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B&W C5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of B&W C5. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Comments about the bass quality and price are on the whole positive. The durability and comfort are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive opinions about the mids quality and portability, and there are some mixed reviews about the usability.

sound, comfort, durability, price, bass quality

portability, mids quality

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 83/100 = 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 People are impressed by the bass quality and price. The durability and comfort are also appreciated. There are some critical views about the mids quality and portability. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

sound, comfort, durability, price, bass quality

usability, portability, mids quality

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

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

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.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: AVguide (

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.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Techware Labs (

Expert Review


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...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

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

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: MacWorld (

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

Feb, 2012