Conclusion: Packing performance and prettiness in a tiny package, the Bowers & Wilkins C5s are the best of both worlds, though at a premium. You will get what you pay for, however, as these headphones are a good buy. The price point will dissuade many buyers, however, as it is possible to grab in-ears with comparable performance at just about any price point, so potential buyers will have to weigh exactly how much they want to spend on fashion.
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 demands great things from its contenders in order to survive.
Pros: Cutting-edge design; reasonable price; great overall sound
Cons: Tricky to manoeuvre cabling; doesn’t block all extraneous sound