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. I also have some concern about the translucent cord discoloring in the long-run.
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
Conclusion: B&W’s C5 offers crystal-clear audio, and deep, satisfying bass. At less than $200, it sounds like a surprisingly good value.
Pros: Excellent sound reproduction. Secure Loop design and weighted body hold earbuds securely in place. Inline remote for calls and controlling music functions. Includes airline and right-angle adapters.
Cons: Secure Loop takes some getting used to. Heavier than other in-ear ’buds. Included case is too fiddly to use.
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