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B&W C5

B&W C5
alaScore 86

104 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and bass quality. The price and comfort are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the B&W C5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of B&W C5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, usability


68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: B&W C5B C5 In-Ear Headphones - Black

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones


Excellent audio quality. Rich bass response. Innovative design provides secure fit. Built-in iPhone/iPod/iPad controls. Well protected, sturdy cable

Projects some sound outward

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones offer beautiful, rich bass and fantastic audio performance inside the most secure-fitting earphone design in its under-$200 price range.

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 Earphone/Headset (Playback 49)


The C5 ($179.95) is the first ever in-ear, noise-isolating headphone from the British firm Bowers & Wilkins, which is of course best known for its high performance loudspeakers.


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Bowers and Wilkins was founded in 1965 as a boutique audio company.  They spent the next 45 years building speakers, before stepping into the headphone with their P5 headphones, which were released to a fairly warm reception – they proved popular after...

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Bowers and Wilkins C5 review


Sounds quality, build, comfortable

Price, quirky design

If you are looking for premium headphones for your iPhone, the Bowers & Wilkins C5 are certainly worthy of consideration. The combination of comfortable fit and excellent sound quality make them a pleasure to use. The design is a little quirky and the...

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B&W C5


Power and weight unrivalled, dynamic, scale, premium look and feel

Overcooked bass, an overall lack of cohesion

They certainly make an impression but the sonic character won’t be for everyone

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 Headphones


Ever since Bowers & Wilkins extended its high-end audio offerings to general consumers, standout products like the Zeppelin Air have set the bar high for its future releases. As such, the company's C5 in-ear headphones have big shoes to fill; the...

Cutting-edge design; reasonable price; great overall sound

Tricky to manoeuvre cabling; doesn’t block all extraneous sound