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Bowers&Wilkins C5

Bowers&Wilkins C5
alaScore 92

566 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 566 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and bass quality. The value for money and comfort are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

sound, comfort, value for money, bass quality, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Bowers&Wilkins C5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 566 reviews)

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Bowers & Wilkins C5


First it was iPod docks. Then it was computer speakers and over-the-ear headphones. Now, Bowers & Wilkins, a brand once known for expensive high-end speakers, expands its product offering into the mainstream with the $179.95 C5 in-ear headphones.

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones offer clean, detailed, natural sound with tight bass. They feature an integrated microphone with navigation controls for cell-phone use, and an eye-catching industrial design with an innovative adjustable Secure Loop...

The Secure Loop design isn't universally comfortable (doesn't work well in all ears) and the in-line remote is designed to work only with Apple iOS devices, not Android smartphones.

While the Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, the Bowers & Wilkins C5s are among the best-sounding earphones in their sub-$200 price class.


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Bowers & Wilkins C5


Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) used to be one of those hi-end speaker companies that was best known by wealthy audiophiles and a small cadre of speaker-geeks who could be periodically found at their local audio boutique, standing in awe, jaws dropped, at the...

Revealing, open sound ; Uniquely Secure Fit ; Lightweight with resilient Cable ; Two included adapters

Security wire may cause comfort issues for some ears ; Achieving proper fit is somewhat involved ; Poor tactile feedback on iPhone control

We think B&W did a pretty great job with their first venture into the world of earphones. These canalphones have class, style and a sound that is consistent with B&W’s standard of excellence.

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 in-ear headset


Bowers & Wilkins has seriously been ramping up its consumer audio game in the past few years -- notably, with products like its Zeppelin speaker systems for iDevices and its MM-1 desktop speakers. While speakers seem like an obvious choice for a...

Beautiful aluminum design ; Secure Loop cabling provides a great fit ; Big sound with chunky mids and thick bass

Slightly harsh highs ; Moderate cable noise ; Earbuds scratch easily

Those seeking iDevice-compatible in-ear headphones with a luxury finish and rich sound will find a lot to like in Bowers and Wilkins C5.


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B&W C5 In-Ear Headphones Review


Review: B&W;'s C5 in-ear headphones feature an innovative loop design that provides comfort and stability to active users while delivering audiophile performance in a portable package.

Solid build quality ; Great audiophile sound ; Good rejection of audio transfer when cord is rubbed ; Ear loop works great to keep monitors in-ear ; Excellent passive noise canceling without isolating you completely from the outside world

Microphone is so-so ; Frustratingly useless carrying case

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear, Noise-isolating Headphones Preview


With a quilted carry bag, Micro Porous Filter, rating down to 10Hz, Made for iPhone certification, and a focus on comfort for long listening sessions, the B&W C5 headphones are sure to appeal to many.

The real story here is the price. With a B&W product, we often expect to see premium pricing based on their name and reputation. At $180, the C5 in-ear headphones are actually quite reasonable. While we're sure some consumers would expect...

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Bowers & Wilkins C5


The C5s impress with good audio and sleek design.

Stellar in-ears, work great with smartphones.

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones Review


Bowers & Wilkins has a tendency to make the most incredibly unique audio products in the world. First we took a look at Bowers & Wilkins' highly regarded P5 headphones early this year and liked them so much that we've given them our Editors' Choice...

award if it hadn't been for the less than mediocre 3-button remote and variable comfort.

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 Earphones


Bowers & Wilkins may not be the first loudspeaker company to tackle portable audio in recent years, but it is one with a very rich hi-fi heritage. Known best for the Nautilus, an audiophile-class speaker with an audiophile-class price tag, B&W made...

Secure fit; low cord contact noise; good passive noise isolation; inoffensive sound signature, 2 year warranty

Earloop design not comfortable for everyone; frustrating carrying case; average sound quality for the price

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 is a great-looking, well-designed, and well-built product with a few minor quirks. The adjustable earloop, which is responsible for the extremely secure fit of the earphones, can make them time-consuming to insert and isn’t...

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones Review


People don't usually associate Bowers & Wilkins name with reasonably priced audio. Yes, they make killer products, but affordable? Not for the average Joe with little knowledge of how good audio can and should sound. Well, B&W have come out with a pair...

Large soundstage ; Reasonably priced (for B&W) ; Solid build quality ; Balanced bass ; Sound good with different genres of music

Fit can irritate after a couple of hours use ; Over-engineered case ; Remote/mic only work with Apple

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Hardware Review: Bowers & Wilkins C5 in-ear Headset


You don't need to be and audiophile to enjoy luxurious sounds of the Bowers and Wilkins C5 headphones. The B&W C5 is a noise-isolating in-ear headset built with controlling iOS devices in mind. The inline remote and mic allow you to answer calls,...

Product Specifications


Display: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip:No / Yes
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Mute Control: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation:No / Yes
Sound System:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset:No / Yes
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:3.5 mm Plug / Mobile Phone Specific

General Features

Compatibility:Apple / for 4 and more brands
Ear Canal Headphone: Yes
Form factor:In Ear Headset
Indoor/Outdoor :Outdoor
Product Type:In Ear Headset
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:In Ear / In Ear Headset