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Bowers&Wilkins C5

Bowers&Wilkins C5
alaScore 89

462 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 462 reviews of Bowers&Wilkins C5. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the bass quality and usability. The price and comfort are also appreciated. Many are critical about the mids quality, while comments about the reliability and portability are mixed.

sound, comfort, price, usability, bass quality

mids quality

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Bowers&Wilkins C5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Bowers&Wilkins C5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Reviews about the bass quality and usability are on the whole positive. The durability and comfort are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the mids quality and reliability.

sound, comfort, durability, usability, bass quality

price, reliability, mids quality

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones  B&W - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones B&W - TitaniumBowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In Ear Headphone

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Bowers&Wilkins C5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Bowers&Wilkins C5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Reviewers are impressed by the durability and bass quality. The price and comfort are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the usability. Many are critical about the portability.

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, durability


74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bowers & Wilkins C5B In-Ear Headphones - BlackBowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphone - Black GlossBowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear noise-isolating headphones

Aug, 2015


Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

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.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Bryan Gardiner (

Loopy Looks, Sweet Sound


It's amazing sometimes what one simple design tweak can do for a product. Case in point: Bowers & Wilkins' elegant new C5 earphones.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Joe Pollicino (

Bowers & Wilkins C5 in-ear headset review


Bowers & Wilkins has seriously been ramping up its consumer audio game in the past few years -- notably, with products like its Zeppelin speaker

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.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Theo Nicolakis (

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

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Tom Andry (

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...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Thomas (

Bowers & Wilkins C5


The C5s impress with good audio and sleek design.

Stellar in-ears, work great with smartphones.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Nir Schneider (

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.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Mikhail Lifshits (

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...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Bill Henderson (

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

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Rod (

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,...

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications


Display: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip:No / Yes
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Microphone Boom Arm: No
Multi Compatible Gaming Function: No
Mute Control: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation:No / Yes
Sound System:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset:No / Yes
Volume Control:No / Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:3.5 mm Plug / Mobile Phone Specific / ONE 3.5 mm Plug
USB Dongle: No

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