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Bowers&Wilkins C5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 559 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. Views about the durability and price are overall positive. The usability and comfort also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the mids quality and reliability.

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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.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Bowers&Wilkins C5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on People are impressed by the bass quality and usability. The durability and comfort also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the mids quality. The reliability and price get mixed comments.

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84% 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

Nov, 2015

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 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 bass quality and durability. The price and comfort are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the usability, while some have doubts about the portability.

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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

Nov, 2015

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Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2


The Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 earphone pair has upgraded drivers and a fantastic sound signature with deep bass response and clear highs, just like its predecessor.

Powerful audio performance with rich lows, detailed highs, and excellent balance. Attractive, secure-fitting, lightweight design. Inline remote control and microphone

Projects some sound outward. More bass and less crispness in high-mids than some listeners seeking flat response might prefer

The Bowers & Wilkins C5, released in 2011, was a groundbreaking set of earphones. It offered the most secure in-canal fit we'd seen, thanks to the audio cable itself forming a loop that presses against the ear. The new version, the $179.99 C5 Series 2,...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

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


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 (

Review: Bowers & Wilkins C5 Earphones


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

Wonderfully rich and open sound. Includes in-line mic with media controls. Exquisite build-quality. As beautiful to look at as they are to hear. Block out/isolate just enough sound to make them great for the outdoors

A perfect fit in your ears and yet a horrible fit in the case — the taco-shaped, chintzy cloth carrier comes with a perplexing (and unnecessary) internal cutout mount. Slightly confusing and unintuitive MFI controls. Hit the center button twice for...

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

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: Yes


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