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Bowers & Wilkins C5

Bowers & 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.

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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).

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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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78
Average user Score
 
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 quality is great, they hurt my ears and the left speaker is already shorting out.
 
70
estoughton
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
60
malberto
Get the perfect fit is not the easiest thing. The first step is find the right ear tips, the ones that came installed are so uncomfortable. The next step is learn how to use the secure loop system. Once this is done, the headphones are amazing, they produce an outstanding sound that will give a lot of life to any music track. Bowers & Wilkins people were not kidding about the slogan "concert for one". I don't know why the reviews say things like "they have a balanced sound", thats not true. Although the headphones produce nice and clear treble and great mid frequencies, the low ones have a clear predominance and sometimes the bass goes a little far. This is not a complain, the bass is high quality and its a joy to listen. The only flaw in sound department is the microphonics, there are huge amount of it, the good thing here is that when music start the problem stop.Regarding to comfort there are not complains. The headphones stay in place for hours while not hurting the ears, they just work the way is supposed to.Update: Durability is an issue, my pair just lasted a year and two months despite I treated them nice and carefully. Conclusion: The sound is great, but the durability is so poor.
 
60
atmasphere
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
90
Stevenng
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
JoshMRogers
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
unknownsolo
I went from the Bowers and Wilkins P5 to this one, they both gave me the same audio quality except the C5 is more mobile, also I love the fact that you get the same audio quality but way less weight on your head. These IEMs are great, I never thought I can get this kind of sound from IEMs.Another reason i had to depart with my P5 was the inline mic, it was just too sensitive and picks up every background noise out there. Not with the C5 though, the C5 has a different inline mic that blocks out most of the background noise when in a phone call, I actually use them for gaming, plugged in to Astro Mixamp 5.8, this combo delivers great audio quality plus mobility. delivers great music quality, great for movies and for games, I use the inline mic to chat with teammates and it compares to their best gaming headset mics.
 
80
mattijzz
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget