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  • C5 delivers outstanding sound experience for people living active lifestyles.
  • Made for iPhone remote/microphone cable, also works with all smartphones, tablets and MP3 players (mobile devices other than compatible iOS models will not necessarily offer control functionality)
  • Unique adjustable Secure Loop design ensures a precise yet comfortable fit.
  • Micro Porous Filter acts as a sonic diffuser, opening up the sound and making music feel remarkably rich and expansive.
  • Bowers & Wilkins' C5 In-Ear Headphones come with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships from and sold by Amazon.com).
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Noise-Isolation

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.6 x 4.8 inches ; 0.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005GSVN48
  • Item model number: C5B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 18, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

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The Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones deliver pristine, natural sound quality together with a secure, comfortable fit.
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B&W P3 Headphones
The C5 earphones are designed to work perfectly with iPhone or iPod touch, and feature a purpose-built microphone/control cable.
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C5 Headphones

C5 noise-isolating in-ear headphones bring you amazingly natural acoustics and fit so comfortably and securely you'll hardly be aware you're wearing them. Bowers & Wilkins unique Micro Porous Filter system makes sure that sound is open, spacious and full of rich, lifelike detail. So you can truly lose yourself in unadulterated sound, even when you're on the move.

Secure Loop Design

They feature Bowers & Wilkins innovative Secure Loop design - loops of plastic-coated wire that curl around the inner rim of your ears and hold the in-ear headphones firmly in place. The C5s are also Tungsten Balanced, meaning that the headphones are weighted towards your ears, rather than away from them, for optimized noise isolation.

Made for iPhone

C5's MFI remote and microphone make the headphones the perfect match for your iPod or iPhone. They also come with a quilted carrying pouch.

B&W P3 Headphones
C5's unique Micro Porous Filter acts as a sonic diffuser, allowing the headphones to sound open, even while they isolate external noise.
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B&W P3 Headphones
C5's snug fit allows them to isolate external noise, while also keeping your music quiet to people sitting next to you – perfect for the commute into work.
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Advanced Acoustics

Whatever Bowers & Wilkins make, the goal is the same: the most natural, realistic sound possible. With C5, you can take true sound with you wherever you go. C5 is a mixture of long-held acoustic principles and technological advances, key among which is the Micro Porous Filter. Together with C5's noise-isolating design, this allows users to lose themselves in flawless audio.

Micro Porous Filter

If you want a spacious sound, you need room to breathe. Not a problem for a large speaker, but quite a challenge for a set of headphones small enough to fit in your ears. With C5 in-ear headphones, Bowers & Wilkins engineers got around the problem with the Micro Porous Filter. Hundreds of microscopic steel balls act as a sonic diffuser, opening up the sound and making music feel remarkably rich and expansive.

Noise Isolation

C5's snug fit and stunningly realistic sound means you can forget the rest of the world and lose yourself in music. At the same time, these in-ear headphones let in just enough ambient noise to allow you to retain your sense of place. Perfect for listening to music when you're out and about.

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Changeable Ear Cushions
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Bowers and Wilkins history
The control room of Studio 1 at London's Abbey Road Studios, which uses Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series loudspeakers.
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Bowers and Wilkins history
Nautilus isthe result of a five-year research program to create the perfect loudspeaker. Many technologies developed in this project are now found in all Bowers & Wilkins products.
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Bowers & Wilkins History

In leading recording studios around the world, music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. In London's world-famous Abbey Road Studios, all three main studios use Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series speakers to capture the output of the world's biggest-selling artists.

Engineering Innovation

Every discovery Bowers & Wilkins' scientists make in their dedicated Research and Development facility influences how speakers all over the world are designed and built. Technologies such as Nautilus Tapering Tubes and Flowport start life in their high-end loudspeakers, but are also important factors in the likes of Zeppelin Air and their headphone range.

Doing it from Day One

When John Bowers set up Bowers & Wilkins in 1966, experimentation in sound and recording was escalating rapidly. It was the time of Sergeant Pepper and Pet Sounds, and Bowers had a pioneering spirit to match. His ambition was revolutionary for the day, and remains so: to create a loudspeaker that neither adds nor takes away from the music. Bowers & Wilkins has been exploring the world of sound ever since. And they'll never settle for less than perfection.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

So I returned them under warranty and B&W sent me a new pair.
After you have adjusted the loops properly, the ear buds will not fall out even if you shake your head to try to dislodge them.
Fit is snug and secure with variety of ear tips to get the best fit.
Music Aficionado

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

143 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Serdar Uckun on September 4, 2011
Color Name: Black
I travel a lot, and I count on high-end sound-isolating earphones to shut off the unpleasant sonic environment of air travel. I've tried several earphones and settled on the Shure SE530s a couple of years ago. I have a lot of respect for Bowers and Wilkins, and I ordered the C5s as soon as them became available. Unboxing the C5 was an interesting experience. B&W designers must have taken hints from Apple (including a smart magnetic lid), although it's not as easy or obvious to figure out how to take the earphones out of the package without damaging the cord.

