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B&W C5 Headphones Conclusion


B&W C5 HeadphonesIn the ever-crowded space of portable designs, its refreshing to see companies like B&W bring creative solutions that address the whole of a product.  The C5s total package isn’t perfect.  I didn’t like the included carrying-case and I found the microphone less than stellar.  I also have some concern about the translucent cord discoloring in the long-run.  I would also question the the incredibly rigid, high barrel design of the 3.5mm plug that may lend itself to being broken or causing a bend in the 3.5mm plug.

Nevertheless, the outward design features inherent to B&W’s C5 in-ear monitors make them among the most stable, comfortable, and fatigue-free in-ear monitors that I’ve ever listened to.  The innovative loop design and tungsten weighting system keeps the C5s in your ear comfortably and securely regardless of physical activity or posture.  Couple that stable design with natural-sounding, ambient noise-reducing in-ear monitors that present layers and layers of luscious musical detail and you have a real winner.

Though a bit on the pricy side at $179.99, the C5s won’t meet everyone’s budget.  However, if you are in the market and can afford them, the C5s are worth every penny.  With the C5s, you’ll never have to keep one brand of headphones for an active lifestyle and another for audiophile listening on the go. 


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The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
Build QualityStarStarStarStar
Treble ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Treble SmoothnessStarStarStarStar
Midrange AccuracyStarStarStarStarStar
Bass ExtensionStarStarStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStarStarStar
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Theo is a serious audiophile and home theater enthusiast—a passion he's enjoyed for over 20 years. He heads up many of our speaker system and receiver reviews as well as covering the latest in streaming technologies and Ultra HD video.

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