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. The bass is prominent without being overwhelming which is perfect for workout tunes. The sound is also enjoyable for home listening. This is a great all around headphone for all types of...
Pros: stays in place/maintains seal during even strenuous activity; signature natural, transparent B&W sound with a complementary bass presence
Summary: I bought these to replace my beloved A-Jays four. I needed something with the integrated in-line ipod/iphone controls, but with a bit better audio-quality, and some that may not pop out as easily as the JAYS. These have a "secure loop" system which provides an adjustable cable loop that tucks into your upper ear, helping to keep the buds in place.
Pros: Excellent audio, Noise Isolation, and good looks!
Cons: Goofy "secure loop" system, hard to clean, awkward ipod/iphone controls, EXPENSIVE, and a tiny carry pouch.
Summary: Over the past year I have owned the Beat Tours by Dr. Dre, the Bose MEI2+ and now the B&W C5's. Hands down the C5's are the best of the bunch and are a trully fantastic set of headphones. I'm not a huge audiophile so forgive me if I don't get the terminology correct but the only concern that I have when it comes to music or audio books is that I don't here the high pitched squeals and hissing sounds.
Summary: I purchased these headphones after reading many customer and expert reviews expecting amazing things and they delivered. First, they arrived much earlier than expected, which was much appreciated. Once I got them and put them on and cranked up my Ipad, I was blown away - and this was lossy AAC. I've read where people can't tell the difference between lossless and lossy files but when you put these things in your ears, you can definitely hear a difference.
Summary: I absolutely hate earbuds as they do not stay in my ears. I have used bose in ear buds which have a similar silicone seal and they stay in better than buds, but when I'm biking, they become loose at times. However, these C5's are a cut above when it comes to staying snuggly in my ears. I have ridden for over an hour and had not a problem with them slipping. That little loop is an engineering genius.
Summary: I travel a lot, and I count on high-end sound-isolating earphones to shut off the unpleasant sonic environment of air travel. I've tried several earphones and settled on the Shure SE530s a couple of years ago. I have a lot of respect for Bowers and Wilkins, and I ordered the C5s as soon as them became available. Unboxing the C5 was an interesting experience.
Summary: This is a first impression review. Firstly, the fit is just perfect. My ears are small and the smallest earbud tips work the best. BTW, you need to tug pretty hard to remove currently installed tips. The infinitely adjustable loop is probably the coolest and most useful feature. I've always had problems with earphones falling out and I know these won't. They provide some pretty good passive surrounding noise isolation (not active-cancellation).
Summary: I would give these earphones 4 1/2 stars overall. Great audio quality assuming you put them in your ear properly by tugging on the top of your ear while inserting them in the ear canal. Only two minor negatives . The carrying pouch is a little too small and the remote is a little quirky. I found out through trail and error and to go to the next song you have to hit the middle area twice very quickly.If you are too slow it will pause the music as if you only hit it once.
Summary: These headphones have amazing sound and very full base. Further, they're very comfortable and stay put in your ears, unlike some others that I've tried that fall out constantly. The problem is, they wear out, FAST. I have now purchased 3 pair of these headphones within the last 2 years. They last less than 9 months each, and then the left headphone starts crackling, then going in and out, and then dies completely.