• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Long-term review

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    I've used these earphones over the last year with my iPhone 4S and here are my thoughts. Previously I used Sennheiser IE6's which I thought were great but were discontinued.

    What I like:
    - They sound great to me listening to a variety of music and podcasts. Bass is really good!
    - Fit nicely in my ear using the medium ear tips. They don't come out unless I accidentally yank the cord.
    - Good noise isolation when music is playing even at low volumes

    What I don't like:
    - Earphones are quite heavy compared to others I've owned
    - Cords tangle easily because of thin cable and heavy weight of earphones
    - Over time some of the metal edges on the earphones have become slightly sharp and can rub my skin
    - Sometimes I have trouble pushing the buttons on the Apple remote. I don't have this problem on my Klipsch S4i which has distinct buttons.

    Overall I think these are great sounding earphones that are worth a buy! Compared to my old Sennheiser IE6 they sound better but are much heavier and the cord isn't as nice.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the BEST...

    • Written by from ANCHORAGE

    Bought these to replace my Klpshc & they sound WAYYYYY better then any OTHER head set i've owned

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! amazing sound, quality and great classy finish

    • Written by from Courtice

    I am not one to write a review, However, these headphones deserve some recommendation. i tried monster Dr.Dre in ear and returned them (cheesy\cheap) tried Klipsch S4i and the controller was half way down the what seemed like a six foot cord. not practical to use iPhone controls especially when the cord is inside your zipped up jacket. Tried Bose Mie2i and the controls were great. Sound however was sad. no bass, harsh treble and the stay hear tips were brutal. Zero noise cancelling and have to crank them to hear which distorts sound. As for the C5's, wow!!!!! As soon as the box is open you notice great looking fit and finish and attention to detail. Cord is stiff and strong feeling. Ear inserts were tricky but once I figured it out they fit nice, secure and comfortably. The sound so far is amazing. Clear and perfect balance of low's, mid's and high's. Instruments really clear and the voice is great. the controls are up high and on the left ear. A little tricky and mostly rounded except for a little notch for the call/pause button. It will taking getting use to. I see people with gloves having a hard time and if youre driving to answer a call may take a few more seconds which could be good or bad depending on whose calling LOL.

    Overall. good looking box and accessories including pouch. Fit and finish modern, contemporary and kinda industrial because you can see the wire (which i like) The sound is better than the ones i mentioned incase youre considering the above mentioned headphones. Cord is not long so for those tall ladies and gents take that into consideration. For the althetic types the ear inserts are really secure and normal jogging should not dislodge these at all. They feel more secure than other mentioned headphones.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from Washington

    These look cool, but the sound quality isn't the greatest and I've already had to had them replaced because the wiring came loose resulting in jumpy sound quality. Plus the worst part...they've shocked my ear on multiple occasions (both the old pair and the replacement set). Looking for a new set set of headphones now.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, but expensives..

    • Written by from Culiacan

    I got ones, and I was very happy not for the price, cuz price were a little bit hight, but sound was great,,, Right now I went to apple store and I bought CX 680i soprts and the sound was like Bowers or better, just the price 60% cheaper,, that I can say is, we can find great hearphones for cheaper..like Sennheiser,..

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blown Away!

    • Written by from Calgary

    What can I say, WOW! This is by far the nicest sounding set of headphones I have ever owned. The sound is natural, and sounds more like a set of nice speakers as opposed to traditional headphones that sound artificial (sound is blaring in your ear).

    At first, I was frustrated with the loop design, however once I actually figured out how to wear them (you have to twist them in) I love the design and could not go back.

    Do not hesitate, these are ridiculously awesome!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    i dont understand ????

    • Written by from Norwood

    Hi guys reason i am writing this review is many one star review and many people complain about quality of it. But i have mine for 7 months and they work perfectly only small complain that i have is they don't stay in ear firmly but after changing ear tips everything works great... Maybe i am just lucky one to have good pair of B&W...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Style!

    • Written by from WOODSIDE

    Love how this one is so different from any headphone on this category ! It only a matter of choosing the correct silicone and everything is perfect!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Kemnay

    I have had my C5's for about a year but they have had very light use. Loved the sound quality but, as others have commented, one ear always seemed less secure than the other so a bit of a struggle with fitment despite the different sized buds available. Never thought of mixing sizes but it's academic now as the right speaker has ceased to function for no apparent reason. Not happy.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Total lack of quality

    • Written by from Mexico City

    I had this headphones just a month ago from the Apple Store in NY and the left side has stopped working! And I can not even say that I'm a heavy user, I just used them probably one hour on a daily basis, not even in the gym so no sweet or water has been in contact with them. They produce very good sound but the design and overall quality just lacks what I had expected from a B&W product. Now the problem is that I can not return them as I live in Mexico city, what a shame.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best!

