. Try all of the different sizes before casting judgement on the sound and fit of this headset. You will be pleasantly surprised with the difference it makes. The only true downside is the case that comes with them. It is impossible to figure out how they are supposed to go in there correctly. I usually just put them in my pocket anyway so it was nota big deal to me.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the In-ear Bose

    • Written by from Elizabeth

    Bass is not as good in some songs as the Bose In-ear headphones, but that is because it lets you hear every single instrument in the song! Hands down I'll recommend these headphones... I'll tell ya if your looking for headphones in this price range- GET THEM! Hopefully this review would get posted... And ya are happy if you try them out!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome sound!

    • Written by from Goodyear

    I've had my C5's since they came out. Hands down the best in ear head phones I have ever owned and believe me, I've had them all! Bass is super deep and rich. Highs are crisp and clear. Never over powered by the powerful bass response. Highs and lows are cleverly balanced to sound near perfect!

    9 of 12 people found this useful