Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones : 5 Star Quality

If you suffer with earphones falling out of your ears, then these are the perfect fit, i have two slighly different shaped ears, and i struggled to find an earphone that sit in my ear with a snug fit, so running walking gym is much better for me, i dont need to explain how good the sound is , these are unreal quality in sound , a little uncomfy as it uses and unconvential way to fix the earphone on the ear but after a short while you get used to it.

These are excellent for the cash. Very overblown bass (which is fun). Great sound and very smile inducing headphones. My ‘phones for home are audio technica athm50x which are truly superb (and better than these, but non-comparable as over ears – read reviews), these though for “on-the-go” are great, and highly satisfying. My hifi is quite an expensive beast and quite few £k’s worth and i would consider myself an amateur aduophile. Many sh*te sounding things are unlistenable. For little cash, they’re great.

These are by far the best sounding iem ‘s i have used so far. I have tried many top branded earphones that lack either loudness, bass or generally the ability to seperate the lows, mids and highs. The b&w series 2 do this beautifully. I have owned the first series of these headphones and although they sounded great amongst it’s equals it still could have done with inprovement. The answer is the series 2 in black. The bass goes deeper to an ear shattering level on its own. Add a fiio amp and they truely bring out every detail in a song from a needle dropping to rain drops. I’m no expert but usually have had the best reference systems from hi-fi stack systems to in car entertainment system upgrades. These earphones give you the same experience as a decent surround system in your home.

These in-ear headphones are wonderfully rich and vibrant in audio quality. Whether you’re listening to bass-heavy rock or dance music, the high-pitch of classical violins, or spoken word audio (podcasts, etc), these headphones really deliver a first class experience. I cannot fault them in respect of the quality of the drivers or indeed the comfort of wearing them – which of course when it comes to in-ear buds is of great importance. They are weighted so they sit just nicely in your ears without feeling like they’re going to fall out. The adjustable loops are ok, but more of a gimmick. It’s really the weight of them that keeps them put. They are not noise-cancelling at all, so you can still hear what is going on around you as you listen, however my unscientific tests have shown that even when driven hard, there is minimal-to-no audio leakage so that others can hear what you are listening to. (i use them in a quiet office environment and have occasionally turned the volume up before no-one has been able to hear them). The only reason i knocked off a star is for the following reason: i originally owned the 1st generation version of these and after about 3 years, the cables between the “y” cable splitter and the ear-buds themselves started to go green.(they are sheathed in transparent plastic so you can see the metal of the cables).

Let me start by saying i’ve always been bose. I stumbled across b&w in a department store when i went to upgrade my bose over the ear phones. Decided on the p5s as i thought they sounded better than the p7s. Wanted to upgrade my bose in ear ones and decided on these. They are as good as the p5s and don’t move around at all. I will say that trying the different buds makes a mountain of difference. I’ve gone back to the original ones. The bass is to die for but does not sacrifice the top end or middle.

Sound quality:the sound from these little ear buds is fantastic. Great bass and fantastic noise blocking, even on airplanes. The value for money from a sound perspective is 10/10. I would expect nothing less of b&w. Comfort:with little ears comfort was the only flaw for me. The earloops, whilst handy, have been a tad painful at times as i have very small inner ears. Even at the lowest setting there is sometimes discomfort. However, this is not large enough for me to chose not to wear them. Furthermore, one can simply detach the loop from the earbud in order to have a loop-free experience. For bigger ears, i can imagine there is less pressure and it would be a pain-free secure hold.

