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Bowers&Wilkins C5

Bowers&Wilkins C5
alaScore 90

504 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 504 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 really like the design and usability. The price and comfort are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the reliability and portability are mixed. There are some negative comments about the mids quality.

sound, comfort, price, usability, design

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 504 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Bowers&Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Bowers&Wilkins C5 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the bass quality and usability. The durability and comfort also get good feedback. Many are critical about the mids quality and reliability.

sound, comfort, durability, usability, bass quality

price, reliability, mids quality

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Bowers&Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Bowers&Wilkins C5 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the durability and bass quality. The price and comfort also get good feedback. Many are critical about the portability, while there are some mixed views about the usability.

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, durability

portability

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

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

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 review: A classy in-ear headphone with killer clarity

 

For 2014, Bowers & Wilkins has done something interesting with a couple of its headphones, the on-ear P5 and the in-ear C5 we're reviewing here. Instead of coming out with completely new versions of the headphones , it left their exterior designs...

Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 sound even better than the original, with improved clarity, more openness and tighter bass. They feature an Apple friendly three-button remote and microphone, and an eye-catching industrial design with an innovative...

The Secure Loop design won't appeal to everyone and the in-line remote is designed to work with Apple iOS devices, not Android smartphones.

The Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, but the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.

Oct, 2014
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Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 review: 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.

Oct, 2011

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Expert review by: Caleb Denison (digitaltrends.com)

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 (wired.com)

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 (engadget.com)

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 (audioholics.com)

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 (audioholics.com)

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 (reviewed.com)

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 (gadgetmac.com)

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 (topreviewshop.com)

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

Product Specifications

Configuration

DECT: No
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
SCREEM: No
Sound System:STEREO
Speakers:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset:No / Yes
Volume Control:No / Yes

Connectivity

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