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: 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.
Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 (review): A classy in-ear headphone with killer clarity
2 March 2012
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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 adjustable Secure Loop keeps the earphones securely in your ears. The also come with a nice carrying case.
Cons: 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.
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?