• 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Earphones

    • Written by from Guttenberg

    I actually purchased these and returned it because they were too expensive. I ended up buying it again cause no other earphones compared to these. These are the closest to headphones as possible and its definitely noise cancelling. Love these earphones but wish they couldve been more creative with the case.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Ever

    • Written by from Cobham

    This product is the best possible in-ear headphones I have ever felt. The sound is back tingling.Bose,Dr Beats and more are no match for this product. I highly recommend it. The C5 are totally worth the amount of money.

    Congrats to B&W

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Madison

    I just bought this earphone. the voice quality is unbelievably good. comparing to the my old Bang & olufsen earphone, B&W provides better bass. anyway, choose this one, you will not regret.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it doesn't worth the price

    • Written by from Faribault

    I had tried a few earphones, like Bose, Monster and Sennheiser. This earphone is EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE, and the sound does not worth this price. So guys, try it and think about do you really want it before you buy it.

    11 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Amazing!

    • Written by from Bolingbrook

    There are not many Bowers & Wilkins products you can get into for under $200... these guys make $60,000 speakers and execute the best products. I am not a big fan of ear buds, but they do have their purpose when my P5's just do not work. For everyone that thinks these do not have Bass they did not make sure the C5's have an appropriate fitting eartip for their ears. The cable on these is stiffer than most making them tangle-free! I travel a lot and pull these out of my carry on (not in their case) and they are never knotted up. The cushioned loops curl around my ear holding them in place is perfect and they tend to be balanced toward your ears. Great for all different types of music with incredibly open, detailed and natural performance. Very happy with my C5's!

    13 of 14 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy

    • Written by from Lake Geneva

    I was excited by the BW C5s based on the stars given it on this site. I own several sets of headphones ranging from high end to the buds that come with the iPhone...The C5s are the worst sounding, most poorly constructed in ear phones I have ever had at any price. They are tinny and irritating (no bass at all), and even difficult to remove from the packaging. A real ripoff. Do not believe the favorable reviews. Try the Bose in hear sets (cheaper) or stick with the Apple standard set...

    8 of 43 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awfull sound

    • Written by from new york

    Just bought this yesterday and am returning it today, what a disappointment, great sound if you listen to Bob Dylan, really awful to listen to dance and techno music

    11 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design terrible sound

    • Written by from Brea

    I choose this headset because of the reviews and wanted something different than my husband (Bose). So we were both excited when we received it, loved the fit in the ear and the cool design. Then we listened to the two side by side and BY FAR the Bose had the better sound quality. Sent it back the next day and ordered the Bose MIE2i

    8 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent open sound hard to find on ear buds

    • Written by from TORONTO

    -Bought these to replace a lost pair of Sennheiser MM70 ear buds
    -amazing how much more open the sound is, where the MM70 had great sound the "closed" soundstage on the MM70 made you constantly aware you were using ear buds - not so with the C5, and the overall sounds quality is much better too, as it should be from a much more expensive pair of headphones
    -love the slider adjustable ring that expands to press against the inside of your ear and hold the buds in place - these are the most secure buds, and yet after a period of getting used to them, are so comfortable you forget the pressure ring is there
    -excellent warm overall sound - especially given the generally mediocre sound quality of iPods and iPhones compared to certain other portable digital music players
    -love the clear wire insulation showing the silver braided wire, and the overall look of these headphones
    -the wires are shorter than most ear buds which is a GOOD thing, as well as the feel of the insulation, make this the least awkward set of wired headphones I have ever used

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    In the words of Jeff Spicoli "Awesome! Totally Awesome!"

    • Written by from Humble

    After just having my C5's for just a couple of days and all I can say is awesome! These are my first expensive set of ear phones that I have ever bought, so I really don't have anything else to match them too. But I do have a set of Sony MDR-V6 headphones. In 1987, audio industry journalist Daniel Kumin wrote, "Throw away your loudspeakers. There is now what may be the most perfect transducer yet made by man. Recently I auditioned a pair of Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor headphones, then purchased them. There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe the performance of these headphones. Listening to them with a good CD recording is like being in the center of a live performance."

    But when comparing them to the B&W C5's, their is no comparision, the B&W's blow away the closed over the ear Sony Monitor Headphones. When listening to the different kinds of music that I have, everything from Bach and Mozart, to Sade, Harry Connick, Jr., Bush, Peral Jam, Depeche Mode, Gloria Estenfan, Hall and Oates, NKTOB, New Order, Madonna and Billy Joel, all the music sounds totally different than I have heard it before. The B&W's bring out all of the music and sounds that I have never heard before and made me stay up late one night til 2 in the morning, I started to go to bed around 10:30, listening to my music all over again. The bass is just about perfect, not over bearing but just right. The treble is perfectly matched as well. Nothing else really compares.

    I once had the opportunity to listen to a pair of 800 Diamond series speakers from B&W at a place here in Houston called the Home Theater Store. It was a room with just the speakers, which cost over $20,000 a pair, and a couple of Macintosh amps sitting on the floor and a plush leather chair sitting in front of them. The salesman ask me what wanted to listen to from the choices that they had and lucky for me that had a copy of Sade's greatest hits CD, so I had heard the songs on that CD many times and knew what each song sounded like. After sitting in the chair, he asked me to close my eyes as he started playing the track off of the CD, which was "Cherish The Day". When the song started playing it actually felt as if Sade was standing in the room in fromt of me singing the song, that is how great those speakers sounded. That is how these Bowers and Wilkins C5's sound, the artist singing the music feels as if they are in the room with you giving you a private concert.

    Should you have the means to buy these headphones, please do so, as they will probably be the last set you ever buy.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Los angeles

    Just got these sound amazing, better than my beats.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best headset

    • Written by from Ashburn

    The sound is amazing as expected from B&W but the material is not durable and needs improvement

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing

    • Written by from BRONX

    First time I took these headphones out of the box, I knew they had potential. I put them on, cranked the volume, and the only thing I had to say was wow I haven't heard bass like this in ages. I would definitely recommend these masterpieces over all the leading in-ear headphones out there!!!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Brunswick

    These headphones are outside of my typical budget range - I usually spend about $50 or $60 on earbuds from someone like V-Moda. I'm so happy with this set of earbuds, though, that I'll more than likely consider earbuds in this price range in the future, should I need to purchase another set.

    This is the nicest and most comfortable set of earbuds I've yet heard. The smallest silicon tips work best for me. Lows, mids and highs are all nice and clear, and the C5s sound great no matter what I'm listening to - primarily rock (like Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Van Halen, etc.), but also some jazz and swing.

    Verdict: BUY.

    9 of 11 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

  • 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