    • Written by from Vasa

    I rarely find earphones that fit my ears good and I wanted earphones that really were top notch.
    And these are just perfect!
    The sound quality is just amazing, and the fit is great. They actually do keep in place, I had some doubts. These earphones are amazing and I recommend them to all!

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  • 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!!!!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but not Great. Bose MIE2I better bet.

    • Written by from Annapolis

    I had these earphone's for about a week as I waited for my warranty replacement's of my Bose mie2i's (upgraded from regular ie2's because of Siri)...

    These get good reviews, for good reason. I guess like with all in-ear's, it comes down to if it fits comfortably. They could be the best sounding headphone's to ever bless your ear drums, but if they are uncomfortable or fall out constantly it doesn't really matter.

    Probably to no fault of B&W's, they don't match the comfort ability of the Bose tips... I've had 6 in-ear surgeries on my left ear so I don't expect to fall into the Small, Med, Large sizing categories of mass produce goods...

    But I do with Bose. The sound in the C5 is only a little better than in the Bose's and most of that is probably due to the noise isolation, whereas the Bose aren't. Which is actually a plus.. Walking around a city unable to hear the world around you isn't the best idea.

    Also, the mic and controls is on the left ear-bud... That was weird and since I'm partially deaf in my left ear, that makes it's useless for me for phone calls.

    The only reason I decided to try something else was because the Bose break on me annually. But, the warranty picks up the tab so, until Bose fixes the quality, I'll just be sending them back to get a new pair annually. No better in-ear headphones for the money.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal sound, some minor design flaws.

    • Written by from New York

    I purchased a pair of C5's after a great experience with the MM1's. The sound from these was fantastic, and I abandoned my pair of Klipsch's in favor of these. I found that the main drawback to the C5's is that they are not good for running (they don't stay in place), but are fine for less motion-intensive work outs (e.g., weights, etc.). Unfortunately about 8 months after buying these one of the ear pieces stopped working. I contacted B&W, they asked me to send them in, and sent back a brand new pair in a shockingly short period of time (I sent them out on Friday and had a new pair on Monday -- I kid you not.) Ever since then I've been thrilled with these. I was using them for home use and commuting until I bought a pair of P5's for home. Now I use these to get great sound when I'm out and about and can just stuff the earbuds in my pocket when they're not needed.

  • 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.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    • Written by from Montreal

    I love these earphones! The sound is really clear, really nice. Unfortunately, they broke after a month. The left earbud stopped working. I'm gonna try to get them replaced... It's too bad because I LOVE the earphones.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best (in ear) headphone!

    • Written by from Torrance

    i tried many different (in ear) headphones with the apple's 14 day return guaranteed. First, i bought Dr. Dre Tour, because i love the color, design, style. However, no matter what i tried i couldnt fit it into my ear and any movement(walking, running) it fell off. Even though the bass was good, i couldnt fit into my ear, even with all different ear. Then i tried rha ma750i, design was sexy, yet less bass compare to dr.dre. Then lastly tried, c5. Best sound, best bass, best fit. Buy it!! I recommend you to try the 14 day guarantee and try c5!! Boss! Cons: wire might be too thin. Feel like it might get broken if caught by something so careful! Noise isolation best!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A comparison with others I've tried

    • Written by from Golden Valley

    I brought home the B & W C5s along with a Martin Logan Mikros 70 and a Bose SIE2i in order to determine which I preferred. Here is the result of my admittedly unscientific comparison.

    1. Fit. The B & W fit my ears the best. The Martin Logans moved around inside my ears and I always had the feeling they were about to fall out, using the largest tips provided that fit my ears, even though they never did. They were less comfortable than the B & Ws. I never did figure out how to get the wing mechanism on the Bose ear buds to fit my ears and I gave up trying. Admittedly, fit is a subjective thing and one has to try them to see which fit best.

    2. Sound. The B & W was by far the best sounding of the three, subject to the following caveat. When I used the largest of the tips provided, they created a pretty good seal from outside influences. When I did this, the base increased to a great degree and the music came alive. The differentiation between instruments, the sharp base and the overall clarity were fantastic and far exceeded that which I was able to achieve with the other two ear buds utilizing the largest tips provided that fit my ears. The other two ear buds were more mushy in sound with less differentiation among the instruments. However, when I ran on my treadmill utilizing the B & Ws with the largest tips provided, each time my foot hit the deck of my treadmill, it would create a very distracting thumping base sound in my ears that overrode the music. It was therefore impossible to run using those tips. (I suspect that this will also occur to a lesser degree when running outside, but since it is still very much winter where I live, I have not tried running outside with them yet.) When I changed the tips on the B & Ws back to those that were on them when I received the package (the third largest out of the four provided), the thumping base sound from the treadmill deck was eliminated, but so was the liveliness and fantastic base sound that came with my use of the largest tips. With these smaller tips, the B & Ws were not much better sounding than the other two ear buds that I tried. I will therefore utilize the larger tips when not running and the smaller size tips for running on the treadmill.

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