• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost great but wonky with iPhone 5

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    The sound is amazing but not right out of the box. I bought a pair of Comply replacement tips and voila, like a whole different sound with added bass. The problem with the B&W tips is they don't form a seal in your ear so you don't get the rich bass. The Comply tips fixes this and keeps it in your ear. Despite the goofy loop, the right earbud would never stay in place.

    Now the reason I bumped it from 4 stars to 3. Doesn't seem to be compatible with the iPhone 5. When I'm plugged in and have them in my pants, the sound occasionally cuts in and out and produces static. Super bummed about this since I really like these earphones. I tested on another iPhone 5 and an iPod touch. The other iPhone produces the same static while the iPod does not.

    That said, if you're an iPhone 5 owner, beware. I also know it's not part of Apple's "Compatible Products" list. I had these before the iPhone 5 came out and didn't expect earphone compatibility issues. Gotta find some decent replacements.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent!

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I am delighted with these headphones! I never had expensive ones before, and these are fantastic, and definitely worth the very considerable expense. I just listened to the last movement of Saint-Saen's Organ symphony and it was remarkable! One could hear the bass so strongly. Perfect!!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    3 Words: Ah-Maze-Ing!

    • Written by from Mableton

    Bought them yesterday. Sound quality is stellar. I listen to trance while at the gym and these headphones deliver both the highs and lows in abundance. The secure loop system used to keep them in your ears is not only innovative but it actually WORKS! While time will tell if they hold up to using them while working out, I'm absolutely amazed at the sound they deliver. This is my first B&W product purchase, and it hopefully won't be the last.

    4 of 4 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

    The best ear buds at Apple

    • Written by from San Jose

    They are the best ear buds I have ever heard

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones

    • Written by from Canton

    Great headphones. Amazing sound quality. Music is heard the way it should be. You will not regret the purchase.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great earphones

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I was skeptical at first but after trying theme out. I think these are excellent ear buds. Te fit my ears and don't fall out. I can listen at a lower volume tan with previous ear phones. They really isolate noise. You also get more sound detail on songs like how far we've come by matchbox twenty. Construction wise they will last and are made of durable materials. Overall these are really worth the money. You pay more but you get a more durable product that sounds great and fits in my ears. :)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound is not enough...

    • Written by from New York

    Im at the fourth pair. All the other three had stopped working properly within months. I like the sound (5 stars-for the price range), the noise canceling (5 stars), the fit is good (4stars),but is frustrating to get new ones every few months because some of the build quality, most likely cord connections (1 star). If this fourth pair fails soon too, will try to get the wires replaced with a different brand from other headphones I have... I would not buy this again unless they address the issue.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound.but broken after 2 weeks of use.

    • Written by from Alpharetta

    I really hate to give this review because I really do love the sound but I am having the same quality issues that many on this site are having. My right earbud stop working after about 2 weeks. I really really want to buy them again but can't risk $180 on a pair of earbuds if I think they are going to break at anytime. If they were under $100 I would buy them in a heartbeat just for the sound.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 year warranty - cable loop wore out 15 months after purchase

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The headphones have a very true sound which I appreciate. The loop design is unique and works well to position the headphones in my ears. However I cannot rate these highly as the B+W warranty of 2 years while generous compared to some other brands wasn't long enough to deal what I would call expected wear based on the design.

    The loops bend the cables constantly where it meets the ear bud. Over time this wears and the outer sheath eventually cracked on one side. After contacting B+W I was told this is an out of warranty repair and will thus cost $100. Since that's more than 50% of the cost I'd rather invest in different headphones with a different design such as Shure.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Niche Product, Not OK

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought these based on the reviews on this site which are, if I'm being honest, kind of mixed. Turns out they're mixed for a reason. I had them for a week before returning them because after trying all five of the buds that came with them, I could not get a seal to save my life. On top of that, after an hour or so, the adjustable cord that goes in the outer part of your ear that is supposed to hold them in place, actually prevents them from creating a seal, and gave me a headache.

