Summary: In the ever-crowded space of portable designs, its refreshing to see companies like B&W bring creative solutions that address the whole of a product. The C5s total package isn’t perfect. I didn’t like the included carrying-case and I found the microphone less than stellar.
Pros: 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
Cons: Microphone is so-so, Frustratingly useless carrying case
Summary: I own a pair and love them. I am surprised there is not more online buzz regarding these. I mostly listen to music during activity but had difficulty finding a pair of active headphones that approached audiophile quality until I heard the C5. The sound is clean, accurate and full.
Pros: stays in place/maintains seal during even strenuous activity; signature natural, transparent B&W sound with a complementary bass presence
Excerpt: Ever since Bowers & Wilkins extended its high-end audio offerings to general consumers, standout products like the Zeppelin Air have set the bar high for its future releases. As such, the company’s C5 in-ear headphones have big shoes to fill; the headphone market is a fiercely competitive arena that...
Pros: Cutting-edge design; reasonable price; great overall sound
Cons: Tricky to manoeuvre cabling; doesn’t block all extraneous sound