C5 In-Ear Monitors First Look
Unique is an understatement when it comes to the B&W C5 in-ear headphones. They have a super cool style that is also very functional. Bowers and Wilkins is known for making superb products and this shows in the C5 in-ear headphones. The B&W C5 come well presented in a nice box. After unboxing the C5’s I had the headphones, a user guide, a nice quality mini carrying case, and an array of ear-bud sizes. The carrying case has a hard shell, which provides great protection to the headphones. These B&W C5’s are a little on the pricier side, but you are getting what you pay for, which is amazing quality in both construction and sound.
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Design, Comfort, and Build
I have not seen any other in-ear headphones with a style like the C5’s. The cable on these headphones leads up towards the ear-bud and creates a “loop”, this loop is encased in a stiff plastic cover. This makes the headphones look very different, but also is a functional feature. The loop fits inside your ears, it is designed to keep the ear-bud secure in your ears. I found the fit to be very nice, it was even more secure feeling than a pair of sports headphones, called the Monster iSport Strive. Although, I know some people who found this “loop” fitting to be uncomfortable, it was perfect for me. Some people have complained of pressure points because of this strange fitting system, as it is not padded in any way.
The build on the Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones is exception. They are made primarily of Tungsten, making them very strong and also fairly light weight. The ear-buds themselves are somewhat elongated, the back of the buds are complete with a nice mesh finishing. The cable on the C5’s is nice and short, ideal for small device use, you may need an extension if you want to use these at home and have some free space to move around. The cable is also very strong, and thick. It is equipped with volume and track control as well.
These headphones really stand out in the sound quality department, which is not a surprise, knowing Bowers & Wilkins desire for excellent audio. The C5’s have an over all, very full, rich tone. I used them with a variety of music types, like rock, hip-hop, house, and blues. To me they sounded the best with the house music (not because I love house!), the bass was very apparent, but not overwhelming. They also sounded very nice with the rest of the genres i tested them with. The rock sounded great, but I would have liked to have herd a more defined treble. Over all I’m very happy with the Bowers and Wilkins C5, they offer great value for your money.