    I should mention that when I held them in my ears to create a seal they did sound great but if you have to hold the buds in place, that's a failure in the design. The idea is good but I feel like it wasn't fully flushed out before the product was released. I was also really disappointed in the quality of the cords which were very thin and ill protected. I'm sure it wouldn't take much to snap one of them. Then there's the apple remote, really not a fan of this, Its hard to operate without looking at it. Anyways, really disappointed in the product because I thought I was buying something that was next-gen in design, when in reality its a product that needs a lot of work to make them useful for more than that small group of people who have ears they fit in.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Product

    • Written by from Edmond

    So I have tried out several different models and must say these are the best all-around in-ear headphones I have tried. I sometimes wish the cord was a little longer and not so stiff, but the sound is so smooth and just the right amount of bass.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get these earphones!!!

    • Written by from Edmonton

    What can I say... these will BLOW your mind!! I'm hearing things in the music I love like I've never heard before. I'm actually enjoying listening to my collection all over again! LIke it's NEW music. The sound is that good! I blast it way up and the sound is just rich, rich, rich. I think it rivals cans (headphones), for me the same sound as my Bose noise canceling headphones. It's much better than the Apple in-ear $80 earphones, and the loops hold in your ear!

    So happy with these earphones I was literally going around the house with them plugged into my iPhone with my music library blasting.

    The increased Bit-rate Albums available when you register your device are great too. Bit tricky because the songs end up being 170mb vs 10mb at the Apple 256kbs sample-rate. But you could pick a favorite song and keep a few. iTunes quality is nothing to sneeze at!

    And I was schooled that it's know as B&W not Bowers & Wilkins by audiophiles--- of which I'm soon becoming!!!!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great SQ + Bass

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    These B&W C5s have exceeded every expectation I've had from high end earphones. Build quality is nice, sound quality is excellent (mids and highs are crisp and accurate) and there's plenty of bass to be had. That's right. BASS. We're not talking about the type of inaccurate, low frequency garbage you get from Beats headphones but rather just enough to accentuate higher frequency tones without muddling the SQ.

    They are extremely comfortable - they may look a bit weird but believe me, they conform to your ears very quickly.

    Only drawback is the storage pouch that comes with 'em. Way too small. The zipper doesn't function properly.

    Sure, these are pricey but if you care about SQ, then the C5s are well worth the money!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Though I liked them a lot...

    • Written by from Villa de Alvarez

    I love how they look and I loved how they sounded, however I had the issue of after about 6 moths there was no sound coming from the left side.
    I always took care of them and I treated them very carefully, and all of the sudden for no apparent reason ... no sound from one moment to the next.
    I expected better quality for the price.

    7 of 11 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really NICE

    • Written by from SOUTH PASADENA

    I just got it on this morning and I am used it for fitness. Its really nice when you are doing exercise. Im really recommend it. JUST BUY IT !! Pretty nice.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too fragile, easily broken.

    • Written by from Bexley

    While the sound quality, product design, and packaging are all amazing, the product itself is not reliable. I bought two of these in 2012, only to have them for a couple months before both of the left ear-buds gave out. Just recently--literally last week--I thought I'd give this one more shot. I spent nearly $200.00 only to run into this problem, again. For now on, I'm sticking with my B&W P5 headphones--I've had this for more than a year, and it's still working great.

    Great company, but horrible, horrible product.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible built quality - just don't buy

    • Written by from New York

    I bought my C5 3 years ago. The first pair came defected and made terrible noise. It was replaced by B&W. The new pair, In less than a year the left ear stopped working completely. B&W replaced it again. This pair lasted almost a year as well, when both sides started being choppy. This time B&W refused to replace it, claiming only the original warranty stands (though evidently it wasn't their policy a year ago). I never used it for the gym. Never put it in my pocket. Never rolled it. It still looks new, the cable looks springy.

    So you can say B&W have decent customer service, or terrible product, or both. Unless you want your pair for only one year, don't touch this.

    4 of 6 people found this useful