My first experience with the C5s was on a cross-country flight with the default tips on. While I enjoyed the sound, I could not get a tight, soundproof fit with the standard tips and took the earphones off after an hour into the flight. Back at home, I swapped the default tips (midsize narrow) for the midsize-wide tips and immediately found sonic nirvana. With the wide tips, the earphones fit perfectly and I get incredible sound isolation. Once you establish a tight fit, the earphones are comfortable enough to wear for hours. The sound quality is excellent. Compared to the Shure SE530 (which costs twice as much), I find the C5 slightly warmer in the midrange, especially for vocals. This is not a bad thing, since the SE530s are rather dull in the midrange. The soundstage is very wide and the instruments separate nicely, especially with well-produced, uncompressed music. Bass reproduction is excellent - possibly the most realistic, well-balanced bass I've experienced in high-end sound-isolating earphones.

Beyond music, I used the C5s for one phone call and I was impressed with the sound quality. The remote seems to work as intended, but I don't have much experience with it yet.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By TC on October 20, 2011
Color Name: Black
I recently bought a pair of B&W C5 in-ear earphones, based largely on reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. I picked up a pair today, and have to say they're the best earphones I've tried, which is most of them. However, I had the same issue with changing the earbuds as I read elsewhere in these reviews....they're very difficult to remove without tearing, and in fact I tore the as-delivered buds....or at least one of them....before discovering a better method to remove.

So I called (or attempted to call) B&W to arrange replacement buds....but their website doesn't support the C5 earphones AT ALL, and their phone support line is geared to PREVENT humans from reaching other humans. I know...I tried SEVEN times. You CAN get a receptionist, but nobody will actually answer any of their support lines. You just get voice mail telling you to leave a message for callback or an email address.

Now correct me if I'm naive, but I expected that a company with such an elite, high-falutin' image like B&W would take better care of their customers than this. What they've pushed me to do is to return the whole set of earphones to where I bought them, just because one earbud is torn. I'll do it, and get a replacement pair, but that' just plain STUPID business, if you ask me.

For what it's worth, the best way to remove C5 earbuds without tearing them is to PINCH them from the top...HARD....which opens up the base under the very sharp shoulder that holds them on, and allows tear-free removal. Trying to just pull (or 'rotate') them off, or trying to get a fingernail underneath the base to help it along, fails every time. They really ought to round off that sharp square flange that holds them in place just a bit, so they don't have this issue.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By T. Atkins on November 16, 2011
Color Name: Black
Bowers & Wilkins C5

In my quest for a great set of earphones that will fit in my pocket, the Bowers & Wilkins C5s easily made the cut on my list to sample. There has been much hype surrounding these interesting earphones, both positive and negative. Therefore, as with any piece of passionately controversial audio equipment, I began my sample of the C5s with a neutral attitude, open mind and a little excitement.

After opening the packaging, the first thing that any user will notice is the memory-wire security-loop that fits to the inside of the earlobe. It is a selling point from B&W, but appears a bit gimmicky to the layman. I was a bit skeptical that it would be comfortable or easily fitted, but I was pleasantly surprised when all I had to do was draw the line to the smallest loop, put it in my ear, and "push-up" until it fit. The connection is rock-solid and makes the earphones virtually weightless in your ear. I wouldn't be surprised to see other manufactures copy this concept in the future.

The metal cylinders of the earphones connect to your noggin with air-right rubber boots that inserts into your ear canals. The initial fit of the factory-standard rubber ear-canal boots appeared to be very good for me. Not too tight or loose, I felt they were just fine for my ears and began my sample. My sample tracks, "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele, "Drown in the Now" by The Crystal Method and "Beautiful Decline" by Abney Park, have a wide range of sounds and all host more subtle audio undercurrents that really stress a speaker. Sampling any of these tracks with the default boots left me feeling underwhelmed. The sound stage was all wrong; the vocals were far too wide and non-specific, lacking full definition. It simply left an airy void in the center.
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