Bowers & wilkins are renowned for well designed, great sounding audio equipment and i previously owned the original versions or series 1 of these when they first came out, my review is here on amazon. For those new to these, i was attracted to them due to the unique design of the in-earphone loop system. Over the years i have owned various pairs of earphones and spent varying amounts on them, the niggle with many of them is that i could never feel 100% confident that they would stay in my ears whilst walking out and about. What the loop design does is it rests just under the ridge (antihelix) that is above the entry to your ear, before placing them inside your ear, pull the lead down so that the loop is small, place the earphone into the ear and then push the lead back up so that the loop expands until it rests / fits snugly under the ridge (antihelix) previously mentioned. The earphones are also weighted which helps them stay inside the ear canal. There are a number of different sized ear buds that are supplied and two types of bud material for you to play around with and you do have to try them out to ensure you get the correct fit for your ear size, you’ll know when you have the right fit because everything sounds amazing. The music is right there inside your head, clear vocals and tight, deep bass, its all very impressive. I decided to purchase the foam buds that can be used in conjunction with many earphones these days and it took the quality to the next level, wow the earphone lead has a small control panel for use with smartphones but i have always preferred to use a dedicated mp3 player for music though i did test this feature and it works as it should. One of the main improvements on the series 2 is the cable lead, specifically at the bottom of the lead where the 3. This has been strengthened, one of the criticisms from owners of the series 1 model was that this lead would damage easily causing loss of sound and quality, i did experience this and contacted b & w who provided 1st class customer service in resolving the issue. I think certainly the sound quality has also improved with series 2, the bass in particular seems slightly more controlled and tight but doesn’t lose any of its appeal. These are a well designed, thought out and amazing sounding pair of earphones and although they are expensive compared to what most people probably pay for it is worth experiencing the quality that they provide and how different music can sound when using them, just be sure to use a high quality source of music and player as generally with audio equipment when using good equipment a poor source is often shown up.

Extremely impressed with these headphones.

  • Unbelievable!
  • Superb Design & Sound
  • C5 series 2 black

Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones, Secure Fit, Black

Customer Package Type:Standard Packaging
Product Description, True Sound. Zero Distractions. Crystal Clear Audio C5 Series 2 contain a micro-porous filter that acts as a sonic diffuser, improving the clarity, depth and range of your music.High Definition Drive Units C5 Series contain bespoke 9.2mm dynamic transducer and produce remarkable bass extension. Consistent Listening Experience Tungsten steel weights balance the speaker units towards the ear, so you’ll get clean, consistent audio no matter how bumpy your ride. Ergonomic in-ear headphones. Powerful bass and a user adjustable design make C5 Series 2 one of best lightweight audio experiences around.** If you have any volume issues with the product, please check to ensure your product connection is secure between device and headphones**Apple compatibility – The remote and mic are supported by the iPhone 3GS and later, iPod Touch 2nd generation & later, iPad all models. The remote is supported by iPod Classic all models, iPod Nano 4th generation & later, iPod Shuffle 3rd generation & later.

Box Contains, C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones Ear Tips (3 sizes) Literature pack Pouch


From the manufacturer

Big sound from a small space

C5 Series 2 takes in-ear sound quality to new heights. From Bowers & Wilkins, British makers of award-winning speakers since 1966, found in the world’s best studios, including Abbey Road.

In-ear headphones that sound better

True sound, zero distractions

C5 Series 2 takes in-ear sound quality to new heights, thanks to its combination of subtle improvements in small-scale drive unit technology and its Secure Loop design which keeps the headphones snugly and securely in your ears.

New high-definition drive units

Featuring a redesigned 9.2mm dynamic driver, these headphones provide high definition sound, full-range audio clarity and rich bass that’s powerful yet controlled, resulting in a more natural, open and detailed sound.

Secure Loop

When it comes to in-ear headphones, nothing messes with sound quality like a loose fit. C5 Series 2 stays put thanks to its Secure Loop design. Cushioned loops expand to fit inside the rim of your ears, holding the earphones firmly in place.

Micro Porous Filter

C5 Series 2, uniquely for in-ear headphones, features a Micro Porous Filter on the outside face. Tiny steel balls act as a sonic diffuser, enhancing clarity and making music feel spacious and detailed rather like “open backed” hi-fi headphones, yet without leaking your audio to the outside world.

Comfort fit

As well as the Secure Loop design, C5 Series 2 features tungsten weights to keep the headphone balanced towards your ear, and three sizes of comfort-fit ear buds. Together, these ensure C5 Series 2 will stay in through the bumpiest of rides, remain comfortable for long listening sessions and isolate external noise effectively.

Made for iPhone

C5 Series 2 is the perfect partner for your iPhone. It comes with an easy to use, Apple-approved microphone cable, for taking calls and controlling your device on the move.

