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Bowers & Wilkins C5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 587 reviews of Bowers & Wilkins C5. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and durability are overall positive. The design and comfort are also appreciated. The noise isolation and portability get negative reviews. Views are divided on the size.

sound, comfort, design, durability, usability

reliability, portability, noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Bowers & Wilkins C5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins C5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk.

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins C5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size. The sound also gets good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the usability and portability.

comfort, sound, size

portability, usability

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Bowers & Wilkins C5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the sound. The bass quality is also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive opinions about the usability and size.

reliability, bass quality, sound

size, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5

 

The maker of the Zeppelin Air and P5 headphones enters the earphone market with its first IEM pair.

Excellent build quality, Striking design, Vivacious sound

Bass lacks control

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

B&W C5

 

Power and weight unrivalled, dynamic, scale, premium look and feel

Overcooked bass, an overall lack of cohesion

They certainly make an impression but the sonic character won’t be for everyone

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 review

 

For 2014, Bowers & Wilkins has done something interesting with a couple of its headphones, the on-ear P5 and the in-ear C5 we're reviewing here. Instead of coming out with completely new versions of the headphones , it left their exterior designs...

Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 sound even better than the original, with improved clarity, more openness and tighter bass. They feature an Apple friendly three-button remote and microphone, and an eye-catching industrial design with an innovative...

The Secure Loop design won't appeal to everyone and the in-line remote is designed to work with Apple iOS devices, not Android smartphones.

The Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, but the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 review

 

First it was iPod docks. Then it was computer speakers and over-the-ear headphones. Now, Bowers & Wilkins, a brand once known for expensive high-end speakers, expands its product offering into the mainstream with the $179.95 C5 in-ear headphones.

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones offer clean, detailed, natural sound with tight bass. They feature an integrated microphone with navigation controls for cell-phone use, and an eye-catching industrial design with an innovative adjustable Secure Loop...

The Secure Loop design isn't universally comfortable (doesn't work well in all ears) and the in-line remote is designed to work only with Apple iOS devices, not Android smartphones.

While the Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, the Bowers & Wilkins C5s are among the best-sounding earphones in their sub-$200 price class.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : George de Sa (canadahifi.com)

B&W C5 In-ear Headphones Review

 

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is an audio product company that is based in its home town of Worthing, West Sussex, England and is part of the B&W Group. The B&W Group owns B&W and Classé Audio, distributing both of their products, as well as those of Rotel, a...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Chris McGivern (reviewexplorer.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 Earphones

 

At just shy of £150, Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones won't be within everyone's budget, but if you can afford them, are the company's first foray into in-ear headphones worth that little bit extra? We gave the C5′s a test run to find out…

If you’re after a pair of in-ear headphones that are going to stay in-ear, then the Bowers & Wilkins C5′s should definitely be on your radar. They look great and sound great – although we would only recommend forking out the £150 if your choice of...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

 

Excellent audio quality. Rich bass response. Innovative design provides secure fit. Built-in iPhone/iPod/iPad controls. Well protected, sturdy cable

Projects some sound outward

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones offer beautiful, rich bass and fantastic audio performance inside the most secure-fitting earphone design in its under-$200 price range.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Bowers & Wilkins C5 review

 

First it was iPod docks. Then it was computer speakers and over-the-ear headphones. Now, Bowers & Wilkins, a brand once known for expensive high-end speakers, expands its product offering into the mainstream with the $179.95 C5 in-ear headphones.

The Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones offer clean, detailed, natural sound with tight bass. They feature an integrated microphone with navigation controls for cell-phone use, and an eye-catching industrial design with an innovative adjustable Secure Loop...

The Secure Loop design isn't universally comfortable (doesn't work well in all ears) and the in-line remote is designed to work only with Apple iOS devices, not Android smartphones.

While the Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, the Bowers & Wilkins C5s are among the best-sounding earphones in their sub-$200 price class.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Bryan Gardiner (wired.com)

Review: Bowers & Wilkins C5 Earphones

 

It's amazing sometimes what one simple design tweak can do for a product. Case in point: Bowers & Wilkins' elegant new C5 earphones.

Wonderfully rich and open sound. Includes in-line mic with media controls. Exquisite build-quality. As beautiful to look at as they are to hear. Block out/isolate just enough sound to make them great for the outdoors

A perfect fit in your ears and yet a horrible fit in the case — the taco-shaped, chintzy cloth carrier comes with a perplexing (and unnecessary) internal cutout mount. Slightly confusing and unintuitive MFI controls. Hit the center button twice for...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Theo Nicolakis (audioholics.com)

B&W C5 In-Ear Headphones Review

 

Review: B&W;'s C5 in-ear headphones feature an innovative loop design that provides comfort and stability to active users while delivering audiophile performance in a portable package.

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

Microphone is so-so ; Frustratingly useless carrying case

Oct, 2013