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Bowers & Wilkins C5

Bowers & Wilkins C5

from  $149.99+
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82 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Those seeking iDevice-compatible in-ear headphones with a luxury finish and rich sound will find a lot to like in Bowers and Wilkins C5.

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82 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
meinmotion
I just own them, but this are the best in-ears I've owned so far
90
nadral
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
rdwtux
I bought these recently but am just about to return them. Although the sound...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
the C5s are no doubt a posh, well built, and comfortable set of iDevice-compatible intra-aurals with mostly great sound to boot. Aside from a bit of cable noise, mildly grating highs, and scuff-loving edging... Overall, the C5s are a solid option ...
 
80
CNET
The bottom line: 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.
 
90
PC Mag
Bottom Line 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.
 
80
TrustedReviews
They're far more interesting-looking than almost all other in-ear pairs, and are incredibly well-made to boot. The sound is satisfying too - open, full-bodied and powerful - as long as your ears aren't too critical.
 
80
The Gadgeteer
I really like how the B&W C5 earphones sound. They are warm, very balanced and just plain refined, both in sound and build quality. They also make quite a design statement. My main gripe is that within an hour or two, they become uncomfortable. Keep in mind that I can only speak about my ears.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
If you are looking for premium headphones for your iPhone, the Bowers & Wilkins C5 are certainly worthy of consideration. The combination of comfortable fit and excellent sound quality make them a pleasure to use...The price is the obvious downside to the C5s...
 
90
iLounge
B&W has truly nailed virtually everything else, combining a visually striking and functionally novel design with great sound and reasonable pricing... If you’ve been looking for a pair of premium but moderately priced earphones, C5 should be at or near the top of your short list; it’s highly recommended.
 
80
Digital Trends
We think B&W did a pretty great job with their first venture into the world of earphones. These canalphones have class, style and a sound that is consistent with B&W’s standard of excellence.
 
80
Wired
Boiled down to their essence, the C5s are really earphones for people who hate earphones, but love and appreciate music. They not only deliver surprisingly lush and open sound, but they do so with a level of comfort that no other IEMs can match.
 
90
Gizmodo
The bottom line is that they pack a massive sound into tiny buds. But even better, they stay in well and are exceptionally comfortable, even when you wear them for long periods of time. While they're expensive, if you've got the beans to dop on quality buds, you won't be disappointed.