Bowers & Wilkins C5 Headphones Review

Posted: Aug 18 2011, 2:46pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews


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Great comfort, sound and style


The Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones are in-ear style with drivers in each ear measuring 9mm. The impedance is 32 ohms and the frequency range is 10Hz to 20kHz. The C5's also have an inline remote and mic that works with the iPhone. The Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones sell for $179.95 and are available now.

In Use

One of the things I dislike most about in ear headphones is that they tend to not want to stay put. That means you often end up needing ear hooks, which get on my nerves or you just have to live with the tendency for them to fall out of your ears. B&W uses an ingenious and very simply way to keep the Bowers & Wilkins C5 in your ears without having to resort to an external ear hook.

The tops inch or so of the cables that go into each earpiece is a fatter wire that is integrated into a little groove in the housing of each driver. You pull that cable tight, slip the C5 tip into your ear, and then push the cable back through the groove to make the loop larger. The wire unveils and fills the little opening inside your ear enough to keep the C5 headphones in place. The system works very well; I could move my head around and didn’t feel like they were falling out all the time.

A better fit also means that you get less external noise thanks to a tighter fit and your music sounds better with more bass thanks to trapping the pressure inside the ear a bit better. That is my favorite part about these headphones. B&W also puts the inline remote on the cord just as the P5 I looked at not long ago uses. The remote has a mic for phone calls on the iPhone and the remote controls volume and track. Two clicks goes forward, three back, and the side controls volume. The headphones come with a little quilted looking taco-shaped case to carry the headphones and ear tips inside. The case zips closed and works as expected.

Sound quality is top notch with the Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones. These headphones have excellent bass that is almost as good as the much larger P5 I checked out before. The bass doesn't overpower the other sounds and overall the C5 headphones are very balanced. This is an excellent set of headphones for in-ear fans.



  • Great sound
  • Comfortable


  • Expensive


If in-ear headphones are your thing, it would be hard to find a better set than the Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones in the $200 and under range.


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