Summary: I believe the Bowers & Wilkins C5 are the best ear phones for under $200.00 available today. Sound quality is superb. They have a wide dynamic range and provide a full sound experience with all music types. I have tried many ear phones and the Bowers & Wilkins C5 are the best single driver ear phones I have heard. Another great aspect of these ear phones is the strength of the cable.
Pros: Great sound quality. very comfortable to wear
Summary: They're good, not great. Once they are seated in your ear the right way, the noise cancellation and sound quality are outstanding. The down side to them is that they slip out fairly easily, and any change in position changes the sound quality almost instantly. They're not the greatest for exercising, either, because any change in your head position from upright makes them shift in your ear.
Pros: Great sound quality. Allows use of your phone unlike other noise-cancelling ear buds.
Cons: Sound quality is very dependent on position, and getting them to stay put is too tricky and unreliable.
I recommend them, the sound is glorious for every genre
20 April 2012
Summary: I recommend them. They won't let you try on a pair but if you make sure and get it from a place that is easy to return items, buy them, try them, return them if you don't think they're comfortable.
Pros: The sound is glorious., I got used to the cumbersome fit eventually.
Cons: The wire in the pictures looked more durable and less plastic-y/annoying. It is in fact plastic-y and annoying. It gets tangled easy and just isn't what I wanted or expected from a $200 pair of earbuds. I think they are at Be$t Buy now for $175, Also..
Summary: Hi-Fi & stereophile enthusiasts know that B&W's full-size speakers have a well deserved reputation for providing lush, smooth, room-filling sound with presence and power. Well, the C5s attempt to provide the same for your personallistening enviroment, mostly succeeding on that front. B&W went for a sound signature that is clean, accurate and detailed. However, as with their speakers, B&W throws in a bit of warmth.
Pros: - Highly accurate sound reproduction, without sounding too "clinical", - Bass response is fast and clean, - Crisp and detailed highs, - Open, airy soundstage compared to other in-ear phones, - Solid build-quality, - In-ear loop design works
Cons: - Warm signature may not appeal to the critical listener, - Mid-range is a touch forward, - Noise isolation is average at best, - Straight-design jack isn't as portable as a L-type, - Needs some break-in time to sound and fit its best
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 love these headphones. They sound absolutely fantastic once you learn how to fit them properly - find the right pad size, and the technique of tugging the top of your ear as you push the bud into your ear, to create a firm and lasting seal. The only down-side is the cable seems to break internally after a certain amount of use, causing one or both headphones to suddenly become 1/10th as loud.
Summary: Amazing until one of the earphones stops working. Has happened once to me and I've read about plenty of other owners having the same issue. To their credit BW replaced my set very quickly, for free, and they've been fine since. However I'm slightly concerned it might happen again and they'll be out of the warranty period. Sound = truly fantastic and WELL worth the money. Cables are strong and thick and don't tangle as easily as other earphones.
Summary: I did not buy on Amazon - as I found a large High St store with a 20% discount. I really wanted to try these before buying and went to a high end audio shop, but alas, as other stores said, they will not allow testing for hygiene reasons. I must have weird ears as I have dozens of pairs of in ear headphones/headsets. and none stay in while walking let alone exercising. My goto reference headphone is the multi award winning AKG K451.
Summary: I bought these to wear running. I already have a pair of P3s, and find the sound and build quality of them to be excellent, so after trying some cheaper sports headphones to little avail, decided to bite the bullet and buy these C5s. First off, they really do stay in my ears firmly (typical in ear buds fall out walking, let alone doing anything else).
Summary: Over elaborate packing which is actually quyite difficult to undo and destined for landfill is not a good start to the experience. Mangd to get a good fit in one ear, the other ear defies any combination fo the 4 supplied sizes of insert which by the way are quite hard to get on and off - a good thnig once you have decided on the size.