• 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    • Written by from Astoria

    I got this B&W to replace my Bose IE2 due to the cable falling apart and I must say the sound is not even close to Bose, not to mention the bass sounds like a $20 headseat. The only thing that I find better than Bose is the cable having a plastic cover, which will protect it more.
    Will change them to a Bose and hope they will last me more than a year :)

    9 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor performance

    • Written by from San Ramon

    These just don"t sound good. Tried to like these, but these are the worst sounding, overpriced headphones I've ever tried. Don't believe the hype and save your money.

    12 of 35 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

  • 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

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor construction, yet great sound

    • Written by from Jersey City

    Although the B&W C5 headphones have tremendous sound quality (super deep bass for buds, great mids and highs as well), I have had to return them twice so far due to the same manufacturer's defect. After a month of buying these from the Apple Store, the left ear monitor stopped working. Apple was kind and switched them out for a new pair free of charge under their 30 day retailer's warranty. This was in October, and now three months later in January, the left ear monitor on the newer headphones has stopped working again. The sound goes in and out if I jiggle the cord that enters into the headphone but it was too frustrating to deal with so I returned them to B&W. The flaw is in the design of the headphone in that the loop that extends above the headphone that is supposed to fit inside your outer ear also contains the cord that enters into the headphone, so it seems very easy to disrupt the connection when you are adjusting the size of the loop. These are great sounding headphones when they work but the headaches they have caused me due to their malfunctioning design have led me to write a poor review. Avoid these if you want a durable pair of great sounding headphones (these will NOT last).

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please Read if you have sensitive ears!

    • Written by from Westfield

    Ok before i say anything else i want to say first that i am not some other company leaving a bad review i am an honest consumer and i thought that i could share with you how i feel about these headphones. i am by no means an audiophile just your average consumer. So first off i could not get these to fit into my ears no matter what i did. i switched out earbuds and tried different positions but nothing worked. i also ripped two of the earbuds in half because they are attached so tightly to the headphones and the earbuds are poorly constructed. Finally after i thought i got the best fit possible the pain in my ears was terrible it feels like someone is taking a pen and pushing it into your ear canal. Even more the sound quality is not that great because i have to keep them loose in my ears otherwise it feels like someone is trying to stab out my eardrums with a pen. My choice would be to go with the Bose Mie2i they are much more comfortable and have great bass. thanks for taking the time to read this.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good products for a limited time though...

    • Written by from JENKS

    Look. I am not a lier, I am not another company just leaving a bad review, I'm like any other person out there and I love music. Music is my life. Spending almost four hundred dollars a week on iTunes for apps and music is what I do haha and I wanted some good headphones to listen to all the music I have. I bought these December 30th 2011 and now it's in almost the second week of January and the right side of the headphone has completely stopped working. I am not going to lie. I am mad. I spent over 170 dollars on these. I usually just but skull cants but since everyone has said the beats are great and I have never heard of these in my life but a ladie at the apple store in Santa Ana, CA recommended these for me so I took it into consideration since she did have the beats and said they weren't great. But If you do like a good sound go for theses but for what I have went through and now having to return them, I will be researching more headphones.

    8 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A definite step up from Apple's In-Ear headphones

    • Written by from Bethesda

    I don't have a lot to compare the C5's to, but they are noticeable step up from Apple's In-Ear headphones (not the ones that come with the iPods and iPhones, but the more expensive ones you buy separately). Bass is much fuller and tighter. Like all in-ear headphones, you need to get the right fit, and I was disappointed with the treble until I tried them with the smallest ear tip and then it was great.

    The C5's are unique in two respects. First, the wire loop that holds them in the ear is very nice, at least for me, but I found that it worked well only when I had the right size ear tip. It's very comfortable, and you don't feel the need to to have the ear tip so tight to hold the ear bud. On the other hand, the ear buds are noticeably heavy, so if you don't use the ear loop (and you can unhook it), I suspect that the ear buds would not stay in your ear well unless you got a Comply tip (or some other expanding foam tip). The included silicon tips would be too soft.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    • Written by from BOSTON

    Returned these headphones within 2 hours of purchasing them. Firstly, felt like an idiot trying to figure out how to use them; secondly, they were awkward & poor fitting when I did; thirdly, I can't speak for the sound quality as I was so frustrated at that stage I did't bother to even turn them on. Cool is one thing, but incredibily non-user friendly another.

    11 of 33 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy, doesn't stay in ear

    • Written by from Woodside

    I bought them after my Beats by Dre died on me (for sports). I'm not a fan of an in-ear headphones and I wanted to be sweat proof as well.

    First of all, these looked fragile and for the price you would expect it to be durable or at least take really good care of them. But let's be real I live in NYC - 1 point.

    After figuring it out how to put them on (it comes with instructions) fumbling with it maybe 20 minutes or at least that's what it felt like, in the rain it came off. -1

    Needless to say, I returned these headphones and I'm still searching for the 'one'

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You probably won't like it first time You try it...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    ... but comparing it to my other earphones, this one bags the 5 stars for its sound accuracy and subdued baselines, which i thought at 1st wasn't really what i was hoping for, but after 4 days of use, i really noticed how this was superior in this niche.

    8 of 9 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


    • 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