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Bowers & Wilkins C5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 587 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. People are impressed by the usability and durability. The design and comfort are also appreciated. The noise isolation and portability get less positive comments. There are some mixed opinions about the size.

sound, comfort, design, durability, usability

reliability, portability, noise isolation

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins C5 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 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. People are impressed by the size and sound, whereas many are critical about the usability and portability.

comfort, sound, size

portability, usability

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Bowers & Wilkins C5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the sound. The bass quality also gets good comments, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the usability and size.

reliability, bass quality, sound

size, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

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 : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 review

 

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 : Bryan Gardiner (wired.com)

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 : 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.

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 : Brent Butterworth (soundandvision.com)

Review: Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

The C5 includes a cool little half-moon-shaped case with a leather thing inside that you can use to keep the cable neatly wound. The inline control/microphone is compatible with iPhones. Four pairs of silicon tips are included, one of which is...

Jun, 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

Expert review by : Bill Henderson (the-gadgeteer.com)

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

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