Bowers & Wilkins C5: best in-ear phones for gym ever?
8 March 2014
Excerpt: This is the one article you can safely ignore Betteridge’s Law of Headlines . The answer in this case is, yes. Or mostly yes. But first I have to come clean. I have a shameful secret. I have a kink. It’s not just a kink, it’s an aural kink. I’m not proud of it, that’s just how I’m made. I don’t judge other’s kinks, I’d ask you’re GGG in turn. Since I was a baby I’ve had this kink, and it’s not going away.
Excerpt: The iPod is often a bright spot for those that commute via mass transit. When the London Tube was part of my daily regimen, it seemed everyone wore headphones. However, bulky, noise-canceling ‘phones feel like winter earmuffs in the summer; too hot and sweaty for my taste. And yet, swapping them for in-ear phones always presented too much of a sonic compromise. That is, until I experienced the B&W C5s.
Excerpt: 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. Since then Bowers & Wilkins has introduced the C5 , the in-ear headphones so differently designed that you would naturally think the $180 price tag is all about the looks. Exactly how good these are?
Excerpt: We’d be hard pressed to find an answer if you asked us to identify two pieces of audio gear we love listening to more than our Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin or PS5 headphones. But, we doubt you’d ever see us using them. Neither are exactly portable. That may soon change though with the upcoming release of the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Headphones (est $240) .
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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 keeps the earphones securely in your ears.
Cons: 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.
Excerpt: At just shy of £150, Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones won’t be within everyone’s budget, but if you can afford them, are the company’s first foray into in-ear headphones worth that little bit extra? We gave the C5′s a test run to find out… Bowers & Wilkins have built their reputation on creating iPhone-friendly hi-fi systems, the most notable of which, the Zeppelin, has proved highly popular in the desktop speaker market.
Excerpt: 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 of earphones that – at least in B&W’s universe – are very affordable. The C5 In-Ear Headphones look nothing like any earphone you have seen before.
Pros: Large soundstage., Reasonably priced (for B&W)., Solid build quality., Balanced bass., Sound good with different genres of music.
Cons: Fit can irritate after a couple of hours use., Over-engineered case., Remote/mic only work with Apple.