Micro Porous Filter

Comfort fit

Made for iPhone

C5 Series 2 in-ear headphones P3 lightweight headphones P5 Series 2 on-ear headphones P7 over-ear headphones
C5 Series 2 in-ear headphones P3 lightweight headphones P5 Series 2 on-ear headphones P7 over-ear headphones
Drive units 2xØ9.2mm (0.4in) full range 2xØ30mm 2xØ40mm (1.6in) full range 2xØ40mm
Frequency range 10Hz to 20kHz 10Hz to 20kHz 10Hz to 20kHz 10Hz to 20kHz
Cable length 1.2m 1.2m 1.2m 1.2m
Inputs 3.5mm stereo mini jack 3.5mm stereo mini jack (on cable), 2.5mm mini jack (on Headphone) 3.5mm stereo mini jack (CTIA 4-pole) 3.5mm stereo mini jack (on cable), 2.5mm mini jack (on Headphone)
Finish Black Custom fabric and aluminium Real leather and metal Real leather and metal

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Takes a little practice to get them nice and comfortable but fantastic sound.

These are great sounding headphones, but the fit isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately they are unreliable. For me, one of the headphones failed on my first pair after about 18 months. I got them replaced under warranty, but the replacement pair failed i’m exactly the same way after a year. I’d have hoped for that price they would have lasted a lot longer.

Got these headphones today the sound is very upfront in a good way’ very clear with bags of detail. Pick a song with a bass drum in it and you’ll think its in the same room as you. I picked these as i had the sennheiser momentum in ear and found that they kept falling out although they sounded fantastic i was sick of the design. The design of these is bloody superb and once they’re in they stay there’ also the sound isolation is fantastic once the music is playing i’m in a world of my own’ which is where i like to be. With regards to the sennheiser these don’t sound better they just sound as good but the design is better. They appear to be all metal bodied so the build quality is better also but theyre are probably twice the price of the senn’sim using mine with an iphone 7 plus if that helps with your choice.

In my household we have the p3’s, p5’s, and the p7’s, along with the a7. I wanted the additional convenience and portability of in-earphones though. The big problem though, is that you can’t ‘try before you buy’ as with headphones. Reviews were therefore important to me. Obviously all of our ears are different, but i found these c5’s to be very comfortable. The sound is excellent, although i have to give them a firm push into my ear to get the best of the bass. They work brilliantly with my iphone & ipad, and i use them day to day to make calls on my iphone. The little carry pouch they come with is handy, and allows me to store them safely in my bag. Overall very happy with this purchase.

Disappointed in the sound quality.

I’m already an owner of a set of b&w p3s and p5s but i prefer to commute wearing in ear phones as i’m a bit self conscious. Based on what my ears tell me, b&w c5s seemed the right choice and i’m delighted with them. Packaging, build quality and design (as i expected) are all top notch albeit the carry bag is way too dinky for my taste and requirements. The sound and ear fit is outstanding and i can hear strings being plucked without the sound cranked right up which is my test for a decent set of earphones. To my tastes, the sound is clear and evenly balanced with plenty enough bass for me. I’ll leave the audio side of things to some of the more qualified reviewers but i’m very happy with what i can hear and i’ve enjoyed some marathon listening sessions, just to emphasise the comfort factor.

Very comfortable and snug, not once have they fallen out of my ear. Sound is great, almost perfect; the weight of the buds help deep notes bad bass to resonate well in your ear. My only negative is that the natural noise cancellation makes you believe that you’re breathing heavily.

  • Unbelievable!
  • Superb Design & Sound
  • C5 series 2 black

Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones, Secure Fit, Black

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  • REDESIGNED FOR PREMIUM AUDIO AND COMFORT – C5 Series 2 hifi earbuds feature redesigned drive units for enhanced sound quality and a new cable for better comfort and performance. 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.
  • CONTROLS iPHONE AUDIO – Made with an iPhone remote/microphone compatible cable, they can control your iPhone just like the stock earbuds. They will also work with all other smartphones, tablets and MP3 players (mobile devices other than compatible iOS models will not necessarily offer control functionality)
  • INNOVATIVE SECURE LOOP DESIGN – Created with a cushioned loop that curls around the ear’s inner rim to hold them in place, the C5 S2 ensures a precise yet comfortable fit, even on the go
  • RICH AND EXPANSIVE AUDIO – The Micro Porous Filter acts as a sonic diffuser, opening up the sound and making music feel remarkably rich and expansive, even in a small package
  • 2 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY – Bowers & Wilkins’ C5 S2 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)
  • iPhone remote, neodymium magnets